Eight Must-Have Apps for New Homeowners

Centriq app screenshot

Centriq is an award-winning app that creates a personalized user manual specific to your home. Simply take a photo of your appliance nameplates to access digital copies of user manuals, troubleshooting guides, parts and supplies (including one-touch ordering from Amazon) and more.

By Seve Kale

When purchasing a new home, there’s tons of paperwork to keep track of. The last thing on your mind at closing is finding a lawn care professional or figuring out how to use your fancy new appliances.

Luckily for you, there’s an app for that. From moving to meeting neighbors to home security, we’ve narrowed down the list of great apps for new homeowners to our eight favorites.

1. Centriq

Winner of the National Association of Home Builder’s “Game Changer” award, Centriq creates a personalized user manual for your new home.

According to Payton Stiewe, a leading Realtor in the Bay Area, “What the buyers like about Centriq is the fact that all the information is available in an app on their phone and if they need supplies, it’s easy to order them through the app. I personally am very excited about the recall notification that is coming soon. This way I can ensure that my buyers don’t buy a home with a dangerous appliance.”

2. GreenPal

Described as “Uber for lawn care,” GreenPal makes it easy to find, schedule and pay for lawn mowing for your new home. “Don’t worry about calling lawn care pros on Craigslist or flagging down vendors — GreenPal does the vetting and lets you pick who you want to work with,” says Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal.

3. Moved

Designed to be your personal moving concierge, Moved manages the entire moving process. The app organizes your move, from finding movers, hiring packers and selling unwanted items to updating your address and even hiring cleaners and painters.

4. Everything But the House

Searching for unique décor for your new home? Look no further than Everything But the House, an entire estate sale marketplace conveniently packaged in an app. All items on EBTH start at $1 and you’ll have seven days to bid against other shoppers.

5. NextDoor

NextDoor allows you to easily communicate with and get to know your new neighbors. The app allows you to share recommendations, as well as keep up on neighborhood events.

6. iScape

iScape is a dream-come-true for the design challenged among us. Take a picture of your outdoor space and the app allows you to visualize potential improvements. You can experiment with different kinds of flowers and shrubs before you commit to buying them.

7. Homezada

Homezada keeps all your homeownership details organized and in one place. A digital hub for home improvements, home maintenance, inventory and finances, Homezada makes getting your new home up and running a snap.

8. ADT Pulse

Pulse allows you to monitor your new home’s alarms, security cameras, motion detectors and more. You’ll be able to relax knowing that you’ll be alerted to any issues.

No matter your family’s needs, these apps help make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible. Have other suggestions for apps that make your life easier as a new homeowner? Let us know in the comments.

Seve Kale is a contributor to NewHomeSource.

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