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.
Lucky for you, there are apps for all those things and more! From moving to meeting neighbors to home security, we’ve narrowed down the list of great apps for new homeowners. And as an added bonus, all these apps are free, and most are available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Androids!
These are our favorites:
Winner of the National Association of Home Builder’s “Game Changer” award, Centriq makes home maintenance, and managing the products in your home, such as appliances, easy. If anything in your new home needs fixing, simply take a picture of the product label, upload it to the app and the app fetches the user manual, troubleshooting guides, a list of parts, how to videos, and more.
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.”
Described as “Uber for lawn care,” GreenPal makes it easy to find, schedule and pay for lawn mowing for your new home. Use the app to get next day lawn care from trustworthy professionals.
GreenPal lets homeowners list their lawn and get next day service from local lawn care pros. Service providers bid on your project, and get paid through the app, so you homeowners don’t have to on the property while their yard gets mowed.
Designed to be your personal moving concierge, Moved manages the entire moving process for you. The app is a one-stop shop for your move. It will organize your move every step of the way, from finding movers, hiring packers and selling unwanted items, to updating your address and even hiring cleaners and painters.
Moved connects you with an assistant who helps manage all the complexity in the moving process, including logistics, downsizing services, and mail forwarding. The service also helps you find moving professionals, affordable packing materials, and storage facilities.
Do you want unique décor for your new home? Look no further than Everything But The House (EBTH), an estate sale marketplace conveniently packaged in an app.
EBTH combines the beautiful finds of an estate sale with the convenience of eBay. Items on EBTH start at $1, and you’ll have seven days to bid against other shoppers.
NextDoor is a fantastic communication app for neighbors and communities. Think of it as a big group chat with everyone in your community. For people who haven’t bought a home yet, NextDoor is a great tool to get an authentic feel for your potential new community, too.
NextDoor allows you to easily communicate with and get to know new neighbors, even if you don’t have their contact information. The app allows you to share service recommendations and keep up on neighborhood events.
iScape is a dream come true for the design challenged among us. Take a picture of your outdoor space and the app will help you visualize potential improvements. You can experiment with different kinds of flowers, shrubs, and furniture before you commit to buying them.
iScape’s augmented reality lets homeowners truly visualize the potential of their outdoor spaces. It gives you the chance to design the perfect outdoor retreat, buy what you need with in-app purchases, and is a lot of fun to play with.
iScape is the only app on our lists that only works on iOS devises. If you have an Android device, but want to use iScape’s augmented reality to plan your backyard, hopefully a friend will let you borrow their iPhone.
Homezada is an easy-to-use home inventory app. It helps homeowners manage important documents and plan projects.
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 alarm, security cameras, motion detectors, and more. You’ll be able to relax knowing that you’ll be quickly alerted to any issues as they arise.
ADT Pulse lets homeowners arm their security systems from almost anywhere in the world, turn lights and small appliances on and off from the app, lock and unlock doors from the app, and more.
No matter your family’s needs, these apps help make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible. Do you have other suggestions for apps that make your life easier as a new homeowner? Let us know in the comments.
Seve Kale is an award-winning freelancer writer and former content intern for NewHomeSource. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013 with a degree in Government, Humanities and Spanish.
Prior to working with NewHomeSource, she interned in the Press Section at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires and traveled extensively throughout South America