Nowadays the one item that we all consider an indispensable part of our lives is our smartphones; nobody can argue with the fact that they can no longer be without their phone for even an hour, not to mention an entire day. In our fast paced lifestyles we are fortunate to have technology and information available at our finger tips 24/7.
“With our lives being so busy and everyone seeming like they are always in a rush, we rarely have the time to tend to those matters on the ‘to-do-list’. Conveniently for, there are various apps & tools available to make our lives easier. Apps have transformed how we engage in our everyday lives, as there is an app for almost everything and anything we wish to do or have done. They have become an integral part in our lives as they provide a convenient, easy and fast way of accessing information or utilising a service with just a tap of the screen” says Craig Hutchison, CEO Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
We take a look at a few free apps aimed at homeowners, and how you can put them to good use:
Gardening: Gardening with Babylonstoren
A handy gardening app that connects you to a library of information and useful tips as, well as giving you direct access to the top South African gardening specialists to turn you into a professional gardener. It is the first community based gardening app in South Africa and is a great source of gardening know-how.
Monitor your budget: Old Mutual’s 22Seven (Boss your Money)
A budgeting app which allows you to sync any bank account or even reward card to keep track of all your debit or credits. It provides easy integration with accounts, and external related financial services, which makes it easy and also quite fun to track your incomings and expenses. It provides you with a holistic and detailed overview of your daily, weekly and monthly spending, as well as splitting up your spending into various subcategories, namely eating out, cell phone and bank charge expenses, to show you exactly where the bulk of your money goes to. In this way, the app will pick up trends in your spending habits that can then help you to make better, informed spending decisions. In addition to adding bank and reward cards, you can add your own personal notes on loans as well as also linking your investment accounts. They also have a very insightful blog which you will have access to.
Décor & DIY: Pinterest
A visual bookmarking app that helps you discover and save creative ideas, it includes everything from recipes and home ideas to make-up and style inspiration. Pinterest is full of possibilities to design your life and projects for your home as well as plenty of other ideas to try out.
Just some of the functions Pinterest offers you:
- Find everyday ideas you love for example what to make for dinner, what to put on your walls, what to wear and more ideas for every part of your daily life.
- You are able to save ideas for later and organize ideas by topic, so they’re always easy to find.
- Search by keyword or with your camera – discover ideas inspired by anything you point the Pinterest camera at.
- Collaborate with friends and save ideas together for your next group trip, party or project.
Both applications offer daily updated listings of property for sale, to rent as well as commercial property throughout the country. There is plenty of info and advice available on these sites from finding an agent or an attorney to the On Show homes listed for the weekend. Another option is to visit the Engel & Völkers website, to browse properties from around the world in one easy location.
Adding a splash of paint: Dulux Visualizer paint
Gives you a live impression of what your room will look like in any color paint before you actually paint it. Using unique augmented reality technology, you can see realistic Dulux paint colours appear on your walls.
Home services: Snappy home
An app that gives you access to services that provides you with many services around the home, namely electricians, handymen, pest control, removals, cleaning and many more. Guarantees excellent service through trustworthy and accredited service partners. You can access, book and pay for any service in just a few quick steps.
Buyers home inspection checklist: The Home Inspection Checklist
Fully customizable, where a buyer viewing various properties can create their own categories and check lists. When you are inspecting residential properties this app helps make the process to record and document your check lists of the property you are viewing fast and easy, for your perusal later.
- Create unlimited checklist.
- Customize your own checklist.
- Create your own categories and checkpoints.
- Take pictures and comment on every checkpoints.
- Attached your inspection report data into an email.