The age of mobile technology is upon us and those who choose not to conform are being left in the dust (alongside last year’s outdated edition of the iPhone). Staying informed and connected has now become a top priority, and thanks to mobile phone applications, we can do just about anything right from our cell phones and tablets.
Mobile Apps work great for booking reservations, playing online games and even teaching you Mandarin Chinese...but what about when it comes to homes?
Houzz (Free) allows users to create a virtual idea book for their home or browse other members stock of home photos, ideas and advice. People from all over the world can upload pictures of their own homes while interacting with homeowners and decorators with the same interests and inspirations. This app is also a great resource for those searching for Tampa custom home builders, as it allows users to search for professional homebuilders in their area and see pictures of their work.
At Home ($14.99) allows homeowners the ability to monitor the status of their home from their mobile phone, providing them with security and stability while away from home. This application can even show you when your garage door was last opened or which one of your motion detectors have been activated.
Trulia Real Estate app (Free) is essential for those looking to buy, sell, or rent properties in the Tampa Bay area. This app does most of the community research for you, showing nearby restaurants, shopping centers and even open houses.
Great Schools Finder (Free) is the perfect research tool for families looking to move into or build a new home in the Tampa area. This app gives you detailed listings of all the local schools nearby your prospective home. Parents can check reviews, ratings and test scores of each school.
Tampa To Do (Free) is the ultimate list of fun things to see and do in Tampa. Restaurants, shopping, and local events are all just a touch away. Not to mention the app also includes GPS navigation and weather updates.
Home Elephant (Free) combines social media with community involvement and includes updates on information such as: lost and found pets, construction notices and neighborhood watches.
Color Snap (Free) comes in handy for those who are looking to paint their home, allowing you to snap a picture of a color on your phone and have it instantly matched to a paint color at Sherwin Williams. The app also allows you to create custom color palettes for your home and share them online. This app could be beneficial for a Tampa builder or designer as well as for DIY projects.
Tampa Bay Local News ($.99) allows Tampa residents to stay connected to all the latest news headlines by collecting updates from all the major newspapers and stations in the area. This convenient collaboration sure beats checking in with each individual news source.
Whether you already reside in Tampa or are interested in building a custom home in the many surrounding areas…next time you think of doing something the hard way, remember: There’s an app for that.
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