Mobile apps can be great organizational tools for many aspects of life. Many of us reach for our phones to check our calendars, make bank deposits and transfers, make appointments, and even log our daily calories and exercise. It’s no surprise that designers have created apps specifically intended to help you buy and sell real estate. The only problem is that the number of apps out there can become overwhelming when you’re trying to do research and find help. With that in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best apps for preparing to sell your home.
This app doesn’t deal directly with buying and selling real estate, but it can be a big help for sellers who are preparing their homes to be put on the market. Use Houzz to find inspiration for home updates, staging tips, and what the current trends are in the design world.
The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius
Like Houzz, this is a great app for sellers who are looking to fix things up a little before their house goes on the market. The app offers pro tips and trade secrets that help save time, money, and hassle when you have projects to complete before your home goes on the market. These tips can make all the difference between a poorly executed DIY project and one you’re proud to claim as your own.
Real Estate Dictionary
This is one app that’s great for any participant in a real estate transaction. Real Estate Dictionary can help you crack that pesky industry jargon you hear from real estate agents, attorneys, home inspectors, and other professionals. Need to know what an easement is? Not sure what REO means? Confused about the difference between the terms REALTOR® and real estate agent? Crack open your trusty dictionary app!
Use the official Realtor.com app to research recent sales in your area and properties that are currently on the market. You can also calculate how your home’s price per square foot compares to other houses in the area. Knowing what’s going on in your local real estate market is the key to keeping informed when selling a home. Price your home too high, and you might lose buyers to comparable homes in your neighborhood. Price it too low, and buyers will either wonder what’s wrong with your home, or you’ll either miss out on extra cash in your pocket.
Create a handy dandy floor plan for your home using MagicPlan. Simply open up the app and take a stroll around the house, taking pictures along the way. Based on the images you provide, the app will automatically map out each room of the house and produce a quality floor plan. Print out your plan or add it to the photos section of your MLS listing.
If you want to share immersive photos of your home with potential buyers, try using 360 Panorama. As the name suggests, this app is designed to turn your phone or tablet into a full-featured, 360-degree panoramic camera. This is a great option if you want to do a virtual tour but can’t afford to pay a professional.
Organize your attempt to sell your home with Evernote. Collect ideas, images, and notes in one place to go back and review later on your phone, laptop, or tablet. Clip articles and images you find the internet with the Web Clipper feature. You can even share your organized notebooks with your significant other and your real estate agent.a