Our top apps for house hunting, renovating & decorating

Technology is all about helping make our lives easier and these days hunting for the perfect property, decoration inspiration and renovation ideas can all be found in the palm of our hands. We have put together our must-have apps for the savvy home owner, or soon to be home owner.

1. Houzz Australia

Once you’ve found the house of your dreams, it’s time to start making it feel like home. Houzz is the perfect one-stop shop for interior design inspiration with a range of tips, ideas and suggestions to help make your house a home. We love the visual images and tags, which make shopping for your new home a breeze. Download Houzz Australia here.

2. MagicPlan

If you’re serious about renovating, MagicPlan is the app you need to have. This ingenious interior-mapping app allows you to create a floorplan of you home by simply taking photos of each room. You can then draw up your own space within the app, save it as a PDF or JPG file and you’re done. Download MagicPlan here.

3. Paint My Place

Say goodbye to swatches and sample pots. Paint My Place helps you really see what colour perfectly suits your home. Just take a photo of the exterior of your home or a specific wall, apply the commonly available commercial paint colours to the image and watch the magic happen. It’s designed to give you a sense of how the final result will look before the brush goes anywhere near the wall and we love it. It’s free, but the premium version lets you try multiple colours and save each option. Download Paint My Place here.

4. AroundMe

Moving to a new suburb or area can be daunting, especially when you don’t know where all the places you need to survive and thrive are. AroundMe solves this problem and helps you find nearby points of interest, such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and much more. It’s free and easy to use with Google map functionality built in. Download AroundME here.

5. Walk Score

Looking to purchase a new home, but want to check out the area first? Walk Score helps you compare suburbs and provides a score based on its proximity to nearby attractions, schools, parks and supermarkets. Each suburb receives an overall score out of 100. A great app to use when choosing between a few suburbs. Download Walk Score here.