In an age where technology is changing the ball game across all sectors of life, property is no different. We are all looking for those apps that make our life that little bit easier, give us that bit of inspiration or simply give us a helping hand and we at Davis Brown estate agents are all over it! We thought we would round up our top apps for property lovers, from finding it to styling it for all manner of abodes; so whether you have a city pad in fancy Fitzrovia or a country home in Oxfordshire, you deserve to have these on your smart phones!
Finding your property:
RightMove and OnTheMarket
These property portal apps are easy to use, and allow you to shortlist and favourite properties until your hearts content. We particularly like the easy to use, straightforward approach of the OnTheMarket app whilst RightMove’s map search is invaluable for those looking in a specific location. Every chartered surveyor and estate agent in the land will be using these two!
With your shortlist at the ready, it’s time to get out on your viewings! It’s a good idea to take public transport where you can when looking for a property as it gives you an idea of the area and its locality. Citymapper has long been hailed as the go-to app to get about and the ‘Get Me Home’ function is eternally useful for those who have a tendency to get a little lost!
Once you have found the property of your dreams, it’s time to get to know the area a little better. Use Around Me to search for the nearest doctors, petrol stations, bars, hotels…anything! Use this app to get a feel of the property’s surrounding area, and to work whether the location is going to provide you with everything you need.
Buying your property:
Stamp duty calculator
Not the most exciting of apps, but definitely necessary for those in property. Type in the property amount and it generates the stamp duty costs. Knowing how much stamp duty is owed on a property is an important factor in price negotiations and financial planning – a definite essential.
Created by the independent mortgage broker London and Country, Mortgage Assist allows the user to compare rates and calculate costs provides the user with a good rough guide that can be accessed anytime, anywhere!
Styling your property:
Stuck for ideas? Head to Pinterest. With an infinite number of photos, articles and blogs, it’s possible to bring even the most unusual of interior ideas to life as the likelihood is if you’ve thought of it…someone’s already pinned it!
Ikea – the ever relevant go to for home furniture and furnishings. Although you can’t shop on the app, whiling away the hours browsing through their on screen catalogue is definitely not wasted time. The app also has a clever feature which allows you to take a photo of your room, and place a piece of furniture in it – while it may not look that realistic, it does give you a good idea of how that coveted armchair you’ve been looking at will look!
No explanation necessary – a ruler is an essential for any property lovers’ pocket!
We have all had those moments…enthusiasm takes over and suddenly hanging your new canvas on the wall at 11:00pm at night seems like a genius idea…until you take a step back and it’s wonky. iHandy is a handy(!) tool that turns your iPhone into a leveller and will save you many a mistaken hole in the wall.
If you like Pinterest, you’ll love Houzz. Reams and reams of pictures and postings for all the inspiration you need and handily categorised by room. You can even create your own mood boards to save the things you like.
How many times have you been to a shop, seen that perfect photo frame for the living room or the fabric you’re after for your curtains on offer… and realised you can’t buy any of it because you haven’t got the measurements?! We have all been there, but this app ensures you are never lost again. Take a photo of the window or picture, and add the measurements on to the relevant places! Note, this is especially useful when purchasing fabric so you can get that extra length out of your width!