Renovation apps you should know about for your next project

Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today’s advances in internet technology, there’s likely to be an excellent app ready to help you with every part of the process.

Below we’ve rounded up 18 highlights in three categories – Plan, Design and Expert Help – available for iOS and/or Android, many of which are free to download. And if you need to clean up first, check out our roundup of the best apps and websites for selling old stuff around the house.

Apps to help you plan

Home design 3D.

1. Home design 3D: For salons, testing furniture in an app (Some features like saving designs and 3D viewing require upgrades.)

Free on iOS, Android

2. Roomscan Pro: To create floor plans by simply touching any wall with your phone or scanning the floor with your phone camera.

Free on iOS

3. Magic Plan: To create floor plans from photos of a room.

Free on iOS, Android

The interior of a living area.  In the picture are dimensions of the walls and other surfaces and a box with the inscription: access to the garden.

photo measures

4. Photo dimensions: To save measurements directly on your own photos.

$6.99 on iOS, $4.99 on Android

Apps to help you design your space

5. Color Tester: For visualizing paint colors (from big brands like Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams and others) indoors.

Free on iOS

Woman looking at a phone.

Houzz’s View in My Room 3D feature.

6. Houzz: To access over 20 million high-resolution photos of design ideas, as well as features like View In My Room 3D (virtually try over 1 million products in your own home); You can also research and hire home improvement and buy products and materials on the platform.

Free on iOS, Android

7.Pinterest: For discovering and organizing design and furnishing ideas.

Free on iOS, Android

8. Color911: To create color palettes for decoration projects.

$4 on iOS

9. Chaerish: For buying and selling beloved home decor, vintage furniture, art and more; A “preview” feature lets you view items in your space.

Free on iOS

10. Pallet Camera: To create color palettes from phone camera photos.

Free on iOS

11. Hutch: To see what potential furniture in your space might look like. Hutch virtually furnishes rooms using photos uploaded by users

Free on Android

The best DIY tools apps

A painting in a frame on a wall.  Next to the painting is a hand holding a mobile phone to the side of the painting.  There is a picture of a spirit level with different measurements on the mobile phone.

iHandy level.

12. iHandy level: For a universal spirit level right in your pocket.

Free on iOS and Android

13. Home Improvement Calculations: For over 250 DIY calculations and unit conversions in one app.

$1.99 on iOS

14. Craftsman Calculator: For all kinds of construction calculators and conversions.

Free on Android

Apps that offer expert help

An image of pages in the HomeAdvisor app.


15. Home Advisor: To find and compare contractors and instant bookings.

Free on iOS, Android

16. Angie’s list: To view reviews and compare offers for top local professionals.

Free for iOS, Android

17. Thumbtack: For recommendations on contractors for all types of household chores.

Free on iOS, Android

18. Havenly: To work with a professional interior designer on your project; Chat with a design expert and receive curated product selections when you book a package (From $79).

Free on iOS

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