There’s an app for just about everything these days. Whether you want to stream videos, search for terms in a digital encyclopedia, or post pictures to share with your friends, the multitude of apps that are available cover a wide spectrum of our needs, expanding the functionality of our smartphones and tablets even further than what they’re capable of by default.
For homeowners, this means there’s a number of apps out there that can help reduce the stress and chaos that can sometimes come with owning a home. Modernize.com has put together a list of the best, most essential apps for homeowners.
Whether you’re buying a home for the first time or are a seasoned homeowner, there are sure to be times when someone will email a document to you that needs to be signed and you’ll wish there was an easier way to do it besides printing it out, signing by hand, and then snail-mailing it back to the sender. You’ve probably had to print and sign such documents many times already, which is going to make you even more grateful for DocuSign.
Free for both Android and iOS devices, DocuSign allows you to open files that have been sent to you, sign them, then return them to the sender. Sign just once using your finger or stylus and DocuSign will save your signature, allowing you to simply click to place your signature on the area of the document where you want your signature to be. You can even fill out all the other fields on documents, then email them as well as uploading them to your preferred cloud storage service. In short, you’ll find DocuSign to be a godsend when it comes to all the ongoing paperwork that buying and owning a house entails.
Have you ever wished there was a way to really see your landscaping ideas before you invest the money required to put your plan into motion? Look no further than iScape, the app that lets you take a photo of your own yard, then create an amazing landscape design around your actual home.
The full app is $9.99 and is currently only available for iOS, but there’s a free “lite” version that’s available for both Android and iOS. Just draw with your finger the areas where you want to place the type of grass you like best, then drag and drop a variety of trees, planets, shrubbery, and lawn decor to create your ideal landscape.
We’ve all been guilty of misplacing or forgetting about a bill, then getting charged an additional fee for paying it late. If this happens regularly, late fees can quickly add up. BillMinder is more than just an app that reminds you when your bills are do, although it does that very well too. By inputting each of your monthly expenses—credit card bills, utility bills, mortgages, car payments, loan payments, and any other type of recurring bill that you pay—into the app, you can see your monthly expense calendar, which highlights your due dates throughout the month.
Like many similar apps, you can setup alerts and notifications so that the app will alert you when you have a due date approaching. Additionally, BillMinder can generate a variety of useful charts, graphs, and even expense reports so you can see where your money goes each month and ways that you can save. BillMinder costs $1.99 and $2.99 for iOS and Android devices, respectively, and by creating a free BillMinder account, you can sync and access your information on all your devices.
It seems like apps designed to help manage your expenses are a dime a dozen, but there are some key features that separate a really useful expense manager app from all the rest. Home Budget is a bill tracker and expense manager in a similar vain as BillMinder, but with some key differences. Whereas BillMinder is mainly a bill tracker with some expense management features, Home Budget is a comprehensive finance management tool that you could also use to track bills.
Unlike many other similar apps, Home Budget can also track your bank account information in such a way that a bill becomes an expense the moment you pay the bill, automatically subtracting that amount from the appropriate bank account. Once all your bills are paid and your expenses are adjusted, you can see an exact amount that reflects the money left over. Additionally, Home Budget has a rollover feature where each month’s budgetary remainder is added to the previous month, allowing you to watch your savings grow and see how your spending habits are changing over time.
The feature that sets Home Budget apart the most, though, is that it allows you to have multiple users accessing the data, which means your whole family can access and input expenses. This makes it much easier for a family to work together and live within a single budget.
There are two versions of Home Budget: the full version and the lite version. Both versions come with the syncing feature, but the lite versions for Android and iOS are designed to be a temporary trial. The full version of Home Budget is available for iOS and Android devices for $4.99 and $5.99, respectively.