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18 renovation apps to know for your next project

Everybody needs a little help sometimes 

Whatever home improvement job, there's probably an app out there that will help.
Sunny Eckerle

Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today's advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process.

Below, we rounded up 15 standouts across three categories—plan, design, and expert help—available on iOS and/or Android, many of which are free to download. And if you need to declutter first, check out our roundup of the best apps and sites for selling old stuff around the house.

Plan

1. Home Design 3D: For drawing rooms, testing out furniture all in one app (some features like saving designs and 3D-viewing require upgrades.)

Free on iOS, Android

Home Design 3D.

2. Roomscan Pro: For creating floor plans just by touching your phone to each wall or by scanning the floor with your phone camera (iOS 11 only).

Free on iOS

3. magicplan: For creating floor plans from photos of a room.

Free on iOS, Android

4. Photo Measures: For saving measurements directly on your own photos.

$6.99 on iOS, $4.99 on Android

Photo Measures.

5. Handymobi: For organizing home improvement projects, browsing and sharing DIY project ideas; a free toolbox includes a unit converter, level tool, and calculator.

Free on Android

Design

6. Tap Painter: For visualizing paint colors (from major brands like Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and more) on interior spaces.

Free on iOS

7. Houzz: For access to over 17 million high-resolution photos of design ideas, plus new features like "View in My Room 3D” (virtually try out over 1 million products in your own home) and "Sketch" (add products, notes, and collaborators to photos on Houzz.)

Free on iOS, Android

Houzz Interior Design Ideas.

8. Pinterest: For discovering and organizing design and decor ideas (including those found on Curbed!)

Free on iOS, Android

9. Chairish: For buying and selling pre-loved home decor, vintage furniture, art, and more; a “preview” feature lets you see items in your space.

Free on iOS

10. Palette Cam: For creating color palette from phone camera photos.

Free on iOS

11. Hutch: For virtually trying out curated decor styles in your space just by taking a photo.

Free on iOS and Android

DIY Tools

12. iHandy Level: For a general purpose level right in your pocket.

Free on iOS and Android

iHandy Level.

13. Home Improvement Calcs: For over 250 home improvement calculations and unit conversions in one app.

$1.99 on iOS

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

Free on Android

Expert Help

15. HomeAdvisor: For discovering and comparing contractors and instant bookings.

Free on iOS, Android

HomeAdvisor.

16. Smith: Home Remodel, Improvement & Repairs: For getting multiple bids from pre-screened contractors within 24 hours.

Free on iOS, Android

17. Thumbtack: For recommendations on contractors for all sorts of home-related jobs.

Free on iOS, Android

18. Havenly: For working with a professional interior designer on your project; chat with a designer for free or book a custom project starting at $79.

Free on iOS

Did we miss something? Share your favorites in the comments below.