Successful real estate agents know more than just the inner-workings of their market; additionally, they are knowledgable about a wide range of topics related to the buying and selling process, including ways to improve a listing’s marketability to prospective buyers.
Here are three apps designed to help you and your buyer clients with anything and everything DIY:
1. BrightNest – One of the most helpful apps in the entire app-mosphere, BrightNest offers thousands of short articles on cleaning, organizing, DIY projects and home maintenance. Do you need help inspecting an attic or basement before a home showing? Perhaps you’re hosting an open house, and need a quick tip to use materials on hand to create a fresh, citrusy fragrance? Or maybe you need to swap out a listing’s air filters? Whatever the task at hand, chances are BrightNest will be of assistance.
Additionally, BrightNest allows users to customize tips based on their needs, so agents can tweak the app to assist them with their brand of listings.
2. Houzz Interior Design Ideas – For redecorating or renovating inspiration, Houzz’s “Interior Design Ideas” app, which The New York Times rated the best app for home improvement, is hard to beat. Some of its features include: more than 10 million high-resolution photos of home interiors and exteriors that users can browse, save and share; contact information for more than one million home improvement professionals; and the ability to place products within home photos, to see how they would look in the living space.
So whether you are considering staging options for a listing or tackling a property in need of more dramatic alterations, the Houzz app should help you create an actionable vision.
3. iScape – Great landscaping has been shown to raise a listing’s value, and the iScape app allows agents to visualize how their clients’ homes will look with different kinds of grass, mulch, pavers, stones and other landscaping details.
By simply using the Camera app on a mobile phone, users can take a photo of a home’s exterior and then add various options to the photo, including: evergreen and flowering trees; different kinds of shrubs; perennial and annual flowers; planters; water features; architectural details, like patios and retention walls; and even different kinds of cacti!