9 Helpful Apps for Homeowners
Keep your bills in check, rent your extra space or get paid to save energy with the apps and services on this list
We know you’ve got a lot on your plate, so we’ll keep this intro brief. If you’re looking for some apps to help you out, save you time, earn you money or make your life easier (who isn’t?), here’s the perfect list for you.
Earn some passive income with Airbnb
If you’re a homeowner with an empty bedroom or an extra flat, Airbnb is an app that helps fill those rooms and puts some extra cash in your pocket.
Starting in 2008, Airbnb has become a popular choice for travelers to find local accommodations around the world. To get started, all you have to do is list your home, set your rules, and post your listing. You won’t have to worry about letting strangers into your home because Airbnb has built their app to ensure you have the power to choose guests your trust. Their security features include identity confirmation, reviews, and, ultimately, providing you the final say as to who will stay. Also, to ensure your home is safe from vandalism and theft, Airbnb offers secondary insurance which provides you with US $1 million coverage.
If you’re really unsure about the safety of your home, this next app will be very helpful.
Ever had that feeling that you put something somewhere but somehow just can’t seem to find it? If you ever had those doubts or worries that something you misplaced was in actual fact stolen, Encircle is here to change that. This helpful app for homeowners allows you to create a catalogue or inventory of everything you own. You can quickly and easily document all the items in your rooms by snapping pictures and organizing them in the app.
If you ever need to make an insurance claim for damaged property or strengthen your accusation that the previous tenant stole something, this app will give you that peace of mind.
If you find yourself falling behind on your household chores or want to put together a to-do list for spring cleaning, check out HomeSavvy.
When you download this app, you’ll be asked a series of questions about your home, for example:
- Do you have a pool?
- Do you have carpets or wood floors?
After answering these questions, the app will put together a list of tasks and reminders you need to do. You can either do the tasks yourself or appoint hired help to get it done. This app is helpful for the upkeep and maintenance of your home or property.
Download HomeSavvy for Web
Billminder has to be one of the most helpful apps for homeowners. It was designed specifically to help you pay your bills on time.
Let’s face it, owning a home is a huge responsibility and managing it an absolute requirement. To ensure you never forget a payment, you can put your electric, water, credit card, internet, phone, and any other bill into the app. Afterward, you’ll receive notifications before you have to pay.
This app is perfect for homeowners who struggle to pay their bills on time. By the way, if you combine this with the next app, you might be able to earn extra money from one of your bills to pay it back.
OhmConnect is an incredibly helpful service for homeowners to earn money by turning off your lights. Can you believe it - that you can not only save, but earn money by saving electricity?
Before you sign up for OhmConnect, make sure you’re eligible. Your electricity bill must come from one of the following companies:
- Pacific Gas & Electric Company
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- Southern California, Edison
- Toronto Hydro
If you’re electricity bill does come from one of those companies, you can start earning now, with the average user taking home ~$300 per year.
OhmConnect works by sending notifications to your phone during peak periods when energy is in high demand. If turn off your lights, shut off your TV, or anything else to reduce your energy usage, you get paid!
You won’t believe this but there’s a way to stuff a plumb bob, a surface leveler, a steel protractor and a steel ruler all into your back pocket.
Meet iHandy Carpenter, a clever and helpful app for homeowners which gives homeowners all the carpentry tools they need - right on their phone.
If you’re doing some home renovations and you want to save some money on those expensive tools to level your pictures and keep your lines vertical, get this app!
If you’re looking for free tips and great advice to improve your home and save some money, try BrightNest. BrightNest is designed by homeowners for homeowners and provides a lot of useful resources to keep your home in great shape.
You can set friendly reminders to cut the grass, learn how to make renovations to your home, or helpful tips to tidy up without breaking a sweat.
BrightNest is a fully customizable app your home will be thankful for.
If you own any HomeLogic products, this app puts them all under the control of your smartphone. The HomeLogic Mobile Control App lets you access all your home systems. If you have a security camera, you can pan, tilt, or zoom, to scan the area while you’re not at home.
If you have a home theatre system, you can control all the audio and set the perfect mood for you’re weekly movie night.
You can also integrate your irrigation system, pool and much more.
Download the HomeLogic App for Web
Universal AC Remote Control
Don’t tell your kids about this app, otherwise you might be getting phone calls from the school principal. Universal AC Remote Control is a clever app it not just for homeowners but for anyone who wants to control the air temperature. To use this app, all you need to know if the make and the model of the AC unit in the space you’re in. After that, point and adjust to any temperature you desire.This is very helpful when you can’t find the remote to turn on the AC in the summer or to shut it off to earn some money with OhmConnect.
Personal secret: I’ve used this app to turn off the AC on trains in Indonesia when they have it blasting during cool evenings rides.