Pamela Bailey
RE/MAX On the Move | Insight | Advantage | 603-770-0369 | [email protected]


Posted by Pamela Bailey on 5/5/2021


Preserving your resale value starts with spending time and money on small repairs rather than waiting until you need a major renovation. Luckily, there are home maintenance apps built for busy owners who have a lot of other responsibilities on their plate. Far more than just a glorified notes section on your phone, the wide variety of apps available means you can tailor the experience specifically to your property. We'll look at some popular apps so you can determine if they're right for you.

Appliance Management

Can't find the user manual for your dishwasher? Unsure of how to troubleshoot a stuck water valve? Apps like Centriq were designed to provide critical information about your appliances. All you have to do is take a photo of the product label, upload it into the app and access the data. The app can also alert you if there are any safety recalls to the appliances so you can keep your home safe.

Landscaping Management

Ignoring your soil, shrubs and flowers can make the entire property look neglected. Apps like iScape were designed to help people find plants that will accent the home's best features (and thrive in your climate). These augmented reality suggestions can make your yard more functional when you're there and more attractive to potential buyers when you're ready to put it on the market.

Chore Management

From changing filters to replacing batteries, standard home maintenance tasks are easier to keep up with when you have an app. Get the alerts you need and pare down your to-do list one by one. Apps like Househappy not only streamline information about your home's major systems (e.g., electrical, plumbing, etc.), but can also connect you to contractors if you have a question or if you have an issue that you're not quite ready to take on alone.

Project Management

If you're the kind of homeowner who wants to ramp up their DIY skills, apps like DIY Tip Genius are there to inspire. With ideas for every skill level, this can be a great way for anyone to dip their feet into the DIY pool. Whether you repaint, install your own shelves or do a mini-bathroom makeover, becoming more invested in your home sends a strong message to potential buyers. You're telling them that this property has been well-cared for.

Financial Management

The right financial tools can help you understand more about your equity and depreciation. Apps like HomeZada can tell you more about what you own and how values are changing over time. From insurance to home sale price, you can get a sense of how the forecast should impact your home maintenance plans. For example, does it make sense to replace or repair your roof if you're planning to sell a year from now?

The right home maintenance app depends on your interest, DIY skills and future plans. Those who are in a seller's market may only need to do so much maintenance to keep their home at the top of its game. No matter what, the technology can be a game-changer when it comes to simultaneously preventing major issues and improving the home's resale value.





Posted by Pamela Bailey on 10/3/2018

While home ownership can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience, it does bring with it a new set of responsibilities and demands. Whether you're buying a brand new home or a fixer-upper, several things will have a major impact on your lifestyle.

One of them is the need is to personally handle or manage your own repairs, decorating, and home improvements. In many cases, you can (and should) hire a professional to do the actual work, but there are a lot of projects you can do more cost-effectively on your own.

The first one that comes to mind is interior painting. If you want to keep your home looking fresh, well maintained, and visually appealing, repainting your walls and ceilings every few years is a necessity. How often you need to break out the paint brushes, rollers, and drop cloths depends on several factors. For example, some rooms are subjected to more wear and tear than others. Bedroom walls, hallways, and bathrooms often seem to need the most attention, but kitchens, family rooms, and other areas of the home are usually not far behind.

If you've been noticing that one or more of your rooms are starting to look scuffed, faded, or dull, then it may be time to roll up your sleeves and give those walls a fresh coat of paint! It always makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of that room, and it typically can be completed in less than a day -- especially if you team up with an energetic spouse, friend, or family member. If you're focused and organized, a room-painting project can often be completed by lunchtime. (Depending on who's providing the help, however, you might be expected to provide lunch!)

When procrastination is a problem, taking small steps will often help you gather momentum and keep moving forward on your painting project. An easy, but necessary first step is to pick out and bring home an assortment of color samples from your local hardware or paint store. Holding them up to your walls and seeing whether they complement existing furniture, flooring, and decorating schemes will help you choose a color you'll be satisfied with.

If you're not ready to tackle the project right away, you can still purchase the paint, rollers, and other supplies. Assuming you're not going to postpone the project indefinitely, you'll be a lot more likely to get started in the near future if the supplies are already in the house. You'll be streamlining the process and nudging yourself to get the job done soon by purchasing the painting supplies and having them close at hand.

While motivating yourself to do projects around the house may sometimes seem to be the biggest hurdle to clear, starting small and gaining momentum as you go is often an effective way to keep your home looking its best at all times!