Market research released by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) states that although males still dominate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) segment of the automotive aftermarket, female DIY enthusiasts now make up one-third of all DIYers in US households.
Thanks to the upswing in smartphone apps available on the market, there are also apps for the dedicated DIYer. For the modern DIYer, a well-made smartphone app can be as crucial as hammer and a box of nails.
There are more than 50 applications developed to help DIYers design, refurbish, and maintain their homes, here are just some of them:
Houzz Interior Design Ideas (iPhone/Android, Free)
If you have plans of renovating your home, then this app is ideal for you. It features more than 1.5 million images of glamorous interiors, all organized by design professionals, editors, and savvy homeowners. It’s like a massive scrapbook, with content coming from the 10 million monthly users Houzz Interior Design Ideas have, who tag photos with comments and descriptions.
Behr ColorSmart (iPhone/Android, Free)
This app allows you preview colors within generic room images and estimate how much paint you will need. All you have to do is take a photo of the color that you prefer, whether it’s a painted wall or a piece of cloth and upload it for analysis. It then matches the color to something from the manufacturer’s ranges.
The Home Depot (iPhone/Android, Free)
A great shopping app equipped with extra tools for the homeowner, the Home Depot app also has a voice recognition feature which is very accurate. You can say what you need and add the item to your list. You can also scan the bar code of a product you have but need to replace, such as an empty can of paint.
Running these DIY apps can take its toll on your smartphone’s battery so it is also pertinent to practice energy-conserving steps. Kim Shadbolt, Digital Marketing Manager for pocket fruity and app expert, recently documented in a blog post that closing your apps when you’re not using them can extend your phone’s energy. Double click on the little home button after using each app at all times. This is especially applicable when using apps like Houzz Interior Design Ideas when you could be away from any recharge locations for long periods.
These DIY apps not only makes your project easier, they also help you make most out of your budget.
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