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In With the New: Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements

Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements - In With the New: Mobile Apps That Can Help With Home Improvements
In the grand tradition of pretty much everything in life, there are always brand new things to help improve existing knowledge and processes. Today, we wanted to put a spotlight on mobile applications. Specifically, we wanted to discuss mobile apps that can help with home improvement tasks and projects.

WikiHow




If you’re a big fan of the website Wikipedia and the information that you can get there, then you will simply love this mobile app. It’s like Wikipedia but it gives some pretty detailed instructions on how to do a wide variety of tasks. If you’ve ever needed to change a showerhead or learn how to glue together some pieces of wood, this mobile app will have instructions for you.

Handyman Calculator


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If you’re a big fan of the whole DIY movement, you will know how annoying it can be to come across instructions which carry units of measurements that will require conversions. This app will do the work for you. All you have to do is to input the information that you need and it will run it through the formulas until you get the answer.  This app also has fractional and density calculators for those who want a really thorough calculator.

Pinterest




Yes, that app. A lot of weddings, christenings, and even homes are now affected by the information that people find on this app. If you are unfamiliar with it, Pinterest is a sort of idea board where people “pin” photos and articles that they would like to recreate in their own homes or offices. The whole “peg” approach of Pinterest can help give you inspiration about a space that you aren’t utilizing to its optimum capacity.

Photo Measures


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Available for both Android and iOS systems, this is one app that is pretty handy. It’s the sort of app that you will be thankful for when it comes to measuring your space when you’re thinking of buying furniture or adding or subtracting from the space. All you have to do is to take a snap of a space that you’re planning on working on and it’ll tag on notes that you’ll need. It will help you measure the space, and even tell you the present shade of paint or wallpaper that you are currently using.

In the world that we live in today, it is quite important to take advantage of our existing technology. After all, it only makes sense to do so. There are hundreds of mobile apps that can be downloaded for free or for a small fee. Just be sure to check which app is compatible with the OS that your phone or gadget is running before you hit that download button.

Going through our list, which mobile app do you think is something that you could use?

DIY vs. Hired: Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach

Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach - DIY vs. Hired: Pros and Cons of Each Construction Approach
Construction and improvement plans need a certain amount of planning and consideration before going through with it. There are, after all, so many things to cross off the list before starting. When it comes to thinking about doing any construction or improvements, people tend to have an internal discussion on whether they’re going to DIY or to hire a construction company.

Each approach does have its own set of pros and cons. This is what we will be focusing on with today’s discussion.

DIY




The advent of the DIY (do it yourself) has risen significantly in the age of the internet. The information that is needed to do small or large construction projects by them is readily obtainable by anyone who has an internet connection or a library card.

Of course, the DIYs have its own pros and cons:

Pros



  • DIY jobs can save you money – when you do not have to pay for costs of labor, the overall cost of the project goes down.

  • Complete control – when you are the one who is completely in charge of the project, you don’t have to stifle your creativity or your plans. A lot of the time construction firms employ architects and engineers that have very specified ways of doing certain things. Your plans may end up being subject to their processes.


Cons



  • Quality – when you aren’t particularly trained to handle construction projects, the overall quality of the result can suffer quite a bit. Don’t be surprised if the end results has an amateurish feel to it when you are a complete novice when it comes to construction.

  • Project Duration – when you are subject to trial and error, the overall completion of the project may take longer than initially desired. After all, you are solely responsible for the completion time of the construction.


Hiring a Construction Firm




Going with a construction firm is one of the options pursued by the people who want something built. Here are some of its pros and cons:

Pros



  • Professional Quality – established construction firms rely on providing clients with superior quality results.

  • Contractual Protection – good firms will always protect themselves and their clients with a contract. Should there be any delays or issues, the contract should protect the client.


Cons



  • Expense – construction jobs by construction firms will cost you a pretty penny. You are after all paying for labor costs, materials, hardware, permits, and so many other things.

  • Fraud – this is something that can happen to pretty much anyone. There are fraudulent firms out there that can fleece you out of a lot of money and leaving you with shoddy workmanship.


So when you’re thinking of building something—anything—you need to have a frank conversation with yourself and with other people involved. Always consider both the pros and cons of DIY and hiring construction firms.

If you were to build something, would you DIY or would you hire a construction company?

What You Should Avoid When it Comes to Improving Your Space

What You Should Avoid When it Comes to Improving Your Space - What You Should Avoid When it Comes to Improving Your Space
When you happen to have a home or an office space, improving that space to suit you is always an instinctual need. Today, we want to discuss what you should avoid when you’re aiming to improve your space.

Avoid Taking On Too Much




When it comes to changing the immediate environment, it is generally a bad idea to take on too much. Taking on too ambitious plans can end up overwhelming beginners. It is also fairly easy to lose track of what’s being done.

It is generally best to stick to one item of improvement at a time. That way you can save your money and have a sitting in period to determine if the improvement is actually helping the area.

Avoid Breaking the Bank




Budget always plays a big part in any improvement plans. When it comes to making any improvements to your space, always consult your means. If larger scale improvements like paint or lighting or even additional shelving are a bit out of your present budget, you can always think of making smaller improvements.

Do not underestimate how small improvements can elevate a space. Do not be afraid to experiment with smaller scale add-ons like pillows or a portrait. You do not have to break the bank in order to improve the interiors of a space.

Avoid Making Impulsive Decisions




General improvements should be thought out. It is always important to stay level about any improvement decisions that you’re undertaking. Impulsive decisions can end up costing you more and the end result may not be ideal.

As much as possible, it is important to have cohesive plans in order to avoid any mishaps. When you’re planning on adding or removing from your intended space, it is always important to really think things through.

Improving your space doesn’t have to be complicated or extensive. It can be something as simple as adding or removing a few pieces. We hope that after reading this article you’ll have a better idea of what you should avoid when it comes to improving your space.

So tell us, what sort of plans do you have for improving your space?