5 Smartphone Apps For Homebuyers And Homeowners
From the nail-biting stress of putting in a mortgage application to complications associated with waiting in a property chain, some things are unlikely to change when it comes to property-buying. But with an array of new smartphone apps now available for home-seekers and buyers, there are aspects of the process that have been well and truly brought into the 21st century.
Here are five great apps for homebuyers that could help you make purchasing a home less stressful and more enjoyable.
Crime Map England and Wales
Choosing your home presents a wealth of options, the first of which is where to buy? Obviously your geographical choice will be made based on a number of criteria, including work and family, but this little app also allows you to view crime rates in your prospective area so you can choose the safest place to live.
The Crime Map England and Wales is available for iPhone and Android. Using a map of your chosen area, you can view exactly where crime and antisocial behaviour is occurring, including details of the specific crimes. Then you can compare it to the national average. This is a great tool for anyone planning to move into an area they are not yet well acquainted with.
Around Me Places Tracker
Around Me is another great app for anyone new to an area. Using your current position, the app allows you to learn about what’s on offer in the area – from restaurants and coffee shops to hospitals and movie theatres.
Use it while you’re viewing prospective property purchases to find out how far you would have to go to get your morning cuppa or fill your tank with petrol.
Found the area of your dreams and want to find out how much that house on the corner weighs in at? Rightmove’s app enables you to use your current location to find property for sale and to let, then learn how much it would cost to live there. Plus, you get all the property details listed on the Rightmove website direct to your mobile phone. This is a great app for property-buyers and nosey neighbours alike.
New home needs some updating? The Wallpaper Calculator app allows you to quickly measure up and calculate the number of rolls you need to wallpaper a room. No more estimations and excess, just a simple, four-step process to getting it right first time.
My Council Services
Street light outside your current or prospective property out? Or are there graffiti or pest problems that need sorting? This nifty little app is a quick and efficient way to submit reports to the council from your smartphone. The apps works with every council within the UK, either alerting council staff by email or loading your issue direct to their management system.
Some things will always be the same for property buyers, but these apps can help streamline many processes to make purchasing and settling into your new home easier than ever before.