Thankfully, there is an ever-expanding array of applications for the iPhone, Ipad and other mobile devices that will help you accurately price your home, improve its appearance and control your home’s environment and energy usage from a distance.
Here are five applications that benefit home sellers:
Home Value Pro – Want to know what your house is worth? Well, maybe not, but this free application, for the iPhone and iPod Touch gives home sellers and buyers accurate and reliable market data on over 140 million residential properties in the U.S. It includes up-to-date property values, foreclosure information, 12-month median home price trends and analysis of housing statistics at the county and zip code level.
Lutron RadioRA2 – This real-life science-fiction application lets you remotely control your home using an iPad, including control over lights, temperature, appliances, window shade positioning and energy usage. It’s perfect for turning on the air conditioning before summer home showings and it helps make a house looked “lived in” when you’re away from home. For $14.99, it can provide peace of mind and save much more on energy costs.
Control4 My Home - This app turns your iPad into the ultimate touch screen home control and automation system, including control over audio, video, web cameras, your security system, lights, thermostat, and other functions. In addition, this free application can manage your commands in Czech, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Croatian and Klingon. (Well maybe not Klingon, but you can put in a request.)
Dream Home HD - Lets you integrate the latest interior design trends into your home by providing thousands of decor solutions from professional designers. You’ll also receive inspirational ideas, tips, real-life photos and an extensive menu of colors and styles for a variety of room types. Using this $4.99 application, you’ll be able to make your home look like a million dollars… or at least feel like it is.
Gardening ToolKit – Moving right along to the outside of your home, this application can turn a gray thumb into a green one. It will tell you the perfect flowers, shrubs, fruits and veggies that will thrive in your area using the built-in “automatic zip-code hardiness zone finder.” It also includes a watering guide, month-by-month gardening advice, colorful plant photos and information on what to sow and when, depending upon where you live. I don’t know if this application speaks Croatian, but for $1.99, it seems like a good deal to me.
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