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Helpful apps for the property enthusiast
Below is an overview of the essential, the helpful and the quirky apps that will appeal to anyone who spends time surfing the web looking for a home to rent or buy or has a home to sell, lease or improve or is just idly checking out the current value of a property.
Buying and Selling
An essential for any house hunter this app has listings of thousands of properties which can be browsed in an intuitive way with photo galleries presented as an attractive slideshow.
A rival to Rightmove with very similar features and arguably a slightly superior presentation.
Another essential listings app presented as a fun experience.
Gives unlimited access to Land Registry data, sorted by location so that you can check valuations and market trends.
The app from the Land Registry to check the last price a property sold for.
Allows homebuyers to record the pros and cons of each property during a viewing by taking photographs and then annotating the snaps to share online.
Check what times of day a property will catch the sun.
An at a glance list of local amenities plotted on a map.
Identifies whether your chosen area is at risk of flooding and information on what to do if it does.
Check cell phone coverage in your chosen new home
Latest air pollution levels in the Capital
Uses police data to provide details per location of types of crime and when they were committed
View reports of local problems such as fly tipping, graffiti, broken paving slabs etc.
Calculate the council tax that you would pay.
Know how much stamp duty applies based on the new rules introduced in 2014
Landlords and Tenants
(The main estate agency apps (Righmove, Prime, Zoopla etc. can be used to find properties to rent or by landlords to check potential rental yields).
Search for rooms and properties for rent and also for flat-mates
A useful app for landlords to calculate their potential net yields after deduction of letting fees, repair costs and insurance and mortgage costs.
Stores details of your multiple properties (up to 5) and sends alerts for activities such as renewing the gas safety certificate
Check your prospective tenant against a database of c4,000 defaulters.
Useful for tenants to manage shared bills and track each person’s contribution.
List of rooms available for short term rent
Find a mortgage broker in your area
Find out how much your repayments will be based on amount borrowed, length of term and interest rates
Comprehensive information about how much lenders will lend and about their terms and fees.
Compare mortgages, stamp duty and other financial aspects of properties you may be considering.
A great app for seeing how various improvements could affect the value of your home.
Annotate photos of your design ideas and share with builders or decorators so they can see exactly what you want done.
Detailed estimate of how much wallpaper, paint, flooring etc. you need and how much it will cost.
Accurately measure floor space and then create a floorplan
A sourcebook of modern, easy-living interiors listing products and suppliers
Realistic 3D models allow you to visualise how the rooms will look when furnished.
Draw a 2D plan of a room or floor with your finger, position furniture, choose decorations and then render your design in 3D.
Comprehensive encyclopedia and advice tailored to location.
Gives detailed information about the temperature and type of soil in your garden.
An app that enables you to match new bricks to existing ones
View the comprehensive catalogue of bricks available from Wienerberger one of the largest producers
A list of qualified traders who have been reviewed by other users
Post the job you want doing and receive up to 3 quotes from recommended tradespeople
Access inspirational photos on the web and pin it to your virtual mood board
Over 5 million high resolution photos of rooms and properties with details of products and suppliers
Photo your space via the app and map furniture and décor to see how it will look
From Crown Paints – take photos of the paint colour you want and the room you want to decorate and see how it looks
2000 + wallpapers which you can search by colour, style, product number etc.
An archive of hundreds of looks (updated weekly) which showcases the latest design trends.
Swap the flock of Angry Birds for a mortgage broker, estate agent and property lawyer, and you’ve got the idea for this property-themed game.
What have we missed? If you know of a property related App that you think should be included here please get in touch.