Your house is most likely one of the biggest investments you will ever make.
Do you have the right tools to help you manage it? And no, we’re not talking about the ones in your toolbox (although they are definitely important).
We’re talking about apps that are specifically designed to help you easily manage the many aspects of owning and running your home. From landscape design to planning your next remodel to making sure you have the right part to fix that broken appliance, there are tons of apps available for download that can help make home ownership a little easier.
Let’s take a look at some apps made just for homeowners that can help you keep track of the things that make your house a home.
Useful apps for homeowners
- Centriq. That pile of user manuals for the device is a thing of the past. The Centriq app has a seemingly endless catalog of how-to guides for almost any type of appliance or home appliance – from faucets to water heaters to drills and more. Not only will you have all your manuals at your fingertips, the app also features instructional videos, maintenance reminders, and safety recalls. It even makes it easy for you to buy spare parts. While there are several plans to choose from, including a free entry level, be prepared to spend a little if you want to take advantage of all of Centriq’s features.
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- HomeZada. Do you have a handle on the financial aspects of managing your home? Do you know where to start with your next remodeling project? Do you know when to clean the gutters? You do that with HomeZada. This app bills itself as a home management solution that tracks everything from home improvement projects to maintenance schedules to financial data on things like expenses, maintenance costs, and home values. Ultimately, it aims to help you gain more control over the operations of your home. There are several subscription options to choose from, with a very basic free version.
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- National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Home Inventory App. A home inventory is exactly what it sounds like. It is a list of all your personal possessions, along with their estimated value. And we cannot stress this enough how important it is to have a housing inventory, as it is an excellent way to protect the contents of your home. The free NAIC Home Inventory App allows you to create a home inventory from the convenience of your smartphone. You can manually enter items or scan barcodes and upload photos, organize your belongings by room. And if you ever need to make a claim, you can export your inventory for easy delivery to your insurance company.
- Erie Insurance mobile app. Get easy on-demand access to your ERIE homeowners insurance with our mobile app. You can securely access important policy information, make a payment, view claim status and more. Get peace of mind that your home is protected – all from the palm of your hand. Note: you must have an ERIE online account.
- Security system. There are many ways to keep your home safe. Having a security system ‒ or security equipment ‒ is one of them. And thanks to smart technology, you can almost guarantee that there is an app for many security solutions on the market ‒ such as ADT pulse, Call, SimpliSafe and more. Check with your provider to see which apps are available for your security system. Many have features that allow you to remotely set your alarm, dim your lights, and even connect your smart devices.
- Smart home apps. Thanks to the Internet of Things, it is possible for almost any appliance in your home to also function as a smart device. From thermostats and light bulbs to refrigerators and coffee pots, technology now makes it possible to control your home while you’re away and automate a variety of household tasks. But with so many different components, it can be a pain to manage them all. That’s why the “big three” tech companies have all focused on their own smart home apps: Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple home. If you already own any smart devices, you are probably familiar with these apps. But it’s worth doing a little research to understand all the features and capabilities available.
Keeps you in the moment
Home is not just a place; it’s a feeling too. We understand how important “home” is and we are here to protect it. With the help of an ERIE agent, you can be sure of your coverage. To learn more about home insurance from ERIEcontact us today.