Whether you have no business even owning tools or you dream in blueprints, there's a house-augmenting app for everyone.
Michael Stuart's insight:
1. Make sure Houzz Interior Design (Android, iOS) has a spot in your collection.
The app merely features ideas by way of some four million photos of rooms in houses that are far nicer than yours, along with products to buy, ideabooks to flip through and project articles to read.
2. If you want to paint before actually painting
Take Paint Harmony (Android, iOS) for a spin. You take a photo of the room you're looking to recolor and the app lets you slap a virtual coat of paint on the walls.
3. If you're tackling a big remodel
Load up PlanGrid (Android, iOS). The app stores all your blueprints, letting you create punchlists and track issues room by room. You can attach photos to each room, along with accompanying descriptions of what needs to be done (or fixed).
4. If you want to lighten your tool belt somewhat
Multi Measures (Amazon, Android) might do the trick. The app sports 12 measurement tools, including a compass, a sound meter, a stopwatch, and even a vibration-sensing seismometer.
5. If you know better than to do it yourself
Use Smith (Android, iOS) to hire someone who knows what the hell they're doing. You snap a few photos or shoot some quick video of the work you need done, and the service collects bids from pre-screened contractors.