Are you looking for a house to purchase and love a certain neighborhood? Wondering what color you should paint the walls, but have no idea where to start? Are you picking out furniture and having a hard time visualizing where the pieces will go? Here at TheRhodeGuide.com, we love sharing tips and here are some great apps to try no matter what your search!



Realtor iconRealtor.com – FREE from iTunes: click here

Easily locate homes for sale in proximity to your location with the Realtor.com app! It’s so easy, extremely helpful and it saves you time! Check nearby homes for sale, open houses, and recently sold properties all from one app. Using your phone’s location, click on the Nearby for Sale button to see homes for sale in the area on either a map or in list format. Click on the home to get a detailed description of the property and photos. It couldn’t be easier! Also search for sold homes and save the listings as favorites for easy comparison and review later. When you find the perfect neighborhood, it’s a convenient app to have with instant results to show your realtor. Get in faster, see more properties and save time with the Realtor.com app!


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HomeSnap – FREE from iTunes: click here

Get information on any home listed or unlisted with the HomeSnap app! This is a really great tool to get the estimated values of any home in a neighborhood. It’s a great way to check out and confirm the pricing and value of other homes too. Just take a photo of the home, confirm the location on the map and the stats will come up showing number of rooms, beds, baths, square footage and taxes along with the estimated value. Super handy to have when you’re checking out a listing and want to know more about the neighborhood!


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ColorCapture -FREE from iTunes: click here

Get your color on with the ColorCapture app from Benjamin Moore! Whether you are painting a room or an entire house, this is a great app to use for color inspiration. Just snap a photo of any object, painting or color you like. Use the Move and Scale tool to isolate the colors you like from the photo. Tap a color on the photo, then click the Strip button, and the app will match it to a color family swatch with the name and number of the corresponding Benjamin Moore color. Tap the Harmony button to find other color hues that can be used as accents. So cool! One word to the wise however; when you’re ready to you paint, TRY THE COLOR IN A SMALL AREA FIRST and let it dry completely. This way you can see if you really like it and save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you don’t. Benjamin Moore has a rent a pint program which is a great way to try a color before you buy. Rent a few pints to test how the colors you’ve chosen will work together on different walls or in a sight line from room to room. It’s well worth the few dollars to do this first! The app also includes a color wheel and color cards for additional inspiration, and also has a store locator feature. Super handy even for the most creatively challenged!


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MagicPlan – FREE from iTunes: click here

This app is a super cool way to create a floor plan! It’s simple to use and includes an easy to follow tutorial for those that need more instruction. Standing in the middle of the room using the camera in a phone or tablet, the tools allow you to draw the perimeter of the floor and add openings for doors and hallways. Voila, instant floor plan! This method will give you a rough floor plan, but you can also use the Calibrate tool to add the proper dimensions to make it really accurate. The floor plan can be saved as a .pdf, .jpg or .dxf file to be compatible with other programs, printed or shared. Another great feature is that the floor plan can be set up in meters or feet, and the openings can shown in a variety of types, like double doors. You can also add and position furniture, appliances, counters, tubs and sinks, all of which are customizable. Definitely a cool thing!


Whether you’re looking for a new home, or decorating advice, please contact one of our agents at TheRhodeGuide.com We make the process easier, have great style and terrific vision!



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