Tech: Home renovation made easy with these four apps

May 16, 2016, 10:40 IST | Hassan M Kamal

Enjoy renovating your home with four easy-to-use apps

Home renovation, small or big, can be a daunting task. And if you are a busy professional in Mumbai, it's unimaginable. Therefore, we scorched the Web to find out portals and services that will help you lessen the burden, and carry out the much-needed home improvement task you have been postponing for years, in style.

Shop in VR:

How many times do you wish you could see how a furniture, bed or table lamp would look like in your room before making an online purchase, without having to rely only on your imagination? Always, right? (available as an Android app as well) aims to solve that problem with Virtual Reality (VR) views of its room designs and products. All you have to do is select your room design, press the VR button on the app, put your phone on a VR headset, and you get a 360-degree view of 150 plus designs, over 2000 inventories and more. And to see how a product would look in your room, you can take a photograph of your room and drag-drop furniture items. This is as real as it gets.
Note: If you don't have a VR headset, you can try the Google Cardboard VR kit available on Amazon for R300.
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Fix it yourself: iFixit Repair Manual

One of the best services to have emerged out of Apple's App store, iFixit allows you to browse through a large catalogue of DIY repair tutorials and share your solutions with users across the globe. Whether it's on how to fix a broken sink, water leakage or flush, or to repair your lawn mower and geaser, or fixing
your iPhone's screen, the app is a treasure trove for do-it-yourselfers. Apart from the tutorials, we also like just how easy it is to create manuals
using the app.
Available on Android and iOS app stores
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Search local: Houzz

Find local architects, interior designers, landscapers, suppliers and browse through latest home improvement designs on, which brings the country's most popular design firms under one roof. With a user-friendly interface, the website is organised into categories to help you find the right stuff instantly. You can share your design ideas, shop for items and get them delivered at your doorstep.
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Get inspired: Homestyler Interior Design

If luxury is what defines your style best, you will love the Homestyler Interior Design by Autodesk. Designed to take the guesswork out of home remodelling, the app allows you to create your own home design ideas and see them come to life by experimenting with real products from some of the world's most popular furniture designers and brands. You can also browse through creations of professional designers, the latest trends and styles, get advice and feedback, and get inspired.
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