7 Free Home Improvement Apps

DIY help is as close as your smartphone, thanks to a host of free home improvement applications.

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Yes, there's an app for that! Here are some of the coolest around.

1. Houzz Interior Design Ideas

With over one million high-res design photos, you're certain to find home decorating inspiration on Houzz. Search and browse your favorite images, save to your personal ideabook, download for offline access, and share with friends and family. Houzz just might be the ultimate interior design app.

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2. ColorSnap® by Sherwin-Williams

There's a new way to figure out how to pick paint for a room. With ColorSnap's color-match feature, just take a pic of a hue that suits your taste, and you'll get Sherwin-Williams' most accurate paint suggestions. You can also browse their designer-coordinated palettes, fine-tune your shades, download or share with friends. And when you're ready to get started, ColorSnap will direct you to the nearest retailer.

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3. The Home Depot

Be your own home improvement contractor. From in-store maps and product locators to materials calculators and how-to videos, the quintessential DIY store offers a variety of apps to make your home improvement project go smoothly.

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4. iHandy Level

Use the iHandy Level to make sure your pictures, mirrors, shelves or other wall hangings are perfectly aligned. Landscape, portrait and face-up orientation options make this app a perfect helper for any surface.

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5. Carpet Stain Center by Shaw Floors

Oops! Did you spill something? Every now and again, we all need to remove stains from carpets. Shaw comes to the rescue with Carpet Stain Center, an app featuring real-time advice on how to safely remove nearly 1,000 stains and messes from different carpet types.

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6. Carpet & Floor Calculator

Take the guesswork out of carpet and flooring projects with this simple and useful app. Input your room's dimensions and flooring choices to calculate how many tiles you'll need, the cost of materials and labor, estimated time for completion, and more.

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7. eBay

From specialty tools and hard-to-find parts to unique furniture and one-of-a-kind accessories, eBay's mobile app gives you instant access to the “world's largest marketplace.” The app allows you to comparison-shop and receive notifications when auctions you're watching are about to end.

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