The Five Best House Buying Apps 2018
Searching for a new house can be a daunting task. Collecting all the relevant information you need to find your dream property within your budget and in an ideal area can seem impossible, but if you own a smartphone then help is at your fingertips.
There are plenty of property apps available on the iTunes and Google Play Store that can make finding or personalising your ideal home easier, so have a break from the estate agents and head to the app store instead.
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Knocker, or ‘Tinder for Houses’, allows you to search properties and swipe until you find something you like. Whether you’re looking for your ideal home or just nosey, the app shows you properties close to your location. You can filter searches by price, distance from favourite landmarks and whether you’re looking to let or buy. When you find one you like you can save it to review later or share the link with your family and friends.
When you’re considering moving to a new area, it’s useful to know what local amenities you’ll have access to from your new property. AroundMe allows you to easily find the nearest hospital, school, bank, supermarket or petrol station, complete with user ratings and map routes. It’s one of those apps that you never thought you needed but now can’t live without.
Whether you’ve found your new home and are ready to start decorating or are just beginning to play with the prospect of moving, it’s never too early to think of interior design. Planner 5d allows you to create, view and edit your home interiors in 2D, 3D and virtual reality modes with an extensive catalogue of over 150 items for use in your designs. It can be used offline and offers cross-platform synchronisation, making it the ideal app to fiddle with during lengthy commutes or work breaks.
Crime Map England & Wales
Something that’s important to take into account when you’re moving is the average crime rate in your prospective area. Crime Map uses official data from the National Policing Improvement Agency to give you a comprehensive breakdown of local crime levels. You can filter your search by number and type of offence, allowing you to see anti-social behaviour hotspots and find out how your area compares to the national average.
Hoffr offers a low cost and easy way to access private property sales across the UK. To use the app you must have a Facebook account, ensuring that you only deal with genuine sellers and buyers. They offer an ‘open home’ feature that allows you to request viewing times and – if you’re a seller – accept or reject requests with the click of a button. There’s no registration or application fees and it’s free to make contact with sellers or buyers, so you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain with this app.