Handy Man DIY is a simple, all-in-one home improvement planner won’t change a faucet or install a ceiling fan, but it’ll tell how to do so. This planner will keep track of your room measurements, to-do list, shopping list and costs. Instead of going to the store with a rough idea of what you need and scribbled reminders on a sticky note, you’ll have everything on your phone.
To start, create project you need to tackle. Put in measurements, and the app can convert them into square and cubic feet. You can include the smallest of details, too. There’s space to put the room’s number of electrical outlets, light switches, window dimensions and more.
For each project, you can add notes and build a comprehensive shopping list to track your costs. You have to input prices yourself, but that’s a good way to stay on top of your budget. And if you’re teaming up on a project, you can share your shopping list via email. The to-do list lets you check off items as you go, which can be helpful for staying on task.
Another bonus for the novice is the app has written and video tutorials for some home improvement projects, such as the aforementioned faucet changing and ceiling fan installation. Each tutorial also includes a shopping list, so newbies won’t be caught, say, under a sink without any tools.
The app fall short in a few areas: it lacks photos and graphics. The video tutorials are a good start, but step-by-step tips with photos that illustrate the method would be more helpful, and make the steps easier to digest and replicate.
Other potentially useful tweaks would be to add a total for estimated costs of all projects. If you have plans to revamp your master bedroom and bathroom, it would be handy to see how much you’ll want to budget for both in total.