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The 8 Best Android, iPhone, and iPad Apps for Remodelers

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Update 12/08/2016: This piece has been updated to include new and relatively unknown iPhone, Android, and iPad apps that have been recommended over the past year. This list now has ten apps instead of the original eight.

I hate to admit it, but I’m still using a Samsung Galaxy S5.

It’s not that I’m unimpressed with the S6 or S7, or that I dislike iPhones or am afraid of my phone exploding.

I’ve been banking on the Samsung S8. I’m hoping for a phone to experience, complete with 4K, VR, and a long-lasting 4200mAh battery.

If all rumors are true, the S8 is going to break the cycle of tiny, iterative smartphone improvements with a big push away from home buttons and headphone jacks to an all-on-screen experience.

I’m ready for cellphone addiction 2.0.

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I already compulsively check my phone for messages, feel anxious when it’s not within reach, and even bring it into the bathroom with me.

And I’m always looking for the newest, coolest apps to make my phone even more appealing. Then I thought to myself: Why not make it a tool to make my work more productive? Especially since there has been an increased emphasis on mobile for site work?

Quality construction apps for remodelers are few and far between. After working through the Apple and Play stores, here are ten of the best.

1. iHandy Carpenter (iOS and Android, both $1.99)

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iHandy Carpenter is five tools in one. It includes:

  • A plumb bob
  • A surface level
  • A bubble level bar
  • A steel protractor
  • A steer ruler (in both centimeters and inches)

After the app is calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level, and level bar can be used as inclinometers and clinometers. Customers happily note that this app runs on newer and older iPhone models—and overall gave the iOS version stronger reviews.

2. Fieldwire (Free for Android and iOS with the option to upgrade)

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Fieldwire is a cool app that offers unlimited projects, plans, and tasks with its free version–from there, construction managers can upgrade to include reports and data exports.

This app includes:

  • Blueprint viewing
  • Inspection tracking
  • Agile project management
  • Issue tracking
  • Tasking

This mobile construction management software comes highly recommended with 4.5/5 stars on Google Play. And as for concerns for software bulk, one reviewer notes, “This is the most uncomplicated construction software I have ever used! Simple and straight-forward!” Now that’s what we like to hear.

3. Photo Measures App (iOS, iPad $6.99 and Android $4.99)

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Photo Measures is all about convenience. It allows the user to take pictures of a space and note down dimensions right on the photos—the photos are particularly helpful to remember how a room is laid out and can support working with contractors or clients to articulate ideas. This app allows you to:

  • Take photos and draw measures on the picture
  • Edit measures
  • Add comments to photos
  • Easily sort photos
  • Export images as JPG or PDF
  • Import photos of any size or aspect ratio

Users have noted that “keeping things organized” is time-consuming in this app on both Android and iOS, but Photo Measures has above a 4.2/5 star rating on both platforms.

4. SquareCalc Pro (Free for Android)

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The idea is super simple. Want to calculate the diagonal of a square while on the job? SquareCalc Pro will do it for you for free. It’s as simple as that. And reviewers love it with 4.3/5 stars on Google Play. As one notes, “Quick, easy to use, straight forward app. Great for contractors.”

5. Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer (iOS $9.99, iPad)

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Move your phone around the room and capture the sun—or at least predict where it’s going to be. While working with your client, this app will not only help them envision the sunlight in the room, but also serve as a guide for laying out windows and more in a remodeled space.

6. PlanGrid (iOS and Android, free for up to 50 sheets with variable pricing after that)

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This app is a great venue for contractors and architects to collaborate on a master plan viewer. The app allows users to integrate project plans, specs, and photos on the iPad. As a simple construction management software, it will take uploaded files and automatically sync them with all team members who have the app as well. Markups are updated in real time. A lot of remodelers and interior designers use the punchlist feature to track progress of build projects and note problems that can come up along the way. The app includes:

  • Scalable options depending on the size of your business
  • Integrated plan viewing
  • Punchlist reports
  • Users can snap photos and add the picture to a task, aiding record-keeping.
  • Easily share plans, markups, photos, and reports with the entire team
  • High security
  • Issue tracking
  • Free updates
  • Cloud backup
  • Auto-hyperlinking
  • Simple export system to .zip files

Reviewed as a “must-have app on site,” PlanGrid has almost perfect reviews for iOS and a 4.3/5 star-review for Android. Many users called the app “intuitive” and “a time saver.” PlanGrid requires users to set up an online account, but then users can use the app’s functions without signing in online again.

7. Handyman Construction Calculator (Android, $7.99)

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Has Handyman Construction Calculators won every award out there? It’s a Top 100 productivity app and has been denoted the “Best in Class” by several app rating websites.

Handyman Construction Calculator has way too many calculators to list here, but it includes niche calculators like attic ventilation, tongue and groove flooring, and brick and block wall calculators. The app also includes:

  • US and Metric calculator modes
  • Detailed outputs and flexible inputs
  • Diagrams
  • A clean interface
  • Built-in results sharing

Handyman has a 4.4/5 on Google Play. According to user reviews, it’s “really good for on the spot estimates.” Sidetop Software, who makes Handyman Construction, also takes the time to respond to reviews with app updates regularly.

8. Bulldozair (Free for Android, iOS, and iPad)

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Bulldozair is a great example of free construction management software.

While users can choose to upgrade to a “professional” account for $29 per user, per or an “enterprise” account for $59 per user, per month, construction managers will be largely satisfied with the free version. Upgrading buys users unlimited tasks and projects along with extra storage, and the enterprise version comes with centralized billing and reporting.

This free app is still hefty, so let’s focus on the highlights:

  • Localizes all project documentation to one place
  • Allows offline access to key documents
  • Assigns tasks to both internal team members and external clients
  • Takes editable pictures and notes
  • Offers a robust search function so nothing gets lost.

Bulldozair has over 4 stars in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.

9. Construction Master Pro (Android, $24.99)

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This is the mother of all construction calculator apps. It makes calculating complicated jobsite problems easy, and includes full trigonometric functions, solutions for completing layouts, bids, plans, and estimates, and dimensional math conversions. Some other features include:

  • Area and volume calculators
  • Compound miters calculator
  • Roof calculators (bundles, squares, pitch, plan area etc)
  • A host of right-angle tools
  • Decimals to the 100ths
  • Easy editing, so you don’t have to start your problem from the beginning if you make a mistake!

Construction Master Pro has an almost perfect 4.8/5 average review score from Google Play. One user says, “Works well, and when I had a small problem, [I] contacted the support people. I had a response in… just a few minutes and got the problem resolved easily. Get this one. It works. And they have great support.”

10. JobFLEX Contractor Estimate & Proposal (Android, Free with Upgrade Options)

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If you’re the owner of a small remodeling firm, consider JobFLEX. The free version is only available to one user, but that user can have up to 50 customers. The mobile app creates professional quotes, manages client information, and doesn’t need an internet connection to run. Benefits include:

  • Customized estimates
  • On-site estimate creation
  • Free proposal templates
  • Free estimate templates

Upgrade for more storage and users starts at just $9 a month.

More?

While I was compiling this list, I came across a bunch of other helpful, awesome apps. What else should be included on this list? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

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Rachel is a content manager for Capterra, a free online resource that quickly matches businesses to their software needs. She specializes in project management tips, tools, and tricks . She also runs her own blog on content marketing. On the rare occasion Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, hiking, jogging, or spending time with her friends and family.

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Thx for reviews. Looking for simple app to track crew locations and hours, and report same for payroll and billing. Could GPS record and breakdown info without creating undue privacy issues? Curious. Thx, JP

great read, I’ll be sharing the information

Thanks!

As the new trend is changing and new technology products are coming into the market. It is important to change our self with time and trends & this blog post change me lot. Thank you for sharing this useful applications.

SquareCalc/SquareCalc Pro for squaring, StairCalc for stairs, SpindleCalc for spindle layout.
All free
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Ladderwalker

Great apps but most are paid. If you call yourself a handyman, constructor, builder or whatever, you should check these too :

http://www.slideshare.net/GavinCole3/handyman-apps-1

Fieldwire is a pretty cool app as well: http://www.fieldwire.net

Here’s ours, http://www.clockshark.com. It’s a construction time tracking solution using mobile apps. Hope it’s helpful.

This is a great app & its free. it allows contractors to locate any supply house for any trade anywhere in the US. The app is called supply houses & is available in the app store. I work outta town a lot and found it very useful.

Easy to use square area calculator. 99 cents In the App Store.

SQjot is an easy to use area calculator. 99 cents in the the App Store.

the article have been here for a while, that’s why I propose you an update, and to try ours app http://www.bulldozair.com , let me know what you think,

[…] much of the digital revolution wrapped up in smartphone technology, some of the most popular digital blueprint apps can be purchased through the Android and Apple application markets. Mobile phones have come a long […]

for remodeling, I think you missed a doozy,

an iOS app that will basically creating an “As-Built” drawing from a photo Automatically. it even puts the dimensions on for you, it estimates the scale of the wall you’ve taken a photo of.. so you have something to work with, then once you correct one of the dimensions, all of them become correct. (then you can add more and move around existing dimensions too) it can even measure areas and perimeters right on that photo.

this link goes to the website with a demo video, and also has a link to the iPad/iphone app in the app store.

http://www.pictureenginecompany.com/MeasureEngine/MeasureEngine.html

What a great article, The 1 and 3 apps are just amazing, love them, too many helpful apps. Its a great site and is providing useful and helpful information to thousands of people, hats off to you man for this.

Anyone looking for a great tool that allows contractors and homeowners to collaborate on a renovation project concerning changes to budget and time should check out renomii.com!

If you are a Contractor, Handyman, Homeservice, Freelancer then you have to check http://tetraa.com

We have a forever free Estimate/Invoicing android app which can be used to organize your business and impress your customers. Its FREE. Try it. We are open for feature suggestions as well.

Try out the Free construction app Supply Houses https://t.co/Fx1Dl53HCe It will find you any supply house for any trade any where in the US, for those outta town projects.

Remodelers will be hearing about this one soon if they haven’t already- http://www.renoworkspro.com/

These guys have been building visualizers for building product manu’s for at least a decade, and now have created this one for General Conrtactors and Remodelers to use. You upload a photo or use a sample one similar to your homeowners home, and then insert windows, doors, wall paint, trim, siding, whatever product onto the photo to show the homeowner. Very cool and accessible, pays for itself. My cousin is using it and swears by it- he said he’s closed more sales in the 2 months since signing up for renoworks Pro than the previous 6-8 months. Check it out http://www.renoworkspro.com/

Thanks for the article .really great for the remodelers.

This is a great list of free Android apps. I have used and played with quite a number of them, but some a new to me. Will check out the apps, thank you for the great list!

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for including all these great little tool apps in one place. Infact I had used a few of these myself before seeing your blog but I honestly didn’t realise there were so many.

Really helpful list Rachel, i would like to mention one app that my company started using few months ago that is oriented to general contractors http://jobmanagerapp.com/

[…] there are the more practical construction work apps that can be pretty clever, such as apps to take pictures and note measurements on them, or understanding where the sun will […]

Upfront warning: I’m a co-founder of ArchiSnapper – a simple tool for field reports and punch lists for small to medium sized AEC practices.

I really like the list provide here in this article, and I think ArchiSnapper would fit in it as well, of course 🙂

Excellent list. Would have to download and try some of them myself and I already see a couple of them that will come in handy, Photo Measures App for example.

fieldware is the best among them
http://www.playstoredownloads.org/

I’m surprised https://Geniebelt.com didn’t make the list. It’s similar to the other project management software tools mentioned in the article but it’s not an enterprise tools.

Meaning the cost per project is significantly with Geniebelt than it is with Fieldlens and Procore.

[…] Imagine coming home from a long day at work, only to realize your heating isn’t working, there is no power to the fuse box, or the refrigerator’s broken and all your food is about to go to waste. Is there an app for that? […]

Thanks! Very good list!

Also I can add this app for finding contractors – https://servicewhale.com/mobile/apps

Thanks for sharing Rachel, I used roOomy to decorate my own home in 3D, amazing app and free. Definitely worth noting: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rooomy/id569414637?mt=8

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