8 Smartphone Apps Every Homeowner Must Have

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that!” It’s true. There’s an app for almost everything – even for homeowners – helping to make life a little easier. Here are eight handy apps every homeowner should have.

Centriq –  Once you unbox and set up home appliances, it’s easy to lose the owner’s manual and directions if you don’t have a special place to keep them. That’s where Centriq comes in. Simply snap a picture of a product label or name plate, and Centriq will load the warranties and manuals into the app. It also shares information about replacement parts, streams videos for fixing and cleaning the appliance and alerts you about product recalls.

Happy Plant – This simple app allows the user to create a watering schedule for your grass and garden and sends notifications to your phone so you don’t forget. To make the chore fun, Happy Plant tracks watering progress with colorful symbols. It also encourages you to take plant selfies and turn them into a time-lapse video to monitor your plant’s growth.

Houzz – Houzz has everything you need for your next home improvement project. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or redecorate your home, Houzz comes up with thousands of pictures and products for you. You can shop for products you see right in the app and connect with the best professionals to help you with your home improvement project.

iScape (Apple® IOS only) – Not sure how to improve your landscaping? This app lets you take a picture of your current yard, then select improvements, such as fresh grass, mulch, flowers, trees and décor to visualize your new outdoor oasis.

JouleBug – This is the perfect homeowner app if you are interested in sustainability and lowering your energy consumption. The app lists practices and habits you can employ to save energy and water and lower your bills.

HomeZada – This app has many different home-related functions. The app keeps track of finances related to homeownership; from your mortgage to your property taxes. It automates home maintenance by managing deadlines and duties (like changing the AC filter), and sending routine reminders until you complete the tasks. If you’re starting a renovation project, HomeZada also has a budgeting feature that tracks your spending and compares costs.

Letgo – Letgo allows homeowners to have a virtual garage sale. Simply take a photo of the item(s) you want to sell or give away, and post it to the app in a matter of seconds. People who live nearby can then message you through the app, safely coordinating the transfer of items.

Mint – You can connect your bank and credit card accounts, as well as your monthly bills, so all your finances are in one convenient place. Mint notifies you when bills are due, what you owe and what you can pay. It sends you payment reminders so you can avoid late fees, and even offers a free credit score check.

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate