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Guest Post | Top 10 Apps for Builders in 2018

February 15, 2018

Top 10 Apps Home Builders 2018

This week, I’m excited to have Jay Williams from Homes.com on the blog for this edition of #ThoughtfulThursdays. He’s sharing the top 10 apps for builders in 2018… and the best part? They’re all FREE. That’s right, $0. You won’t want to miss his recommendations. I personally use several of these in my business as well and would highly recommend!

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With the new year comes new opportunities for you and your business in 2018. With the right planning and a good strategy, you don’t have to spend much to achieve success, and with the proper apps in place, you can save time and improve your workflow. Here are the top FREE apps for builders to use in 2018!

Magicplan (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free, in-app purchases

With this app, just take a picture of a room to create professional floor plans and instantly measure rooms. Personalize your floor plans with furniture and notes to give clients a feel for the space. The Magicplan app even lets you create 3D floor plans (for an additional cost).

Facebook Ads Manager (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

If you aren’t using Facebook ads yet, you probably should be, especially now that keeping up with your Facebook ad’s performance is easier than ever. Receive updates on all your campaigns, manage current campaigns, and even create new ads directly from your phone.

Expensify (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

Get ready for tax season with this tax and finance-management app. It makes it easy to upload expenses by snapping pictures of your receipts. You can also link your credit and debit cards for updated expense reports and use the app to track your mileage on the go.

MailChimp (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free “New Business” account, other plans starting at $10/month

Through MailChimp, you can create, manage, and send email campaigns to all of your clients from one app. It even allows you to create email templates to fit your brand’s look and feel, customize email campaigns to target clients, and manage all email lists and subscriptions to align with your campaigns.

HootSuite(iOS, Android)

Cost: Free basic account for up to 3 social profiles, other plans starting at $19/month

Stop worrying about whether or not you posted on social media. With Hootsuite, you can schedule and share your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn posts in one place. All you have to do is create your social content, schedule it on Hootsuite’s calendar, then let the app do the work for you.

Dropbox (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free basic account, business subscriptions available, in-app purchases

You can’t always get to your computer when you need to access important documents or files. With Dropbox, you can access all of your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and on any device. It’s easy to share files with clients, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

Snapseed (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

Snapseed has over 25 tools and filters, making it easy to get creative without advanced editing software. With Snapseed, cropping your images to the right dimensions is as easy as indicating which social site you plan to upload your image to. You can also improve your photos by adjusting the colors to create a more natural look. You can also add text, change exposures, remove items, and much more.

DocuSign (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

DocuSign offers a secure environment for you and your clients to fill out and e-sign documents on the go. Just send documents to clients, then securely store, manage, and access them from anywhere.

Evernote (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

A really user-friendly note-taking app can make a huge difference in your workflow. Evernote is one such app. With this app, it’s easy to take, share, and access your ideas. Use it to take notes, make lists, snap and markup photos, and more.

Homes.com Mortgage/Home Loan Calculator (iOS, Android)

Cost: Free

The price of a home is only part of the actual monthly payment. To help your clients understand how much home they can afford, you need a dependable calculator. The Homes.com Mortgage Calculator figures in the price of the home, interest rates, down payment, property taxes, and more to give you a more accurate estimate of the actual monthly payment.

Achieving great results and connecting with quality leads in your area doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Homes.com offers affordable advertising opportunities to help you connect with more local home buyers. For more information, call us at 877-341-4533 or send an email to builder@homes.com.


About the Author

Jay Williams joined Homes.com in 2013. He is a proud father to one wonderful daughter with another daughter on the way. As a Director of National Accounts, he shares his “make every day a win” philosophy with the builders he works with to help them achieve great results from their marketing. It is his commitment to creating long-term relationships that enable him to help new home builders find the best digital marketing solutions to grow their businesses.

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