DIY home projects and renovations can be a blast, but even the most enthusiastic home improver needs a little extra help sometimes. Here’s where essential smart home devices, apps, and handy household tech can help. A little digital assistance can help you bring your wildest interior design dreams to life, keep your home safe, lower your utility bills, and more – all from your smartphone or tablet.
Reimagine your home with Houzz
If you’re looking for home improvement inspiration before getting started, check out the Houzz app. Browse before and after photos of real remodeled homes in your area, use the AR feature to see how a piece of furniture will look in your home, get design advice, and more.
Color your world with ProjectColor
The ProjectColor app by Home Depot can bring even the most unique colors to life in your home. Drag your smartphone camera over an item to match its color, then use the app to visualize how it will look on your walls. Browse pre-made colors, save your favorites, and order swatches. The perfect color palette is just a snap away.
Similarly, Sherwin-Williams has an app called ColorSnap Visualizer that helps you picture more than 1,700 colors on your walls in real time using AR. The Day and Night Lighting feature also allows you to see how paint samples look in different lighting.
Hire some help with Handy
Home renovations can be tough, costly, and time consuming. That’s where Handy comes in. The Handy app helps you quickly find vetted professionals for any project you’re working on, including plumbing, electrical, and cleaning services. Book online right through the app or schedule help for a future project.
Stream faster than ever with Verizon Fios and Verizon 5G Home Internet
With Verizon’s 100% fiber-optic network, Fios, you can stream all your favorite movies and games on multiple devices at the same time, all at higher speeds than ever before. Plus, you can save up to $30/mo when you combine your Verizon wireless plan with a Fios Internet plan.
For even faster speeds, check out Verizon 5G Home Internet. With easy self-setup and no hidden fees or annual contracts, you’ll experience the Gigabit speeds and performance of 5G Ultra Wideband in your home, on your own terms. Swing by your local Cellular Sales store to see if Fios and 5G Home are available in your area.
Synchronize your space with smart bulbs
Connecting smart bulbs to your Amazon Echo, Google Home, tablet or smartphone is a fun and inexpensive way to change the mood in every room of your home, just with the touch of a button. Use multi-colored smart bulbs to turn any room into a dance floor or studio space or dimming and brightening bulbs to create the right ambiance for any occasion. You can also time your smart bulbs to shut off or turn on at a certain time of day. The possibilities are endless and more efficient than ever.
Keep your loved ones safe with Ring
Ring detects motion when people come near and notifies you on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can see and hear live video footage, monitor when food or packages are delivered, and even speak to your visitors in real time. You can’t put a price on peace of mind.
Plus, for extra protection outside your home, check out Verizon Smart Family. The Smart Family app helps you monitor your kids’ tech use, view their location, block risky websites, and so much more.
Save energy while staying cozy with Nest
Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat isn’t just some high-tech replacement for your existing thermostat – Nest saves energy, and more importantly saves you money. Nest learns what temperature you like best and builds an energy-saving schedule based on when you’re home, what time of day it is, and more. Want the house extra cold before coming in from a hot day? Use the Nest app to adjust the temp before you’ve even arrived.
Whether you’re just curious about a new home reno project or you’re ready to take Spring cleaning to the next level, these essential smart home devices can make your DIY dreams come true. Swing by your local Cellular Sales store and ask any wireless sales consultant how you can protect all your smart home tech, from TVs to game systems to smart bulbs, with Verizon Home Device Protect.