So far in our app review series, we’ve covered a multitude of tools devised to help you through the interior design process, but what about some techy help for when your home is complete? Enter Housepad, a ‘home for your home’ that puts everything you need to ‘keep house’ in one digital app. Available for free download on iOS and Android, let’s see how it stands up to testing.
Setting Up Housepad
The initial registration and setup is a piece of cake. The only gripe I would have is the mandatory cell phone input. In a climate where current affairs are making us more aware of the information we share, this seems unnecessary.
The app claims that your cell number helps to ‘identify you in the Housepad system’ and allows you to receive notifications, though I question why an email and the in-phone notification system can’t do the job just as well.
Getting Started with Housepad
Getting started with Housepad is, again, very straightforward.
You’ll see immediately that you already have some ‘To-Do’ tasks to complete. These are step-by-step tutorials, taking you through the basics of the app. First, you’ll be encouraged to invite other users to your network. The idea is to get your whole household using the app so you can then assign chores to each person. It works in a similar way to project management apps such as Asana. Once you have completed this task, simply press ‘done’.
Next, you’ll be prompted to add your household emergency information. This includes crucial contact information for doctors, vets, household staff and handymen. There is also an option to input utility shutoffs, as well as the location of fire extinguishers.
After that, you’re going to want to add in your room information. At this point, all you have to do is add the room names and some related images. Keep reading below to discover more about this feature.
Finally, it’s time to add some ‘To-Do’ tasks. Simply assign them to any member of the household. You’ll be notified when the task has been completed.
In addition to managing and assigning household chores, Housepad also allows you to digitally store important information related to your home.
In the ‘Inventory’ tab, you can add in images, invoices, warranties and care instructions, and categorize them according to room.
You can even add in measurements and dimensions, though for a more comprehensive measurement tool I would use the Photo Measure app instead.
To view this information you can either head to the ‘Inventory’ or ‘Care Documents’ tab, where documents are filtered according to type.
Bonus Feature: Chat Room
In-built into the app is its own internal chat room where you can communicate with anyone in your network.
Personally, in a private home setting, I’m not sure if this feature would be utilized often given the abundance of alternative messaging services available. This could, however, be a good option within a professional setting, giving co-workers a dedicated outlet to discuss office management tasks.
On Digital Household Management
Overall, I think the concept of being able to digitally manage your household is practical and convenient.
However, if there are only two people running a home, I do wonder if task management might be more easily conducted through normal means of communication (i.e. over text or in person). In this case, Housepad could potentially be an extra, unnecessary step which complicates the process.
On Digitally Archiving Household Documents
With regards to digitally archiving documents, for someone as scatty and forgetful as me, this feature initially seemed like a godsend. Having thought more deeply about how this would work in reality however, I would probably now temper my praise. My chief issue is that to actually use most warranty and invoice documents, you typically need the original copies, which means you still need to keep a physical archive. As such, digitally archiving them seems like a superfluous task which the lazy bones in me resents. That being said, I think that this feature is fantastic for keeping copies of care documents and instruction manuals – because who really wants these cluttering up their abode?
Would I Download Housepad for myself?
As I currently have little need for such an app, my answer would probably be a resounding no. I currently don’t have the burden of managing a large household, so I feel Housepad would only serve to complicate my daily routine.
That being said, if you ask me whether I would recommend Housepad for someone who is actively looking for a home management app, you can expect to see (or hear) a complete 180. In comparison to other apps I have reviewed, Housepad has definitely been the least stressful to get to grips with. What’s more, Housepad has an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-use interface, making the whole experience very user-friendly. As free downloads go, you could certainly do a lot worse.
If you want more like this then check out our review of ColorSnap Visualizer – a mobile app that claims to have the power to help you “make your best color decisions yet”.
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