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Create a moving plan with HomeDiary

Posted by Kris Cone on Dec 21, 2018 8:20:13 AM

Moving into your new home.

Moving is hard.  HomeDiary can help you:

  • plan your spaces,
  • direct the movers with box and room locations,
  • experiment with what an open concept might look like on your mid-century modern ranch home,
  • document your improvements to keep track of tax basis or the name of the person that repaired the garage door (and log the warranty period), or
  • log your space inventory, even if it is one photo of each room, for insurance purposes.

See how Jackie used HomeDiary to move, with a 2 year old.  Every Home has a Story to Tell - we help you start telling it before you even move in!


Here is a quick video on how you can create your own moving plan, right from the floor plan copied from the virtual tour when you claim your home.  The 2D/3D space planner is under Spaces and you can edit anything.

  • add or remove walls
  • add furniture & decore
  • change flooring or wall colors
  • add notes
  • create screen shots and print or share


Topics: home inventory, disaster preparedness, 3d floorplanner, 3d space planner, furniture planner

Convert an Appraisal Sketch into a 3D Plan

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:13:13 PM

If you bought a home and got a loan, you most likely got an appraisal. Well, within the appraisal is a to scale floor plan layout. This can be used as a great starting point to create a 3D floor plan for your home.

View a video on how to create some 3D magic.

Convert this boring looking appraisal plan into 3D:

In the future, you will be able to generate a 3D rendered image like this! Stay tuned!
View Ridge 3D

Topics: 3d spaceplanner, 3D scan, 3d floor planner, 3d floorplanner

HomeDiary Help Videos

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:08:14 PM

Please check out our videos on various topics related to the HomeDiary website for homeowners, and the awesome tools available for free!

How to bookmark HomeDiary.com to your iPhone screen

How to use the Timeline

How to use Ideas

How to use Home Inventory

How to use 3D Spaces

Convert your Appraisal Sketch into an amazing to scale 3D Model

Home Pros - Get Free Sponsorship on your client's HomeDiaries!

Topics: homedairy, home automation, 3d spaceplanner, 3d space designer, home inventory

HomeDiary Keynote

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:06:18 PM

Check out the video of Kris Cone, CEO/Co-Founder of HomeDiary describe the HomeDiary platform at the National Association of Realtors REach Demo Day.

Topics: HomeDiary pro, home automation, 3D tours

How to Solve the WiFi pain in the A$&!

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:57:11 PM

This is the first of my posts associated with different technology for the home. I am an early adopter. I have 2 Nest Thermostats, a Nest Protect, a Nest Cam, a Rachio Smarter sprinkler Controller and several WeMo light switches. Oh, and an Amazon Echo and a Logitech Harmony Remote.

Anyway, We have a pretty big house - some 5300 square feet, and it is kind of long and irregular shaped. Our WiFi router is in my office which is at one end of the house. Needless to say, with 2 levels and lots of angles with 2 staircases, this home is a nightmare for WiFi.

Well, for Christmas I decided to give the gift that keeps on giving - whole house WiFi! I bought the Orbi Home Wifi System by Netgear and gave it as an early Christmas gift. I admit I was a bit skeptical of these "WiFi Systems" (others include eero, Luma and Google WiFi has one too).

After all, how was it that different than the $60 range extender I have....why would I need a $400 system???

Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR.

(affiliate link)

All I can say is WOW.

My kids and wife used to complain that the WiFi sucked. Can't get it in our bedroom, or living room, or even the kitchen. Endless buffering. And this is after I installed a WiFi range extender that was supposed to help. It didn't.

The Orbi is different because it creates its own WiFi network that more efficiently distributes the signal throughout my house. The Tri-Band Mesh WiFi creates a dedicated wireless connection between the Orbi Router and Satellite delivering the fastest Internet speeds, similar to a wired Ethernet connection. I am not exactly sure what the Mesh WiFi is or how it works, all I know is it works. After doing the install with the satellite placed upstairs in the hallway on a desk, which took maybe 15 minutes, here are the results for download speeds (my uploads are capped at 10 mbps).

  • My office - 195 mbps
  • Family room - 190 mbps
  • Kitchen - 75 mbps
  • Dining room 50 mbps (towards the end of the house)
  • Living room - 162 mbps (furthest away from my office)!!!
  • Master bedroom - 50 mbps

In other words, I have a strong signal everywhere! Anything over 20 mbps is good.

There are other options out there, including Google's cheaper version, but I am happy with the Orbi I bought. And while it says it covers 4000 sq ft, the 2 units I have are doing just fine with my 5000+ home. You can add on another satellite if you need it. Pretty cool and can help you maybe alleviate some frustration too!


Topics: wifi house system, home automation

Disaster Recovery: How To Be Prepared For When The Insurance Man Cometh

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:53:10 PM
The Homeowner's Guide To Disaster Preparedness.

“LOS ANGELES — With thick plumes of smoke, towering flames and mass evacuations, a fast-moving wildfire struck one of America’s major cities on Wednesday.
As fires raged out of control across Southern California, a new blaze erupted in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, near iconic landmarks like the U.C.L.A. campus and the Getty Museum, home to old masters paintings and ancient Roman statues.
Forty miles to the northwest, the largest of several fires underway had consumed 90,000 acres by Wednesday night and at least 150 structures — probably hundreds more, fire officials said — and threatened 12,000 others in the city of Ventura and neighboring communities, and was 5 percent contained. Other major fires were burning in the northern San Fernando Valley and the rugged region north of Los Angeles.” (The New York Times, 2017)

There have been any number of disasters since, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. These calamities can leave a homeowner feeling uprooted, both emotionally and financially. Victims may still be trying to process the emotional burden of the event, while being bombarded with additional worries such as the condition of their home and belongings. Or, how do they replace all of their damaged documents?

Perhaps the biggest question of all, is where to start.
For many property victims, the bureaucratic anquish of negotiating with an insurance adjuster can be as stressful as the natural disaster itself. Endless requests for documentation, photos, and paperwork, can slow down the payouts. In fact, Some homeowners are often so worn down from the process that they negotiate smaller settlements than they should.

It is important to safety store critical documents. How would you start over if the deed to your house, your birth certificate, or military records were demolished or washed away?

Collecting, recording, and preparing your important papers, photos, and documents can bring you an immense amount of relief, with really little effort.

Of note, 75% of homeowners DO NOT have any system or documentation in place of what is in their home. Battling insurance companies after a disaster strikes won’t be so foreboding if you consider these simple tips.
1. Check with your insurance company on the types of documents they may require to process claims and quote policy deductibles.

2. Take photos of the items you’ve acquired over the years, like art, electronics, furniture, and jewelry. It might be difficult to replace them without a good home inventory. This inventory needs to include descriptions, photos, serial numbers, and receipts.

3. An online home inventory service, HomeDiary.com, is just the sort of app you need to help you go room to room to catalogue and document your items.

If you’re well documented, you are going to have a much easier time when it comes to negotiating with your insurance company.

Topics: insurance documentation, disaster preparedness, homeowners insurance

How Virtual Reality Tours Can Help You Sell Your Home

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:50:07 PM
Technology is changing the way we market, inspect, buy, and sell homes. Coldwell Banker’s 2018 Smart Home Marketplace survey reveals insights on how smart home tech and VR (Virtual Reality) are set to benefit consumers in a myriad of ways.

What is VR? It is an artificial, computer-generated environment that you experience as if you were inside the image. Put on a virtual reality headset and you can go on a tour of a home without ever setting foot inside the door. As far as the selling process with VR, distance doesn’t matter. You can offer the same experience to a client in the United States and a client in Hong Kong.

In VR, you may find yourself in a movie film you’re watching, or in the kitchen cooking with your favorite chef. Simply put, VR creates an illusion of depth. So if you are in a Georgian home and you want to check out the fireplace, merely turning your head to the side will bring the centerpiece of the room into view. With a VR headset, prospective buyers can move around the house and get a feel for how the space flows and how the rooms link together. They can explore all of the details that may be missed on a photograph and get a much better idea of room sizes and ceiling heights.

One problem that has plagued real estate agents for decades is that an empty home is a difficult sell. Without furniture and all of the other little touches that turn a house into a home it can be very difficult for a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in a particular property. With technology, the virtual solution solves this dilemma. Now ‘staging’ a home, just got less expensive and easier than lugging in actual pieces of furniture to fill a home when it’s open for inspection.

Coldwell Banker’s Survey included responses from 3,000 adults and revealed that:

--77% of homebuyers would like virtual reality tours before seeing the listing in person

--68% would like to use technology to see how their current furniture would actually look in a new home

Further, 62% of Americans said they would be more apt to go with a real estate agent, that offered VR Tours over an agent who did not.

When it comes to Smart Home products that could make or break a sale, the table below shows a percentage of Americans who already own, or plan to purchase, Smart Home products.

*The most desirable smart home tools. Source: Coldwell Banker

The following Smart Home Products were picked by respondents to be the most important pre-install in a listing:

Smart Thermostat - 77%
Smart Fire Detector - 75%
Smart Cardon Monodie Detector - 70%
Smart Camera - 66%
Smart Lock - 63%
Smart Lighting System - 63%

While some of the changes expected to hit real estate technology may be a decade out to be fully felt, the movement is taking steps forward every day. Virtual Reality has proven its worth and it won’t be long before it transforms the property-buying experience for home buyers all over the world.

Topics: FloorPlanOnline Virtual Tour, virtual tours, 3D tours

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