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Online Home Maintenance Tracker

Published 06/27/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

BrightNest is a personal organization tool focused on the user’s living space. The application helps users pay more attention to their home by setting up schedules for basic maintenance. The user can create a to do list and invite other members of the household to connect to the account and also receive to do lists. A home history is maintained so users can see what has been done. A property overview lets the user see the house name, address details and members. The Homefolio area lets users store manuals, contacts and other information related to their home. The user can utilize this space to list phone numbers for repairmen as well as manuals, paint colors and more. Appliance manuals are also available and can be searched by brand and model number.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

BrightNest was created by Allen Shulman and Justin Anthony. Shulman brought his homebuilding expertise while Anthony offered his tech knowledge to help create the application. The service was designed based around the founder’s desire to put together a tool that helped homeowners manage home repair and maintenance in an unbiased environment. The service has a lot to offer homeowners, although it has not yet seen tremendous popularity.

What are the differences to other apps?

BrightNest is unique because it is one of the very few applications that offer organization tools that cater to homeowners. There are numerous generic task planners and organizers available, but these are generally intended for professional or general activities. BrightNest is designed specifically for home care, and even offers things that are good to do and should be done to help the user improve their living space and keep it healthy.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

BrightNest has a pleasantly earthy color scheme to it that gives the user a feeling of tranquility throughout the site. The layout is nice and tidy, with clearly marked headers that help users find to do lists and other resources offered by the application. There are a number of helpful tools available so new users should take a few moments to explore the application and see how BrightNest can help them take better care of their home.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join BrightNest by clicking the orange “Free, Get Started Now!” button in the lower, left hand corner of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a first and last name, email address, password and optional gender. The application asks the user for a house name and optional street address and zip or postal code. The user can add additional information about the home, including number of stories, bedrooms and bathrooms. The user can also invite other members of the household to join and link to the account.

What does it cost to use the application?

BrightNest welcomes all homeowners to join its community for free. There are no subscription fees and the user never has to make any purchases. Most of the house-related information is also optional, which is nice for anyone concerned about privacy. The application offers a service to real estate agents and related professionals that costs $25 per month or $200 per year and allows them to manage contacts and improve client relationships.

Who would you recommend the application to?

BrightNest is a helpful tool for anyone who owns a home or is responsible for the repair and maintenance of a home. The application makes it extremely easy to track every aspect of home care. Users can even store paint colors, manuals and repair service information on their profile. The application is easy to use and free to all homeowners with an inexpensive paid service option available to real estate professionals.

  • Create a single space to organize all home maintenance activities
  • Invite household members to join and manage to do lists
  • Save contact information and other details related to home repair
  • Search for appliance manuals by brand and model number
  • Receive reminders when specific items need replaced or updated

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FREE - Permanently free version
Most expensive plan (per month) : $25.00




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