The internet is an almost bottomless well of knowledge. On it, we can find almost anything, from checking out the theory of relativity to wanting to watch cat videos on YouTube, they are both just a Google search away.
However, the internet has some hidden gems that you might not know existed that could make your home life a good deal easier. Here are three that you should find very useful.
1. See how new furniture looks in your home
The problem with seeing furniture in an image online, or even in a furniture showroom, is that you really don’t know how it’s going to look when you get it home. Clearly, the picture you see on the internet has been made look as good as it possibly can, and the furniture showroom makes its business showing its wares in the best light it can – so taking both of those at face value looks like it’s going to lead to disappointment.
However, using services like Ikea’s Place will let you take an item from their catalog, and using the camera on your phone, show you what it will look like in your living room, bedroom or kitchen. A service like this is not to be underestimated and definitely makes it onto the ‘cool’ list.
2. Find what you are really looking for using niche search engines
When you’re at Home Depot, you often find they have everything, but somehow not quite what you were looking for. When this happens, your best bet is to go to a specialist hardware store to see if they have it. Well, you can do the same with search engines.
There is no doubt, Google has everything, but when you want something really specific, you can’t always find the answer easily. To save yourself hours going down rabbit holes that lead nowhere, you could use one of the many bespoke search engines that are industry-specific.
For instance, the electronic engineer that designed the phone or the laptop you are reading this on almost certainly used an electronic components datasheet software to source the components that they used. Using these types of engines can help you source materials and components needed for around the home.
3. get somebody to do almost anything you don’t want to do around your home
There are bound to be jobs around your home that are building up. Maybe you don’t have the time, the tools, or you just plain don’t want to do them. Well, there are sites on the internet where you can find somebody to do them for you.
This includes things like putting together flat-pack furniture (one of them is even partnered with Ikea) or simply moving furniture or boxes from one place to another. Other services cover doing your shopping and moving homes, as well as traditional ‘handyman’ type odd jobs.
All you need to do is type in what you need to get done, and where you are, and the site will list all of the pre-vetted providers in your area.