Nobody enjoys moving. It is a thoroughly hideous task. It is expensive, time consuming, and physically draining. Inevitably, things get lost, broken, or abandoned because they just don’t fit in the new space. Once moved, the nightmare of unpacking begins. It can take days or weeks. In some cases, it could take years before it is completely done.
Moving is really a pain, so it is a wonder that anyone does it at all. But move we do (or we must). The average U. S. citizen moves about 11 times in their lifetime. While there is no way to make it fun, these five apps can make it a bit less painful.
Apartments by Apartment Guide
If you are looking to buy a house, Zillow may well be your best bet. But if you are looking to rent an apartment, the Apartment Guide is a publication that has been helping people relocate for ages. Apartments by Apartment guide is the version of the publication designed for smartphones. Whether you are searching by location, number of bedrooms, or price, it will always be a better experience with the app.
Once you have found the perfect place, it is time to make sure your furniture will actually fit. That can be a hit or miss affair before you physically start moving into the space. But there is most definitely an app for that. In fact, there are several. One of the most useful is called MagicPlan. You do not need the tape measure, or a computer aided drafting degree.
MagicPlan will help you create a floor plan of your new space just by pointing your smartphone or tablet at the floor or ceiling corners of the room, and tapping a few onscreen buttons. The company boasts 95% accuracy, and 400 objects to furnish the space for a realistic expectation of what things will look like when you are done.
Now that you have found the perfect place, and have a good idea of how you will fit into it, the time has come to find the help you will need to move from point A to point B. Pikkup is an app that helps you find background checked, local people with trucks who are willing to help you move from between $40 – $60 an hour. The app takes your through the process of requesting a pickup, taking a picture of what you are moving, choosing when you want to make the move, and taking care of the payment through the app.
State Farm MoveTools
At some point, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. In this case, the nitty gritty is packing, labeling, inventory, and general organization. One of the better tools for that particular job is State Farm MoveTools. One of the best features about this app is the virtual packing assistant. You can go from room to room within the app, and pack a virtual box with any number of items you would typically find in that type of room. You can then make real, printable labels to put on your real boxes so that you will know how to locate your valuables when it is time to unpack.
Daily Craigslist Unlimited
Anyone who has tried to navigate craigslist.com on a web browser knows exactly how awful that experience is. Moving it to an app on your smartphone transforms that service into something almost enjoyable.
When you finally get things sorted out, there are always a few items that do not make the cut. Rather than throwing those items out, leaving them on the curb, or giving them to your friends, why not sell them to strangers for cash. Daily Craigslist Unlimited is the classifieds for the 21st century, so this app is a must have.
There are plenty of apps that will make your move a lot less awful. For your next move, these five are a great place to start.