There's no doubt about it — moving can be a stressful, time-consuming process. And if you aren't adequately prepared for it, you can end up dealing with a disorganized mess. But even if you're doing it alone, you don't have to do it all by yourself. Luckily, just like your social media feeds, or a ride home from the airport, help is just a few taps away with some helpful apps for moving.
From creating a checklist to reserving the truck, these five mobile apps can do the heavy lifting for you to help keep all steps of the moving process organized and stress-free.
Because moving is so much easier when you know where everything is and where everything belongs. Sortly makes packing and unpacking a breeze by helping you keep an accurate inventory of every single item that you pack into your boxes.
Here's a time-saving pro hack: Take photos of the items in each box instead of listing them on the app. You can scroll through photos faster than you can a list of items. Plus, now you'll know exactly where your favorite pair of socks is at all times.
You never realize just how much stuff you have until you have to move it all. You don't exactly know how you accumulated so much of it, but you do know you don't want to take it with you when you move. So what do you do with it?
You can try and pawn some of it off on friends or leave it on the curb and hope someone takes it off your hands. Or you can sell it and put the money toward your new apartment. LetGo is the online marketplace for people who want to sell their stuff in a hurry and not bother with social media marketplaces or auction sites.
Picture this common scenario: You're in your new apartment in a new city. Your stuff is unpacked, and you're ready to explore and see what the city has to offer. But you still need to assemble your coffee table. And mount your TV to the wall. And put together those bookcases that were delivered the day you moved in. You need help, but you don't know anyone in town. What to do?
Enter TaskRabbit. This app lets you put out the call for help (for example, moving a couch up the stairs) and pairs you with someone who will come to your place to help with whatever tasks you need.
Why: After you unpack everything, it's time for the fun part! Add finishing touches that help make your new apartment feel like home. If you don't carry around a stocked toolkit, download this virtual spirit level. Hold any of the phone's four sides against an object to make sure the things you're hanging up are straight, or place it on a flat surface for a 360-degree level.
Before you move into the apartment of your dreams, you need to find the apartment of your dreams. The Apartment Guide app lets you scroll through thousands of apartment listings near you using the GPS feature. See full property details, view photos and floor plans and select amenities to help you find the perfect place.
Whether you're taking a DIY approach with friends, hiring movers — or some combo — the right apps can help you organize and streamline your move. Let technology be your mover's helper and hopefully reduce the stress of relocating.