With everything there is to accomplish, the moving process can feel like a whirlwind. You’re running around trying to make sure everything is in place for moving day, but around every corner you find something else that needs to be done. If you’re starting to wonder how anyone relocates with their sanity intact, it’s time to start looking for some outside help. While professional movers are a blessing for long-distance moves, they’re not the only service you can turn to. Here are seven apps that will keep your move manageable from start to finish.
Before moving day ever arrives, you have the big task of finding a perfect home while you’re many miles away. Thankfully, Trulia makes long-distance moves easy. On Trulia’s app or website, you can browse for homes according to typical criteria like bedrooms and price. What Trulia offers that other real estate apps don’t is the ability to overlay crime statistics, school ratings, traffic data, and other quality of life indicators onto the map so you can find the best homein the best neighborhood.
Sortlytakes the chaos out of your move by helping you packing and tick off to-do list items. The app generates task weekly lists, so you know how long before the move you should handle each item. As you pack, you can make a visual inventory of everything you own and note which boxes hold what. And with scannable QR codes that tell you what each box contains, Sortly makes unpacking easier than ever.
If pre-move organizing has left you with a big pile of stuff to get rid of, OfferUp can help. With local pages for nearly any city, this online marketplaceis the perfect place to sell everything from craft supplies to furniture sets. You can post items for sale via the website, but the easiest way to list your stuff is to download the appso it can seamlessly access pictures on your smartphone.
Need help cleaning your old house or sprucing up the new one before you move in? Hire a Homekeeper using Tidyand a local pro will arrive at your house with the list of tasks and cleaning preferences you provided through the app. All Tidy Homekeepers undergo a background check, so you know your home is in trustworthy hands.
Tired of tripping over your dog as you carry boxes around? As much as you love them, pets only get in the way while you’re trying to move — and the process isn’t all that fun for them, either. Instead of worrying about walks and bathroom breaks while you’re packing, arrange boardingor doggy daycarewith Rover. You can even connect with a dog walkerto get your pet plenty of exercise in his new neighborhood.
After a long day of moving, all you want is to plop down on the couch and relax, only your couch is still in pieces and you can’t find the toolbox. With Taskrabbit, you can hire someone to assemble and arrange furniture, mount televisions, or deliver newly-purchased furniture to your home. After selecting a qualified local Tasker for your job, you can schedule and pay through the app, so there’s no phone tag or digging for cash to worry about.
When moving day is winding to a close and you realize you’re starving, don’t settle for another mediocre pizza from a chain restaurant. When you use Postmates, you can order on-demand delivery from local restaurants for a delicious meal to welcome you home. Have your Postmates courier stop by the local liquor market and you can enjoy local beer or wine along with your meal.
Moving can feel impossible, especially if you’re going it alone. Whether you’re in the middle of your moving process and feeling overwhelmed or you’re just getting started, these awesome apps can help you out at a moment’s notice.