How many times have you moved in the course of your lifetime? Once? Twice? More than that? What if we told you that the average American moves 11.4 times? That’s a lot of packing, labeling, lifting, cleaning, and unpacking to contend with.
What if we also told you that there are some fairly simple software apps that can help you organize your move with to-do lists, calendars, inventory labels, room planning, donation locations, house hunting, and apps to check out schools in your new neighborhood?
If you and your family are one of the more than 40 million Americans that plan to move this year, you should know about some of the wonderful apps out there that can help streamline your move, whether you are headed across town or across the country. Check out some of our favorite apps that can make all of this substantially less overwhelming and all in the palm of your hand.
Finding a Home
There are a lot of real estate apps out there. Many of them are extremely helpful when you want an easy way to see what inventory is available in your area, what price it is listed at, and what the comparables are in the neighborhood. One of our favorites is Zillow since it is nationwide and can provide assistance throughout each of the stages of your home or apartment search.
Decluttering & Donating
Decluttering and want to donate some great items such as old clothes and home goods? There’s an app for that.
A new partnership between Goodwill and Roadie Inc. is making it easier for people to donate clothes and furniture to sporting goods and old toys. App-based community Roadie will pick up unwanted items and take them to the nearest donation center.
Letgo is another free app for selling and buying in your community, similar to Facebook Marketplace. You can take and post photos of your stuff, upload it, and quickly get in touch with interested local buyers. It’s also a great place to shop for items for your new home.
Getting Organized: To-Do Lists, Checklists, and Calendars
One of the biggest ways that homeowners can streamline their move is to get super organized. The ways to do this include creating: inventory lists for each room and/or box, to-do lists with deadlines, and calendars to remind each family member what needs to be done and by when.
MoveAdvisor is a comprehensive moving app allowing you to take inventory of rooms in your current home, create an interactive timeline, and input calendar reminders for everyone in your family. Google Keep and Google Calendars can also keep everyone in your family “in-the-know” about what deadlines are looming.
If you need small handyman tasks done around the house like patching holes or cleaning out the garage before moving day check out TaskRabbit which can match you with freelance labor for projects of all shapes and sizes.
Do a little research of your own or ask our team here at Mastodon Moving about how we can point you in the right direction to find the apps that can help you make moving day a breeze.