Moving is not an activity that most people look forward to because it can be stressful and overwhelming. Luckily, we live in the age of apps, putting pretty much anything we need at our fingertips — and this includes moving. Whether you need help finding and selling your home, purchasing boxes, finding movers or other experts in the area, or want assurance your stuff is going to fit into a new space, there’s an app for that.
We’ve researched some of the best relocation apps out there to help with your next move, and the good news is most are free to use, so you only pay if you require services. All you need is your phone and a list of what you need help with, and these five apps will do the rest.
If you loved making lists on Wunderlist, you might have been disappointed when the app was discontinued. But Microsoft gave us To Do, the successor to Wunderlist, built on its features (plus some added goodies as well). Last year, the app got a redesign to make it look even more like Wunderlist. For moving, the app provides checklists that can sync with family members so everyone’s on the same page. To Do can also sync across Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and the web. Other features include file attachments, sharing, and task assignments, so everyone knows what to do.
Magicplan lets you make 3D floor plans right on your phone to ensure furniture fits in its new space. Used by contractors, this app is feature-rich and allows you to create and share sketches using state-of-the-art tech “with an easy-to-use interface.” You can measure and sketch interior plans in 2D and 3D, so you have the confidence knowing your new couch will look perfect in your new home before you ever move in. You can also add notes to each drawing and photos of the furniture or items, so movers know exactly where everything should go.
Many businesses use Sortly to track and manage their inventory, which makes it the perfect app for moving. Sortly lets you create a visual home inventory and track items with QR codes, so nothing gets lost in transit. Stay on top of all the little things with a more intuitive (and less maddening) way to track your inventory across your business. You can group items by category and location, add custom fields to track every detail, create QR codes and labels, and import data so you have confidence knowing all of your personal possessions are accounted for.
If you’re dealing with a mini-move and plan to do a lot of the move yourself, Dolly is your perfect partner. Whether you only need a few items transported, wish to hire local helpers or truck owners to help with big items, or have delivery and hauling needs, Dolly will help. It’s ideal for apartment moves in big cities, where you may not have a ton of possessions and just need someone to help you get from A to B. You can also book a labor-only move, and someone will help you load, unload, and move big items.
Thumbtack’s slogan is “find local professionals for pretty much anything,” and they mean it. You can find moving companies, contractors, and handy persons in your area for things like installing TV mounts, landscaping, interior design, and painting. The app lets you receive bids and schedule contractors, and they’ll provide free estimates for how long each project will take. Thumbtack contractors are in all 50 states, which is ideal if you’re moving to a new state and don’t know local contractors.
Whether this is your first move or you fancy yourself a moving expert, these apps will give you peace of mind knowing all the details that go along with moving (and all of your personal possessions) are being taken care of. That can be the difference between a smooth move and one that causes sleepless nights and anxiety. It doesn’t matter if you need someone to handle the entire move for you or just need help filling in the gaps; these apps will take the guesswork out of your next move. Just knowing that help is at your fingertips is reassuring.
Now you can concentrate on the fun part — making your new home feel like home.
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