You Can Make Your Long-Distance Move Easier with These Apps and Services
Moving is hard – and that’s just if you’re moving across town. When it comes to a long-distance move, we all need a little help. Lucky for us, we live in an incredible time where help is available with a few taps of your smartphone. Here are some apps and services that will make your long-distance move much more manageable.
Before Your Move
All big moves begin with packing – that arduous task that we put off until the very last minute and spend the last days before the move in hyper-stress mode, cursing our procrastination. If you want to get started early and get some help with organization, you should check out Sortly. This handy app features a comprehensive moving checklist, which allows you to take inventory of all your belongings and organize/categorize them in a searchable database. One really cool feature of Sortly is that it lets you create customized QR code tags that you can stick on your moving boxes so you can scan them and know everything that’s inside, without opening the box and going on a fishing expedition.
If you’re moving far away, chances are you’ll want to do a bit of downsizing before you go (everyone always has too much stuff). You’ll need a good service for selling your unwanted items. The heavy-hitters in this category are obviously Craigslist and eBay, but there are plenty of smaller upstart apps that offer their own useful features. LetGo is a geo-based buying and selling app that focuses on person-to-person (no shipping) sales with a slick web and mobile app. OfferUp is another good option in this same vein. For selling clothes, try an app like Poshmark.
During the Move
If you want to find the right movers for your specific move, try Unpakt. All you have to do is enter your starting and ending destination, the size of your move (how many sq. ft. your current residence is), and the date of moving day and Unpakt will let you compare movers that would best suit your particular move.
A lot of us have pets, and moving day can be stressful for them. It’s best to get your dogs out of the way for the movers – both for their safety and the movers’. Services like Rover let you find people in your area to perform a number of dog-related tasks like taking them for a walk, watching them during the day (dog daycare), and watching them overnight (boarding).
After the move
Unpacking, installing appliances, and making repairs to your new home can be overwhelming – especially when you’re trying to do it all yourself and you may not have the skill set required to do everything. Luckily, there’s an app for you. TaskRabbit is the king in this category. The app connects you with people in your area that want to perform tasks for you. You can search people by task – handyman, furniture installation, organization, etc. TaskRabbit screens all of its “taskers” beforehand, so you can be assured that the person matched to your needed task is trustworthy and up to the challenge.
Gone are the days when a long-distance move required renting a truck and taking on all the responsibilities yourself. As long as you have internet access, you can find dozens upon dozens of apps specifically designed to make moving easier – from the beginning stages of packing and selling unwanted items, to the actual move, to the unpacking and settling in phase.