Moving is a process dreaded by all. No matter how excited you are to settle into your home, there's so much to accomplish that actually enjoying your new city seems like a far-off dream. But these days, navigating a move isn't a challenge you have to tackle alone. Here are six apps that can help before, during, and after your next move.
If you're still struggling to pick the best neighborhood in your new city, AreaVibes is the app you need. AreaVibes compares livability metrics like home values, crime rates, weather, and local amenities to help you pinpoint the perfect neighborhood for your next home.
AreaVibes is currently available online, but not as an app. However, its mobile-friendly website is easy to use on your Apple or Android device.
The magicplan app lets you create floor plans from pictures of your new space, so it's easy to figure out what furniture will fit in your new home and what you're better off selling or replacing. You can add objects to test out different furniture arrangements and determine exactly where you want the movers to drop each item.
magicplan is compatible with Apple devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, as well as Android devices with a gyroscope. It's free to download and use, but some higher-level capabilities require a purchase.
With Nextdoor, you can connect with your new neighbors before you ever arrive. Find out where the best pizza restaurant is so you can order moving-day fuel with ease, get referrals for local interior designers, or learn about upcoming community events where you can get to know your neighbors.
You can use Nextdoor on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and it's completely free.
When you need to keep Fido out of the way on moving day, but you don't know any dog sitters in your new city, Rover is on hand to save the day. With the Rover app, you can arrange for dog boarding or doggy day care on the day of the move, and even find a walker to keep your pup fit and happy long after you've settled in.
You can explore Rover from your iPhone, Android phone, or computer, all free of charge.
Whether you need a handyman to make some last-minute repairs or someone more patient than yourself to assemble furniture, Thumbtack has got you covered. With Thumbtack, you can hire a local professional for nearly any home task you could need. Just enter your location and what you're looking for, and the app will get you quotes from qualified pros in your new city.
You can find Thumbtack for free in the iTunes store, Google Play store, and online.
Did you move only discover you brought way too much stuff? Or maybe you thought you wouldn't have room for that sleeper sofa, but it turns out your new guest room has the perfect spot for one. When you need to purge more stuff or snag a couple of things you're missing without spending a lot, try the OfferUp app. With OfferUp, you can buy and sell secondhand items in your local area. You can even find free stuff so you can get what you need when the budget is tight.
OfferUp is compatible with Apple and Android devices, and it's also easy to use from your computer or tablet's web browser. Plus, it's totally free to download and use.
Moving is a pain, especially when you're heading to a new city and don't have friends to call up for help. But with these apps, you can get neighborly assistance before you've even updated your address. And what's a better way to get to know your community than that?
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