There are few situations in life that cause more stress than a move.
Between never-ending lists and suffocating deadlines, even the most organized Type-A planner will consider yanking out their hair from time to time.
One obvious stress-buster is hiring great movers, but even if you have a professional packing crew, an army of friends, and a magic wand, there’s still a world of tasks to complete before moving day.
Not only are there some pretty advanced apps to keep you organized and on top of your move, but most of them are F-R-E-E. Let’s save that petty cash for the housewarming party, shall we?
Without further ado, below are my top, must-have, NO COST apps to help you keep your calm (and your hair) during your upcoming move. Both are on Apple and Android devices.
1. Best Overall: Moving Guru.
This baby has it all! Including automatically synching their moving to-do items to your calendar, links to helpful, how-to videos on YouTube, and your own personal moving glossary, Moving Guru is by far the most sophisticated, yet user-friendly free app available.
2. Best Cool Feature: MoveAdvisor.
MoveAdvisor is simple, appealing, calculates the distance of your move, and connects you with local movers. The most unique aspect of this app, however, is its “Home Inventory” feature: an interactive, drag-and-drop section that takes you through each room in your house, each item in each room and keeps a running total of weight and cubic feet. How do you like them app-les?
3. Best Sensible App: My Move.
While this app is not as “shiny”, its functionality trumps the lot. Much of what makes moving stressful is that it’s not something we do often; having a thorough timeline can be crucial for keeping on top of all of those, well…moving parts. My Move has a comprehensive, interactive checklist that begins 6-8 weeks prior to the move and makes sure those little details don’t get left behind!
4. Best “There-Really-is-an-App-for-That” App: MagicPlan
Maybe I’m easily wow-ed, but this app kind of blew my mind. It allows you to take photos of your new living space and create 3-D, scaled floor plans right on your phone that can be used for decorating and furniture placement – in advance! How’s that for thinking outside the moving box?
Best Go-To Apps: Craigslist for selling, Pandora for those painful packing playlists, and Yelp’s Eat24 (the better to bribe your friends with pick-up trucks).
While I haven’t found the complete one-stop shop app for every moving need (yet!), using these gems in tandem will guarantee you a few less “Calgon” moments at the very least.
At best? A truly smooth move.