If you feel like moving is starting to cause your hair to gray, you’re not alone. According to Express, studies have shown that moving can be even more stressful than going through a divorce.
Talk about major upheaval and big life changes!
Luckily, we live in a technological era in which there are plenty of tools at your fingertips—literally—that can help make moving less stressful and more fun.
After all, you’re about to embark on a new adventure, the process should be something you celebrate and enjoy!
Here are some of Dowell’s Moving and Storage favorite moving apps: these will help you stay focused and organized, during the months leading up to the big move and on the big day itself. If you’re moving soon, check them out and see if you might be able to let the apps take a bit of the stress load so you can enjoy the process a bit more.
Track as you Pack: Sortly
Not everyone is skilled as a list-maker: if you are the less-than-organized type on a regular basis, you may want some help from Sortly. Sortly can help you stay organized and keep you on track for your move by providing weekly checklists. All you have to do is plug in your move date, and Sortly will tell you what needs doing four weeks out, three weeks, two, and then one.
This is a great app for people who are prone to feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating—each week you’ll have a neat list of tasks that need to be accomplished, says Refinery29.
Sortly is also great for labeling. As you pack, create an item list for each box, store pics of the box’s contents inside the app, and even create labels for each box with custom, scannable QR codes that you can use your phone to scan post-move, so that you know exactly what each box contains.
Remember Commonly Overlooked To-Do List Items: Moving Checklist Pro
Moving Checklist Pro is all about making sure you don’t forget anything, from the day you decide to move to the day after you’re settled in your new place. This app has checklists, like Sortly, but it also offers a few other features. It will remind you to buy packing materials ahead of time, and also help you remember a few things you’ll need to do after you move, like forwarding your mail, transferring your utility services, and closing down your old utility accounts.
Plan the New Space: MagicPlan
If you’re not sure whether your furniture will all fit into your new place, you’re probably not alone. Many people think that spaces are much smaller than they actually are when they’re empty, so it can be hard to gauge whether your current furniture will fit the way you want it in your new space.
Instead of doing some guesswork on the big moving day, use MagicPlan to draw the floorplans for the rooms in your new place. You can measure the rooms and the furniture, and see how everything will fit—that way, if you need to make some adjustments to the pieces you’d planned on bringing; you can do so before the movers begin.
Get to know the area: Nextdoor
So you have moved all of your belongings moved in and every picture is hung on the wall. Now, the last step is to explore your neighborhood! The app, Nextdoor will surely help you out. This app creates private social networks for specific neighborhoods, allowing neighbors to connect with each other online. Nextdoor makes it easy to share information about local businesses and upcoming events and it’s perfect for newcomers!
When you’re ready to pull the trigger on your move, don’t get stuck lifting all those heavy boxes yourself. Call Dowell’s Moving & Storage at 250-361-9866 to get a quote for your upcoming move!