When you're planning to move, it's true what they say - there's an app for that. For every part of the process, there is at least one program that can assist you, whether it's putting items into storage, finding a moving company or even decorating your new home. Here are 6 apps you can put to use in 2014 when it comes time to move:
Make a list
There are seemingly innumerable things that need to get done before a move, and the first thing any practical mover will want to do is make a timetable for the weeks and months ahead. Apps that help create long-term schedules are a great way to keep every detail in check. Moving Planner by Android is an easy-to-read app designed for just this purpose. It even comes with an extensive list of hundreds of household items that users can check off as they pack.
Figure out what you're bringing
Carrying furniture is one of the biggest hassles when it comes to a move, followed closely by arranging it properly once you're in your new home. There's seemingly nothing more frustrating than finding out that a couch doesn't actually fit in the new living room, or that the bedroom furnishing makes the space feel too cluttered. Now, instead of keeping track of graph paper sketches of your new home layout, you can now map out rooms on your phone or tablet before moving. House Design 3D for the iPhone lets users design the layout of their home, and even take a 3D walkthrough of the digitized space. This app is not only good for decorating, but also for determining what furniture to bring and what should be sold or donated.
Once you've decided what's coming with you, it's time to pack up all of your things. There are apps designed to pack suitcases and boxes, however, there may some items that you want to hold off on bringing into your new home, such as seasonal clothes or furniture you're not sure where to put yet. Clutter, an app highlighted in Forbes, will send users reusable storage boxes to people's homes. Users can then photograph and inventory items that will go into storage before scheduling a pick-up and removal time with Clutter.
If you don't want to haul all of your things by yourself, you can always hire movers. My Move is an app that helps you find the most reliable moving companies in your area. Additionally, the app provides moving tips, guides and news, so you know exactly what to do and how to do it.
Of course, many people prefer to haul their own things, and if that's the case, it's essential to have a good navigation app. Google Maps is a standard choice for many smartphone users, as the app provides comprehensive navigation as well as traffic reports so that people can find the quickest route home.
After moving, it's time for you to personalize your surroundings. There are plenty of apps that can help you choose the perfect color for your home. Palettes lets users customize color schemes from other websites, while Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap will match paints to a user's color interests. A more whimsical app is the Benjamin Moore Color Capture, which will determine the color scheme of a scene that you have photographed. The world becomes your canvas.
With the walls perfectly colored, you can start to hang your favorite pictures and posters. Apps such as the Bubble level will transform your phone into a handheld level. Simply place the phone on top of the object that needs leveling and adjust accordingly.