April showers brings May... moving trucks? If you're thinking about relocating, you picked the right time! Last week marked the beginning of May, or as commonly referred to in the rental world, National Moving Month. Between scouring the rental market for a place to live, packing and lifting what seems like an infinite amount of boxes, and actually decorating your rental, moving isn't easy. These apps will help make your transition a breeze (and they might even add some fun along the way)!
Lovely: Let's face it -- the process of moving is undoubtedly stressful. But searching for a new home, that doesn't have to be. Don't let the anxiety of finding your new abode take away from the excitement that comes with a fresh start! Whether you're planning a move down the street, to a different city or even across the country, Lovely is the easiest way to land your next home. Use Lovely's map-based search to focus your hunt. With the ability to create alerts for fresh listings that match your criteria, you'll never miss out on your dream rental!
Nextdoor: The social aspect of moving can be very daunting. But, with over 33,000 neighborhoods already participating on Nextdoor, downloading this community centric app should be on top of your moving to-do list. You're probably wondering if you'll like your neighbors, how long it'll take to make new friends, or who would know the best neighborhood bar. Nextdoor is a safe and secure social network that connects neighbors to one another to uncover the answers to all of the above. Nextdoor promotes neighborhood safety, but also creates a forum for sharing (babysitters, cooking supplies, etc.). We're calling this one a winner.
Sortly: You've got your sharpie markers, durable masking tape and extra large brown boxes -- it's time to start packing! Not so fast -- have you downloaded Sortly? Sortly is a must have for any renter on the move. This app allows you to organize all of your items by creating a visual inventory that you can take on the go. Simply choose a category, snap a picture and tag the item with a description. Create a different folder to match each of your boxes and fill the folder with pictures of all of your stuff. When it finally comes time to unpack and you and your roommate are arguing over where you boxed the wine opener, just defer to Sortly -- you won't be screwed!
TaskRabbit: As you get ready to move into your new home, your "to-do" list will inevitably grow. Not to mention you'll need someone to help you with all of that heavy lifting. Enter: TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit helps ease your transition by providing assistance with odd jobs around your home. Simply describe your task, name your price or request a bid, get a "TaskRabbit," and once the task is completed to your quality standard, pay your dues. From moving heavy boxes, putting together furniture or cleaning your apartment, TaskRabbit will come in handy on move-in day and throughout the entire duration of your tenancy.
BrightNest: Whether you're moving from your college dorm to your first apartment or you're just on your way to fresh start, BrightNest has tons of home improvement and organization hacks that are sure to impress even the savviest of renters. This app essentially helps create and maintain a customized to-do list for your home. BrightNest is especially handy for renters who are moving to an entirely new and unfamiliar city. The app incorporates unique data specific to your area (based on your response to a few basic questions) and then curates tasks specifically designed for you and your home. Stick with this app and your life post-move will be bright from the start!
Houzz Interior Design Ideas: Not only does this app show perfectly curated, swoon worthy interior design ideas, but it also helps you find experienced professionals to turn your design dreams into reality. Just because you're renting doesn't mean you have to fall victim to standard white walls and cookie cutter designs. From room by room inspiration to renovation articles from the pros, Houzz gives you all of the tools you need to own your rental!