There has never been a better time to move. The reason is because of technology. Just as things like cell phones and computers have made almost everything quicker, faster and better over the last few years, technology has also helped to make moving easier. Here are just some of the coolest ways that you might not have known about.
Finding Your New Home
Remember the gold old days when you had to actually contact real estate agents, set up times to see homes for sale and then run all over town? Thankfully, those days of leg-tiring manual investigation are long past. Now, you can simply fire up an internet connection and choose from hundreds or thousands of real estate websites.
Many of these sites even have tons of photos, making it possible to take virtual tours whenever you like. Best of all, your search can be more targeted and methodical than ever before, since it is easy to bring up every available property on your target area. There are even smart phone apps that can continue this search, automatically bringing you new listings as they are posted and go 'live' on the web.
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Finding & Researching Movers
Researching moving companies has also become much easier with the internet. There are government resources like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration where you can check on licenses and many other company details and statistics. Even better, sites like the Better Business Bureau can show you more about the reputation and trust of a given moving company.
There are even websites that can help match you to different moving companies. Sometimes, you will be able to obtain free quotes and other resources to make your decision easier. This is certainly a long way from pulling out the old phone book and glancing through a few listings. Check out reviews and testimonials regarding various moving companies. Sites are also devoted to informing potential customers about any type of moving scams, helping to keep you safe.
Helpful Packing / Moving Apps
Smart phones not only can be taken just about anywhere, they seem to have all kinds of helpful uses and features. Now, there are even apps that will allow you to plan and organize your upcoming move. This can include all types of checklists, the ability to record your moving inventory, tracking and sticking to your budget and even a number of helpful videos and tutorials. Consider trying these apps:
- Click and Move
- Moving Guru
- Moving Van
- Move Planner
Of course, most the same information is available in a variety of formats all across the internet. This means you can really just sit down, dig in and educate yourself about any upcoming or potential move.