Help With Your Long Distance Move

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Helpful Apps and Services for Your Long-Distance Move That You May Not Have Thought About 
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When it comes to making a long-distance move, most people understand the value of the multitudes of apps and services designed to help with moving day. You know you can use apps to find movers, sell your unwanted items, and get help with tasks once you reach your new home. But there are so many other apps that can aid you with your move that you may not have thought about. Here are some helpful suggestions.

For helping you remember where your stuff is
If you’re moving from one island to another — say, from Maui to Honolulu — or even from the mainland to Hawaii (or vice versa), chances are that you’re going to forget what stuff is in which box. Sure, you could just write “kitchen stuff” on the box, but if you really want to know exactly what’s in every single box, there’s an app for that. Sortly not only helps you categorize all of your items as you pack, but it allows you to create printable QR codes that you can attach to your boxes, scan, and see a complete inventory list. Other apps like Moving Van and Moving Day also offer this sort of inventory help. 

Just in case you get injured 
People forget that moving can be dangerous. If you’re carrying heavy, awkward items through doorways and up and down stairs, there are plenty of opportunities for you to suffer any number of cuts, scrapes, bruises, smashed fingers & toes, and twisted ankles.

For when you want to plan your new space before you move in 
If you’re moving far away, chances are you want to know exactly where everything will go once it’s moved. Will all of your current possessions fit? Do you need to do a little bit of downsizing? Where should you tell the movers to put everything? An app like MagicPlan allows you to create your own 3D floor plans that you can populate with your stuff.

What about my dog?
Don’t forget about your furry friend. Moving day is stressful for them and it’s best to keep them as far away from the fray as you possibly can. Luckily, there are services that will connect you to people in your area that love dogs and want to help (for a small fee, of course). Wag! is a service that connects you with people offering a variety of dog care services, including (but not limited to) dog walking, dog daycare (just for the day), and even overnight boarding (at the sitter’s home).

For settling into a brand new neighborhood
One of the most exciting but also stressful elements of a long-distance move is getting familiarized with a brand new neighborhood. You’ll want to know what’s around you - restaurants, shops, churches, movie theaters, parks, etc. AroundMe is a good app for this. You can search your vicinity for dozens and dozens of notable locations, and the app will also give you some basic information and contact info about each place.

You also want to know about the people around you - not just the businesses. NextDoor is a private social network for your neighborhood.

Moving is stressful enough on an emotional level - especially a long-distance move. Don’t make it harder on yourself by trying to do it all. With these apps and services, it’s easier to seek out moving help than ever before.