The Best 5 Apps for Moving

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Whether you’re a seasoned renter or first time tenant, moving can quickly become a pain if you don’t have a moving strategy in place. With clusters of boxes and clothing containers stacking up, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as your transport your belongings from apartment A to apartment B. You may ask yourself: “Am I leaving anything behind? What do I need to have with me when I arrive at my new apartment?” There’s a lot to keep track of, for sure!

With that being said, tenants of Forest Properties apartments in the Boston-Metro area have provided some top-rated smartphone apps to put a little bit of ease in your moving process. Here are the top 5!

1. MyMove

From the moment you’ve settled on a Forest Properties apartment in Boston, it’s time to get a game plan in place for your upcoming move. We recommend planning at least 8 weeks from your move-in date, and the free app MyMove perfectly compliments this with the ultimate timeline guide. MyMove provides lists of licensed movers in each state, reviews of movers, free quotes, and limited time discounts. As you search for the best movers in the Boston area, there’s a note-taking option within the app to help keep your quotes and dates all in one place.

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2. Shortly

One of the biggest headaches of moving is knowing exactly what’s in each box. At one point or another, we’re all guilty of throwing items into the nearest box as you rush to pack up your apartment, only to desperately rip through every box in sight looking for it later. Shortly is the perfect solution to keep moving containers and their inventory totally and completely organized.

To say it simply, Shortly helps you track which boxes contain which items. The best characteristic of this app is that it helps you maintain a full inventory of your apartment during every phase of moving – before, during, and after! While Shortly is a free app to download, there’s a more advanced version, Shortly Plus, available for $5.99 per month. This version syncs data across all compatible devices and prints QR code labels for all those boxes. Talk about total organization!

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3. Moving Checklist Pro

It may sound cliche, but moving checklists are truly the best accessory you can keep when preparing for a move. Whether you prefer to have a handwritten list of your to-dos, or rely on your trusty Smartphone for guidance, Moving Checklist Pro is an awesome resource not to skip over. The app incorporates week by week, pre-written checklists of common tasks for apartment moving, like changing your address, updating utility providers, activate your renter’s insurance, and so on. The best part of the app is its level of customization. You can edit checklists to remove any task you may not need, while adding some that perfectly compliment your move.

4. TaskRabbit

Are you a busy parent, professional, or full-time student who could use an extra hand with setting up your move? If so, TaskRabbit provides the perfect set of local helping hands you need! Here are just a few ways the handymen and women of TaskRabbit can get you packed up or settled down into your new place:

  • Moving, packing, and unpacking services
  • Assemble or disassemble pieces of furniture
  • Mount TVs, wall art, or mirrors
  • Thoroughly clean your apartment before or after moving
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5. ThreadUP

It’s amazing how much stuff you discover you truly have as you begin to pack up your closet. Whether you’re moving a few blocks away or to a new state entirely, it’s always easier to travel with less of this stuff! This is where ThreadUP comes into play. This free app (that can be used even after moving) helps you sell clothing that you no longer wear, have outgrown, or are ready to part ways with. Not only will you magically have more closet space and a few less boxes to move, but you’ll have extra cash in your pocket, too!

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So, how prepared do you and your Smartphone feel for the move!? Of course the first step of relocating is finding an apartment that best suits your lifestyle, so check out Forest Properties’ featured units to get started!

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