You’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a brand new Charleston home built by our amazing, award-winning team. Whether you’ve chosen a Summerville neighborhood, West Ashley community or Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, you know you’ve made a good selection if it’s a Sabal community. But with the excitement of a new home comes the less exciting part: moving! We’ve got some tips for how to maximize technology to make that move into your new Sabal home as smooth as possible.
According to Good Housekeeping, the average household has nearly four tons of “stuff” to move from one house to another. That can be intimidating! But with some smart tech help, we can lessen the burden.
- There’s an app for that – An app called Moving Van, which costs just $1.99, allows you to take a picture of the contents of each box, catalog the items and give each box a name or number. This helps when you can’t find the one thing you need as you’re unpacking! The MoveMe app offers a moving checklist and lets you get quotes on moving, utilities and more, while Moving Guru lets you set up a moving task list with dates.
- Get educated on YouTube – Need some packing tips? Or information about your new town? YouTube is filled with How to videos on both!
- Don’t hire a mover until… – Thanks to the Internet, you can check the reputation of a potential moving company from real people who’ve used them. Check the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Angie’s List or Moving.com for feedback.
- Find friends to help – Post a call-out on Facebook or Twitter to see if you can rustle up a friend or two to help with moving day or you can try Craigslist to find less expensive help than moving professionals. Always be smart and safe when dealing with individuals you do not know.
- Get rid of clutter – Post furniture and other items you don’t want on Craigslist or use groups and forums like FreeCycle to post items you’re willing to donate for free. If you drop items at GoodWill, you can track everything online using a scannable card.
- Map your furniture placement – Who can resist imagining where all your stuff will go as soon as you sign on the dotted line? Apps like MagicPlan and other online design programs let you get to work to see what fits and what doesn’t.
- Order your pizza – Pizza is THE moving food right? No need for the microwave or stove to be working yet; someone only needs to answer the door. Plus, it’s the perfect way to “pay” your friends and family for their help. Most pizza restaurants now allow you to order online or via an app on your phone. Domino’s even lets you track your pizza’s progress!
What technology have you used to make moving less of a hassle?