The 5 Best Apps to Make a Long-Distance Move Easier
By guest blogger Cindy Aldridge, ourdogfriends.org
Long-distance moves are challenging no matter your circumstances, because you are moving to an unfamiliar place, coordinating logistics from afar, and leaving loved ones and friends. You also have to figure the travel time into your move, which leaves little time for rest after a long journey before you need to start moving into your new home. Fortunately, technology is making long-distance moves easier for homeowners.
1. Thumbtack for Deep Housecleaning Services
While you’d love to have the time to clean your new home before moving in, the distance makes it difficult for you to get there in time to clean it from top to bottom. You also will be moving with your family and all of your belongings, and you’ll want to be able to move right in and get settled as quickly as possible without spending hours cleaning. That’s why you should use Thumbtack to find housecleaning services. You can choose the time of day and frequency of the cleaning, or you can hire a service to deep clean your new home, including interior window washing, so that it is spotless and move-in ready when you pull up to the curb.
2. Hire a Helper for Heavy Lifting
One of the largest challenges with moving a long distance is the high prices professional movers charge. Many people try to save money by renting a moving truck and doing the heavy lifting themselves. But, if you decide that you just can’t carry your large furniture and appliances up one more flight of stairs, you should hire moving labor help. Compare prices instantly, read reviews, and book your help securely all from the app, and you’ll be moved in before you know it.
3. Uber to Get Relatives Back and Forth to the Airport
If you’re lucky enough to have relatives flying in to help you get settled in your new home, you will need to make sure they can get back and forth to the airport. Rather than spending money on a rental car, use Uber. With a few clicks on the app, your relatives can get around safely and quickly. In most cases, Uber rates are more affordable than taxi rides, and your relative can request the car that best suits his needs, from UberX, to UberXL, to Uber SELECT.
4. Instacart for Grocery Delivery
One thing you won’t have time to do right after your move is grocery shopping. With Instacart, you can order the groceries you need to cook healthy meals and take your new kitchen for a test run. You’ll feel better knowing that you are eating healthier meals and avoiding fast food, and you’ll be happier feeding your family and helpers food that will give them energy to keep carrying your heavy furniture and make move-in day a success.
5. Rover Pet Services
Moving day can be chaotic, and you want to keep your dog safe and secure while the movers and your family and friends help with the move. One option is to hire a pet sitter or a dog boarding service via Rover. If you’re tied up with unpacking, getting your family settled in, and other demands right after a big move, you can even take advantage of dog walking services to take another task off your plate.
Simply put in your information and the details about your pet’s needs, and you’ll find qualified dog lovers in your area who will keep him safe and happy while you deal with the craziness of getting settled in a new place.
Apps can make life easier for homeowners making a long-distance move. Try Thumbtack for cleaning services, HireaHelper for moving help, Uber for transportation, Instacart for grocery delivery, and Rover for all of your pet’s needs.