In today’s digital age, moving house has never been easier. There are literally hundreds of apps on the market that help you through every stage of the moving process from finding a home to decorating it.Here are just a few of the most popular apps for your smartphone.
FINDING THE RIGHT HOME
Realestate.co.nz – This features the whole of the NZ real estate market (over 50,000 properties) in the palm of your hand. It also includes home inspection checklists and mortgage calculators.
Home Tracker – Feeling bamboozled?? Home Tracker allows you to document each property in detail as you visit it. In addition to storing property information, HomeTracker can easily take Photos, Map a property and perform a Google search!
IT’S TIME TO MOVE
House Move, Moving House, Moving Checklist, Move Planner – These four apps essentially do the same thing. They provide to-do lists for every stage of your move from 4-6 weeks before you move. The lists are fully editable so you can tailor them to suit you.
House Cleaning List – Great for renters who don’t want to lose their bond. This app includes pre-loaded to-do lists, which can be customised to suit your home and its particular state of disarray.
Moving Van – Moving Van allows you to easily identify the contents of every box you pack when moving house, relocation or putting items into storage. As each box is packed, you can use the app to detail the contents, take photos of the items in the box, and assign each box a unique name or number.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEW AREA
TripGo – Currently in Auckland and Wellington, this app features public transport timetables for each city as well as information on local bars, restaurants and shops.
Google places – Using your current location you can search nearby for restaurants, bars, hotels, attractions and ATMS. You can read reviews others have posted and decide whether the place would be worth it or not, on the spot\
Aroundme – AroundMe identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest bank, bar, hospital, hotel, movie theatre, restaurant, supermarket and more. It’s perfect for people who are new to a suburb.
SETTING UP YOUR NEW HOME
Bubble level – This is a gem of an app. It’s a virtual spirit level, which tells you whether you’re hanging pictures up straight.
Houzz Interior Design Ideas – Owned by CNN, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas. Browse photos by style, room and location and save them to your virtual ideabook — it’s the equivalent of clipping design magazines to a scrapbook.