The best sites & apps to help you with your upcoming move
We here at The Guru Of Moving aim to be your number one stop for all things moving related. With that in mind we have compiled a list of all the best apps and websites out there that can help you get through your move with as little stress as possible.
Finding a new job
We understand that not everyone who moves to a new city will already have a job lined up. As you are new to the city our advice is to jump online and create profile with one of the following great companies.
Monster.com allows you to search for keywords, titles or companies but what is great about Monster is that it allows you to search for jobs in certain areas which makes it great for finding your perfect job in your new city.
Glassdoor also lets you search for jobs by keywords, titles or companies but it also provides you with a free employer account which is great if you are relocating your business to your new city also and need to find quality employees.
Renting a moving truck
Whether moving locally or to a completely new area a lot of people decide to do the moves themselves. If this is the case you will definitely need to hire a truck for the move. Below is a few of the companies than can help you get on your way.
As movers who have actually rented and used trucks for moves we highly rate Penske. They offer every size truck and van that you could possible need, their prices are competitive and we have always found their trucks to be clean and reliable. One great thing about Penske is that they offer great discounts such as AAA, military discounts, student discounts and many more. Check out their website or give them a call on 1-888-996-5415
U-Haul is a great choice for anyone doing the diy move. The offer a full range of trucks, trailers and van and their trucks start as low as $19.95. What really sets them apart is the number of locations. They are all across America and can even be found in small towns. Another great thing with U-Haul is that they can offer all the moving supplies that you may need and their trucks offer ease of loading and unloading. They have also recently started offering plastic moving boxes which we think are great for moving. Check out our article on the benefits of using plastic moving boxes.
Moving / Storage
Whether you need an estimate for your upcoming move or you need to put your items into storage until you find that perfect place or maybe your perfect place is just a little smaller than you hoped. Here are some greats websites and apps to help you get started.
Public Storage is the largest brand of self-storage services in the US. They have thousands of locations nationwide, it is free to reserve a unit and there is no long term commitment. One of the best things about them is that you can get your first month's rent for only $1
Storage Seeker allows you to easily find self storage units by zip codes or by your address. From there you can compare each storage facility’s rates, availability, and book online. Need a climate controlled storage unit? Storage Seeker provides you with all of the details for each storage company as well as any potential special pricing offers.
Haulmygoods.com is a great website that lets customers choose between Transport Service Providers, Storage Facility Providers and Private Hire Providers based on their price and customer feedback to conduct their jobs. What we like about this website is that there is no more need for endless web searches or phone calls to find your best price for the service you need. You simple enter your information once and then let service providers compete for your job which means you will get a competitive price.
Unpakt is a great website that allows you to list all the details of your move and they then provide you with an instant guaranteed quote from their list of recommended movers in that area. What's cool about this website is that they verify the licenses, insurance, and reviews of every moving company and their credentials are available for you to review. We have tried using the website and it's super easy to use and the quotes we got back we very reasonable.
Reusable moving boxes
Due to their convenience, price and their eco friendliness you may decide that you want to use reusable moving boxes for your upcoming moving. Check out our post on the benefits of plastic moving boxes. Below is a list of websites that make that easy for you to do.
BungoBox will deliver the boxes to your door and simply pick them up when you're done and everything can be done online. They claim that their customers save an average of 50% over people who use cardboard boxes.
FrogBox overs free local delivery and pickup and have a number of locations. What is great about FrogBox is that they also offer other moving supplies which means you can get everything you need for your move delivered to your door all at once.
Ordering Parking Permits
One of the most important things that you can do to ensure that your moves goes smooth and stays within budget is simply to get parking permits. Without them you may receive parking tickets or even worse your movers may be forced to park blocks from your home, increasing the time and cost significantly. Below is the website we recommend to help you order them all important permits.
Permit Puller makes it extremely quick and easy to order parking permits for your upcoming moving. It can all be done online and they will even put up and take down the signs for you depending on your City.
Finding Your new apartment
Whether you have decided to rent or buy your next place this list of apps and websites will help to make sure you find the perfect place at a price you can afford.
Apartments.com provides real-time availability, with a focus on including details of amenities that apartment communities offer and what additional fees to expect. Using Its map-based app with 3-D tours, you can see an apartment before even visiting the property.
Apartment Finder caters to new renters and budget-conscious tenants. The app offers filters that help apartment hunters find the best deal based on their budget.
One of the reasons that we love Realtor.com is because it allows users to browse by map or photo view and it provides driving directions to check out apartments in person. The app also lets you set up alerts for apartments that meet your criteria as they come on the market. With one tap, you can contact the leasing agent and start your conversation.
Getting to know your new area
So you have unpacked all the boxes, made all the beds, it is now time to start exploring all the cool stuff your new city has to offer. From restaurants to shops to upcoming events, these sites should help you to settle into your new area.
Yelp is a lot more than just a great place to find a great moving company. It can also be used to research any type of business in your area. Why not use it to check out great new restaurants, bars or fun activities in your area.
We like this app because of the simplicity of it. AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theatre and Taxi. It shows you a complete list of all the businesses in the category you have tapped on along with the distance from where you are.