9 Tech Tools for a Smooth Move

For every step of your move – hiring a mover, paring down your belongings, packing up boxes – we've found an app or service that will simplify the process. Browse our favorite moving tech tools.
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Photo By: Nicholas Tatone

Photo By: Nicholas Tatone

thredUP

The first step to packing up is scaling down. Use thredUP to shed a few pounds of clothes you don't wear anymore. Simply order a special shipping bag and fill it with name-brand, good quality clothes. Mail it back at no charge to you and receive 40 percent of the clothes' resale value once it's processed. More money, less to move? Yes, please.

Yardsale

The concept of a yard sale is wonderful; the practice of a yard sale is exhausting. Skip the early morning set up and lemonade stand. The Yardsale app lets you list items for sale easily and conveniently. People in your community can poke through your stuff from their own living rooms, and you don't have to deal with that crazy lady trying to buy your dog.

Visual Inventory

The Visual Inventory app from MoveInsure is perfect for those of us who tend to think with our eyes. Simply take a picture of each room in your house, tag individual items and state their value for insurance purposes. Now you have a list that hasn't missed a thing. You're ready to pack!

Green Box

There's no need to use half a forest to complete your move. When you rent Green Boxes for your next move, you'll reduce waste and stress. They'll drop these sturdy stackable boxes off at your old place and pick them up at your new digs once you've unpacked. Brilliant!

TaskRabbit

Maybe you need extra manpower to pack and clean your house, or perhaps you could use someone to go get your dry cleaning while you pack and clean. With TaskRabbit, you have an army of helping hands at the ready. Name your price and assign your to-do list to a willing "rabbit" who could use the extra cash. Everyone wins.

Moving Day

Use this ingenious app to catalog items as they're packed. Then create a barcode for each box and you're done. Now you can be 100 percent sure that everything arrives safely at the new spot.

Moveline

You used a broker to buy your house, so why not find one to help you move? With the Moveline app, just take a video of your stuff or show them live on video chat. They'll get you several quotes from reputable moving companies based on your specific inventory. They'll also appoint a moving captain who'll hold your hand all the way to your new home.

MovingScam

When a moving truck pulls out of the driveway, it can be really unnerving to realize everything you own is in the hands of someone you met a few hours ago. MovingScam is a web service that's chock full of reviews, information and tips for finding the right company, keeping your stuff secure and your mind at ease.

Evernote

When we humans move from point A to point B, the most important papers can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Scan the most important documents and use Evernote to store and retrieve them effortlessly. Now you'll never lose your movers' contact info, the contract you signed with them, your new cable account number or other vital pieces of information.