August is consistently known as the biggest moving month of the year, and we’re now knee-deep in it. So for those of you not ignoring phone calls from friends looking for moving help and instead being the one making those calls, here are a few apps for your iPhone that may assist you in your moving adventure/hell, with everything from the day you begin your search to the morning you start picking out paint colors for the hallway bathroom.
See the full list of 10 iPhone Apps for Moving Day after the jump
We would normally steer clear of any apartment-finding agency apps for this list, but Apartments.com has created a surprisingly useful one with lots of fun features. Use the GPS feature while pounding the pavement to see what rentals are available in your vicinity, then easily browse through pictures of the apartment and floorplans. Some listings even have walk-through videos, which, as any apartment-hunter knows, is like hitting the jackpot. When you find a place you like, call or e-mail the contact for the listing directly through the app.
Here’s yet another apartment-finding agency with a sleek search app. It does much of what Apartments.com does, with the GPS feature and photos of available apartments, but the interface is a bit more easy to use and frankly a little bit prettier. You can also mark your favorite listings, keep a list of what you’ve recently looked at, jot down notes, and share potential apartments with friends on Facebook. We wish apartment-finding would have been this pleasant when we were looking.
PadMapper is sans any ties to rental agencies, as it mostly pulls from listings on sites like Craigslist. The app is fairly simple, which is probably better for most. Using a Google Map, PadMapper will place pins on rental listings in proximity to a certain location you search, within filters you set up for the kind of apartment you’re looking for (bedrooms, max. rent, bathrooms, etc.). You can also mark favorites and easily call the contacts for listings you like (as well as see the listing itself).
This app looks like just another to-do checklist, but it’s jam-packed with more than 100 items in a pre-populated list of things you would probably otherwise forget in a big move. Add on to the list with your own items, sort the list by date, and delegate tasks to family members and roommates. Leave nothing unaccounted for! Definitely worth the price.
How long does it take you to unpack after a big move? And how many things do you lose among the dozens of boxes scattered throughout your new digs? We’ve been through the “Where did I pack that?” hell that is moving, so give this app a try to avoid the hassle. Take photos of what items are in which boxes, list the items in the boxes, then assign a label to the box (which you can then write on that box). With a catalog of your moving boxes like this, unpacking should be at least a little less painful.
My Moving Map
For those trekking out on long-distance or cross-country moves, this real-time locating map app could come in handy when there are multiple vehicles involved. Sure, you could just use your phone to call or text message, but why waste the minutes? Open the app, e-mail a friend, and they can track your location at MyMovingMap.com when you have the app running. Not perfect, but not shabby either. Also, we all know what it’s like to have the parents calling every five minutes to make sure you’re safe on the road while traveling far distances. Maybe something like this could keep them off of our backs for a bit?
Find Pizza with PizzaSpot
There are two things we know for sure about moving: Pizza is a must, and pizza is a do-or-die if you had friends help during your move. What kind of a friend would you be for not feeding your helpers after a long day of loading and unloading trucks? You’re probably in an unfamiliar area now, so use this app to find a nearby pizza joint to order from. Call the place directly from the app, and enjoy.
The New Place
This paint-selecting app is a must-have for new renters looking to spruce up their place. See a color you like out in the wild and want to just drag that pear tree down to Home Depot to match the paint? Not necessary. Snap a photo with this app, then find a matching paint swatch, as well as a provided color palette to go along with it. Not only that, but you can also adjust the hues and tones of a swatch to get your perfect color. Couldn’t be easier.
For those of us who are, say, writer geeks incapable of doing handy things with our hands, like making a straight line to hang a frame correctly, this is a godsend. Not only is this level simulator free, it also happens to work like it says it will. You’re welcome.
We’ve mentioned before how much we love this augmented reality app, but it bears repeating. Whether you’re shopping for new furniture or just trying to figure out where to put your currently owned pieces in your new place, this app is incredibly useful. Select a piece of furniture from the catalog and use the augmented reality feature to whirl around your new place to take a photo with this piece of furniture simulated to look like it’s sitting on your own floor. Now you just have to remember to measure the doorways before shelling out the cash for that awesome new bigscreen TV.