We take the Internet for granted now as we’re rarely just a few clicks or taps away from accessing the Information Highway. Unfortunately, we don’t always take advantage of the power of Cyberspace to make our lives easier.
Each year, around 40 million Americans pack up their belongings and move to another home. And if you happen to be one of them, then you should know that the Internet can provide invaluable information about planning, organizing and performing a house move.
Let the World Wide Web be your trusted sidekick when you’re moving to a new home.
Here are the top 10 ways to use the Internet to plan your move.
#1. Research your new destination ONLINE
The Internet gives you the unique opportunity to research your new destination by doing a virtual trip to the new town or city you’re moving to. If you haven’t decided on where to live yet, online resources such as Google Maps can help you view the neighborhood and even the house or the apartment building you plan to move into.
Also, you can find a lot of useful information about the new place – job opportunities, cost of living, healthcare, education, crime statistics, entertainment options, parks and recreation, sports, and so on.
Good info: How to find the right home when moving to a new city
#2. Find good movers ONLINE
Using the services of a good moving company will guarantee a fairly stress-free and largely successful move. That’s great, but where can you find a top-rated moving company?
The easiest way to find a good mover around you is through our Moving Estimator Tool. Upon entering your move data, you will be contacted by pre-screened professional movers that
- are properly licensed and adequately insured,
- have been in the moving industry for years (experience),
- belong to professional associations,
- service your relocation route, and
- can handle your household move on the day you’ve specified.
Remember to schedule in-home estimates with the movers that you get contacted with.
Great advice: How to find good movers
#3. Check movers’ reputation ONLINE (moving reviews)
After the in-home surveys that you’ve scheduled with several top-rated professional movers in your area, you will be given accurate cost estimates in writing. And right then is when you’ll want to use the Internet to pick up the right mover for you.
It’s time to read movers’ reviews and see what other people have said about the services of the moving companies you’re reviewing. To do that, access several reliable and trusted moving reviews websites such as MyMovingReviews and Yelp.
As a rule of thumb, you should stay away from movers with too many negative reviews and too low overall ratings.
See also: How to spot fake online reviews about movers
#4. Research moving companies ONLINE
You shouldn’t only compare the bottom prices in the quotes you’ve received, and and then choose a mover based on the lowest bidder rule. When researching and comparing moving companies, the price is only one of the factors that should influence your final decision.
Check whether your long-distance movers are licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). All interstate moving companies must be licensed by the U.S. Government and have valid USDOT numbers as proof of their legitimate status.
Click here to check the licensing information of your movers.
#5. Check movers’ professionalism ONLINE
It’s important to know how to stay away from bad movers.
Here are some other great tips for online moving research: in addition to checking the licenses of the moving companies, you need to also compare their level of professionalism by checking whether they are members of any professional associations and organizations.
- American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA). AMSA’s ProMover program certifies that all members have passed a thorough background check and uphold their Code of Ethics. Check here if the movers you’re reviewing are ProMovers.
- Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB-accredited movers are safe and reliable as they strive to maintain the high standards of professionalism set by the Bureau.
#6. Sell unwanted items ONLINE
One thing to remember when getting ready to move out is that moving with fewer items will prove to be very beneficial to you because you’ll 1) save big on transportation costs thanks to the reduced overall weight of your shipment, 2) save time and money thanks to the fewer items to pack, and 3) earn cash should you choose to sell the items you no longer want and need.
Inventory your entire home and set aside the things you won’t be moving with you but that still have commercial value. Then, use the convenience of the Internet to sell those items on trusted and well-known websites such as Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, eBid, etc.
Follow the link below for the detailed steps of selling things online when moving out.
Read also: How to sell stuff online when moving
#7. Find free moving boxes and other packing materials ONLINE
Believe it or not, the Internet is an excellent place to find free packing materials, especially cardboard boxes of various sizes.
Ask yourself this: why would you pay for brand new boxes when you can get decent moving boxes for free? After all, a house move already costs a lot – why should you burden your moving budget ever more?
The 2 best online resources when you can find packing supplies for free are:
- Freecycle. Freecycle is a non-profit network with more than 9 million registered users who offer things entirely for free. Yes, including moving boxes and packing materials.
- Craigslist. Search Craigslist for free packing supplies but make sure they are located near you so that you won’t pay for shipping costs.
Check it out: How to get free moving boxes
#8. Ask friends to help you move
Moving house is a tough job and, at some point or another, you’ll most likely reach the point of having to rely on your friends for assistance.
In most cases, it’s the never-ending task of packing and the challenging task of lifting and carrying heavy furniture that will require help from your pals. To get that friendly help though, you’re going to have to reach out to your buddies first.
Naturally, the best way to ask friends to help is to do it in person. However, when that is just not possible, it’s the Internet that can make things easier for you. You’ve got two good options here: either e-mail your good friends for moving day backup, or create a Facebook post with a cry for help.
Useful tips: How to get friends to help you move
#9. Plan your move using an online moving checklist
There are so many jobs, tasks, and activities when preparing for a move that you can easily get overwhelmed and discouraged at the relocation challenge ahead of you.
Luckily, the Internet can help you organize your move in an elegant way via a moving checklist – a detailed to-do list that will list all the tasks you have to do in a highly personalized and smartly prioritized manner. A good moving checklist will prevent any waste of precious time by reminding you what it is that you need to do next.
Yes, you’ll be able to find many moving checklists online but only a handful of them will actually be good enough to really help you out. The online moving checklist we offer for free lists all the major tasks for a successful move and features an interactive design – that is, you can use it directly from the browser for greater convenience.
Must-see: ONLINE Interactive Moving Checklist
#10. Use a moving app to organize your move
Last but not least, an online move planning tool may just be the thing you’ve been looking for to introduce organization and structure to the chaotic process of moving from one home to another.
Make sure you check out the best moving apps designed to make your move easier and more efficient. Follow the link below to take a look at the top free moving apps – moving applications that will let you find a good mover, inventory your entire home with ease, organize your moving tasks, and so much more.
See also: Top 3 free moving apps for a perfect move
CAUTION: Do not make the mistake of assuming that all the information you find and read on the Internet is accurate and up-to-date. Instead, take some of the resources you find online with a grain of salt and remember to conduct a more thorough research to verify the information.
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