Moving is almost always a stressful, overwhelming experience, whether you’re moving across the country or just a block away. Fortunately, the internet has simplified the moving process considerably.
Various websites can help you with every aspect of your move, from finding a new place to moving your belongings. Here are some of the best websites to turn to for help you with your moving process.
Are you unsure which city to move to? City-Data.com gives you all the information you need about any city. This includes:
- Population by age, race, and household income
- Most common occupations and industries
- Natural disasters
- Public schools
- Election results
- Religion statistics
Arming yourself with this data can help you find the right city to move to. Once you’ve chosen a new home, this site can help you know what to expect from your new city.
2. Real Estate-Finding Websites
If you’re looking for an apartment to rent, you can look at hundreds of options on a variety of rental sites. Apartments.com is one of the most popular rental sites. It allows you to search for places based on the location, the number of bedrooms, and what you’re willing to pay. Other popular rental sites include ForRent.com and Zillow.com.
If you’re moving with a pet, PeoplewithPets.com can help you find pet-friendly listings.
If you plan to buy a home, you can see extensive real estate listings on Redfin.com, Zillow.com, Realtor.com, and Trulia.com.
3. Social Media Websites
You use social media sites to keep in touch with friends. But perhaps you haven’t thought about all the ways social media can help with your move. Using social media, you can:
- Find professional connections and job postings in your new area (LinkedIn)
- Find friends to help you pack and move (Facebook)
- Request boxes and packing supplies from friends (Facebook and Instagram)
- Plan a goodbye party (Facebook and Evite)
- Document photos of your move (Instagram and Facebook)
- Find decoration ideas for your new home (Pinterest)
If you have a question about moving, try posting on a social media group in your area. You’re sure to get a response from people who have learned from the stressful moving process.
4. Moving Planning Websites
Coordinating all the different parts of your move can be difficult, and there are several websites that can help, such as the following:
- Unpakt.com lists certified moving companies and compares different moving companies and prices.
- Moving.com helps you calculate moving costs. You can also find moving companies and storage locations.
- Movingscam.com helps you find a reputable moving company in your area. You can also post moving questions in an open forum.
As you plan your move, these websites can become invaluable resources.
5. Local and National Moving Associations
If you’re searching for expert moving advice, visit websites run by moving associations and organizations. The Illinois Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association website features several helpful lists of websites relevant to your move. From their site, you can quickly visit pages about contacting your local representative in Congress, learning about a sports team in the area, or making a move easy on pets.
You can also visit the website of the American Moving and Storage Association. This site shares news about what’s going on in the industry.
6. Moving Service Websites
Once you’ve nailed down the basic aspects of your move, turn to other websites for all other moving-related details. For example, Movearoo.com helps you find internet, phone, and cable deals in your new area. Similarly, Iammoving.com lets organizations know you’re changing your address.
These websites can ease the process of transitioning to your new home and city.
Of course, don’t forget to browse the website of the moving company you’re working with. You can find information about the special packing supplies they sell or rent, including reusable plastic containers or giant portable storage containers.
7. Websites That Help You Give Away Stuff
In the process of going through your stuff, you’ll probably come across many things you want to give away. On sites like Craigslist.com and Freecycle.org, you can post things you’re willing to give away for free. Local people can find your post and agree to pick up your free items. That way, you give your stuff to a good home rather than throwing it needlessly in a landfill.
These sites are also a good way to find free stuff for your move, such as boxes.
8. Sites to Keep an Eye on the Weather
When moving day approaches, you want to know how the weather will affect your move from place to place. This is especially important if you’re moving a long distance and will pass through different cities.
Weather.com gives the weather report ten days in advance. You can search by city to find the weather for where you’re moving from and where you’re moving to. You can also get a sense of what weather patterns are like in your new city.
Use some of these websites to simplify your move.
Work with a Local Mover
If you’re moving to or from Chicago, one of your best resources is Mid-West Moving & Storage. On our website, you can find articles about moving tips. You can also get a quote for our moving services for families, businesses, and government organizations. We offer services beyond packing and moving, including a moving counselor who can help you with the relocation process.