- Say goodbye to wonky picture hanging
- Say hello to your new local shops, bars and restaurants
Here are nine helpful apps to keep your home move simple and easy.
1. Zoopla, Rightmove and FindaProperty (iPad, iPhone, free)
So you’ve decided it’s time to make the big move. To snare the right property before anyone else, you need to be alerted before the competition. Zoopla, Rightmove and FindaProperty are must-have apps that offer comprehensive listings, as well as local information and property history.
2. SpareRoom (iPhone and Android, free)
You’ve found the perfect house, but perhaps finances mean that you now need the perfect sharer? Whether you’re looking for a housemate to share the cost of living or a lodger to help offset the mortgage payments, SpareRoom is your go-to app.
3. Pro Moving Planner (iPad, iPhone, £1.49)
Great for the big vision, this app takes the moving checklist to a whole new level. The highlight is the detailed timeline of everything you need for an eight-week lead in to your moving day. Moving expenses can add up, from the van hire to the first takeaway at the new address. This app also helps you stay in control of your budget in real time.
4. eBay (iPhone, iPad, Android, free)
Now that you’ve done a massive clear out for the move, it’s time to cash in. No need to sit behind a computer all day to track what you’re selling, just check in with your phone.
5. Charity Collect (iPhone, iPad, free)
If eBay isn’t really your thing, then charity shops are a great alternative. Developed by international charity Save The Children, this app allows you to scan the barcodes on the CDs, DVDs and games you no longer use. Get an instant valuation and with the app, find your nearest collection point. Save The Children will get 80p of every £1 of the stated value of your accepted items.
6. InSured (iPhone, iPad, 79p)
It’s always a good idea to take stock of what you’ve got before moving and you may want to consider insuring the valuable stuff. Organise your insurance with this helpful app. It lets you store warranty information, pictures of your possessions and more.
7. ihandy level (iPhone, iPad, Android, free)
You’ve moved in and now it’s time to make your house a home. This is the solution for those liable to get into ‘it’s not straight, yes it is’ arguments when hanging pictures. Grab your iPad and use this spirit level app instead. Simply place it on the top of the picture to find out whether it’s wonky.
8. Around Me (iPad, iPhone, free)
When it comes to a new area, it’s always good to know where your nearest hospital is and where to get petrol. Plus, of course, the best local bars, hotels and restaurants. Around Me runs 25 million searches worldwide every month and is the most widely used app of its kind.
9. British Gas (iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire)
Moving home? If you're an existing British Gas customer, it's really easy to let us know when you're planning to move via the British Gas app. You can also book an engineer, control your Hive heating system, monitor your energy use, or view your bills – all from your phone or tablet.
Moving Home? If you’re a British Gas customer, it’s easy to let us know here