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Technology Tip: Google Helps Organize Your Move

Google produces a plethora of tools that enable a person’s life to be organized to the max.  Since we’re always trying to make moves easier and less stressful, we decided to investigate and test many of Google’s tools to determine which would be most helpful during an interstate move.

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create a Google account to use the tools listed below.

Gmail

Gmail logoGmail is Google’s official email system.  If you use Gmail, or choose to use it in the future, it serves as a one-stop-shop for all of Google’s other tools mentioned in this article.  An added bonus of using Gmail during the moving process is that you can use the account for all of your electronic communications related to the moving experience: full-service moving companies, cleaning companies, utilities, and other services.

Google Calendar

Moving and relocating is a long process with many moving parts, appointments, scheduled phone calls, and general information to keep track of. Using a Google Calendar could become your new best friend as you’re able to stay on top off all your commitments and responsibilities.  Helpful tip: Google Calendar syncs nicely onto your smart phone.

Google Drive

Google Drive acts as an electronic file storage site.  You can store moving contracts and other moving-related paperwork, lists and more.  You will no longer have to worry about losing or misplacing important, loose papers.

Not to worry: while you’re en route to your new home, you’ll be able to access all of your files via your tablet or your smart phone so you’ll never be more than a click away.

In Google Drive, you’ll also have access to Google Docs: Google’s document creation tools.  You can create spreadsheets to help you maintain an inventory of your belongings or lists of items that you’ve donated during downsizing for tax purposes, just as a few examples.

Google Maps

Google Maps isn’t just a tool to get directions.  It’s a very powerful component of Google’s arsenal Google Maps logoof organizational aids. You can use Maps in a variety of ways during your move. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Take a street-level tour of your new neighborhood
  • Investigate the nearest home improvement stores, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, post offices, and other essential locations in proximity to your new home
  • Plan the driving route between your old home and your new home

Google Tasks

Google Tasks is simply a “to do” list tool.  You can create as many task lists as you need and name each one for easy organization.  You can also sync your Google Tasks with your Google Calendar if you wish.  Think about how convenient it would be to have multiple to do lists in your hand via your smart phone as you’re packing, donating and throwing out belongings.  You can also do the gratifying task of checking items off lists as soon as you complete them.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a handy place for storing thoughts and other inspirations.  You can drop images into a Keep note for those times when inspiration for decorating your new home strikes, or just to make a note of an idea someone mentions to you.

YouTube

YouTube has become one of the best do-it-yourself resources there is, and it’s no exception when you’re beginning to plan a move.  There are how-to’s on literally everything you can think of: from packing fragile items to giving your house more curb appeal.

Finish Up

It’s near impossible to remember everything you need to do during a move.  Put Google and your mobile device to work for you and ease yourself into a less stressful move.

Technology Tip: Top Apps to Use When Moving to a New City

It’s almost as if our smart phones have become another extension of our bodies – wherever we go, our iPhone, Android or other communication device is sure to follow.  There’s a good reason: these gadgets are handy and can help us out with almost every facet of our lives – including moving.

We’ve compiled a list of four apps that will serve you well during your move – Check them out!

  1. Moving Van: Unfortunately this app is only available for Apple products, but it’s handy enough to still be featured.  This app allows you to easily figure out exactly where you packed your items.  No more sifting through box after box trying to find your cell phone charger.  Simply assign each box a number and coordinate that number with the items in the box.  Then when you’re looking for something, you simply search the item on the app and it tells you which box it’s in. Handy? We think so!Moving Van app
    Has anyone used this app?  What did you think of it?

 

2. Moving Day: This is another very handy app, and bonus: it’s free!  The real highlight of Moving Day is that it has a built-in barcode scanner and label maker.  You can also print or e-mail directly from the app. It’s always helpful when everything can be completed in one process – this app gives you that capability.moving day app

3.  Beat the Traffic: This a favorite for a lot of people and for many reasons. First of all, it’s free. Second of all, no one likes getting in traffic jams while traveling and this can help you to avoid them at all costs. This app is accurate, has camera views, and gives a person the ability to report accidents or jams.  This is great for any kind of traveling, but if you’re moving a long distance and traveling there by car, it’s a necessity to have this app.

Beat the Traffic app
4. Gas Buddy:  No one likes getting a bad deal, especially on gas.  There’s nothing worse than filling up your car’s gas tank and then driving only a few miles down the road to find gas ten cents cheaper.  If you’re moving a long distance and are planning on spending a lot of money on gas to get there, this app must be downloaded as soon as possible.  You’ll be able to scout for the best deal on fuel and have a little extra money. Use it to treat yourself to a delicious meal while on the road!

Gas Buddy app

 

These are just a few of the many, many apps that can aid in the moving process.  Did we miss one of your favorites? If so, let us know! Leave us a message on the blog, comment on our Facebook page or Tweet at us.

 

Stay tuned for more technology tips that can help your move be as smooth as possible.