by Tara Teague
Technology: Moving Made Easier
The simplistic side of relocation… yes, it exists.
Presumably considered one of the most stressful situations to endure, a change of address can earn even the most organized party to find themselves in the pharmacy line evaluating the newly prescribed blood pressure script. Thankfully, the progression of mobile technology, online simplicity, and the overall social media epidemic has transformed the thought of a physical map to the fading equivalence of a landline. With the coming of age millennial influence, it’s no secret the go-to problem solver recedes in a palm sized handheld device. The compelling element to the new age advancement is the growing commodity of our beloved Generation X. A change of scenery is one thing, but a populous shift in foreign mechanics, may be too much to digest. But as the age old spousal argument will prove, men’s refusal to ask for directions, and woman’s irritation with the unnecessary loss of time, apps aren’t just for the ‘kids’ these days. Let’s take a minute to venture into the tunnel of a quick and accessible web way of life.
Hire a Helper.
A website that allows you to rent your own moving truck, with an average of $29.99 for a mid-sized vehicle (Plus .99 cents per mile- give or take the company you choose). Now that you have the vehicle, you may need the extra muscle, hence the creation of Hire a Helper. Choose your favorite moving company by simply inputting your zip code, and viola! You have not only the strength to help you load your vehicle, but you can choose how many biceps you feel as though it may require to move your antique dresser and over sized sectional. You can compare pricing, reviews and find an average savings of 30-35 percent. The new dining set you’ve been secretly eyeing just became much more guilt free.
For the growing family.
Great Schools has created a resource that eliminates a mothers concern by allowing a search bar to input your new location and the grade level you are inquiring about. Great Schools will not only filter the leading school districts in your future area, but has teamed up with Zillow to show all available listings for sale or rent within the district’s neighborhood. Created by a parent, for the parent, to free the critical peace of mind.
With the unpredictable gas rates, preserving any dollar I can get at the station is a considerable deal to most. Download this free app, it will use GPS to find your current location, and create a categorized list, by lowest pump price. Competitive pricing brought to you with a click of a download. Gas Buddy
If you’re anything like me, furniture assemble is more like an external map of drawings; I can only assume a six year old created. The process of flipping the instruction manual side to side, head tilted, squinted eyes; I’ve even found myself looking at it upside down, thoroughly convincing myself that was actually the correct way to assemble part F into part W. The handyman position is one of the most underrated occupations of all time. I think it’s how I’ve made it ‘on my own’ this far. This magical free app will show your local handymen with a clean reputation and a reputable service. With a surplus of neighborly reviews, you’ve found your own one stop shop for those seemingly tiresome tasks. Taskrabbit App
A free app that will show you exactly what you want, when you want it. A location based source, this app is perfect for the newcomer who doesn’t want to navigate far. With a range leading to a surplus of destinations, its focus based around the entertainment side, lending a hand to the closest theater, karaoke night, sushi opening but still has a few more practical options such as gas stations, ATM’s and hospitals. Around Me App
Although it is actually not considered a sister app of ‘Around me’, I’m feeling the family vibe coming at me like a Thanksgiving meal. Similar in ideals and personality, Scouts authentic value appears in the form of alerting you of your newfound neighborhood events. Unearth a new concert that may be the next Bon Jovi and you didn’t even know his first live performance was happening 300 feet from your door. From local bands, to plays, to food and art festivals, this app reminds you why you love your city. Scout App
One of the most prime resources to connect with like-minded individuals through common interests and ideals. This app grants an uncomplicated way to involve you in activities, events, charity projects, or just a collaboration of similar thought processes. Not only is this eclectic innovation an incredibly simple way to make new friends, but it allows you to run with this concept in any way you choose; from a casual outing, to a useful tool. For example, I have joined writing meet-ups to gain genuine feedback in a supportive and helpful environment. Meet Up
I also made a friend. His name is Ned. He is 73 years old and a world of brilliance. I know this because Ned and I met for coffee last Tuesday and he gave me permission to broadcast his date of birth.
Moving, making friends, giving that questionable hotdog stand a chance… see, there’s always a silver lining. In my case it was a retired Literature professor, who walked with a cane, smoked like a chimney, and told me change is good, especially when you have Wi-Fi.