On the list of the most fun things to do in life, it鈥檚 safe to say moving has never cracked the top ten.聽It鈥檚 stressful, time-consuming and expensive, and even if you鈥檙e聽moving into the ultimate聽dream home, there鈥檚 still an awful lot of work to be done before you聽can call it your own. Luckily, we鈥檙e sharing half a dozen聽apps to save you time, headaches and maybe even a little bit of cash while you鈥檙e hunting for your next abode.

Doorsteps Swipe

1. Doorsteps Swipe: Think of it as the Tinder of real estate tools: You can look for rentals or homes for sale and trust your gut instinct as you give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down during your search. It鈥檚 an easy way to keep track of what you鈥檙e interested in without continually scrolling past stuff you鈥檙e not.

DL It: Free on iOS


2. Zillow Rentals: Zillow聽is a more traditional but super user-friendly home search app, and now has a rental-only app too. You can use it to compare places, customize your search results and even reach out directly to landlords. Especially great in a hot rental market where things get snapped up quickly, that feature alone can save you time and help you lock down a place you love.

DL It: Free on iOS and Android


3. Updater: Anyone who鈥檚 ever moved knows the agony of trying to remember all the places where you have to update your address. Banks, credit card companies, alma mater, catalog subscriptions, friends and family 鈥 the list goes on and on. This handy tool handles it all in one fell swoop and even files聽your official change-of-address form with the postal service. No more lost or returned mail for you!

DL It: No need 鈥 it鈥檚 a free online tool

Moving Van

4. Moving Van: When it comes time to pack, even the most organized among us can get a little frazzled. This app helps us organize our stuff digitally, remembering what items went into each box, so we can easily find everything later. In the middle of a move, it鈥檚 the ultimate luxury to know exactly聽where all your stuff is from the moment it leaves your old place until the second you unpack it.

DL It: $1.99聽on iOS


5. Buddytruk: What if getting your stuff onto a moving truck were as easy as using Uber? Now it can be, thanks to this inventive app connecting users with registered drivers聽willing to use their vehicles to help people move their stuff. While it might not be ideal for, say, a three-roommate move from one end of the city to another, it may be the perfect solution for a one-bedroom move or some last-minute stuff that didn鈥檛 quite make it onto the original moving truck. It never hurts to have a backup!

DL It: Free on iOS and Android


6. BHG Arrange-a-Room: It鈥檚 maddening to think you鈥檝e got your new layout all figured out, and then once you move in 鈥 oops! The couch is four inches too long. BHG鈥檚聽desktop聽app helps you arrange each room using exact measurements to make sure your best-laid plans don鈥檛 get foiled by a funky-sized window or a too-skinny corridor. When you鈥檝e got it planned out in advance, you can keep decorating catastrophes to a minimum. Now if only there were an app that delivered a team of magical聽elves聽to your door to help with all that unpacking鈥

DL It: No need 鈥 it鈥檚 a free聽online tool.

For more ways to make life鈥檚 challenges a little simpler, be sure to check out the rest of our聽Upgrade Your Life series, where we鈥檝e done all the legwork for you. You鈥檙e welcome!

Got any聽moving tips and tricks of your own to share? Spill 鈥檈m in the comments section below!