Confession: Up until about 5 years ago, I moved every year. My friends joked that I couldn’t stay in one place and they were tired of lugging my stuff around Baltimore. In my defense, each move happened for one reason or another but each time I’d use the same process.
1. Pick an area
2. Determine wants vs. needs
3. Pick a move-in date
This time, I decided to do things different. Here’s my Digital Girl’s Guide to Moving!
My current commute has become a monster with my new job. I’m traveling a hour each way and the traffic coming home is EVIL!
Although, I have my geeky podcasts to get me through, I decided it was time to move in closer to get to work on time and still have a piece of Charm City life.
One weekend in early August, I set out with a mission to knock out 5 places in a two day period. Since I work during hours when most showings happen, I had a limit amount of time to find something that fit in during weekend and evening hours.
So, how did I do it? I’m glad you asked.
- Foursquare: I know. I don’t care for Swarm, Foursquare’s companion app either. I miss my check-in badges and ease of tagging my friends. But, I did use Foursquare/Swarm to track the properties I visited, tag the locations and quickly notate any first impressions. Here’s a shot of my first round of visits:
- Rent.com: If you didn’t know, Rent.com has a beautiful mobile app which allows you to save properties, take notes and even see reviews. This app has probably been the most helpful because of its streamline process. I was able to search for a property, see pictures and floor plans of the property, and plan my move. I also love Rent.com because when I sign a new lease, I can qualify for a $100 VISA gift card at a qualifying property.
- Craigslist: Although it has received some bad press in the past, Craigslist is a goldmine for not only housing, but getting deals on electronics and quick gigs. I’ve had a very hit or miss experience when I’ve tried to contact Realtors on the site (beware of the scams), but I still think it’s a worthy mention.
Just a note, I’ve found the perfect place (and secured a move-in date, who’s helping?!) and I’ll be sure to keep y’all updated here. Are you excited!
This post is part one of the “Plug Me In” series, where I’ll document every thing from unlikely digital sources for moving, my trek to make the ultimate connected home and much more. I’m also pinning my life away here!
Have any ideas or cool items you’ve come across that you just want to tell the world?