8 Apps to Help You Find and Settle into Your New Apartment

Yahoo TechMay 5, 2014
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Between a tight apartment supply, rising prices, and stiff competition, locating a place to live isn’t easy. These apps will help you find — and feather — your nest.

iOS

Lovely Rentals. Search common criteria like number of bedrooms, parking, and price. Get notifications when new rentals hit the market, and connect with landlords directly in the app. Lovely Rentals | Free.

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Walkscore (left) and Moving Day (right).

Walkscore. Rates properties based on proximity to public transit, grocery stores, bars, and restaurants. Plug in your work address to calculate your commute time. Walkscore | Free.

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Moving Day. Tracks all your belongings as you move. Barcode scanning and label-making as well as value and damage reports for insurance claims can be managed in-app. Moving Day | Free.

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Paint My Place.

Paint My Place. No more futzing over colors at Home Depot. Paint your house virtually using swatches from 35 brand-name paint companies, including biggies like Benjamin Moore. Paint My Place | Free.

Android

HotPads Mobile. Sift through rentals, hotels, or homes for sale — or all three. You can study photos, floor plans, price comparisons, and even information about local schools. HotPads Mobile | Free.

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HotPads (left) and MyMove (right).

AroundMe. Location-based listings for businesses, pharmacies, ATMs, and other stuff close to your dream pad. Get Foursquare tips for nearby sights. Kind of like Yelp — without the whining. AroundMe | Free.

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MyMove. Need help schlepping? Find a reputable crew with this app’s ranked listings of local moving companies. A checklist helps you get your boxes in order before the truck arrives. MyMove | Free.

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Homestyler.

Homestyler Interior Design. This Autodesk app lets you create 3D models of rooms in your house, then digitally plop in furniture and accessories from retailers. Homestyler Interior Design | Free.

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