Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com all offer similar experiences,although I’ve found Zillow to be the most accurate and up todate, as every listing from a realtor feeds directly into the app.
You’ll normally type in an area or move the map around toshow an area to search for. You’ll then adjust several variables,including price and how many bedrooms and bathrooms youwant. You can also search by square footage of the home, thelot size, and more options that vary by app, but are of muchless importance.
Planning Your Move
So you’ve bought the home of your dreams? Fantastic!
Now you have to move. I strongly recommend taking inventory of your belongings while you’re packing. Not only willthis help with your move, it will be useful in case somethingunforeseen happens and you need to make a home insuranceclaim.
Let’s talk about making lists first. In the past, I used Apple’s
Reminders and Notes apps, but then I tried Any.do (free, $3/month) and Simplenote (free) and can’t go back. They wouldhave made the move even easier, considering how quick andversatile they are compared to the stock apps.
One list I recommend making is for night one in your newhome. This should include things like a toothbrush and changeof clothes. Don’t get caught trying to hunt through boxes tofind something; pre-pack it all in an easy-to-access box.
Before You Move in
Before you move into your new home, clean the house orhire a cleaning service to do it for you. Seriously, do a deepclean. You’ll feel a lot better about it after. Then do any smallhome improvement projects that will be a hassle to do afteryou move in. One of the best things I did was switch out allof my outlets for child-proof ones from Lowe’s. Lowe’s (free)has a well-organized app that helps you find all the hardwareand appliances you need in order to finish those small (or big)
home improvement projects. It even tells you which aisle andsection to find a particular item in your local store.
Next up is the free Ikea app (get a family card if you can). Ifyou don’t live near an Ikea, you can always go to Walmart, butI like Ikea more. The best strategy I can give you for Ikea is tomake a list, stick to it, and make sure you either print out thelist by tapping “Sort by location in self-service area” or takescreenshots of the locations of items on the app. You’ll frequently lose cell service in the store.
Ikea also has an app called Ikea Place (free) that lets youvisualize where all your new furniture should go before theheavy lifting happens. Pre-planned is prepared! This app isIkea-specific but excellently made. RoOomy (Free) is a greatalternative if the flat-pack isn’t your thing. This app functionssimilarly, turning pictures of your home into augmented realityon your screen, enabling you to drag and drop furniture directly into your digital living space. All of the products listed onthe app are for sale from Wayfair, Crate & Barrel, Target, andother suppliers.
With these tips, you’ll find that home buying doesn’t haveto be a stressful process. As long as you plan everything out,get a real estate agent, and be honest about your finances(go for the 30-year fixed and pay an additional payment everyyear), you too can get into the home of your dreams and do itsmoothly. �
Kenneth Boshell is a freelance writer who lives in Florida. His finely honed skills includefinding great taco eateries, petting random cats, and hunting for the most deliciouschocolate bar in the world. He has a ridiculously large pile of books to read, which he’dget to if he could just put down the Black Company and Harry Potter for a moment.