Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Right at Home: Setting Up a New Home Is Just a Click Away

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Right at Home: Setting Up a New Home Is Just a Click Away

Article excerpt

In a connected world, nesting's a lot easier than it used to be. There are apps and websites that streamline many aspects of setting up and dismantling a home.

Whether you're trying to get rid of old stuff, buy new stuff, move stuff or find ways to use your stuff, chances are there's an app (or at least a website) for that.

MOVE IT

There was a time when moving out of an old place and into a new one was a daunting logistical challenge, especially for the unorganized or inexperienced.

How do you find a reliable moving company? What do you need to know to prepare and execute a successful move?

Unpakt.com lets you compare over 600 pre-screened, licensed, local or interstate moving firms, read credentials and reviews, and book online. Plug in the size of your home, the date you want to move, locations, and any additional needs like storage or extra drop- off stops. You can live-chat with an adviser. There's info and an app for setting up your moving timeline and making an inventory. (unpakt.com )

Move Advisor also helps with an inventory, and calculates how many boxes and furniture blankets you're likely to need, as well as estimating the requisite moving capacity of any truck you're thinking of renting for a DIY move. If you decide to go with pros, you can email your inventory directly to them. An online timeline tracks your to-do list. (moveadvisor.com )

LOSE IT

New York-based AptDeco.com was founded by Kalam Dennis and Reham Fagiri as an alternative to Craigslist after they learned that 10.8 million tons of furniture goes to landfills each year. They hoped to make it easier to unload unwanted furnishings or find something new. Want to sell that old dresser you got from your uncle? AptDeco provides pricing advice, promotion, picks up the item, and handles the financial transaction. (www.aptdeco.com )

MoveLoot.com is another online consignment marketplace, whose tagline is "Used is the new New. …

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