Tech & Moving Go Hand In Hand With The Home Inventory App
At In Order To Succeed® we believe that technology can be a useful tool and one that can help eliminate stress and mess. With a nationwide focus on minimizing clutter (come back on May 18th for our post on the KonMari Method of decluttering) and spring being the season of moves it’s the right time to start thinking about what you can do to help you move with ease, and who wouldn’t love some moving help? Even if you are not planning a move in the near future, implementing the tips found in this post can set you up for an eventual move or simply get your house in better order.
Introducing The Homezada App
The Homezada App is “a cloud-based home information platform” that can track everything about your house from appliances to manuals to how you’re doing on planning, and financing, your kitchen renovation. One of the strongest features of the app is it’s ability to beautifully inventory items in your home and provide substantial moving help. That’s where we’ll focus today’s blog: how the Homezada App can help you in your move.
Tip #1: Start Inventorying Now
Whether or not you see a move in your future, when the time comes you’re going to have to sort and pack and move. And it’s going to be stressful. Wouldn’t it be easier if you started the process way ahead of time when you weren’t also organizing the sale of a property, purchasing a new home, researching your new location and everything else? Yes. The Homezada app allows you to inventory everything in your home by taking pictures. How does this help with a move?
- Do you really need three colanders? By inventorying you get a good sense of how much excess stuff you have and declutter as you go. Whether you do your inventory all in one go, as the KonMari method of decluttering suggests, or attack one room per session, you can reduce extras. You’d be amazed how many extra and unused items are in your home. Not sure what to do with the excess? Check here.
- Envision New Spaces. Whether or not you’re moving, inventorying your items can give you beautiful visions for how to change a space, renovate a room, or even pick a new color scheme. Homezada goes being moving help. By looking through your possessions apart from their usual place you may be struck with new design ideas. The buddha that sits on your bookshelf and the planter kept atop your antique hutch could combine in the entryway for a quick calming influence after a hectic day at the office.
- Get Organized. Pulling items out to inventory them is a natural first step in placing them back in a more organized manner. Pro tip: Code electronics and cords by using matching stickers, labels, or letter/number combos so that they can be packed, unpacked, and set up efficiently.
Tip #2: Experiment With Paperless Living
The idea of paperless living is attractive but when thoughts of the process of getting there start it can be downright frightening. Why not start when inventorying to see how you feel about it? Hint: you don’t ever look at those manuals anyway.
- When adding electronic devices to the Homezada app also scan or take pictures of the manual and upload it. Then toss the manual. There is no reason to keep a hard copy. Also, many manufacturers have had their manuals online for decades or they can be found on forums just by googling the product name and the word manual. Not only does this mean you’ll always have an accessible copy but it’s a great moving help to be able to cut down on paper.
- If you’re feeling brave do the same with other paper items. If the spirit moves you you can also consider doing this with recipes, handwritten directions for the pet sitter, or other go to docs that take up space.
Don’t forget to recycle manuals and other scanned papers except those with personal information — those should be shredded.
Tip #3: The Homezada App Is Great For Insurance Purposes
Hopefully your move will go off without a hitch but things happen. By taking an inventory of possessions prior to moving that includes photos when you are unpacking it’s easy to see damage and provide dated documentation to your insurance carrier for any claims that need to be filed.
- Take multi-angle pictures. Items don’t always get damaged on the front so for those things that might require a claim be sure to take a photo that clearly shows all sides.
- Do not take pictures of valuable items all together — it makes it difficult to focus on a particular piece. You don’t need to take photos of costume jewelry pictures separately, but anything valuable (precious gems, etc) should be photographed individually close to your move date.
These are three ways that the Homezada app can provide invaluable moving help — even when you’re not moving. The app is available for both iOs and Android. Contact In Order to Succeed to assist your with organizing and relocating needs. We are a full service firm that can accomplish your goals, start to finish.