On average, each individual is likely to move at least once in a lifetime. Some people, however, make over two moves in a year. And then there are the digital nomads who are actively challenging the concept of staying put in one place over a prolonged period. Whether it is for work or for home, shifting to a new place outside the city or even inside the same city can be an extremely daunting task!
Types of Movers
From packing and transporting to unpacking and making the new place look like home, there is a considerable labor involved. Earlier, the industry was split between two kinds of people. Half of the movers believed strictly in do-it-yourself. For them, the industry had to provide the means to move and the rest would be handled by the mover. It meant people could save quite a few bucks by doing everything themselves until technology showed them a different way.
The second half believed in hiring professional services to get a top-quality work done. When they’d shell out several hundred bucks out of their pockets, they’d have the peace of mind that their possessions were being handled professionally with care.
Tech Influences the Moving IndustryAs with pretty much everything else, technology has transformed the moving industry as well. Until a few years ago, the moving industry was exclusively the most traditional sector with little to no technological infrastructure in place that could be leveraged to maximize profits. Given the laborious nature of the process, it made sense for the industry to remain untouched. But not for long!
Laying the Foundation
In fact, a startup was built around the idea of introducing technological infrastructure in the moving industry. Earlier, particularly for interstate moves, it was difficult for a company to engage a truck, complete the move, and get it back to the city while also making a profit over it. Unless the company could find an opportunity to bring back the moving truck with goods from another shipment, they’d record a loss. Despite this being a clear and major opportunity in the industry, there was little to no work was done to capitalize on it before this startup jumped in.
Creating a Competitive Marketplace
Other instances where tech has transformed the moving industry include the likes of comparison websites that display quotes for all major and minor players in the industry, creating a competitive one-stop marketplace for all moving needs. The best part is that this resource is available for free for the end user.
So instead of calling up a dozen moving companies and extracting quotes out of them, there’s a place on the internet where you can find a whole range of services against declared fees. As the consumer trend leans in favor of renting, the need for moving around more frequently seems to be on the rise. Such comparison websites are therefore a life savior for all the right reasons.
Thanks to GPS and a bunch of techie jargons that sound too good to be true, real-time tracking of the move is now possible. Movers can not only tell where exactly have their truck reached but also view the status and progress of the move against projected timelines.
For people who hire a moving company to pack, transport, and unpack every little detail behind their backs can monitor progress. Especially for those who can’t miss work, this feature brings a breath of fresh air amidst much-stagnated industry. Real-time tracking takes much of the burden off the shoulders of the moving company and the movers.
No friends? No problem
If you no longer have a network of people to call to help out with your moves like back in college, there's an app for that.
There’s a moving app that eliminates all human interaction and instead replaces it with chatbots and real-time tracking facilities. Instead of engaging in small talk that you’ll not remember even if your life depended on it, try getting work done on a budget without all that horrific human interaction. Keep your peace of mind and your pocket in check. There’s tech handling your top moving worry for you.
Smartphones and tablets are readily replacing laptops and desktop PCs where convenience is concerned. This newfound freedom in the form of handheld wireless gadgets and the superior all-around connectivity has touched the moving industry as well. There are several apps that are now available to help you through your move. From elaborate move planners to periodic moving tips dispensers, there’s something for everyone. You can now plan your move to the nearest hour ensuring there’s minimum discomfort along the way.
Some apps will keep shelling out moving advice depending on the stage of your move. So if you haven’t packed your “first-to-open-after-the-move” box with all those pretty essentials you’ll likely need immediately, you’ll be served a polite reminder now and then till you’re done with the packing.
Moving on the GoMuch like hiring a cab to take you places, technology has made it possible for you to hire a moving vehicle (not necessarily a truck) to transport small items across short distances. For obvious reasons, you must rely on professional NYC movers to transport your stuff from Miami to Brooklyn. But imagine if you’re just moving a few blocks away and there are just a few boxes that you could load in a minivan or a personal truck to get the job done. Also, such a move is typically super cheap because it usually involves part-timers and volunteers. This’ll make you sing Hallelujah at the top of your voice!
Moving will still be a daunting task. But you can surely make it much simpler by using the right technological resources available to you. Let the nomad in you wake up, stretch, and prepare for an adventure-filled life!
About the Guest Blogger
Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to get engaged with the readers who are seeking for home, lifestyle and tech related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with NYC moving company ‘All Around Moving Services Company Inc.’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations.
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