The Browser: Relocation Edition
Grad Design Guide: Web Sites to Help With the Stress of Moving to a New Town
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Moving to a new city and starting fresh can be both frightening and exhilarating. There's the stress of packing and moving, coupled with the thrill of discovering a neighborhood and meeting friends. We've compiled some Web sites that can ease the transition.
Relocation Essentials (http:/
For help with the logistics of
packing and choosing a mover, try Moving411.com. The site includes free quotes from movers and car shippers, tips on choosing a mover, a list of your rights and responsibilities, plus a calculator to figure how much in weight you're moving, which affects costs. You can also determine what size moving truck and how many boxes you'll need, and find real estate information if you're selling or buying.
Relocation.com provides details on what to think about when settling into a home. Get quotes on mortgages and insurance, search for an apartment through the site's partner, Apartments.com, and read tips about setting up utilities and tackling home improvement projects. The user-friendly site includes a blog and a subscription-only newsletter, too.
GETTING TO KNOW THE TOWN
Local media outlets can be some of the best avenues for finding out what's going on in a new town. With NewsVoyager (http:/
Outside.in tracks news stories from local media outlets, such newspapers, TV stations, blogs and message boards. The site grabs information by city, listing more than 60, and can narrow to news about neighborhoods. You can also filter data by categories ("arts and culture," "sports and leisure" etc.) to, for example, discover what new galleries are open Friday nights or what a neighborhood is famous for.