Buying or selling a new home is always a major decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, 52% of home buyers cited finding the right property as the most difficult part of buying their home. That being said, technology is making it easier to find your dream home, finance it, and get ready for moving day. From the moment you start looking at new homes to the moment you get fully unpacked and settled into your cozy abode, modern technology can be a lifesaver.
So if you’re house hunting, here are just a few pieces of technology that can help you during your search for the perfect new home.
This unique site can help you get started if you’re not quite sure where you want to relocate. AreaVibes allows users to search using an address, zip code, city, or neighborhood, providing each with a ‘livability score’ that encompasses a wide variety of factors. This site is particularly beneficial for those who have decided on a suburban neighborhood but have yet to decide which suburb. You can spend all the time you need using the site’s interactive map to search and compare different areas to determine which have the best scores and benefits that meet your needs.
Zillow is an innovative digital resource for real estate buyers and sellers alike — even those looking to rent a property can benefit. While agents can post their available listings, buyers and renters can search based on the features they’re looking for, like location, size, and more. It’s a win-win-win. Plus, Zillow is an app that can be accessed on any mobile device with an Internet connection — considering the fact that the number of devices that connect to the Internet is expected to rise from about 13 billion to 50 billion by 2020, this versatility makes for maximum user convenience.
Durable, steel shipping containers average a 25-year lifespan and require minimal maintenance, but unfortunately, they’re not feasible for all relocation situations. That being said, Storage.com is a great alternative that provides storage units just as secure, reliable, and affordable. The site helps users to find the right size storage unit, making it easy to compare rates and important features like security and climate control. Plus, you can reserve your storage online — it doesn’t get any easier!
When it comes time to customize your abode through home improvement projects, it can be challenge to find the right professionals for the job. This is particularly true for advanced or in-depth projects, like ICF (insulated concrete form) installation: buildings constructed with ICFs are six to nine times stronger than traditional buildings, but it takes an experienced professional to ensure proper installation. Regardless of the type of home renovation you’re after, Angie’s List can help:
“Sometimes you need to just call in a professional. Finding a trustworthy contractor can prove difficult though. Angie’s List has millions of reviews so you can find what prior customers think about anyone you’re looking to hire. Don’t waste money on someone who will ruin your home. Check Angie’s List before they get started,” says Thought For Your Penny.
Ultimately, the sky is the limit when it comes to using your online resources to settle into your dream home. Don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent for more innovative sites and suggestions.