Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, moving is never fun. Sure, you might be excited to settle into a new home and start a new part of your life, but the actual process of packing your entire life into boxes and hauling it across the city (or the country) can only be described as stressful.

But it doesn’t have to be. The right set of websites can help you every step of the way, from finding a new place to live to making sure you don’t forget anything in those hard-to-reach cupboards.

Livability

If you’re looking for a new place to live based on the culture of the city rather than the location or the name, Livability.com is the place to go. The site specializes in exploring the culture of small and medium sized cities. 

They explore things like the food scene in Des Moines or the best cities for people that like to travel. If you aren’t picky about where you live, Livability can be a great way to discover new options.

AreaVibes

AreaVibes is a great resource for finding out important information about individual neighborhoods.  They do so by assigning a 100-point “Livability Score.” Neighborhoods are rated based on amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, air quality, and the availability of housing. 

The website also provides a lot of information about each neighborhood, such as demographics and crime rates.

WalkScore

If your search for a great place to live requires you to be able to walk from your apartment to the grocery store and to a variety of local shops and eateries, then WalkScore.com is your go-to resource. 

Just search for a neighborhood or an address and WalkScore.com will provide you with the distance from major attractions, how easy it is to bike the area, what public transit is like, and how easily you can get around by foot. 

WalkScore also provides a list of the best cities to live in if you’d rather not own a car.

MyMovingReviews

Finding a reliable moving company is a lot like finding a great mechanic – nearly impossible, and worth their weight in gold once you do find them. 

MyMovingReviews.com is a valuable resource that provides you with a bevy of other resources, like a cost estimator that helps calculate how much a move will cost between states, between countries, and how much you’ll pay to have your vehicle shipped. 

You can also view a comprehensive list of reviews of moving companies in the United States, Canada, Australia, and many other countries.

Zillow

When it comes to finding a place to live – and finding reviews, floor plans, price points, and much more – there are few options better than Zillow. Users can see homes for rent and for sale, as well as accommodations like single-room rentals in larger homes (perfect for that big move to Manhattan you’ve always dreamed of.) 

It’s one of the most popular and well-informed sites on the web. On the other hand, there are other alternatives:

  • Trulia.com
  • StreetEasy.com
  • Realtor.com
  • Homes.com
  • Apartments.com
  • Rent.com
  • ApartmentGuide.com

Finding a new place to live is a long, drawn out process – and moving is another drawn out process. But with these tools and websites, you can find the right place to live that suits your desires, find a great apartment, and find the best movers with ease.