How might we create a better moving experience: Part 3
What’s already out there?
Delving deeper into moving-related apps, I wondered what products are already in the marketplace that are designed to help with the moving process. Surely, there must some attempts made to address the various challenges of hauling all your belongings from one place to another.
I remember using an app several years ago (which I now know to be Sortly) that promised to keep my stuff organized. How? By snapping photos of everything and organizing those photos in folders named after the box, container, or room they are stored in. It was easy to use, but I hit the paywall pretty quickly and soon abandoned the app.
When it came to my most recent move, I resorted to taping Post-it notes to my boxes with a list of the items within. There must be a better way, right? What else is out there?
Note that many of the “moving app” suggestions I encountered were for apps focused on real estate, moving services, or truck rentals. I focused specifically on finding apps that assisted with packing, organizing, unpacking, and tracking belongings.
First up is MoveAdvisor. This app helps users create a home inventory, then estimate how many boxes and what supplies they’ll need for the move.
Pros: Free to use. Drag and drop feature to add items to inventory reduce the typically tedious task of making a list.
Cons: Primary task is estimating moving costs and volume of items, not organization.
Home Inventory isn’t specifically intended for moving, but it can be used to keep track items. Users can snap a picture of an item, label it, add additional information, and categorize it.
Pros: Free to use. Allows users to store detailed information about items, such as price, current value, condition, warranty, and more.
Cons: Mobile app does not offer all the features of the desktop version. Low App Store reviews. Outdated UI.
Last but not least: Sortly, the app I had used once. Similar concept as Home Inventory — snap a picture of the item and organize it accordingly. Also includes QR code scanning for items and boxes (purchased separately).
Pros: Easy to use, modern UI. Search by item name and QR code is useful.
Cons: Pricing — the free version only allows 100 items. Cataloging unlimited items will cost you $99/month. Seems like a steep price for the product.
While Sortly seems like the best bet at a robust organizational tool to use during moving, I can’t help but wonder whether we can do better? While it does offer some very useful functionality, at the end of the day — it’s essentially an organized and searchable photo album. This competitive analysis essentially shows that there’s still quite a bit of room left for innovation in this space.