8 Apps to Manage Your Next PCS

Relocating can be a stressful and sometimes even overwhelming process. However, by leaning on the use of helpful mobile apps, you can make managing a relocation easier. Whether by offering assistance with planning, organization, or finding essential services, this list will get you started to make planning your next PCS a breeze:


MoveAdvisor helps you plan and organize your move. In addition to helping you source highly-rated, quality local movers, MoveAdvisor has an easy-to-use, drag-n-drop virtual room-by-room inventory checklist for your household items. They also offer a moving checklist, moving cost estimator, and tips on packing and organizing your belongings. 


MyMove offers over a dozen moving guides with tips ranging from planning and packing, to pets, kids, and even college dorm moving. MyMove’s Moving Tools include extensive checklists, cost-of-living comparisons, change of address, updates to voter registration, and how to efficiently set up utilities, all from inside the app. 


Sortly is an inventory management app that allows you to create visual inventories of your belongings. The app automatically tracks your items by total quantity and value. If you have ever had an item damaged by a moving company, Sortly will put the information you need right at your fingertips for filing a claim. If you are considering a Do-It-Yourself move, Sortly even has a plan where you can print barcode or QR code labels for easy scanning of your moving boxes. 


Trello is a to-do list app for those who love making lists. An interactive visual tool, Trello empowers your team or your family to manage any type of project, workflow, or task tracking– like a PCS move. Lists on Trello have many features such as ease of tracking photos, web links, mini lists within lists, and the ability to task family members with jobs listed on the boards. 


One familiar concern military families may face is, “How will my existing furniture fit into the new space?” MagicPlan helps to create floor plans and 2D or 3D models of your new home. Useful for planning the layout of your furniture and belongings, MagicPlan’s AR technology works by simply scanning a room with your phone’s camera. In seconds, an accurate floor plan, complete with windows and doors captured, will be rendered. 


Whether you are looking to have home repairs completed ahead of move-in or are simply looking for someone to do a deep clean of your rental before you PCS, Thumbtack connects you with local service providers such as movers, cleaners, and contractors. Great for finding reliable help during your move, Thumbtack’s most popular services include handyman work, interior painting, appliance repair or maintenance, local moving (under 50  miles), and house cleaning. 


With over 1.1 million customer reviews, TaskRabbit allows users to review and schedule help by reviews, skills, or price. From furniture assembly, heavy lifting of objects, TV or art mounting, electrical or minor plumbing help, TaskRabbit allows you to Build your team of local, background-checked Taskers to help with whatever you need.

Facebook Marketplace

As many military families can attest, one thing is certain with each relocation: not everything will fit and you will need to replace or update items in each new space. Whether you are looking to offload your oversized sleeper sofa from the old guest room or you are trying to find an inexpensive table for that breakfast nook, Marketplace is a free e-commerce platform that connects sellers and buyers through meaningful interactions and unique goods.

Depending on your specific needs and circumstances, these apps can simplify the moving process and reduce stress. Always check for the latest updates and user reviews to ensure that the apps meet your requirements.