Moving from one home to another is difficult. Downsizing possessions can make it a nightmare. When your parents decide to move their belongings from their long-time home to an Assisted Living community, your emotions may be indescribable—full of anticipation as well as reminiscence.
Still, your mom and dad are looking forward to never having to worry about mowing the lawn or doing their own laundry. And you’ve heard the meals in the dining room are not only nutritious, but delicious. You’ve already encouraged both to sign up for the twice-a-week yoga class, although mom definitely seems a little more receptive than dad. You’re certain your parents will be happy and safe in their new home—AFTER they move.
However, moving them is going to be a bear. They’ve got decades of stuff, and you’re not quite sure which of their treasured pieces of furniture should fit where.
Here are 10 apps that can make the process of moving your parents’ furniture to an Assisted Living residence a little easier. You can download them to your computer, smartphone or tablet or, in many cases, simply visit the linked website and use them there.
10 Moving Apps
- MagicPlan measures rooms from images you take with your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone. It permits you to import floor plans or draw them.
- Decaso offers an extremely refined range of very outstanding products of real brands from the most recognized distributors around the world. Customers are encouraged to contact our specialist dealers for inquiries and purchases immediately. Over 25,000 products selected. Shop new products added regularly — Review your own personal items with “View in your room” and post photos for reviews from customers, friends and relatives.
- Homestyler seems to be one of the few free home design apps that can help you achieve your dream come true to be an interior designer among all the interior design applications and games.
- Room Sketcher is an online app that permits you to take a photo or choose from a limited number of floor plans, then add furniture from an inventory of 50. It’s limited, but it’s free.
- Planner 5D, another online app, gives you the option of building your own floor plans or downloading templates, then adding a limited selection of furniture or squares, rectangles, and other shapes, which you can then alter to be the same size as your parents’ furniture. The default measurement is in meters, which makes it difficult for most Americans.
- Roomstyler 3D Home Planner lets you drag various room shapes to the proper dimensions, then add furniture, which comes in preset dimensions. The default uses the metric system, but it’s easy to switch to feet. You can use this app online from your laptop or other computer.
- AutodeskTM Homestyler has all the options of the company’s professional design programs without the learning curve. Its drag-and-drop features not only permit you to change floor plan dimensions, you can even add unusual features, such as angled walls. Like Roomstyler, this online app does not permit you to input your furniture sizes; you must use their inventory of furniture, which is available for purchase.
- Sweet Home 3D lets you import and scale the floor plan. You can then drag-and-drop from the limited selection in the furniture catalog or import from libraries of free 3D models. You can use it online or download it to your computer for free.
- SmartDraw is a free floor plan software available for Mac or PC, on iOS and Android. It lets you choose and modify a floor plan, then place furniture, fixture and other symbols from an extensive library.
- HomeByMe takes you step-by-step through the process of designing a room, finishing with non adjustable furniture. It’s free and downloadable, but you have to wade through the entire process to get to the furniture.
We’re Waiting to Help
At The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities, the staff is waiting to help. Maintenance workers will hang your parents’ precious photos, paintings, and heavy mirrors. Others are waiting to introduce your parents to the programs available, staff members and other residents. You can rest assured your parents’ privacy is respected, their independence is encouraged, and their safety is a priority.