Moving is a huge pain in the you know what. But sometimes the apartment-hunting process can be just as annoying as packing up your belongings, especially in the middle of winter. Fortunately, there’s an app to help with that — apartment hunting, that is.
If your lease is up between now and April, I recommend using Lovely to find your new home. Lovely eliminates the arduous task of refreshing Craigslist, driving up and down streets, and dealing with flaky rental companies. The app quickly shows you what’s available and where, and it does all of this with style.
Relying on a beautiful and intuitive interface, Lovely helps you even if you don’t know where to start. The app works by showing you a map of your chosen city, along with numbers showing geographic clusters of available properties. For example, if there are five listings within a small area, you’ll see a number 5. Zooming in will allow you to see each individual property — this is nice because you’re not immediately overwhelmed by options.
By accessing your location, the app immediately displays available properties in your area using colorful dots on a map. Each color represents something different. For instance, a blue dot means the property has been available for more than 24 hours, while a red dot signifies one that has been available for less than 24 hours. Yellow and gray dots represent properties you’ve favorited and properties you’ve visited, respectively.
Tapping on a red or blue dot will bring up more information about that listing, including address, an email address and phone number (if available), a description of the property, including amenities, and a photo gallery, which can be swiped through if there are multiple images. If you’d like to narrow down your choices, you can update your filters by tapping the Filters button in the top left corner. Here you can enter an address, city, or zip, as well as price range, number of bedrooms, and pet requirements.
The best thing about Lovely, aside from its interface, is that it can alert you about new listings. In order to use this feature, you must create an account using your email or Facebook login credentials. You can choose to receive alerts by email or pop-up notification — this eliminates the need of stalking Craigslist every hour.
Lovely is without a doubt my favorite apartment-hunting app to date. It’s visually appealing, simple to use, and full of quality listing and information. And at the price of free, it’s a no-brainer for anyone with a move in their future.