Top 10 Tips for Moving with Pets

Just like humans, pets may find moving to a new house stressful. The moving process itself is disruptive to a pet’s routine. Couple that with unfamiliar surroundings and the whole experience is very unsettling. Here are our top tips on how to keep your little furry and feathered friends happy during the move.

1. Prepare Your Pet

If you need to use a kennel for the move, prepare your pet by introducing it a few weeks beforehand. Put comfy bedding and pet treats in it for them to find. Then when it comes to moving day, they will already be accustomed to entering the kennel.

2. Know State Laws

Be sure to update your contact details with your vet If you are moving locally.

Since pet regulations vary significantly by state,  if you are moving interstate, contact the state veterinarian and the town hall to learn about pet regulations and license fees.

3. Update Your Pet’s ID

Pets moving to a new location can find it confusing and often get lost in their new surroundings. It is essential to have a pet identification tag made. You could use a simple luggage tag and write your pet’s name, your name, destination address, and telephone number. Or, visit a local pet supply shop to have one made and attached to the collar.

Also, make sure that you update your pet’s microchip registration information so that If your pet gets lost, you can be contacted at your current location.

4. Keep Pets Away From the Action

It’s best for animals of all shapes and sizes to be kept far away from the busy moving day activities. Put them in a quiet room and keep the door shut. Or, if possible, have a neighbor or friend pet-sit that day with your pet at their house.

5. Drive Your Pet to the New House

Federal regulations state that moving companies cannot carry animals in vans. Driving your pet yourself is the best option to ease their stress levels. Pack a pet travel kit that includes familiar bedding, a leash, treats, water, a favorite toy, and cleanup equipment.

Cover bird cages with a towel or light fabric during transportation. Remove water from the cage to avoid spillage but provide regular water throughout the trip.

6. Traveling by Plane

If your move requires you to transport your pet by plane, make sure you do thorough research. Each airline has its own rules and regulations concerning pet transport. You might need to microchip your pet, have a current Rabies Vaccine, and a recent Fit to Fly Health (APHIS 7001) Certificate.

Contact your airline directly for its specific requirements.

7. Staying Overnight

If you need to spend a day or two overnight in a hotel, then visit petswelcome.com to search for pet-friendly hotels along your route.  

8. Introduce the New House Slowly

Do not let your pet out of their cage or kennel until you are in the house ready to unpack. If your pet’s bedding and a familiar spot in the old house was the kitchen, place their bedding there and start by introducing that one room. When they feel settled, introduce another room. Carry on until they know and feel comfortable in the whole house.

9. Create Familiarity

Animals are accustomed to their usual routine and surroundings so replicate these in the new home. For example, if the water bowl is usually next to the back door then position it there in the new house.

10. Familiarizing Your Pet With the Neighborhood

After moving to the new home and introducing the rooms, walk your dog around the block. Take time to let them become used to their surroundings and the smells.

If your cat is an outdoor cat do not let him outside until he is familiar with his surroundings. Expect this to take a few weeks.

One Big Happy Family!

Follow these simple tips, and your pet will soon adjust to its new surroundings. We’re here to help move you, your loved ones, and your pets to your new house. Contact us for a quote today.


10 Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move

From carpooling to composting, in today’s society, there are many ways to have an eco-friendly lifestyle. So, why not try an eco-friendly move? Follow our top tips to get started.

1. Stock Up on Needed Items

We recommend at least two months of planning time. You can use this time to stock up on useful materials such as newspapers and magazines. Ask friends and family to do the same. When it comes to packing, you’ll have lots of materials you can use.

2. Throw a Purge Party

Moving is a great time to cull through your belongings. But, before you reach for the trash can, think twice about throwing things away. Organize a ‘purge party,’ invite friends and family to rummage through and take anything from your unwanted goods. Leftover items can be donated.

3. Donate What You Don’t Need

Donate a variety of items, from clothing to electrical equipment. Research donation drop-off centers in your area. Contact them in advance if you are not sure they will accept your items.

4. Gather Boxes

Ask your local supermarket for their used boxes. They will have all sizes and shapes, perfect for packing.

Alternatively, secure reusable plastic boxes for your move. Check with your mover to see if they offer this option.

5. Be Thrifty When Packing

Limit or eliminate the need for plastic bubble wrap by using your soft clothing, towels, oven mitts, blankets, scarves, etc., to pack some of your items. Not only will this be more environmentally friendly it will also be more cost-effective.

6. Stay Organized

Staying organized means fewer trips back and forth. If you’re going to the donation center, try to get rid of everything in one trip. If you’re stocking up on boxes from your local supermarket, do this while you complete your regular grocery shopping. You’ll save on gas money, and it is better for the environment.

7. Consider a Professional Moving Company

A professional moving company will move all of your belongings in just one trip.

8. Use Your Smartphone

Instead of reaching for pen and paper, try one of the many excellent moving apps that you can download onto your smartphone. Organize your whole move online with no wasted paper!

9. Start Fresh

Moving is a great time to re-address some of your buying habits and start fresh. Pack new eco-friendly items such as energy saving light bulbs, a compost bin, chemical-free toiletries and eco-friendly cleaning products.

10. Start Small, Aim High

Small changes to you can mean significant changes to the world. Look around you and see what other things you can do to be eco-friendly. You might find some great ideas on creative websites such as Pinterest.

Ready to Move?

Following these top ten tips is the ideal way to start your planning for an eco-friendly move. We’re sure that once you have started, you’ll soon find lots of other ways to have a greener move day.

 

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8 Tips for Moving with a Toddler

Keeping your toddler smiling, entertained and calm can be difficult during a move. There are two main things to remember when moving with toddlers. First, they will pick up on your moods and emotions. So, if mom or dad are stressed, then they probably will be too. Secondly, sticking to a routine will help give your child a sense of security in what can be an unsettling time.

1. Communication

Talk to your toddler about the move. Explaining what it means will help them process the information. Read them a story about moving, or perhaps act it out with their toys and stuffed animals. Keep your explanations clear and simple.

2. Have a Plan

Begin your moving process at least two months before your move date. Create an organized checklist and thorough budget and stick to them. Having a plan will reduce your stress level and in turn, help keep your toddler calm as well.

3. Maintain Meal Times

You can set a clock by when a toddler gets hungry. So, it is important to keep their meal times on track and feed them according to their regular schedule. Plan meals in advance and create an alarm on your phone to make sure that you break away from packing or other activities to make sure your child has his scheduled meal.

4. Get Them Involved

Let your child help with the move. Have them decorate a cardboard box then personalize it with stickers and crayons. Help them pack some of their favorite toys into their special box. Or, use color-coded stickers or labels for each room. An adult can assist with sticking them on the correct boxes.

5. Take Time to Say Goodbye

Take some photos and create a scrapbook of the old house. Include pictures of favorite rooms, hiding places, swing sets and other spots with special memories. These photos will provide comfort when at the new home.

6. Ask for Help

Recruit friends and family to help with the move. Packing up your whole life can take time, so asking people that you love to help will make it more fun. Or, ask a family member to babysit or entertain your toddler for the day. A sitter can also help assure that your toddler will be safely out of the movers’ way.

7. Moving Day Treat

Distraction can also be a useful tool. Add into your budget a new toy for your child that you can give to them during the move. They’ll be fascinated with what is in front of them rather than what is going on around them.

8. Last On, First Off

Pack up their room last, so that they still have toys to play with. Give them a small backpack that they can fill with their favorite toys for the car journey to the new home. When at your new house, unload their items first and create a ‘play space’ especially for them in their new room.

Not a Single Temper Tantrum

Follow these simple tips for a happy move with your toddler. We’re ready to help you make your move seamless and stress-free, contact us for a quote today.


Moving To A Retirement Community? What You Need To Know

Are you or a loved one moving to a retirement community?

Relocating to a retirement community can be a move that comes with lots of emotions, and is a situation that needs to be handled delicately.

Here are five tips on what you need to know when relocating to a retirement community.

1. Start the Discussion with Reflection

Talking to a loved one about this topic can be difficult in more than one way. It’s important to recognize that there is a lot of emotion that surrounds leaving a home. For many people, this may be the home they have lived in their entire adult life.

Use websites such as  myLifeSite.net to research retirement communities. There are many different types of communities, so you’re sure to find one that is just perfect for you or your loved one.

2. Ask Questions

Many residential communities have set rules that you will want to know.

For example, some communities prohibit pets. Others might restrict younger guests from visiting for extended periods of time. Make sure that you or your loved one fully understand what it means to live in that given retirement community before signing any paperwork. You wouldn’t want there to be any surprises as you’re about to move in.

3. Take, donate or trash?

It’s time to downsize. As mature, older adults, people tend to have accumulated a lot of belongings during their lives.

Go from room to room and decide which items to take to the new property, which to donate, and which to discarded. Remember never to assume, what might look like trash to you might be a prized possession to someone else.

4. Avoid Stress and Stay Prepared

We all know when it comes to relocating, you need to be prepared and organized. Being prepared also creates free time to get excited about all of the amazing facilities and hobby-based activities that are available at your chosen retirement community. To help with the logistics of planning, use free online tools, and remember to color code and clearly label boxes.

5. It’s Time to Start a New Chapter

Retirement communities are known for their enjoyable activities, so why not try out some new activities in advance? From pools to tennis courts, and cooking clubs to fitness classes, it’s time to get active and to find new hobbies that interest you or your loved one.

You can see which activities are available in your local area online. For example, check out the local park district or senior center for lots of hobby-based group and programs.

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How To Move With Your Partner, Argument-Free

Perhaps you and your loved one have decided to start a family, or just want to move to a better location?

Whatever the reason, moving day can be a mine-filled operation. Potential arguments lay hidden behind every door and within every packing box. A survey by SpareFoot found that 31% of Americans who have moved in with a significant other, had some of their worst arguments while moving.

So, we know there is a potential for arguments during the moving process, the question is, how do we avoid them?

1. Make a task list for each person

There are many tasks to accomplish before you settle in your new place; from packing and organizing boxes, to clearing rooms and taking out the trash. Use a checklist to discuss and decide who will be responsible for each task.

2. Plan ahead

Moving isn’t just a one-day affair; it will take a few weeks of careful planning. The trick here is not to leave things to the last minute; otherwise, you’re guaranteed to be rushing and stressed which will only lead to arguments. Make sure that you have a clear plan, so nothing is forgotten. There are plenty of planning tools online, check out this planner that starts two months in advance.

3. Be clear about expectations and budget

One of you thinks that you need a beautiful new 75” flatscreen television while the other thinks that your old television is fine, and you shouldn’t be wasting money. Sound like a familiar “discussion?”

Start a list of items that you think need replacing and another list of purchases for your new house. Check those against your moving budget.

Sit down together and look at Pinterest for creative money-saving ideas that you’d both be happy with.

4. Make time to date and dine

Don’t forget that you are a loving couple, and you need to nourish that relationship. Carve out some time to spend together having fun. Cook a last meal in your old kitchen together, take pictures of the big clear out, and celebrate when everything is boxed up and ready.

5. If it’s not yours, then don’t assume

When sorting through your belongings and packing up, be respectful of each other’s personal items. Avoid thinking “I’ve never seen them use this. They obviously don’t need it, so I’ll just throw it away.” You never know, it may be a treasured family heirloom or memento.

6. Speak freely

We all get frustrated, but what makes it worse? Bottling it up and exploding later on. It is much better to calmly voice your frustrations gently than becoming hot-headed and allowing your temper to flare.

Nodding in agreement?

Think that these ideas sound great and you’re nodding in agreement? Great, the first step is to show this article to your partner and get some decisions and agreements sorted. You’re already part way to a stress-free and happy move with your loved one!

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