Moving with a Pet?
Moving is hard enough. What about your pet? Sometimes moving can be just as hard for your them as it is for you. Here are some tips and things to think about while you are preparing your moving schedule:
- Prior to moving day, make sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell-phone number. Micro-chipping is also recommended and will serve as a backup if your pet loses its collar.
- If your pet is prone to car sickness, make sure you visit your veterinarian a few weeks prior to your move to get any prescribed medications and feeding recommendations.
- Ask your vet if they can recommend a new vet in your new area.
- If your pet has a condition that may worsen through/after the move, ask your vet about proper treatment to ease the move and hold you until you find a new vet.
- If your pets are almost due for shots, get them done first. It may take you a while to find a new vet and you will want updated shot records for boarding, travel, etc.
- Get a sedative for your pet. If you are traveling long distances this will help your pet, unless they are traveling in the cargo area (http://www.wikihow.com/Minimize-Risk-to-a-Pet-in-the-Cargo-Area-of-an-Airplane). The sedative will also help if your pet doesn’t travel well and is cage aggressive or could bite anyone, but will not knock them out. It just takes the edge off the transition. Make sure you understand proper handling and dosages.
- Get copies of vet records and vaccination history and certificates. You might want extra copies. One for yourself, but also the vet and/or boarding. You never know what can happen while you are traveling. In the event of an emergency, you will want those records.
- Get any needed medications or prescription foods before leaving. You will also want copies of the prescriptions for the new pharmacy.
- Make sure you know the vaccination requirements in your new location. Your new home might have different requirements than the ones you’ve adhered to. Your new city or state might have different ordinances from the one you are leaving.
- Make sure that the airline has any information they might need from your vet, if you are flying with your pet. Sometimes a health certificate can be needed 30 days prior to travel.
- Always transport cats, small dogs and other small animals in a secure, well-ventilated pet carrier. Keep larger dogs leashed and under control at all times. The stress of a move can cause even the most obedient dog to run away in unfamiliar surroundings. NEVER transport any pet in an open truck bed, trunk of a car or storage area of a moving van.
- For long-distance moves, make sure you give your pet potty breaks and fresh water whenever you stop for a break yourself. Make sure pets are leashed at all times during potty breaks.
- For long-distance moves, be sure to identify pet-friendly hotels along your route and reserve rooms ahead of time. For a list of pet-friendly hotels, see www.petswelcome.com or www.pet-friendly-hotels.net. Make sure that you call the hotel, as hotels change policies without notice.
- Make sure that your airline is pet friendly and there won’t be any problems with your flight. There might be documents that are needed before you book travel or arrive to board. You don’t want those complications at the last minute. You will also want to ask additional charges.
- Ask about temperatures and spaces if you have animals that have certain requirements. Great Danes will require more space than Chihuahuas and Alaskan Malamutes might need climate conditions in the cargo area that other pets won’t. It’s always better to ask and know than to suffer the consequences. You will want to know the maximum carrier measurements.
- Ask the airline if you can watch them load and unload your pet into the cargo hold.
- Make sure that you have food and water for your pet. Also be sure to take them for a potty break before they are crated or placed in the carrier.
- When you board the plane, ask a steward or stewardess to notify the captain that your pet is in the cargo. He or She might take special precautions for your pet.
- When in a hotel with your pet, make sure you have the do not disturb sign on the door and try to keep your pet controled at all times. If you have to keep them in a crate, it is better than housekeeping coming through and letting them out by accident.
- Do everything you can to prevent accidents in the hotel. Remember that even if they are pet friendly, you are most likely responsible for the cost of damages.
- Make sure that you have a small suitcase with everything you need for your pet, while traveling. Keep this bag with your pet and make sure it doesn’t go in the moving truck! You aren’t traveling alone and want to make sure your pet is comfortable, too!
- Spoil your pet as much as possible. Treats, walks, extra affection…it all helps! Your pet is going through a lot with the move and they can’t communicate with you. The more pest feel unloved and neglected the more stress and bad behavior is likely. If you are sedating your pet, make sure you take note of the times and doses.
Your Moving Day
- Schedule boarding for moving day. This is to prevent people walking in and out of the house, making noise, boxes around, furniture being moved and causing your pet stress.
- On moving day, make sure your pets are secured in a crate or closed room of your house or apartment until you are ready to load them into your car. The activities and sounds of moving day will be frightening to your pets, so it is important that they be kept in a secure area to reduce their stress as much as possible and to prevent an accidental escape.
- Try to stick to your normal schedule, as much as possible. Routines are very important, especially when you are changing so much around them. Try to keep feeding and walking schedules.
- Go into your new home first. It will be best to check out everything before introducing your pet to your new space. You’ll want to be aware of areas they shouldn’t be allowed in, before your pet has time to look around and get into trouble. Check the yard, if there is one. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t harmful items (chemicals, sharp objects), the gate is closed and the fence is secure.
- Once you know it is safe, lay out some familiar items like toys and their bed. Let them into the home to look around and get familiar. Make sure there is time to play and make them comfortable, before you have to get started on anything else. Take them through a tour, if they don’t want to play. This might make them feel better about the new place. Then, try playing again.
- For outdoor cats, keep them inside for a few nights until they get acclimatized. Gradually allow them more time outside before just letting them lose.
- A good tip to stop a cat straying from your new residence is to put butter on it’s paws, it will spend ages licking it off and will then get used to it’s surroundings.
- If your animals are too many or too aggressive to be caged together you should plan for multiple carriers.
- Take time to consider if moving your pet is in the best interest of the pet or if you should find it a new home in your old town. Make sure your pet will be physically able to tolerate a move. A particularly old dog with arthritis may not tolerate a move to a colder climate. Traveling with fish may also be disastrous.
- If you have a high energy dog make sure you have an extension leash and toys for the move day. You can stop for some catch and play at rest stops and never have to remove them from the leash.
- Put towels or sheets on your seats if you are traveling with a carrier. In case of a potty accident there may be some spillage since the carrier may sit at an odd angle on a car seat. Putting towels or sheets on your seats may also help with fur since animals tend to shed a lot when they are stressed.
- Pad the bottom interior of the pet carrier with a folded old towels or sheets. If there is an potty accident you can toss or wash the bedding.
- Ask a friend to travel with you if you are traveling alone with your pets. It is too easy to become distracted with their activity in the back seat and it’s difficult to walk multiple pets when traveling solo.
- Some animal insurance companies have specific providers. If you have insurance you should see what you will need to transfer to your new town.
- Never transport your pet in the cargo area of a moving truck. Items may shift and fall on the carrier. The temperature is unregulated and it is very unsafe, very loud and also cruel.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle as temperatures can become very hot or unsafely cold for your pet.
- When you arrive at the airport, you will be instructed to remove your animal from the carrier so they can x-ray the carrier. Even if your cat is sedated, they can very well freak out, since you must walk through the metal detector with your cat in your arms. Be prepared – three minutes is a long time if your cat flips out.
- Allowing your pet to roam free in a car can be dangerous to the pet if you are in an accident. It can also be a distraction to the driver. Keep your pet in the carrier or secured to a car riding seat (available on line and made for dogs). Try to attach your pet carrier to the seat with the seat belt. It will prevent it from sliding around.
- Don’t let your dog hang his head out the window. It’s fun to watch but very dangerous for your dog. It forces air and bacteria into the sinuses and your dog could jump from the vehicle or be injured in an accident. Remember: pets often do strange things during moves because of the stress!
- Animals transported in the cargo area can experience injuries, acute stress, and extreme temperatures. The cargo hold is designed to transport cargo, so the environment is not controlled in the way the cabin is. The carrier is not likely to be strapped down in the event of turbulence. In considering the risk to your pet, you may want to consider all other alternatives before going this route. Even the best airlines have a significant death rate for animals.
How to Choose a Storage Facility
Sometimes there just isn’t enough space in your attic or basement. Sometimes the garage is just too crowded. It’s a hard decision to come to, but sometimes you just need a storage unit. But, how do you choose one? There are so many too choose from!
- Determine your needs. Do you have items that are temperature sensitive? How many items do you have and what size? don’t forget to leave a little room to move around, you never know when you’ll need to get something and you don’t want the dread of maneuvering around a small space filled with boxes and furniture that’s packed in like sardines. What about security? Do yo have valuable items? Does the facility have security cameras? Will your items be safe?
- Don’t get stuck on location. Your items might be close, but will they be safe and comfortable? Having something near where you live might not necessarily be the best option. When considering what you’re storing and what your needs are, also consider if getting what you need is worth the extra drive. It might be worth the extra fifteen minutes in your car, if your items are safe and cared for.
- Call around. Make sure you talk to as many people as you need to. Talking to more people might help you think of more questions to ask or consider needs you hadn’t thought of. Once you feel lik you haven spoken to enough people and gotten all the answers you need, it’s time to make your choice.
- Ask about the details! Find out about payment schedules, payment grace periods, late fees, what happens if you miss a payment…all the details. You’ll want to know what kind of notice you have to give if you’re closing out and what kind of access you’ll have to your belongings. These details tend to slip your mind while you’re in the rush of moving your things around!
- Ask questions! You should never feel afraid to pick up the phone and ask questions? If you think that paying online or over the phone is something beneficial, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask! It is always better to ask and know than to leave the question lingering.
Choosing A Moving Company
Moving is stressful enough! Just hearing about the idea can bring on a wave of anxiety, how are you going to choose a moving company? There are so many options, but which is the best one? How do you narrow it down, let alone pick ONE??
First, you want to think about your needs. How far will you be moving? Which floor are you currently on, if you’re in an apartment? If you have a house, how big is it? How many rooms will you be moving? There are so many factors, that you really have to make a list of all the details! This list can be essential when talking to movers. You can add the most valuable/important/fragile items you have, just to make sure you have all of your bases covered.
Next, you’ll want to get recommendations and do a little research to find the options that are available to you. You’ll have to make a few calls and answer questions, to make sure that the companies you identify really suit your needs. They might not move the distance you need or the number of rooms/space might cost more than you want to pay. Knowing these things will help greatly! Make sure you are keeping track of the companies you like, the things you like about them, the things you don’t and the cost they estimate for you.
These are the basics. After you have a list compiled, who you choose will depend on what you look for in a company. Most people want movers who are prompt, quick and efficient. You can research their reputations online and with family and friends. Make sure that you write down any questions that you have , this will help you weed out the companies that don’t align with what you want. Make sure you identify deal breakers and ask all your questions on a follow-up call. By then, you should have a sense of the people you are dealing with. You’ll want to pick movers that you are comfortable with. This should make the transition a little easier on you.
Finally, once you have chosen your movers, it’s time to get ready for the move! Ask what the process will be like, what you should be doing and what they need from you! Mighty Movers should be your first call, we’ll give you a nice base for comparison!
Getting Ready for Your Move
You know you’re moving and you know where. Now what? You have to pack, you have to find movers…try not to freak out!
First, you’ll want to declutter. Why pack things you don’t need or even want? Once you separate what you want to keep and what you don’t, you can figure out what to pack and what to give away or sell. Try this article for inspiration: https://www.onekingslane.com/live-love-home/marie-kondo-book-declutter/. Decluttering will also make your life easier when you unpack in your new home!
Now that you know what you’re keeping, check out these packing ideas: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/20-smart-tips-make-moving-breeze.html. They will help keep you organized and make your move a little easier. Just as importantly, it will make unpacking a little easier.
While you are organizing your belongings and packing, you can find movers. You don’t want the hassle of moving yourself. Most people who do tend to say they never will again. Make your life a little easier and make a few calls to ask questions. If you’re not sure about what to ask or what to expect, start with Mighty Movers. You’ll quickly see how easy and painless it can be. The calls after that will be informative, but we’re sure you’ll choose us!
After you’ve chosen your movers, your move should seem a bit easier. Ask them what they need from you, what you can expect and what you should be doing. Once you’re packed and waiting for moving day, you might feel anxious and more stressed, wondering what you’ve missed. But, with lists that you’ve made and tips that we’ve provided, you should be fine! Try to relax…let us take care of it from here!
Last Minute Relocating
Not all moves are planned. So, how can you make a fast move an easy one?
Here are a few tips: http://www.wisebread.com/leave-town-fast-essentials-for-making-a-last-minute-move, http://www.mymovingreviews.com/move/move-in-the-last-minute, http://moving.about.com/od/Last-Minute-Moving/a/Sort-And-Pack-For-A-Last-Minute-Move.htm, https://www.mymove.com/resources/moving/moving-shipping/checklist-night-before-the-move.html.
The most important facet is that you need to keep calm and have a level head. How many times have you made a mistake because you were flustered? This is definitely not the time! Picking a great mover will help a lot and packing the essentials is vital. You want someone who is going to make your move as easy as possible, so make sure you ask a lot of questions. And don’t be afraid to ask for advice!
5 Steps to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value
You’ve thought about it for months, and you’ve finally reached the conclusion: it’s time to move on to greener pastures. Or maybe you are ready to downsize. Either way, you’re ready to move.
But before the big day arrives, it’s important to ensure that your house is in tiptop condition so potential buyers can fight over who gets to be the next lucky homeowner. We have put together some crucial steps that should not be overlooked while preparing for the big move, to help you get through this process as quickly and painlessly as possible while getting the best bang for your buck.
1. Upgrade Exterior Doors
The first thing potential buyers will likely see when they enter your home? Your front door. The front door can set the mood for what a person can expect inside. Make sure that your front door style and color is up to date. It is crucial that your potential buyers enter your home with confidence and excitement about what is to come on the inside.
2. Beautiful Siding
Along with gorgeous exterior doors, having beautiful siding can make all the difference. When making a huge purchasing decision, buyers want to picture a future with a home. Potential buyers will want your home to look vibrant and exciting. Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of your home’s siding can potentially have a big influence on a home’s resale value because it is in plain sight of any passerby. Good siding also provides the benefits in the forms of sustainability and protection against climates.
Not only is natural light an important factor when buyers are looking for a new home but it can also completely transform any room. Natural light has the ability to open up an entire room, making it feel larger and more welcoming. Consider replacing multiple windows with an open glass door design for added light. Look for French doors, garden doors, folding patio doors or sliding glass doors for great design options.
4. Energy Efficient Windows
Large sliding glass doors are beautiful, but they can let in both chilly winter air and the stifling heat of summer. Still, there are other upgrades you can undertake to make the make the rooms in your home look twice as nice. If you have energy efficient windows, you can show off your home to buyers with the blinds open, without worrying about the room feeling stuffy or frigid. As a bonus, the heavy gas fills in these windows work to reduce noises from the exterior to the interior, so you can show your home without the possibility of outside interruptions.
5. Window Maintenance
A new window easily makes the quality of a home increase therefore increasing the resale value. When a potential buyer sees new windows on a home, they can immediately conclude that many interior problems – such as rotting wood, a broken glass pane or energy inefficiency – have been addressed. A buyer can be confident that this is a well taken care of home and they will not have to encounter many hidden problems in the future. Well-maintained windows can transform a home, giving it an instant appeal.
Your future move does not have to be complicated. Next time when you look to Mighty Movers to safely transport your precious cargo, keep Brennan Windows in mind to transform your windows, sidings and doors and increase your resale value.
8 Tips for Moving Day – Smart Advice!
So you just arrived at your new house or apartment. If you decided to hire the Mighty Movers team – you’re already in good shape! So what’s next? Below are some GREAT tips for settling in. Remember, we also have a comprehensive list of packing tricks moving checklists to help you out.
Survey the Space
Before the movers arrive, we suggest you get the lay of the land. Plan where you’d like furniture and decorations to go prior to the movers arriving. You’ll be able to more easily and quickly direct the *Mighty* movers if you already know where to place that large couch in the living room.
Plan Outlet Usage
Keep in mind where you’ll need to plug in electronics as you design your rooms. The further away from an outlet, the longer the cord and the more likely you will find it in your way. If possible, you should try to decide where TVs and electronics should go so you can tell the movers (that’s us) what room they go in.
Unpack quickly to get situated so you can begin living in your new home instead of walking around a maze of boxes. The longer you take to unpack, the more exhausting your move transition will seem.
Clean even if it looks clean
Clean, clean, clean. Even if your previous owner or landlord “cleaned” before you move in, make sure to give your new place another go at disinfecting. It never hurts to get those areas like the kitchen and bathroom (and carpet) more than once.
Change the Locks
It’s hard to know how many people had access to keys to your new doors. To be safe, change your locks. You’ll feel safer and not have to worry about any curious old tenants.
Check for Rodents or Bugs
While not pleasant, checking for rodents and bugs before moving in your furniture is not a bad idea. Depending on how the previous owners treated their property, you may find a call to the exterminator is worth it.
Save Your Moving Boxes
Environmentally friendly and cost effective go hand-in-hand when it comes to saving your boxes. If you’re someone who moves often, you’ll definitely want to flatten and tuck away your moving boxes for future use (or even for friends or family to borrow down the road for their move).
Meet the Neighbors
The first few days at your new home might be hectic, but try to meet the neighbors within the first 2 weeks. You’ll never know who may be a new friend or who can offer tips about your new neighborhood or who you may need to borrow a cup of sugar from. Plus, as a safety measure it’s good to be aware of the people around you to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your home.
Moving to a new home can be exciting, and it can also be overwhelming – especially if you decide to do everything yourself. The fast & friendly crew at Mighty Movers is always available to help with any size move – as we say – “Big or small. We do it all!”
Games to Play on the Road
Depending on how far you are planning to move, you might be in for a bit of a road trip (assuming you aren’t taking a plane). The good thing is, you’ve already hired Mighty Movers to transport all of your belongings so your mind can rest at ease. As you drive to your new home, you might need a bit of fun for the family. It’s either that, or you can deal with the constant question of .. “Are we there yet?”.
With that said, here are a few ideas for games you can play in the car:
The Picnic Game
This is a memory builder for all ages. One player says, “I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought…” then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after “…I brought” they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: “I brought an apple and some bananas.” The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed.
Where’s the Alphabet?
Using road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it’s spotted on your side of the car. (If you’re the front-seat passenger, focus on the right.) You’ll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order, although the letter can be located anywhere in the word. Say there is a fruit stand with a sign for Granny Smith apples — there’s your A. The exit for the Brooklyn Bridge would cover B, Road Closed is C and so on. First one to the letter Z wins.
One More Clue
This game is a variation of ’20 questions’. You start giving clues, one by one. For example, say to your child, ‘It’s small.’ Then he/she would take a guess. If it was not correct, give her another clue. ‘It eats and drinks.’ If still still didn’t guess it, continue giving out clues. ‘It needs to be walked every day.” The answer: ‘It’s our puppy.’ Try to make your clues fun!
License Plate Game
For long trips, the License Plate Game might be the thing. You call out letters from the license plates you see, then make as many ridiculous phrases as possible. For example, AST = Aardvarks Singling Tenderly or After-School Trampolining. You get the idea.
Once Upon A Time
Here players take a sentence each, and make up a story as they go along. There’s no obvious winner or loser here, but the game can be adapted to your trip so that players must work to end it exactly as the car pulls up to your destination.
List of 15 Moving “Hacks”
When it comes to moving, every little tip can save time and even make your transition a little easier. We found some advice that might help, in an infographic. Here is something to consider in your move and to pass along for future reference of friends and family.
You may be surprised how useful and clever these hacks can be! So check out the graphic below.
If you have any other questions, you should feel free to contact your movers and ask them. It is always better to ask professionals for advice than to be stranded on moving day!
You can always contact Mighty Movers, we will be happy to answer questions. We also have more information on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MightyMovers/) and our Pinterest boards (www.pinterest.com/mighty_movers). However, for the answers that best suit your needs and questions, call us at 214-733-4411.
Moving Home – Essential Packing Materials
When you begin planning the packing process, materials will inevitably be a key consideration. While the easiest options is usually to go to a supermarket and gather together as many older items as possible, putting together a collection of good quality boxes and other materials will make the whole move considerably easier. These should be the main areas for consideration:
This really should be your main concern, as flimsy boxes can lead to all sorts of problems, particularly when your possessions are in transit. Good strong materials make it less likely that they will split while being carried and offer more protection to the contents, so always go for good, strong, possibly double-thickness cardboard. Another consideration should be the sizes you choose, as if your boxes are all of different sizes then packing them into your removal van will become a much more difficult task. Obviously you will need smaller boxes for heavier items, but try to make sure you have no more than four different sizes. Lots of lighter items in the small boxes, a small amount of heavier items in the larger ones.
Suitcases are not often thought about when it comes to quality moving materials, but utilising your luggage carriers can make moving certain heavier items much easier. Most good quality suitcases have wheels and are incredibly well-made, so are ideal for carrying things such as books because the case can simply be wheeled out of your house removing the need to lift. If you were simply going to pack your clothes into your suitcase then have a think if they could be a bit more useful transporting something else.
Packing Tape & Gun
Obviously you will need a good quantity of tape to fasten your boxes, but investing a few pounds in a tape gun will speed up the process (and make it slightly more enjoyable!). A good tape gun will allow you to close up your boxes with speed and efficiency, and make sure your tape is of good quality to ensure everything holds over the course of the relocation.
Bubble wrap is most commonly used, and you can never have too much when it comes to a house move. Your china mugs and delicate ornaments can never be too well protected, so take your time to make sure you wrap items well. Air pockets are also efficient at filling spare space in boxes and stopping things moving around as you carry them.
Cheap and effective for wrapping crockery and other items. Please note that using newspaper can lead to substantial problems, as the ink often rubs off and onto your belongings and can be difficult to remove. Good quality brown paper should be used for wrapping, and any spares can be used to pad out partially filled boxes.
Essential. As you only have a few different sizes of box, you will need to know what is in each one. Sticky labels afford you a space on which to write clearly. They can also be used on heavily wrapped items which cannot be identified!
For writing on your sticky labels and identifying boxes and their contents. Try using a different coloured marker for each room so that your removal men know which boxes need to go where when it comes to unloading. This will prevent you having to lug them round the house once the removal men have gone.
More tips at http://movingservices.org.uk/man-with-a-van-soho-the-flexible-alternative-when-moving-house/