Moving With Pets? Make It Less Stressful With These Tips

Tips for moving with pets - blog PHOTOMoving involves lots of time, effort and plenty of stress. Adding pets to the mix can make it even more nerve-racking. If you are anxious about moving to a new place, just imagine how your pet(s) feel! Here are some helpful tips to help make your move a bit calmer for your beloved companion(s).

  • Before you move, pack an easily-accessible overnight bag for your pet. Fill it with enough food, toys, and cat litter to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during those first initial days of unpacking.
  • Moving involves plenty of noise and unfamiliar sounds and smells. For an animal, these things can be very scary. During your move, the best way to reduce stress on your pet(s) is to leave them at a kennel or friend’s house. If this isn’t an option for you, the next best thing is to keep them in the quietest area possible. Try an empty bedroom with the door closed or inside their carrier inside the garage, any location that will keep them away from all of the moving ruckus. Be sure to check on them regularly, as well as feed and walk them at a time you usually would. Just as people like a routine, so do pets.
  • During the drive from your old home to the new one, keep your pets inside their carrier. You may even want to throw a blanket over the carrier so your pet(s) can’t see the environment changing outside. Stressed and in a new neighborhood, animals can easily get lost outside, so when arriving at your destination, always keep them in their carrier until they are safely inside your home.
  • Adjusting to a new place takes time, especially for pets, so go for the slow and steady approach to reduce stress. If possible, move all of your belongings to your new home before moving your pet. To introduce your pet to your new home, start by confining them to a certain room. This will allow them to slowly adjust to their surroundings. Giving your pet lots of attention and providing them with familiar objects as soon as possible will help them adjust much quicker to the new digs.
  • After you move, be sure to update all pet tags and microchip information with your new address and contact info.
  • Traveling by air or internationally? Before you head to the airport, be sure to check all rules and regulations far in advance. Also, remember to bring along all of your pet’s special travel documents.
  • Pulling an all-night packing extravaganza isn’t good for anyone – especially your pet(s). Try to pack over a long period of time so your pet(s) think everything is normal and their stress level will stay down. Moving with cats? Break out their carriers several weeks before your move; this will help eliminate the risk of them fleeing the scene and leaving you searching for them.
  • When your move is finally complete, don’t let your pet(s) roam around your new neighborhood. Keep them on a lease until they become adjusted to their new surroundings.

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Pack Your Kitchen With This Helpful Guide

packing kitchen guide blog - PHOTOThe kitchen is by far one of the most dreaded rooms to pack for a move. Dishes, appliances, odds and ends … and a good 90% of these items are breakable! So how do you get through the risky job of packing your kitchen? Follow our helpful guide below.

Appliances. If you somehow managed to save your appliances’ original boxes/packaging, bravo! Feel free to use them while packing them for your move. If you didn’t save the original boxes – you’re part of the majority that tosses them, so don’t worry. Here’s what to do.

First, gather medium-sized packing boxes. Next, ensure appliances (and all of their parts) are clean and dry. Remove all small parts and fragile pieces and wrap them in bubble wrap and packing paper. If you saved the owner’s manual, tape it to the bottom or the front of the appliance – this will make for easier assembly later. Place the main part of the appliance into the box first; then stack pre-packaged, smaller pieces on top.

Dishes/Glasses. Dishes and glasses are the scariest and most tedious thing to pack. You don’t want to rush through packing them because you risk finding box after box of broken dishes and shattered glass after you move. To tackle these items, try this:

Place two layers of bubble wrap/packing paper on the bottom of a box. For dishes, wrap each piece with a thin layer of packing paper. As you stack them inside the box, place an extra layer or bubble wrap/packing paper between every three dishes. For glasses/mugs, wrap each piece individually. You can use bubble wrap or packing paper, but if you want to save these supplies, try using T-shirts or other similar clothing items instead.

Silverware. Sorting silverware into separate boxes may seem more annoying than anything, but it’s a good idea to make sure it doesn’t share a box with any items that may be breakable – it will also make unpacking more organized. To pack silverware, first start by sorting it into specific types – big spoons with big spoons, small forks with small forks, and so on. Wrap each type with a rubber band. Once all items are sorted and banded together, place them into a shoebox and tape it shut.

Pots and Pans. Ahh … good ol’ pots and pans. While they may make cooking possible, they sure can be a pain to store and pack. To find the correct sized box, grab your biggest pan and place it into a box – horizontally and diagonally. If the lid fits securely to the pan, the box is the right size. If it doesn’t, the box is too small. Once you have the perfect box, begin stacking your pots (without lids) inside. Then wrap lids with packing paper and place them inside the box beneath pan handles.

Other Items. So what do you do with all of those other items in your kitchen? Instead of just dumping them into a random box, there’s a much more efficient solution. Wrap all other items with a single sheet of packing paper. Then, inside your already packed kitchen boxes, tuck each item into the unused space. This will help fill up the unused space in your packed boxes, as well as save you from using more boxes than necessary.

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Avoid Losing Items During Your Move With These Must-Use Packing Tips

Blog 4 PHOTO“Where did I pack my favorite coffee mug? I can’t live without it!” … “O.M.G. – I left my iPad behind!” … “Where are my photo albums? I know they were placed in the moving truck!”

No matter how much care you take while packing, it never fails, something always manages to get lost or misplaced during a move. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many ways to minimize the chance of losing things during your move. But, the number one way is to be organized. Here’s how.

Pack One Room At A Time. Before you start packing, first consider your packing style. Are you someone who likes to put all of your things neatly into a box? Or, are the type who grabs an armload of things and dumps them straight into a box? If you’re the dumb-into-a-box packer, this tip is definitely for you!

One of the most efficient ways to pack is to pack one room at a time. This may sound like it will take too much time and effort, but it will pay off greatly on the day of the big move – as well as the days of unpacking that follow it. A good pre-packing prepping tip is to place several empty boxes – and packing materials – in each room of your soon-to-be-vacant home. Then start at one point in your room and work your way around until everything is packed.

Cables/Wires/Cords. TV cables. Computer wires. Phone chargers. The list of cables, wires and cords we accumulate is never ending! As easy as these things get misplaced in our homes, they are just as easy to lose during a move. So what’s the solution? Bags! Bags! And more bags! For every electronic device you own, place all corresponding cords inside a labeled, zip-lock bag; then tape it directly to the device. This way, when you go to set up your computer or use your iPad after the move, you’ll know exactly where everything is.

Make a Master List. For this tip, you may have to break your OCD loose, or officially activate it. As you prep for your move, there is never a better time to become a master list maker. While packing, write each and every thing you place inside each box on your master list; also write down which room each box belongs in when moved to your new home. This way, you have control over what and where everything will go inside your new place when the actual moving takes place.

Label Everything. If you’ve never been someone who labels things, it is now the time to become a labeling machine. And no, you don’t need a label maker – the average sharpie will suffice!

While packing, clearly label each box with the name of the room it is to go in in your new place. (Be sure to label the top and all sides of the box, too!) Also, label each box with “this end up” (drawing arrows can also be helpful) or “fragile”. This way every box will be handled properly and there’s a lessened chance that your stuff will get broken.

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Things To Consider Before Moving To A New City

Moving to a new city? There is definitely a lot to be excited about! A fresh start with new opportunities, new people, and new adventures. But before you hop in that moving van and speed offBlog 2 PHOTO - Things to consider before moving to a new city to that new destination, there is a lot to consider first. Bright lights, shopping, and good restaurants are nice, but there is much more to moving than attractive qualities like these. Where you live will affect your life, both presently and in the future; if you have a family, moving affects even more lives. So before you decide on a new location, here are some important things to consider.

Cost of Housing: One of, if not the most important things to consider when looking for a new place to live is the general cost of housing. Whether you plan to rent or buy an apartment, condo or single-family home, some cities are much more budget-friendly than others. If you are thinking about buying a home, you need to consider the potential mortgage your new location will cost you – look for what other home are selling for in cities you want to live in, as well as what they offer for you and anyone moving with you. Credit scores are also a major factor in determining the interest rate you’ll be approved for a house loan, so keep an eye on your credit for several months before jumping into a quick move.

Job Market: A main reason many plan to move to a new city is due to job relocation. If this is not the cause for your move, you want to ensure your hopeful destination has a job market that matches your needs. Certain cities are better suited for job seekers in terms of growth and unemployment rates, as well as specific industries. This being said, always do your homework and research the job market so you don’t risk being unemployed and struggling.

Basic Needs: Along with housing costs, you will also face many other expenses when you move to a new city. These include basic utilities, healthcare, and property tax (if you decide to buy a home); groceries even vary in price from place to place. Transportation is also an important factor to consider. Will you need a car? What is the cost of gas? Is there public transportation? All of these questions are important to find answers to before deciding on a place to move.

Neighborhood/Location: Searching online for places to live typically shows photos of friendly photos with attractive homes and smiling people. But before ever moving to a new city, it’s a good idea to look past the photos and at the statistics. Research areas, such as: quality of schools, crime rate, community events, and so on. You want to make sure your new city/neighborhood is a place where you will feel safe, as well as be near certain conveniences like grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals, restaurants, etc.

Moving to a new city can be an exciting time, but to make sure you choose the location that’s right for you, always do your research first. For more moving tips and tricks, click here.

Top Five Tips To Efficient Packing

You’ve found a new place to live. You’ve collected more boxes than you know what to do with. Now all you have to do is pack. Easier said than done, right? As everyone knows, packing is one of the worstTop Five Tips To Efficient Packing - PHOTO parts of moving. But, it must be done. While packing probably seems like a mindless task – it is just throwing things into boxes after all – there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some must-know packing tips to help your move go smoothly.

1. Set Aside Your Essentials: Before you pack up everything you own, be sure to put essential items aside. After moving all of your belongings to your new place, there’s a good chance it will take several days – even a of couple weeks – to unpack everything. This is why it is a good idea to consider what items you may need easy access to while everything gets unpacked – think clothes, toiletries, etc.

2. Be A Proactive Packer: You probably think packing ultimately makes you proactive in the moving process. But to be a proactive packer, you must pack boxes in an organized manner. This means sorting items before you pack them. For example, all toiletries in one box, all plates in another, and so on. With every box presorted, you can easily direct each box to a specific location in your new place, and in turn, unpacking will be much more organized.

3. Don’t Overpack Boxes: When packing, you want to be aware of how much weight you are putting inside each box. Overpacking leads to boxes that are far too heavy to lift; it can also cause injuries. When packing, always place heavy items in small boxes, and light objects in large boxes.

4. Pack Breakable Items Properly: Fragile items, such as dishes, mirrors, etc. can be easily broken – especially inside a large moving truck. One way to avoid breaking items is to add plenty of protective bubble wrap or recyclable paper to boxes with fragile items. A good tip for packing items, such as plates, is to wrap each plate separately then stand them vertically on their sides inside a box. This will make any plate-on-plate impact less likely to cause damage.

5. Do A Final Sweep: You may think you have everything hauled away from your soon-to-be past home, but more often than not, a few things always get left behind. Before you say that final goodbye, be sure to do one last house sweep to check for anything you may have missed. Most forgotten places include inside the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine.

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To Tip or Not to Tip: Common Money Related Questions You Might Have When Moving

Consumers have a lot of faith on professional moving companies, which is why the best ones are seen as a credible and competent mechanic. You will be entrusting all of your belongings and invaluable possessions, as a customer, to individuals whom you may not even know on a personal level even before they commence taking your items and loading them into a truck.

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Why It Is Important to Hire a Licensed Moving Company

Making a move to a new home is both physically and emotionally stressful. The decision on whether to make the move on your own or take the services of a reliable mover can sometimes leave you confused. Should you go out and hire a licensed moving company to get the job done for you? Continue reading “Why It Is Important to Hire a Licensed Moving Company”

10 Things You Could Do to Prepare for the Move

Whether you are moving across your town or across your country, moving the entire household can lead to meltdowns, even for the toughest of people. However, if you initiate the planning process immediately after you decide to make the move, you can reduce stress levels and improve the probability of things going on smoothly on the day of moving. Continue reading “10 Things You Could Do to Prepare for the Move”

Should You Choose A Local Moving Company Or A Big One When Moving To Another City Within Your State?

When moving to another city within the state, you need to undertake the task of finding which of the two suits you best-a local moving company or a big mover? Making a local move is not a huge challenge neither in terms of execution, nor in terms of the associated expenses. Even then, just like other moves, it has its own sets of peculiarities and certain things to be aware of. Continue reading “Should You Choose A Local Moving Company Or A Big One When Moving To Another City Within Your State?”

10 Tips for Moving From San Diego to Los Angeles

So do you want to leave your old home in San Diego and shift to a palatial apartment in Los Angeles?

Firstly, we do not want to burst your bubble, however, here’s a newsflash: Irrespective of where you are moving from, the transition is not going to be an easy one. It’s not impossible but undoubtedly not so easy. Continue reading “10 Tips for Moving From San Diego to Los Angeles”