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How to Move if You Have Cats and Dogs

Most pets are not big fans of change. They easily get anxious when they are introduced to a new environment or when there’s unexpected activity in their home. If they have a choice, they would stay in a place where they are already settled in. But once their pet parents decide to relocate, they have no choice but to move with them.

Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, here are some tips to make moving with your pets as smooth and as stress-free as possible.

Introduce a crate

Most pets do not spend much time in crates. To make moving day a lot more comfortable for your four-legged friend, make sure they get acclimated to their crates in the weeks or months leading up the big trip. You can also provide treats to help your pet develop a positive association with the crate.

Attach an ID tag

It’s a good idea for your pet to wear a collar and an ID tag. If your pet is microchipped, make sure it is updated with your new address and is working properly.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian

If you are travelling by air, you may need to secure a health certificate from the vet. Be sure to get a copy of this a month before your moving day.

If you are moving across the country, then you’ll need to find a new vet once you have settled into your home. Ask your vet if he/she can suggest a good vet in your new hometown. It is also a good idea to get your pet’s health record from the veterinarian. This way, the new vet can provide the best care for your pet.

Be consistent

Pets feel stressed when they are placed in new surroundings. That said, you want to help them adjust quickly. Once you have moved in to your new house, be sure to keep your feeding, exercise and bedtime schedule consistent. If your cat is used to outdoor time, arrange for that. If your dog is accustomed to using a doggy door, set one up in your new place.

4 Ways to Relieve Moving Stress with Kids

4 Ways to Relieve Moving Stress with Kids

Moving to a new home can be difficult for everyone, especially for the children. You might be prepared for some whining, crying and door slamming once you tell your kids that you are moving across town or across the country and that they have to say goodbye to their friends.

Try these tips to help dial down the drama and make the process less stressful for everyone.

Discussing the move with kids

Prepare your kids by informing them early about the move. Let them know when things are happening and why. If possible, tell them about the move several months in advance. That gives enough time to process the information.

Share information about your new home, state or town and encourage questions. Try to answer them completely and truthfully. It is also a good idea to visit the new home and town with your kids before the move.

Focus on the positive

Children tend to think about the negative side of moving. This is especially true if the relocation means separating from someone they love and depend on – friends, relatives, teachers and coaches. This often results in feelings of sadness, anxiety or even anger.

To make the move easier, try to focus on the positive aspects of what awaits in your home. Tell them that is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. It is also a chance to learn and live in a new city and be exposed to new cultural traditions.

Allow their angst

When children deal with moving, they often become sad or angry. You shouldn’t attempt to hype a move in the hopes of distracting the kids from their negative feelings.

Acknowledge their sadness about leaving their friends behind. Encourage them to have a good cry, if that’s what’s needed.

Try to involve the in the move as much as possible

Some kids may have trouble understanding why you need to move, especially if they were not involved in the decision-making process.

Although children may not have veto power over the move, involving them in the planning can make them feel like participants. Plus, they won’t feel like it is being forced on them.

Smart Tips to Make Moving a Breeze

Whether you’re moving across the street or across the country, there is so much to do in preparation to for your move. While everyone’s experience and needs vary, there is no denying that moving can be very stressful.

Here’s a look at our recommendations for an easier and more efficient move.

Lighten your load

When moving, most families would relocate nearly 100 boxes or 7,400 pounds of stuff. All these can lead to one massive undertaking. Considering that movers charge depending on the weight or volume of your stuff, packing all your things will definitely cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.

Moving is a great time to organize your belongings. Take time to sort your them and get rid of those you no longer need. You can give them to your friends, donate them to charity or hold a yard sale if you still have time. A lighter load makes packing, moving and unpacking a lot easier.

Switch your utilities

If you are moving to a previously vacant or a newly built property, it is important that you call the utility company and setup a service switch. Do this as soon as you have a closing date.  You want to make sure that the utilities are active when you move in to your new home.

Label the boxes properly

When packing, it is best to pack your things by room. This will make packing quicker and the unpacking process easier and more manageable. Don’t forget to label the boxes properly. In addition to labeling what room they’re going to be in, have a corresponding list of what’s in each box.

Place the labels on the side of the box, not on the top. So, it would be easier to see the labels, even if they’re stacked.

Pack an overnight bag that contains your essentials

Set aside basic supplies like toiletries, clothes, and pajamas for the next two days. This is especially important if you need to go back to work the next day.

Moving can be stressful and exhausting. Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things by the end of the day. By packing an overnight bag, you’ll have your essentials ready and within easy access. Now, you can take a rest and worry about unpacking in the next few days.

Common Moving Day Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

movingSpring and summer is the busiest time of the year for real estate. If you do drive around your neighborhood, you may notice some big trucks, moving vans and small U-hauls. People want to move and settle into their new house before the school year starts.

Moving into a new house can be exciting and stress-inducing at the same time. When people were asked to identify one stressful event in their life, moving was included in the top 10. Yes, it can be stressful and exhausting, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

In the hopes of helping your move go smoothly , we have listed down some of the most common moving nightmares people face, along with some suggestions on what to do if you find yourself in these situations.

It’s raining on moving day

So you wake up on moving and realize that it’s raining hard. Not only does it make moving large boxes difficult, it can also be hazardous. As a safety precaution, be sure to wear shoes with good grip like sneaker or gum boots. Also, protect your belongings by wrapping loose items in garbage bags, shopping bags or cling wrap.

Your fragile items broke

There is nothing more frustrating than knowing that your things got lost, damaged or broken. While professional movers try to handle your boxes with utmost care, accidents can happen during transit. When packing your things, make sure they are secured and protected. Also, look for a moving company that offers insurance.

You got sick on moving day

Moving involves a long list of tasks. But it’s hard to be productive when you’re sick. We understand that you want to accomplish as much as you can, but please don’t overdo it. Rest whenever necessary.

If you have hired a moving company, then let them take care of all the heavy lifting and loading. Trust that your movers will take good care of your stuff. Just sit back and let them do their thing.

 

Tips for Moving During the Winter

dpg winterMoving can be stressful any time of the year but it’s a lot more challenging during the winter. The weather conditions are unpredictable and can easily get in the way of your plans. The last thing you want is a blizzard popping up just as you’re pulling away in your car.

Check out the tips below to make your wintertime moving adventure a success.

Clear your driveway of snow and ice

You don’t want anyone to slip while carrying a box full of your possessions. Take time to shovel the pathways and driveways if you happen to be moving in the snow. Salt or sand the area if needed. This will not only make moving easier, it’s also be safer for everyone.

Hire movers

Hiring a professional moving company is imperative this time of year. Not only will they help you load, transport and unload your belongings, they will also make the process faster. Hire a reputable mover who has significant experience in winter moving.

Prepare your car for the winter trip

Driving in the winter is dangerous enough as it is. Talk to your mechanic and have your car serviced so as to make sure that your car is ready for the long distance trip. Have your tires and brakes checked and all fluids topped up before you move.

Drive safely

The road is often slippery during the winter, which often makes stopping quickly difficult. Make sure you keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you when travelling on snowy roads. Also, drive slower than you normally would.

Ensure utilities are turned on

Make sure that your utilities are set up and everything is functioning before your arrival. Have the heat, lighting and water turned on a few days before your move. With the days much shorter and the cold winds blowing, you don’t want to be stuck in your new home without these things.

Essential Supplies for DIY Movers

So you have found a new place! You’re probably thrilled and excited, until you start thinking about packing a houseful of stuff into a rental truck.

Moving without the help of a moving company may be difficult, but possible. A lot of people choose to go the DIY route since it helps them save some cash. In fact, DIY movers are able to save 1/3 to ½ of the cost as compared to those who hire full-service movers.

To make packing as smooth as possible, be sure to gather these supplies ahead of time.

Heavy duty boxes

It can be tempting to ask for used boxes from local stores, but it is best to invest on heavy duty boxes. You want to make sure that your belongings will be packed and unloaded safely. Packing your prized possessions in used boxes may not be a good idea since these boxes are not intended for moving.

For those who are moving computers, printers, framed artwork and large mirrors, you may need to purchase specialty boxes.

Packing tape

Obviously, you’ll need packing tape, lots of it. Some packing tapes are sold at a very low price, but they’re flimsy. Heavy duty packing tapes are a bit expensive, but you can be sure that they are sturdy.

Bubble wrap

Protect fragile items such as bowls and plates from breakage by wrapping them in bubble wrap. We know some of you are addicted to popping bubble wraps, so you can resume popping once your stuff is transported safely.

Wrapping paper

We know you’re on a budget, but please resist the urge to wrap your stuff in newspapers. Newspapers can stain your possessions. Because of that, you’ll have no choice but to wash them immediately after unpacking. To keep your dishes are clean and well-cushioned, use plain wrapping paper.

Moving blankets

Moving blankets are used to protect furniture from jostling. Some people also use it to line the bed or trunk so they don’t get scratches or stains. If you don’t have these, you can use old blankets.