Planning Your Move

Planning Your Move

Moving can be a stressful time, even for pets, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you choose to hire outside professionals, or you choose to do it yourself, being prepared will ultimately make the move much smoother.

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Time Saving Moving Tips
Consider these tips to help you saving time and minimize aggravation when moving:

    Simplify: Use the move as an opportunity to de-clutter your life. A garage sale is a great way to raise money for moving costs. Getting rid of unused, broken and outdated items can be a huge relief, plus you won’t have to pack, move, and unpack all the extra weight. Donate anything left over to a local charity, or post items for sale on eBay and/or Craigslist.

     Organize: Try to avoid packing in haste. This is how items get broken or damaged, plus it makes it much more difficult and time-consuming to unpack everything. Keep items of similarity together: décor, kitchen ware, linens, toys, consumables, etc. and be sure to clearly label all boxes.

    Think Ahead: When packing things into the moving vehicle, 
think ahead for what you will want/need out first and remember to pack those things last, so they will be the most accessible.

    Special Care: Take special care with items of value and sentiment. We recommend moving items like this in your own vehicle for added peace of mind.

    Get a Head Start: Don’t wait until the last minute to begin the moving process. Pack whatever you can as soon as it is convenient. The sooner you begin, the less work and the less stress you will have on moving day.

Moving Pets
Moving your pets can add stress to any move. Moving companies are not permitted to handle living creatures, nor are buses or trains. You will either need to move your pets yourself or hire a professional company (recommended when traveling long distances over an extended period) to handle the well-being of your animals for the duration of your move.

Regardless of the distance you will be traveling, you will want to consider your pet’s comfort and safety throughout the relocation. Be sure to have a sturdy, comfortable carrier for your pet. Familiarize your pet with the carrier several days (or even weeks) in advance.

If you are moving to another state/province or with exotic animals, there are several things you need to take into advanced consideration:

    Health Certificate: Many places require a health certificate less than 10 days old. The certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian, and current inoculation records must accompany it.

    Permit: If you are entering the state/province with an exotic pet, you must apply for a permit to keep it. Your veterinarian can assist you in obtaining this documentation.

    Identification: Identification is crucial when traveling. Your pet should be clearly identified using a collar and tags if possible. The tags should include your name, phone number and destination address. Some states/provinces also require a rabies tag. Check with your veterinarian for more information.

Selecting a Moving Company
Not all moving companies are created equal. If you choose to hire professional movers here are a number of things to consider:

  1. Will they do the packing for you?
  2. If so, do they provide insurance for your valuables?
  3. Do they charge a flat rate or an hourly fee? What does that rate include?
  4. Are you protected against liability?

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Choosing a Moving Company

Today moving companies offer a multitude of services above the basic loading, transporting, and unloading of your belongings. Extended services now include packing your belongings, the sale or hire of packing materials, unpacking, cleaning and the setup of your new home!

Choosing a company to trust with all your possessions can be difficult though. Here are some tips to guide you in selecting a reputable company in your area:

    Be sure to start shopping companies well in advance of your move. You should choose your moving company four to eight weeks before your moving day.

    Use your friend’s and family’s recommendations as a starting point. If someone you know had a good experience with a company, you are likely to experience a similar level of satisfaction.

     Get several quotes for like moving services. Prices can range drastically, so the more information you have up front, the better-informed decision you can make on which company if right for you.

    Be sure to ask how long the company has been in business and if they have any customer referrals. Also ask about their insurance coverage and claims protection.

    Read the fine print of any contracts you sign, as that is where any additional fees will be hidden.

The largest moving companies are Premiere Vanlines, Allied, and North American Vanlines. They all offer long distance moves across the country and will quote your move at no cost to you. Each has a website where you can get general information on moving and estimate your move time and the cost to use their company.

It is important to understand the moving industry. It is a tough business that always carries the potential risk for damage of cargo. Customers are rarely forgiving when it comes to their personal possessions, so you can imagine that most moving companies will have some complaints or negative reviews. Websites like or can help you identify local companies with the best reputation and a minimal amount of negative feedback.

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