car’s interior. And last, but certainly not least,
have an extra set of car keys and alarm remote
ready to hand over to the moving team, as well
as a working phone number where you may be
Make Advance Reservations: Depending on
where you live, you might need to obtain a
parking permit for the moving truck or van.
Also, if you live in a high-rise building, you
should check to see if you need to reserve use
of the elevator.
Smile and File: Gather and organize your
important documents in advance and have them
ready to go, you never know if you might need
access to them in your new home. Never place
these items in the trunk of your car. A short list
of documents to take with you includes birth
certificates, life insurance policies, medical
and dental records, real estate documents and
school records. Other helpful items include an
address book, appliance manuals, appraisals
for high-value items, and your copy of the
household goods descriptive inventory.
GET GOING! THE DAY OF THE MOVE
Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that is.
Anything that you wish to take with you and
NOT have packed should be placed within an area
that you identify to the movers as the “Do Not
Pack – Do Not Move Zone.” This would include
anything from your important papers and documents, luggage, medications, travel clothing and
toiletries, and favorite toys for the kids.
Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate the
items you will need the most when you first arrive
in your new home and have the movers pack and
load them separately so they will be the first to
unload in your new home. If you are putting
items into storage and you need special items for
a temporary living situation, clearly mark and
separate these items before the mover arrives.
Some items to consider for your First Night Care
Kit include alarm clocks, a can opener, first-aid
items, clean sheets and pillow cases, toiletries, a
flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hardware from disassembled furniture.
TIPS FOR RELOCATING
A HAPPY PET
Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts,
but there are some things you can do as a pet owner to make sure
their transition is as seamless as yours.
First and foremost is getting your pet to your new home safely – and
happily. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile,
make sure you pack the basics for your pet – just like you’d pack an
overnight bag for yourself and your family – that includes food, water,
medicine, and any special toys or blankets,
If you’re going by car, plan for frequent stops for food, water and
bathroom breaks – for your pet and for yourself. Resist the temptation
to feed Fido or Fluffy while you’re in the car – otherwise you might
have an unpleasant accident to deal with somewhere between
Weatherford and Waco.
According to PetTravelCenter.com, an online community resource
with tips, tricks and resources for “happy pet relocation,” good-to-have items while traveling include a portable kennel, pet travel
bowls and any special feeders. They also recommend that your pet’s
vaccinations are current before you travel – it’s one less thing you
have to worry about when you get to your destination.
Next, it’s absolutely imperative that your pet has proper identification.
If your pet doesn’t have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it
could be difficult to get he or she back home. But what happens if
your dog or cat won’t wear a collar? Petland recommends having a
microchip surgically implanted as the best way to identify a lost pet.
Even after your pet gets used to your new neighborhood, a microchip
is still the best way to avoid losing your pet. The microchip is your best
chance to get your pet home safely, since animal shelters and other
pet centers always scan stray pets to see if there’s a microchip.
Finding a new veterinarian for your pet should also be at the top of
the list; city relocation guides are a good resource, as are local pet
stores, Humane Societies and animal shelters.
It’s also a great excuse to get to know your new neighbors. Neighbors
with pets are a great resource and can also give you valuable pet
tips specific to your neighborhood.
For more resources on helping your pet transition to your new
neighborhood, visit www.petland.com.
If you’re looking for assistance in transporting your pet to your new
home, try www.petrelocation.com, which provides “worldwide door-to-door transportation services” of all kinds for you and your pet(s).