Are you ready to move your family, pets and all, cross-country? Moves can be even more stressful on animals than on people, so it's important to take some steps to help alleviate your pet's worries. The following tips can help with a smoother move.
Tip #1: Set Up a Pet Zone
Empty out a room before the movers arrive. This will be a safe place to keep your pet during the hustle and bustle of the move. You can outfit it with food, water, a bed and a few toys to keep your pet occupied while the movers work in the other rooms. This is especially important, since pets sometimes bolt from their home during the hustle and bustle of the move. If you have large furniture in the room that you can't move, ask your residential movers to relocate these items before they begin the bulk of the move so you can place your pet in this room.
Tip #2: Package Pet Stuff Wisely
When you get to your new home, you will need to set up a pet room there to keep them safe as the movers work. Pack your pet's extra belongings, such as all their toys, beds, or large cat trees, in a single box and label it well. Either bring this box with you in your vehicle or have the movers place it last in the truck so it can be the first box out. This way you can quickly set up a pet room and close it off before the movers get down to business at your new residence.
Tip #3: Update Their Tags
Whether tagged or microchipped, make sure you update this information before the movers arrive. It needs to contain a phone number where you can be reached on both ends of your move, such as your cell phone number or the number of your vet or a family member. Also, make sure it is updated with the new address. This way if you pet does escape during the move, they are more likely to be found and reunited with you.
Tip #4: Know Moving Restrictions
Your movers may have some restrictions on what they can put in their moving truck. This means they may not be able to move open bags of dog food or certain medications, like flea medication. If you have a stockpile of these items, either make arrangements to move them in your vehicle or donate them to an animal shelter before you go. Always keep sufficient food and a month's supply of any of your pet's necessary medications with you in case you cannot get to a vet or receive a refill right away after your move.
Contact a local residential mover like Diversified Installation Service Inc for more tips on moving with pets.