“Organization is the key to having a great
moving experience,” says Charlie Morse,
General Manager of Ward North American Van Lines. “Any move is stressful, but
being prepared makes all the difference in
whether you look back later on your move
as a wonderful introduction to your new
home, or as a very traumatic time.” Morse
says that the best moves are the ones that are
planned well in advance before moving day.
Using an experienced, professional moving
service can help you maximize the most of
your time, and alleviate your moving anxieties by helping you anticipate potentially
In addition to their expert packing services,
professional moving companies often offer
additional care protection up front before the
big move. “Check with your homeowner’s
policy to make sure your items are covered
in case something unforeseen happens,”
advises Morse. “If they aren’t, you can often
buy additional coverage from your insurance company, or moving insurance from
us. That way, your goods are insured against
anything that could happen during transit
– including road accidents, tornadoes, lightning and even van fires.”
Remember that a packer’s job is to do exactly
that: pack. “The packing team doesn’t pick
and choose what goes, they just pack everything,” explains Morse. “They don’t have any
bias on what you want to take or not. Often
when people do their own packing, they
spend valuable time thinking, ‘Do I need this
or not?’ It takes our people less time because
they don’t worry about that. So, unless you
tell them otherwise, everything goes.
As a result of the “everything goes” philosophy of packing, be sure to keep your
personal items that you want to take with
you on your trip in a “safety zone.” Tell the
packers and the movers that these items are
going with you, and not to pack them.
As for making sure your possessions arrive
on time, Morse says worried soon-to-be
Texans should relax. “Many of our trucks
are equipped with GPS tracking systems,
so all they have to do is plug in your new
address and they’ll find you. And, the
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 of Georgetown,
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, such as the Town Lake Animal
Shelter www.ci.austin.tx.us/health/pets/. 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, call Petland at 512-868-2777 or visit www.petland.
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).