Entries tagged with “Moving Tips”.


cat_in_a_boxHappy National Cat Day!

Here are some of our favorite tips for moving with a housecat, in case you missed them.

Moving to a new home with a cat can be hard on both you and your cat.  So making the move to a new home as stress-free as possible for your “kitty” can have big benefits, including reducing the risk of fear-based house soiling, excessive meowing and crying, hiding, escape attempts and aggression. 

Moving a cat successfully to a new house does involve some planning and preparation. Here are some suggestions from WEBMD/Pets and Seamless Moves:

On Moving Day

  • To prevent your cat from dashing out the door while movers are going in and out, close kitty in a bathroom with food, water, a bed and litter box. Place a sign on the door asking the movers to keep the door shut.
  • Feed your cat a very small breakfast on moving day to reduce stomach upset.
  • The last thing to do before leaving your house is to move your cat. Pop them in their carrier with a comforting blanket. By leaving them till the very last, it will help to reduce stress and also keep the trip as short as possible.
  • While in transit, resist the urge to open your cat’s carrier to soothe him. A scared cat may try to escape.
  • All cat lovers know, cats are not to be transported in the moving truck or the trunk of the car.  :)

In Your New Home

  • Try to keep your cat inside for the first three weeks. This is not always possible and some cats adjust to their new surroundings much quicker than others. Only you as its owner will recognize if your cat is relaxed enough in the new home to allow them to go outside for the first time.
  • Let them out just before meal times, then you can call them back with their favorite food.
  • Go outside with your cat and stay with them for a while. This will help your cat feel secure. If your cat doesn’t want to follow you out, do not force them to go.
  • Leave the door open so that your cat can return to the house when they want to. It might be a bit scary out there at first.
  • Keep the first few times they go out short. This will build up the bond to the new home
  • Always make sure your cat is wearing a tag on its collar with your name and phone number. Check the rules in your new city regarding whether your cat needs to have a license and/or rabies vaccination and whether they must wear those tags on their collar. You may wish to look into a microchip for kitty as well.

Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our partner companies, Continental Van Lines. This family-owned business has been moving people and businesses to and from Alaska since before it was a state, making them an undisputed authority on winter moving. Here are some great tips for your winter move:

Moving during the winter offers its share of setbacks and hazards. Think of Seattle or Tacoma, those beautiful cascading  hills and narrow cozy streets. In the wintertime, rain, ice, and sleet can turn that gorgeous landscape into a driving nightmare, especially for large moving trucks. So if you’re considering a winter move, careful planning is necessary for your relocation to go smoothly. The difficulties of almost all winter moves can be reduced by following a few simple steps. Your winter moving authorities at Continental have compiled a list of tips that will simplify your transition during cold weather. To get ready for a winter move, always:

  • Prepare Your New Home

Clear the snow from your driveway and salt all walkways so your movers can deliver your belongings safely. Make sure that the heat and electricity are turned on and work – you won’t want to go without them on your first night in your new home!

  • Plan Ahead, Allow for Setbacks

A professional Seattle moving company will know how to reduce setbacks on moving day, but the unexpected may still occur! Allow for extra time, and be sure to ask your movers if there are any separate fees due to weather difficulties – you don’t need any surprise charges ruining your day.

  • Keep Liquids Separate

Keep liquids separate from your other belongings so you don’t have frozen soda cans exploding during transit and damaging your great-grandmother’s precious armoire.

  • Let Your Electronics Adjust

Be sure to allow your electronics adequate time – usually a day – to adjust after a winter move. Using your TV or computer immediately upon arrival at your new home can cause expensive, unnecessary damages.

Continental Van Lines and Seamless Moves will get your items safely to your destination and reduce setbacks along the way. Contact them today for more information on our unbeatable services.

If you’re moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly.

Here are 7 things you can do to prepare for a SEAMLESS transition.

1. Can you do it alone or should you hire a Move Manager for a full-service or partial-service move?  The answer depends on your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to get everything accomplished.

2. Plan to unpack BEFORE you pack. Take photos of each room in the new home before you arrive with furniture, plants, appliances and family in tow. Write down on a clip board where each item should go in your next home before packing, and carry it with you on moving day.

3. Be strategic about packing and start packing early. Whether it’s one room, one cabinet or a drawer at a time, weed through what may be years of accumulation. You’ll be surprised at how much you can donate, recycle or give to friends.

4. Don’t fight with Fido. Sometimes we forget that all the packing and constant in-and-out of visitors is stressful for animals. Consider checking your pet into a daycare facility, or setting up a time for a friend to take them or check them into pet day care. For some additional tips when moving your pet check out our blog “What about the Dog?”

5. Keep track of small parts. Some items need to be broken down into pieces when moving. Rather than tape the small pieces to the furniture, which can result in losing them, put everything in a baggie that is clearly marked and sealed. Keep all of the separate baggies together in one box on moving day and personally take it with you to your new home.

6. Take pictures of electronic hook-ups. Hooking up TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers can be challenging. Before unplugging any wires for the move, take a photo of the connections, print them out and label them in detail. This will create fewer headaches when setting up technology in the new home.

7.  Packing cleaning products and toxins. Products such as detergents, pesticides and paint are heavy and unwieldy to pack. Dispose of as many as possible before the move in an eco-friendly way.

If, even armed with this information, this all still seems overwhelming or time suddenly becomes an issue, consider hiring a Move Manager like Seamless Moves to consult with you and help you make a plan to get everything accomplished before you move. It won’t help your job or family if you are too stressed out to enjoy your new home!

Thanks to realtor.com for these tips.

An empty cardboard moving boxA bit of organization and forethought not only makes packing easier, it makes unpacking a breeze as well. Here are some packing tips from the pros:

Gather packing supplies before you start. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to stop half-way through a packing session in order to get more supplies.

Pack one room at a time. Avoid mixing things from different rooms in the same box; it will make unpacking more time-consuming.

Pack clothing, shoes and linens in your suitcases. Also, most moving companies will let you leave clothing in dresser drawers, but be sure to remove anything that is breakable or will slide around in the drawers.

Pack small, breakable items in small boxes and place them into a large box. Clearly label each box (large or small) with your name, its general contents, an arrow indicating which side is up, “Fragile” if contents are breakable, and which room each box belongs in. Refrain from noting anything valuable (silver, jewelry, etc.) on the outside of a box.

Have area rugs professionally cleaned before your move. They will return from the cleaners rolled, wrapped, and ready for shipping.

Use different colored labels for family members or corresponding rooms to make unpacking quicker.

Use small boxes for heavy items (books, small appliances), large boxes for light ones (pillows, lampshades), and medium boxes for everything in between. Heavier items should be placed at the bottom, lighter ones on top. A good rule of thumb is for packed boxes to weigh less than 50 pounds.

When disassembling furniture, put hardware in a sealed plastic bag and affix it to the corresponding piece (however, do not apply tape or any adhesives directly to polished or painted wood surfaces). Keep tools you’ll need to reassemble furniture in a separate box that is clearly marked.

Do not use standard garbage bags! They rip and tear too easily. If you’re going to pack linens and clothing in garbage bags, purchase the thicker, heavy ones to ensure they don’t burst during the move. Or double up.

Never pack flammables or combustibles.

Keep an inventory list of each box and its contents. This will be necessary if a box goes missing and you need to make a claim.

Of course, if all this seems like a lot of work and you’d like some help getting packed up, consider hiring a Move Manager like Seamless Moves. :-)

Our thanks to nuttakit at freedigitalphotos.net for the photo, about.com and Martha Stewart.com for the information used in today’s blog.

 

 

 

As your big move approaches and you survey your prized possessions, you may ask yourself, “How am I going to get all of my furniture and things from Point A to Point B?” Well, finding a moving company doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal.

Here are a few questions to ask furniture movers that will help you to know if your valuables are in good hands.

Is there a cost for your initial consultation? Will I receive a written estimate?

How much experience do you have? Do you provide local references?

How many people will be working with you? Are they employees or subcontractors? Are they covered by worker’s compensation insurance?

Are they licensed for interstate moves?

Do they offer storage?

If, even armed with this information, you’d like some help deciding on the moving company or need some help getting packed up, consider hiring a Move Manager like Seamless Moves to consult with you and help you make a plan to get everything accomplished before you move.

 




 

Whether your last move was across the country or across the street, it probably ended with two words: “Never again!” But you don’t always have the luxury of staying in the same place forever. 

Since moving pretty much always takes longer than you think it’s going to take, be smart and plan ahead. There’s lots of packing and organizing you can get out of the way a few months in advance of your move.

Make a few decisions about how to approach moving based on how far you are going and who will be assisting you with the move.

Go Through Everything and Identify Unwanted Items  Moving is the perfect excuse to get rid of unwanted items that have collected in your house over the years. The rule of thumb is: If you haven’t used it in about a year and it doesn’t have any sentimental value, get rid of it. It can be hard to let things go, though, so you may need to go through each closet or storage space twice. On the first run, you’ll remove the obvious unwanted things, and on the second run you’ll remove the items you’re a little more attached to.

About now is when you start realizing you have accumulated stuff you may no longer want or use. It is a good idea to plan a yard or garage sale, donate to you local thrift shops, give charities any items they could use, and throw out the junk. 

Begin Packing Little-used Items. You may think it’s silly to start packing two months in advance but if you’re like most people, there are many things you don’t use on a regular basis that can be packed well ahead of your move date. For example, if it’s summer, start packing your winter items — winter clothes, heavy blankets, holiday decorations. Or you can pack by the room — and perhaps the guest room is a good place to start, since it’s used the least. You decide.

Now that you are about to move every article you own, it’s a smart idea to make an inventory of your personal belongings. Not only will the list be valuable for insurance purposes but it will also help you organize your move, keep track of your home’s contents while they’re in transit and ensure that your belongings are placed in the right rooms on moving day. 

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners website is making free Home Inventory applications for iPhone and Android users as well as a home inventory checklist (PDF).

A couple of other mobile apps: My Home Pro for Android and Home Inventory for the iPhone are available at a low cost.If you are looking for software for your PC, you might want to check out Know your Stuff and What you Ownboth are free.

If, even armed with this information, this all still seems overwhelming or time suddenly becomes an issue, consider hiring a Move Manager like Seamless Moves to consult with you and help you make a plan to get everything accomplished before you move. It won’t help your job or family if you are too stressed out to enjoy your new home!

Our thanks to digitalart at freedigitalphotos.net for today’s  image.

 

 

 

Sometimes you have to move when it's snowing

Photo by Mel Evans / AP

Winter is coming; it is already snowing on Washington’s mountain passes. Here is something you will want to consider when moving across the mountains during the winter months.

According to WSDOT beginning Nov. 1, state law requires commercial vehicles and combinations of vehicles heavier than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating to carry sufficient tire chains. This law also affects some larger passenger trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles and trucks hauling trailers that exceed 10,000 Gross Vehicle Weight. That includes Moving Trucks, both “U-Haul” and commercial van lines.

State Patrol troopers will strictly enforce the Nov. 1 deadline. The Washington State Patrol will have a special chain-emphasis patrol in early November to ensure drivers are carrying the appropriate number of chains, including spares. Failing to carry chains will cost drivers $124.

When highway advisories call for chains, drivers who don’t chain up will face a $500 penalty. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend against the use of tire chains, so the State Patrol provides a list of approved, alternative traction devices when chain requirements are in place. Drivers are encouraged to visit a tire dealer to learn more about tires that provide traction and are legal for year-round use.

Alwaysknow before you goand get the most recent roadway information, winter-driving tips, car-preparation advice and information on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s winter driving website.

Moving is work enough without the hassle of being “stuck” or fined because the truck and driver are unprepared!

Moving can be stressful. Sometimes in the rush and commotion of a move there are things we forget to do or to pack. Aside from the obvious filling out a change of address card with the post office, here are a few things to consider:

Don’t forget to return library books, transfer or cancel gym memberships and pick up things at the dry-cleaner or shoe repair shop.

What about the spare keys you left with the neighbor or any hidden valuables? Be sure you collect all your records, including medical, dental, vaccine and veterinarian, school and a prescription list from the pharmacy.

Gather all personal files (marriage license, passport, birth certificate, wills, insurance papers), home movies, photo albums, tax records, car keys, safe deposit box keys, deeds, checkbooks, jewelry, stocks, school records, medicine, etc. These items should travel with you to ensure they don’t get lost in the move.

On moving day for a local move, use travel coolers for refrigerated/frozen items or line small boxes with a plastic bag.

Tape the remote for the cable TV to its box for easy return to the cable company. Check inside the washer, dryer, oven, microwave and dishwasher to ensure nothing is left behind inside them.

Make up a HARDWARE BOX to put all hardware in when packing–shelf pins for bookcases, special picture hanging items, small tool kit, hardware for dressers, etc. so that everything is handy when you arrive at your new home.

Designate one box or drawer in the home you are leaving for items that need to stay behind and add to it as you come across things when packing, e.g., appliance manuals that stay with home, mailbox keys, access codes for garage opener, etc.

Can you add anything to this list?

Moving your home and belongings can be very stressful, so why not have your electronic friends help you out? While you won’t find an application that will organize and de-clutter for you, or pack up your stuff, here some apps you might want to check out:

Moving Planner (Android) – Configurable moving planner with everything needed to plan your move. Comes pre-populated with more than 210 moving related items. Easy and very intuitive thumb friendly check/uncheck options. This app comes with FREE lifetime updates.

Moving List (iPhone/iPod) – Features 95 pre-populated To-Do List task items to get you started, to which you can add your own. Edit and track existing items and organize tasks by category or due date.

iMoving (iPad) – is a unique application designed primarily to help you in calculating a moving estimate and can help you gauge how much stuff you have in your household. It allows you to easily create a list of the contents of your home, providing you with estimates in weight and cubic feet and, with this information in hand, get reliable quotes from a wide selection of moving companies.

Moving Day (iPhone/iPod/iPad) – Easy cataloging of your items as they are packed; easy to print item labels, including a barcode and to which room it belongs; and value tracking, photos, and damage reports to simplify insurance claims.

Moving Checklist (Blackberry) - Choose from suggested list entries or add your own. See your progress immediately with the background bar. Note: This app requires an SD-Card.

And, in case you want to hang your pictures straight in your new home, there’s the  iHandy Level Free (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad).

These are just a few of the many free and low-cost apps available to help you move. Which are your favorites?

As if moving to a new home isn’t stressful enough, add in a baby or toddler and you can have REAL chaos and life can be downright EXHAUSTING!

Thanks to Baby Zone for some helpful hints on making the move easier:

Get Help: Enlist the help of friends, schedule some play dates to help you get things done. Or (shameless plug), you can call Seamless Moves and we’ll pack up for you while you take the kids to the park.

Help Your Child Feel Secure: Even if you think that your baby can’t understand, talk to him. Using simple phrases, such as, “The truck is coming today,” or “Soon we’ll be driving to our new home.” An infant will  be reassured by the tone of your voice, even if he can’t understand your words.

Make the Move Special: Having a favorite Elmo doll or well-loved afghan on hand can go a long way toward helping your child settle in to a new home. Try to pack up your child’s room last and unpack it first. Consider including a surprise box containing new toys and knick-knacks for your child to open along with her familiar belongings.

Moving can actually be fun for toddlers. Empty boxes offer hours of excitement. Children can decorate the moving boxes with colored markers or watercolor paints. With a little imagination, large boxes can be turned into castles, cars, or firehouses.

The Day of the Move: Moving day will be frantic no matter how well you’ve prepared. If at all possible, have someone watch your children at another location. Kids can get hurt or lost among piles of boxes and stacks of furniture. And having a rambunctious toddler on the loose is one thing you just don’t need when there’s an enormous moving van jockeying around your driveway.

Remember to set aside some key items that you and your children will need in the short term. Pack a separate bag for your shampoo, brushes, makeup and an extra change of clothes for yourself, along with pacifiers, bottles, and can’t-live-without toys for the kids. Even if you’re only moving across the street, hand-carrying these essentials to your new home will ensure that you won’t have to unpack endless boxes looking for a precious blanket.

When we blogged about moving with a cat it required a 2-part blog post to cover what to consider. Moving a dog is a much simpler job. Our first thought was, “What’s the big deal? Just put the dog in the back of the car and go.” Basically that is correct, but here are a few tips that may help reduce the stress for you and your dog.

Visit ~ If possible make a few visits to the new home. Let the dog explore all parts of the house and property.

Hire a Dog Sitter ~ Take the dog out of the chaos of movers and boxes and the trips in and out of the house.  This will reduce the anxiety of wondering what is happening.

Favorites ~ Before bringing into the new home have his blankets and favorite toys ready and waiting for him.

That’s about it…If you are looking for a few laughs check out this humorous dog moving story here.

How about you? Any dog moving stories to can share?

OK, you’ve moved to your new home; now what to do with the cat?

  • First, make sure you cat-proof the new house. Tuck away electrical cords, plug up nooks where a cat could get stuck, make sure that all windows have secure screens and confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house. Immediately take your cat to a room that will remain relatively quiet. Before opening the carrier, set up your cat’s food and water dishes, litter box and bed. Place some cat treats around the room to encourage your cat to explore.
  • Keep your cat in this “home-base” room for his first several days in the new house. This will allow him to gradually get used to the sights, sounds and smells of his new home without feeling overwhelmed. Keeping your cat in one room will also make it easy for him to find his litter box, food and water.
  • Spend time with your cat in his home-base room, at first doing low-key activities like reading or watching TV. When he begins to explore, offer your cat attention, treats and playtime.
  • When the flurry of unpacking is over, gradually give your cat access to the rest of the house, one room at a time. If it’s not possible to close doors to limit his access, closely supervise your cat during short exploration sessions.
  • Provide a second litter box where you’ll want to keep one permanently. Keep the box available in the home-base room for at least a few weeks. Once your cat has settled in, you can remove that box. Alternatively, you can keep the home-base litter box but gradually transfer it to a preferable location.

A major worry when moving with a cat is what will happen when they first venture outside their new home. There are never any guarantees that a cat will not decide to try and find his way back home, but you can reduce this happening:

  • Try and keep your cat inside for the first three weeks. This is not always possible and some cats adjust to their new surroundings much quicker than others. Only you as its owner will recognize if your cat is relaxed enough in the new home to allow them to go outside for the first time.
  • Let them out just before meal times, and then you can call them back with their favorite food.
  • Go outside with your cat and stay with them for a while. This will help your cat feel secure. If your cat doesn’t want to follow you out, do not force them to go.
  • Leave the door open so that your cat can return to the house when they want to. It might be a bit scary out there at first.
  • Keep the first few times they go out short. This will build up the bond to the new home.

Always make sure your cat is wearing a tag on its collar with your name and phone number. Check the rules in your new city regarding whether your cat needs to have a license and/or rabies vaccination and whether they must wear those tags on their collar. You may wish to look into a microchip for kitty as well.

How about our readers? Any tips for moving a cat to a new home? Have a great photo of your cat moving?

Again, thanks to WEBMD/Pets for the great cat tips!