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Moving with pets in the summer – The arrival

You’ve just arrived at your new home, but your pets will be confused about the new surroundings.

It might be best to find a nearby kennel of friend to hold onto your pets while you move in. If you’re moving in the summer the house will likely be the same temperature as the outdoor weather when you first move in, and the front door and any yard gates will be wide open for hours at a time.

Wait until the moving vehicles are unloaded before bringing your pets inside. Until then, make sure they are in a comfortable place and have plenty of water.

Don’t forget to update your address and any other information on pet ID tags and microchips your pets wear. It’s also a good idea to take good identifying photos of your pets on your phone so if they do get loose you have images of them handy.

As stressful as moving can be, it’s also exciting and refreshing in many ways. A little preparation and strategic actions can make the difference between starting on a sour note and a happy one.

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Moving with pets in the summer (Part 2)

Moving with pets on moving day can be a chaotic activity. The house is being taken apart piece by piece, the front door is propped open for a long stretch of time and people are coming in and out all day.

Now imagine a few loose, agitated animals thrown into the mix. It’s not pretty.
Pets need to be kept out of the way for their safety and your sanity. Placing them with a friend or a kennel for a few days is your best option, as they’ll be happy, fed and prevented from running out the door.

If that’s not an option, you could close them in an already empty room and place a sign on the door that reads “Do not open – pets inside!”

If you’re planning to bring a few items in a vehicle with you make sure you put the pet carriers in first so they are level and air and light can get inside. Load the carriers empty because you don’t want to leave pets in a hot car.

The move itself will be a dramatic change for the pet’s routine, so start making tiny changes each day as you lead up to moving day. Move the cat’s food dish to a new location. Switch up the route or time when you walk your dog. This will your pets get used to some level of change ahead of time.

Moving day is stressful enough. These steps can reduce the stress your pets feel and put them in a better mood to accept their new surroundings.

Moving with pets in the summer

Moving with pets during the summer brings a lot of challenges.

Moving with pets is challenging and so is moving in summer in general is challenging when there is a high demand for moving companies, scorching temperatures that can melt some items during the trip and new homes take a long time to get down to a comfortable temperature.

If that wasn’t enough, being a pet owner brings its own challenges. Pets tend to be creatures of habit and thrive on routine. They may be scared of the sudden changes, but some advanced planning and effort can help minimize those problems.

Once you decide to move, select a pet carrier. If you don’t have one large enough for your pet to lie down in with food and water you will need to purchase a new one.

Give Fido or Mittens some quality time in the pet carrier at home before you move. Make sure the bottom is padded sufficiently for comfort so your pet will be able to sleep inside it a few weeks before your move. Place toys and pet treats inside as well.

The idea is to give your pet positive associations with the carrier. Hopefully a few weeks of these experiences will make the long journey less stressful for you and your pet.

Moving Tip Monday: Save Your Back

Save your back, hire a moving company to help you move.  Whether it’s just some of the heavier, large furniture pieces or everything you plan to move, Ayer Moving and Storage can help you with your move.  We are available for cross country and international moves as well.

Moving Tip Monday: Save Your Back

Save your back, hire a moving company when you’re moving to Central MA, Fort Devens, Pepperell Dunstable, Concord

Moving Tip Monday: Self Moving Tips

From Movinggal.com:
Moving heavy items while relocating to another place can take a toll on your back. The best way to avoid back injury while on the move is to utilize legs for lifting items instead of your back. Squat down, grasp the item and pick it up placing weight on your legs instead of your back. By exerting pressure on leg muscles you will be able to avoid back injury. You can simplify the process of lifting boxes by distributing weight of boxes evenly. This can be done by packing items in various boxes, instead of loading all items in one single box.

Moving Tip Monday: Self Moving Tips

Moving Tip Monday: Donate Used Home Goods

When you are you starting your move, you may find that some of your home goods will need to be moved on.  Perhaps they are only gently used and still work.  If so, consider donating furniture, appliances, extra construction supplies (such as tiles, shingles, windows, etc) and home goods like decor to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  We recommend our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for North Central MA.  If your items can’t fit into your car, give them a call, they can usually arrange to pick up the items.  Even better, pick up a receipt from them so you can write off your donations on your taxes.

Moving Tip Monday: Donate Used Home Goods

Donate gently used furniture and home goods to Habitat for Humanity

 

Moving Tip Monday: Get Packing Help

Moving Tip Monday: Get Packing Help

Moving and Packing Tips, Moving Companies near Concord, MA, Littleton MA, Acton MA, Westford MA.

Include your friends and family to make packing easy for you.  Throw a packing party.  Supply them with food, drinks and music while you all work together to pack up all your small items, clothes and more!

Moving Tip Monday: Valuables and Jewelry

When moving, keep your valuables, such as jewelry, cash, and collectibles with you.  Make sure they are secured in your new home immediately upon moving.  Thieves often target moving trucks and packed cars for these valuable items so don’t let them out of your sight!

Moving Tip Monday: Valuables and Jewelry

Moving Tip Monday: Smoke Detectors

When you move in to your new place, one of the first things you should do is check that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work.  Replace batteries right away so you won’t have to worry about protecting your new property and anyone inside.

Moving Tip Monday: Smoke Detectors

Moving Tip Monday: Service Your Car

Before moving, you should consider getting your car serviced and tuned up one week prior to the date of your move.  Even if you’re moving a shorter distance, your car will likely be driven quite a bit and may be loaded up.  Plus after your move to your new location, you’ll likely have a lot errands to run to change your address, stock your cabinets and purchase other supplies.  In addition, it may take some time for you to find a new mechanic so it’s one less thing to worry about once you move.

Get a tune up, oil change, top off all fluids and make sure your tires are full and in good condition.  There is nothing worse than packing up your car and breaking down on the way to a new home.