The Ultimate Guide to Moving with Cats or Dogs

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You just received the phone call: the one from your realtor saying that your offer was accepted and you get to move into your new home. You feel elated and overjoyed at the news-so much so that your cat or dog peers into the room to see what caused the commotion. You look at your furry friend with pure excitement on your face.

However, your enthusiasm soon turns to stress. Not only do you have to prepare yourself, your home, and your belongings for the move, but you also have to get your pet ready for this transition.

Not sure how to manage moving with a pet? To alleviate some of your concern, we’ve provided you with six effective tips below so you can move with your pet in mind.

1. Take Your Pet for a Drive

If you don’t usually take trips with your cat or dog, then your pet might not adjust well to driving around in a car. To make your drive on moving day smoother, take a few preliminary trips with your pal. These short journeys introduce your pet to a car and let them get used to the sensations associated with driving around.

Remember to start slowly and only drive for a short distance. Over the next several days or weeks, gradually increase your speed and distance so your pet feels comfortable traveling in a vehicle.

If you have a cat or small dog, you should always place him or her inside a pet carrier before you drive. This carrier keeps your pet safe and reduces his or her risk for injury. If you have a larger dog, secure him or her with a seatbelt.

2. Call Your Current Vet and Find a New One

To keep your dog or cat healthy while you move, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. During this visit, make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Ask your vet to perform a routine checkup as well.

Since you’ll need a vet to care for your beloved animal after your move, ask your current vet if he or she knows of a reputable professional close to your new home. Or, talk with your soon-to-be neighbors or colleagues about dependable veterinarians in the area.

3. Pack a Pet-Friendly Overnight Bag

When you finally move into your new home, your animal pal needs a few comfort items-just like you do. As you pack up your pet’s toys, bed, food, and other belongings, set a few things aside in an overnight bag. Include items such as:

  • Toys
  • A blanket
  • Food and treats

Make sure to put these belongings in a duffle bag or small storage container, and pack it in your car or moving van last. Once you get to your new home, bring your pet’s overnight bag inside immediately and put it in his or her new sleeping area for convenient access.

4. Update Your Pet’s ID Tags

As you prepare to move, you know you need to update your mailing address. But did you know that you have to update your pet’s information as well? If your animal’s ID tags list your old home address or phone number, change them. You’ll want to use the most current information just in case your pet gets lost in your new neighborhood.

You can also talk to your vet about microchipping your cat or dog. Microchips contain an ID number and all of your contact information, and they are embedded under your pet’s skin. If your cherished animal accidentally gets outside and ends up at an animal shelter, this permanent ID system lets shelter coordinators easily get in touch with you.

5. Groom Your Pet Before the Move

You don’t want to leave your current home filled with cat or dog hair, and you definitely don’t want your pet’s fur to overrun your car and new abode. To reduce shedding, schedule an appointment with your preferred pet groomer. You can request various services, including:

  • Baths
  • Fur and nail trimming
  • Teeth brushing
  • Odor removal

Some groomers also offer additional bathing services and aromatherapy to calm your cat or dog. Be sure to ask these professionals which services they offer.

6. Separate Your Pet from Noise

Pets are incredibly sensitive to loud noises, high levels of commotion, and strangers. Before the movers start to pack up your moving truck, separate your cat or dog from the chaos. Call neighbors, friends, or family members and see if they can watch your pet for the day.

If you can’t find anyone to pet sit, put your cat or dog in a gated-off room or in your backyard. This separation reduces your pet’s anxiety, as well as his or her chances for getting out of the house.


As you and your pet prepare for your next move, keep these tips in mind. When moving day finally arrives, you won’t have to worry so much about your dog or cat adjusting to this big change.

5 Ways to Declutter Your Home Before Your Next Move

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You recently purchased a new home-either in your current city, across the state, or somewhere else in the country. You know that you have several things to take care of simultaneously. You must schedule a moving truck, pack your possessions, stock up on supplies, clean your current home and prepare your new one, and more.

As you look around your house, you realize that you’ve collected hundreds-if not thousands-of possessions over the last few years. You glance in each room and discover piles of clothing, books, papers, and other items. And everything seems cluttered.

You don’t want to take all of these items to your new home. In fact, you know that you probably should get rid of some of them before you move. Below, we’ll list five different ways you can clean out your home as you prepare for your next move.

  1. Determine each item’s usefulness.

Stand in a room of your choice. Look around you. To declutter your home, follow one of these methods.

Method One

Grab a notebook and a pen. Or, if you prefer, pull out your laptop and open up a new Word document. Start in the upper left-hand corner of your room. Write or type down each item you see, and determine its usefulness. Do you use the item often? Does it serve a specific purpose? Add the item’s value next to its name on your list. Continue throughout the room, in a clockwise motion, until you catalogue every object.

For example, if you find a book that defines mechanical engineering terminology, write down the book’s title on your list. If you don’t use this tome in your profession, write “don’t use” next to the book’s name. However, if you read this book at least three times a year to refresh yourself on terms and definitions, then write down “important” or “vital.”

Method Two

Set aside a few hours one Saturday and take your family members with you into each room. Designate a gatherer, and have him or her pick up objects and ask everyone how often they use them. If no one does, then you can safely discard the object before you move. In contrast, if your family uses an item regularly, hold onto it.

You should repeat this method room by room to better manage the clutter. You can also group items together to speed up the process. For instance, as you look in your bedroom, you can classify your bed, dresser, chairs, and other similar items as furniture. And since you need to use your furniture every day, it has a high value.

  1. Donate unused items to a secondhand store.

With items that you don’t want to keep or toss out, you can donate them to a used or secondhand store, such as Goodwill. However, you should only donate items that appear in good condition. Individuals who shop at these locations don’t want to buy tattered jeans, broken toys, or torn books.

Additionally, most secondhand stores will give you a donation receipt that you can present as proof of a charitable donation. So this option also allows you to make a little extra money on your tax return.

  1. Ask your friends and neighbors for help.

If you don’t want to donate your unused possessions to a secondhand store, then ask your friends, neighbors, and other people in your community to have a look. Simply gather all of your unwanted items together in one location, and then have these individuals come visit you during a specified time.

You can make this a first-come-first-served event, which means that people will visit you and take what they want from this collection. After all of these items find new homes, let everyone know that the event has ended. And remember to thank your friends for taking these items for you.

  1. Hold a garage or yard sale.

If you’d prefer to sell your items, then organize a garage sale. Or, if the weather permits, try a yard sale. You can set prices on your unwanted items, and you control how long this sale lasts. Have your family members make signs and place them down the street from your home. You can also post an ad in your local newspaper.

If this option doesn’t appeal to you, you can always take clothing and accessories to Plato’s Closet or similar consignment stores.

  1. Invest in a paper shredder.

Dispose of old school papers, notes, scraps, bills, and receipts with a paper shredder. If you don’t use these documents on a regular basis, then you shouldn’t take them to your new home. Paper shredders allow you to dispose of these documents safely, so you don’t have to worry about what will happen should someone rummage through your garbage.


As you prepare for your next move, implement the tips listed above. You’ll reduce the clutter in your current home and increase the storage space in your new one. And don’t forget to visit our blog again. We’ll post more mover-friendly tips that you can use in the future.

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