5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat or Dog

If you’re moving with furry pets, you might be a little anxious about relocating them. They’re probably a little anxious too! After all, with children at least you can explain what’s happening and answer their questions. That’s probably not an option with your dog.

So, what can you do to make your move comfortable and stress-free for your pet… and for you? We’ve got a few tips you can try to keep your little guys happy.

VITAL ERRANDS

A lot of our tips are for pets that are unusually nervous or sensitive—you’ll know if your pet needs that kind of attention. But here are a couple of tasks you should take care of for any pets whenever you move.

1.Medicine and Records

Chances are your move will mean you’ll be visiting a new vet. Before you move, make sure to get a copy of his medical records, especially immunization shots, from your old vet.

While you’re there, it’s a great time to take care of one last checkup before you get caught up in your move. This is also a good time to refill any prescriptions.

2. Microchip Registration

It’s very common these days for pets to have embedded microchips that make them easy to track or identify if they get lost. Take some time to update your address and contact information with your microchip service when you move to a new home.

This is cute, but it's not the right way to move a pet.
This is cute, but it’s not the right way to move a pet.

EXTRA ATTENTION

Those are the essentials. But if your pet needs some extra attention—for example, if she’s a rescue who might have some anxiety about changes—here are some tips that will help you keep your friend calm during the big event.

1. Stick to Routine

It can help a lot to keep up any routines you have with your pet, it can be very comforting when everything else is changing.

Two things can easily get in the way of this: First, you’ll be very busy with moving, so you’ll have to make sure you keep your schedule clear for the usual afternoon walk or play time. Second, you might be tempted to go a little overboard in making your pet feel better about the move, doing things like giving them unusual treats or privileges. Try to resist, as this is just one more thing that can make your pet feel overwhelmed by change.

2. Out of the Way, But Not Out of Sight

A rambunctious pet can be a distraction when you’re getting busy with the actual packing and shifting of boxes and furniture. You won’t want them underfoot.

But you don’t want to lock them away either. Keep your pet out of the way but let them keep an eye on you—for example, by using a safety gate to keep them in an already-emptied room. They can see what’s happening without feeling shut out, and you can take a break from moving every so often to check in and give them a rub. This also works for moving into your new home.

3. Save the Best for Last

As the house gets emptier, your pet may get more concerned. Leave them something to hold onto: Keep your pet’s toys and food bowls in place right until you leave, and then set them up as soon as you reach your new home.

It may take some time for things to get back to normal, but this way at least some things will stay the same.

 

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How to Choose a Reliable Local Moving Company

College Muscle Movers isn’t the only moving company in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. There are other well-established local moving companies, and there are always smaller operations starting up or shutting their doors.

We know you’ve got a lot of options to choose from, so we’d like to help you make the best decision. Here are a few tips for finding fair and reliable moving companies that you can trust—even when they’re not us.

1. Look for Membership in the AMSA and BBB

 

 

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The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) certifies professional movers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) promotes trustworthy business practices.

Any reputable moving company should be a member of both organizations. Otherwise, you should have serious questions about their reliability and quality of work.

Some fly-by-night movers—also known as ‘rogue movers’—have been known to use names very similar to established companies in order to trick customers. Confirming these certifications will help you avoid these traps.

2. Read Some Online Reviews

You might be used to using websites like Yelp to find restaurants, but it’s also a great place to find reviews of all kinds of services. We’re very proud of our four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp. It’s not easy to keep a rating that high across dozens of reviews, but that’s exactly the level of service you deserve.

Angie’s List and Google reviews can also be helpful.

When you’ve picked a few well-reviewed companies to choose from, that’s the time to start comparing prices—trying to save money by hiring two-star movers is likely to cause more problems than it’s worth.

3. Ask The Real Experts: Other Customers

Online reviews are a great convenience, but it’s worth getting some information straight from the source, especially if you’re considering a mover that doesn’t seem to have much of an online presence. If you have friends or co-workers who have some experience moving in the Twin Cities, they can probably tell you about several of your options.

Any reputable mover should also be happy to provide you with references from satisfied customers—this is especially helpful for business moves which can be large and complicated, and where trust and reliability are especially important. Ask if you can get contact information from other office managers who have used the mover.

4. Ask A Tough Question

If you’re still having trouble choosing, or if you just want to make sure you made the right choice, try asking a difficult question about some detail of your move.

If you have an especially large and awkward or delicate item that requires special attention, ask how the mover would handle it. If you get a thoughtful answer, that’s a great sign.

 

If you’ve looked at all your options and think the College Muscle Movers would be a good fit, get in touch with us at 1-800-818-8449, and we’ll be happy to help you move—or answer any difficult questions about moving that you have!

How to Move Books Easily and Safely

If you’ve got a home library, or even a decent-sized collection of books, you’ll find that they can be a real hassle to move. You may have a few treasured books that need some extra protection, but the real problem is weight—a box full of books is no fun to lift and carry.

We’ll try to help you deal with both of those challenges!

1. Lighten That Load

Like any part of the moving process, it’s important to get serious about what you don’t want to move.

Books are one of the best opportunities: They weigh a lot, they’re usually cheap to replace (even free if you don’t mind a visit to the library), it’s easy to figure out which ones you aren’t likely to read again, and there are a lot of opportunities to pass them on to somebody else who can use them.

You can donate extra books to Goodwill or Savers, and even sell more valuable items online at websites like Powell’s or BookScouter.

Plus, here in the Minneapolis area we also have plenty of Little Free Libraries around the city, so you can have some fun giving directly back to your community—just make sure not to pick up too many new books while you’re at it!

They're heavy with knowledge, but they're also heavy with weight. Image Credit: Flickr
They’re heavy with knowledge, but they’re also heavy with weight.
Image Credit: Flickr

2. Sort Before You Pack

Once you’ve got a big pile of the books you want to keep, it can help to sort them according to size. This well help a lot during the packing step.

3. Distribute the Weight

Now that you’ve got the books sorted, here’s the trick that will help you deal with that weight problem: Instead of putting all your books into the same boxes, look for extra spaces in other boxes and fill them with books.

A box holding holiday lights or DVDs won’t weigh much, so go ahead and fill half of the box with those items and the other half with books. Since you’ve sorted your books by size, it should be easy to find the right books to fill the right spaces.

Whether you’re splitting your books or putting them all in one heavy box, make sure the box is tough enough to handle the weight.

4. Extra Protection

If you do have especially valuable books, or just books you love so much you want to keep them in perfect condition, you can take some extra steps.

For hardcover books, you can load them into a box the same way you’d put them on a shelf: standing upright in a row. This will keep them stable, but don’t pack them too tightly. For more valuable books, it may be worth wrapping them in brown paper to avoid any scuffing.

For paperbacks, cut a piece of cardboard about the size of the book and place it against the back of the book. Then wrap the book and cardboard in bubble wrap. This will keep the book safe from scratches and prevent it from bending.

For any books, make sure to never pack them with the spines facing up, as this can cause the spines to bend and warp. Any extra spaces in boxes can be filled with crumpled paper to prevent the books from shifting—just don’t use newspaper, as the ink can rub off and damage the books.

 

Thanks for reading our tips, and if you need some help shifting those boxes, give the College Muscle Movers a call—we’ll take care of it, no matter how heavy those books are!