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6 Tips for Moving with Pets

Walkings Dogs in NYC

Moving houses is a stressful enough activity for most, so imagine what it must be like for your furry friends.

Consider that they will not have a clue what’s going on while you’re running around moving and packing things. This could leave them overwhelmed and stressed out. It is, therefore, always a good idea to consider your pet’s needs and do what you can to help make the transition to a new home smoother for them.

Here are some useful tips that can help your pets with the transition of moving to New York.

1. Pack Their Stuff Last

Seeing familiar items all over the house being removed from their proper places and packed can seem rather stressful for your pet. Lessen this stress by keeping their things (e.g., food and water bowls, favorite toys, beds, etc.) in their proper places and packing them at the very last minute. This way, they will still have their familiar “retreat” within reach in the days leading to the big move.

2. Keep Them Distracted

On moving day, keep your pets calm by keeping them in a quiet and less busy area of the house surrounded by the objects that comfort them. This could be in an empty bedroom, or even just a crate in a less busy corner. Being away from the frenzy of moving will not only help keep them calm, but also keep them out of the way. The last thing you want on top of all the activity is an excitable pet underfoot.

3. Act Like Their Chauffeur

Make sure to take your pet to the new house with you in your own vehicle. Letting your pet ride with unfamiliar people in the moving truck can cause more stress than is necessary. It will truly be a great comfort to your pet if you, their human, are within their presence.

If your pet is not accustomed to traveling (especially cats), it might also be a good idea to cover their carrier with a light blanket so they won’t be stressed out by the changing environment. Also, don’t feed your pet at least 4 hours before going on the road to prevent accidents caused by motion sickness. And if you’re going on a long drive, make sure to take lots of pit stops and allow your pet to stretch his/her legs and go to the potty.

4. First Impressions are Everything, Even for Pets

A rule of thumb when moving with pets is to move the house before you move the pet. So set up the new house as best as you can before introducing your furry family member to the new surroundings. If you’re only able to do up one room, that’s okay. Confine your pet to that area of the house (preferably in a crate and/or surrounded by familiar objects) while you work on setting up the rest of the house. You can then gradually introduce your pet to other areas of the house.

5. Find a New Vet

Dog in car

If you’re moving out of town, it is always a good idea to inform your vet and take your pet’s medical records with you. This is especially important if your pet requires special care. Your vet may even be able to recommend a new vet in your new area.

6. Update the Information on Your Pets’ Microchip

Lastly, make sure to update your pet’s tags and microchip with your new address and phone number. As stressful as moving might seem to you, know that it is likely doubly so for your pets. So make sure to consider their needs, as well. After all, they’re part of the family, too.

If all this moving planning and preparation is stressing you out, let us help you. Ask us for a moving quote.

Millenium Park in Chicago, Illinois

6 of the Best Local Moving Companies in Chicago

Chicago can be a difficult city to navigate. We know because we’re often helping our clients move from New York to Chicago or vice-versa, from Chicago to NYC.

Like in New York City, the average Chicago resident moves every few months or years, and moving in Chicago can be a challenge. Moving anywhere is stressful enough, but something about doing it in a big city seems to multiply the anxiety and hassle of moving.

If you’re looking for a way to make your life easier during your next Chicago move, perhaps look into hiring a professional moving company.

Here are six local Chicago moving companies that make our list:

MOOvers Chicago

MOOvers Chicago

Moovers Chicago is a family-owned moving company that offers residential and commercial moving services throughout Illinois. Their movers are trained and tested before they become part of the staff. They specialize in studios, houses and 1, 2, 3-bedroom apartments from buildings with and without elevators.

Windy City Movers

Windy City Movers - Local Chicago Moving Company
Windy City Movers is a family owned business that services the Chicago Metropolitan area and all over the state of Illinois. Husband and wife team Ed and Dawn started the business in their early 20’s in 1981 as a way to get into business and support their family, which included a newborn baby at the time. The business has grown since the early 80’s from a single truck to now having many that run in parallel.

The Windy City Movers team is a full-service company that handles moves from start to finish… estimates, packing materials, full or partial packing & unpacking, and transportation. They offer both residential and commercial moving services, as well as specialty services like moving pianos, antiques, and doing junk removal. They specifically specialize in helping senior citizens move into their new living arrangements.

Windy City Professionals

Windy City Professionals Moving Company

Windy City Professionals is a relocation assistance service offering everything from labor only moving to full service moving help. They offer moving services by the hourly rate with different inclusions that would fit your needs. You can get a free quote to assess which type of moving service you can get.

Blue Crates

Blue Crates plastic moving bins

Blue Crates provides their customers with reusable, plastic moving bins- an eco-friendly alternative to buying cardboard boxes. Their crates are reusable and cut down on the waste associated with cardboard boxes, not to mention the fact that they are a much stronger and easier to use alternative.

Blue Crates is convenient in that their packages are delivered directly to your door without the need for individuals to have to go source and build boxes. They like to say, “No Cardboard. No Tape. No Hassle.” Blue Crates offers a digital catalog making it super easy to keep track of all of the things you have packed for your move complete with pictures if you choose and digital descriptions of all of your things. They also offer complimentary storage after your move to help you get organized and move in at your own pace.

Move Within Movers

Move Within Movers: Local Chicago Moving Company

Move Within Movers is a locally owned and operated professional moving company located in Albany Park in Chicago, IL. The company, founded by Tom vonRentzell, opened its offices in Chicago in 2014.

MOVE WITHIN MOVERS Chicago, Inc. offers a lifetime of moving experience. Tom is a Third-Generation mover who comes from a family that has been in the moving industry since the early 1940’s, and Jacob has been in the industry for over 10 years. They are highly skilled moving specialists who have chosen to make a career in the industry. Their expertise and knowledge carries over to their employees, and it shows through in their work.

Dennis Jaburek Billiards

D Jaburek Pool Table Movers

Jaburek Billiards company specializes in moving pool tables in the greater Chicago metro area. They’re fully insured and guarantee satisfaction with all their work. They’ve got nothing but 5-star reviews on Yelp and have a nearly perfect rating on Google, also.

Who’d we miss? Know any other professional moving companies that deserve to be on this list?