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Moving With Your Pet

Moving home can be one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever have to tackle. But in the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and moving trucks, you might not realise how stressed your pets feels too. Read on for ways to make the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friends.

Choosing a New Neighbourhood, House or Flat

Before you pick out your dream home, make sure your pet will love it just as much as you do. It’s a good idea to walk around the neighbourhood to determine whether the area seems safe for your pets. Be on the lookout for neighbourhood dogs that seem aggressive or are left unattended.

When it comes to square footage needs, cats and dogs differ
  • For your feline friends, ensure your potential new space allows for plenty of room to build vertically—it’s easy to create a lot of vertical space with shelving, such as kitty blocks on top of furniture.
  • Consider your dog’s needs on a case-by-case basis. Older dogs, puppies and dogs with house training issues will need to go outside often, which might be difficult in an apartment building with lots of stairs or a house without a yard.

Packing Up Your Home

Cats aren’t big fans of change. You can help your cats (and skittish dogs) adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early, and by keeping your furry friends in a familiar room you plan to pack up last. On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room with the door shut, or at a friend’s house. This will ensure that your cat or dog won’t get scared and try to make a quick getaway while the movers load up the truck. During the moving process, try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.

Planning Your Road Trip

Many pets haven’t spent much time in crates or cars. In the weeks or months leading up to the big trip:

  • Prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. First, place their food inside an open crate, and eventually have them eat their meals in the crate with the door shut.
  • Try carrying your pets around the house in the crate or taking a short drive.
  • You can help your pets develop a positive association with the crate by providing treats and playtime at the conclusion of crate time.

Taking these steps will make moving day a lot more comfortable for you and your furry friends.

Pet-Proofing Your New Home

It is a good idea to pet-proof your new home. Tuck away electrical cords, plug up nooks where your pet could get stuck, make sure that all windows have secure screens, remove any poisonous houseplants and confirm that no pest-control poison traps have been left anywhere in the house.

Settling In

When you arrive at your new home at the end of your long journey, it will be tempting to set your dog or cat loose in the house to explore. However, a new and unfamiliar space can be overwhelming to your pets.

  • Start by allowing them to adjust to one room—their “home base”—which should include their favorite toys, treats, water and food bowls and litter box for cats.
  • When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut.
  • You can relocate your cat’s litter box from the “home base” room to a more permanent location by moving it slowly over time. Try moving the litter box one foot forward each day.

With patience, your cat or dog will be king or queen of your new home in no time.

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    That being said, we do understand that sometimes customers accidently underestimate the amount of time they need to move, therefore if you go over your booked time, we will charge the standard rate for the first half hour but after that every additional half hour will have a 25% surcharge on top.

    For customers that are way off with their estimations there may be circumstances where we must finish the job off on another day or time when we have availability. As we may have another customer to move after you and we cannot continuously postpone them.
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    Large Transit:
    Length: 3.5m (Internally), 6.0m (Externally)
    Height: 1.9m (Internally), 2.55m (Externally)
    Width: 1.6m (Internally), 1.8m (Externally)

    Luton Van:
    Length: 4.0m (Internally), 6.7m (Externally)
    Height: 2.2m (Internally), 3.3m (Externally)
    Width: 2.0m (Internally), 2.0m (Externally)
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    We will not park anywhere that we may get a ticket unless you pay for the cost of this ticket in advance. We charge this at £80 which is non-refundable whether we get the ticket or not. The reason for this is because we sometimes have circumstances where we do not get the ticket until several months after the date of contravention and therefore cannot put a timeline on when we know if we got a ticket or not.
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