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Moving Companies: Are They Worth It?

Moving your home or office is a hassle.

There’s no getting around it. Packing your belongings into a few small boxes and lugging it across town really mess up your daily schedule.

One of the first questions many people ask when faced with this is: “Is a moving company really worth it?”

The short answer? “Yes!”

For the long answer, get ready to discover three reasons why moving companies are worth every cent, with LB Moving Group.

Moving Companies: Time To Get Moving

If there’s any reason people choose not to use moving companies, it’s that they think it’s too expensive. Perhaps they think they will save money by handling the physical labor themselves, or bringing in some friends and paying them in pizza.

But money isn’t really the only factor at play here, is it?

Consider some of the following advantages, all of which come with hiring a moving company to handle your move for you:

  • Experience

    When it comes to moving, it can be easy to think: “What’s the big deal? You just pick up a box over here, move over there with it, and put it back down.”

    The truth is, though, that there’s actually a lot more to it, and movers have seen it all. They know precisely how to handle, shift, place, and replace your boxes and bags into the truck and into your new home. They wrap furniture, place boxes in order from heaviest to lightest, and unpack at your new location, all so you don’t have to.
  • Efficiency

    Professional moving teams work with the know-how of their experience. Most of them can empty out your home or office quicker than you could on your best day, and their results are guaranteed to be high-quality and reliable.
  • Equipment

    Unless you work in the moving industry, you’re not likely to just have the assortment of dollies, lifting straps, and other professional moving equipment you need for this project. Professional movers make a big part of their work ensuring they have a robust set of tools for tackling any sized job.

Do The Job Right, With Professional Moving Companies

There’s an old saying: if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. While this might be true of many things, the reality is, moving is something you want handled by a professional. And if you’re not a mover by trade, that title usually applies to someone else.

Besides, you’ve got other things to worry about.

Get in touch with us, LB Moving Group, and get your home or office moved easily and reliably today!

 

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Three Tips For Moving In Together

If there’s a moment in any relationship where you both have to hold your breath and take the plunge, moving in together is often it. It’s a big step, with a lot of meaning behind it (for some people, at least).

Your moving day, especially, can be a huge mix of excitement and nervous anxiety, as you begin your journey together. Of course, if too much goes wrong, it can change into something negative.

Today, we’ll be taking at three great tips you can use to keep your moving day organized and stress-free.

Throw Out What You Don’t Need

Clutter in a new home can get frustrating quicker than you might expect. When you’re packing to move in with your significant other, make sure to touch base with them on what items you both have.

Two spaghetti spoons? One more lazy boy between the two of you than you’ll actually need? Maybe even an old second car that won’t fit in your new garage. It might sound wasteful, but if you can clear room in your new home, you’ll be happier.

Make it simple. Walk from room to room with your partner and toss out or mark anything you haven’t used in the last six months. This is usually a good sign you won’t need them again at some point in the future.

Combine Your Belongings

Moving in together is about bringing your two homes together. There are going to be rooms with more of your stuff and rooms with more of theirs. What’s important, though, is planning your layouts ahead of time.

Decide what your home needs and who of the two of you has the better versions of that thing. Then, take a layout of each room and discuss areas where you might want to put your belongings or theirs.

Anything you don’t use, throw out, sell, or donate.

Be Fair About Expenses

Any moving day is going to come with its own share of costs, both planned and unexpected. Before the big day, sit down and come to an agreement on how you’ll handle the move.

Are you going to pay for professional movers, or try for a rented truck, some friends, and DIY approach? Do you have enough boxes and packing supplies, and do you have a plan to get more if you don’t?

With a plan in place, decide on a date and start preparing. The better prepared you are when the day comes, the lower your costs are likely to be. And what you do spend, decide ahead of time on a plan to split or cover the costs in some way that agrees with both of you.

Moving In Together: Do It The Right Way

Moving days are stressful. Moving days where you and your partner are taking that big first step can be even more so.

For someone to handle the moving part of moving in together, get in touch with LB Moving Group, today!

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Wardrobe Moving: Three Tips For Your Next Move

Wardrobe Moving: Learn To Do It Right

Of all the things we keep in our homes, the most popular by far is clothing (sorry, pets). Wardrobes full of it, for all seasons and in every style. And that’s per person in your household.

Which raises some interesting issues when it comes time to move houses.

Join us, LB Moving Group, as we break down three wardrobe moving tips that are sure to take the sting out of your next move.

Wardrobe Boxes

By far the easiest way to transport your wardrobe during a move is to recreate your wardrobe in a box.

Impossible, you say? Not with wardrobe boxes! These specially designed cardboard boxes are engineered to work exactly like a small closet space. They are portable and give you ample space in which to fit your clothing. They feature hanging space and come fitted with metal hanger bars. With these in place, you can easily store your clothes during transit, and the stiff corrugated cardboard around them helps to protect them while they’re on the road.

Vacuum Seal Bags

Of course, you can always go the other way and transport your clothing in as confined a space as possible. While this might not sound pleasant, vacuum seal bags make for water-tight, durable clothing storage during a move, and are made for reuse.

Each bag, typically, will prevent dust, moisture, dirt, and moths from damaging your precious clothing. What’s more, they can be used after your move for keeping your seasonal outfits in storage. As a final note, these are also usually extremely affordable, ranging from $15 to $40 for a pack of multiple bags.

Trash Bags (No, Seriously)

Trying to save a little money during your move is fairly common and certainly nothing to sniff at. One of the most effective ways you can cut costs when transporting your clothes is to hang them inside of large trash bags.

This might not sound entirely glamorous, but they perform the basic duties of a waterproof container and, really, that’s all you need at the end of the day. Try to aim for drawstring bags, then bundle your hangers and clothes together and lower the hanging clothes into the trash bag with the hangers at the open end. Tighten your drawstrings around these hanger hooks, securing them outside of the bag with a firm knot.

This is a practical solution that is sure to help during your next big move.

For professional moving coordination services in your area, get in touch with LB moving, today!

Moving With Pets: A Five Point Cheat Sheet

Moving with pets is never simple. It’s one of those plain and simple facts. All the movement can be extremely disorienting, and it’s nearly impossible for them to understand all of this chaos isn’t a sign of danger.

You have to know how to work with them so you don’t traumatize or lose them, and also so they don’t put a huge hold on your efficiency.

Most of all, though, you need to know they’re going to get through this and move in without any major drama. Not to worry! Today, we’ve brought you five great tips for moving with pets safely, soundly, and without any major holdups to your actual move.

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Talk to Your Vet (Don’t Put It Off)

Every animal is different. A dog you’ve owned for years in the same house could turn into a completely different animal when faced with a fourteen-hour car ride. A completely mellow cat might learn violence very quickly in the backseat of your car.

You’ve got to talk to your vet before you leave. These medically trained professionals have years of experience dealing with exactly this kind of issue. They’ll be able to recommend relaxation techniques for moving with pets, to put your dog or cat at ease during transit.

And if that fails, they’ll be able to prescribe a safe sedative for your animal’s specific size and breed.

While you’re there, also be sure to ask about getting a tracking chip installed. Then, as a final move, start researching vets in your new neighborhood.

Find a New Vet

Make sure to find a new vet in your new area well ahead of moving day.

If you ask your current vet, they may actually be able to make recommendations based on colleagues of theirs in your new neighborhood.

Try to set up an appointment as soon as you move in. This will help you get established, and also get your pet in front of a professional soon after the drive, so you know if anything is amiss.

With your introductions made, you’ll be ready to bring your animal in, in the event of an emergency.

New Tags

If you’ve already gotten your animal chipped, you’re on the right road to safeguarding them against getting lost after your move. The next step you’ll want to take is simpler but just as important.

Replace their pet tags with ones that feature your new address. Many pet owners put this off because it seems tedious, but the truth is if someone finds your pet out in the street, that’s the first thing they’ll look for.

Take some time out of your day and get new tags made up. It’ll put your mind at ease when the day comes your pet does get out.

Get a Pet Sitter For The Moving Day

Moving days can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. There are piles of boxes, all filled with different weights’ worth of items, both precious and ordinary. Strangers you’re likely meeting for the first time are moving things back and forth and asking you where they go.

It can be a little chaotic. Now, introduce an energized or irritated dog or cat into the mix, and watch the sparks fly.

Find a friend you trust and who your pet knows to take care of them on your moving day. This will result in fewer grey hairs for you and, honestly, less stress for your pet.

Travel With Your Pet

Finally, when you’re all packed up and ready to go, make sure you travel with your pet to your new home. Try to keep in mind, they have no concept of what is happening around them. All they know is everything in their house is disappearing and, suddenly, they live somewhere new.

Pick them up from whoever took care of them, and drive them down to your new home yourself. They’ll adjust easier to the car and their scary new home will have the benefit of featuring you in it, from the moment you arrive.

Moving With Pets: One Step In Front Of The Other

When it comes to moving with pets, it can be easy to think of them as little tornadoes that are impossible to predict or control. The truth is, though, that with a little preparation and a lot of good advice, you can have your pets move-ready in no time.

Hopefully, you’ve found that advice here with us today.

Looking for more specific advice? Check out some of our other awesome moving blogs, and get a leg up on your next move, today!

Three Great Tips For Moving Into A Smaller Space

As families grow and jobs spread out across the country, more people have begun the process of moving into a smaller space. It’s a pretty smart move, most of the time: maintenance costs go down, rent and mortgages are much lower, and you’re forced to reconsider the way you live.

Join us, today, as we unpack three great tips for moving into a smaller space, and get on top of your next big (little) move.

Change Your Perspective

Downsizing can be tough if you felt forced into it. People move into smaller spaces for any number of reasons all the time, though, and it’s important to remember it’s what you make of it.

Shift your focus to the positives that come with a smaller home (and don’t be ironic about them). The upkeep’s guaranteed to be easier, as you can sweep and pick up in your living space from end to end in less time than a larger home.

With that easier upkeep comes less chance for things to go wrong and break, as well. Maintenance costs statistically go down in a smaller home.

There’s less onus on you to host when there’s an event, and when you do end up hosting, the cleanup process will be (as we’ve mentioned) easier. The benefits of a smaller space in a better-connected area are numerous, and can really help to turn your move around.

Begin A Great Purge

Nothing in life feels better than the relief of getting rid of a bunch of unnecessary stuff that’s been cluttering up your home.

Seriously – nothing.

Make a list of all the possessions in your home you absolutely couldn’t live without. Then ask yourself “Is there a real reason I feel this way, or have I just gotten used to these items?”

Whatever you can’t justify, and whatever didn’t make the list in the first place, get rid of. Remember, replaceable items are replaceable. Non-replaceable items are sometimes meant to get used up. Whittle down your options and you’ll make your move so much easier.

Fake-Emergency Items

As a subsection of this point, we thought we’d bring up those “one day” items we all have in our homes. You know, the remote control manual for the remote you lost five years ago, or the spare lint tray for a dryer you don’t even own anymore.

In large homes with a lot of storage space, these things have a way of accumulating. It’s easy to be a hoarder. Moving into a smaller space, however, it’s important to change this mindset. When space is at a premium, you’ve got to keep what’s useful and ditch the rest.

Make peace with this idea: one day, you might actually need that thing you threw out during your move. But the cost of going out to buy it is less than the hassle of having a small apartment, flooded with tape dispensers, half erasers and old binder clips.

Form New Habits

Our last point today is probably the most difficult to follow through on. It’s also the most useful if you can get it right.

Get into new habits. If you leave doors open, those doors might get in the way in your new apartment, so make a habit out of closing them, instead. Playing your electric guitar loudly in the early hours of the morning might not work for your neighbors, but a pair of headphones will fix that.

Remember: this is your new life. Whatever habits you can get into that make it easier are really just helping yourself.

Moving Into A Smaller Space: It’s What You Make It

Ultimately, any move can go well if you plan properly for it. When it comes to moving into a smaller space, keep in mind this is an opportunity to move smarter and adjust the way you live.

It’s an exciting opportunity. For more on how you can transform your next big move, check out some of our other exclusive blog content, today!

Four Fantastic Office Moving Tips

On the LB Moving Group blog, we write a lot of blogs about how to move your house more effectively. Why you should let professionals pack your house up instead of doing it yourself. Labeling boxes so you know where to put them in your house. But what about office moving tips?

In the grander scheme of things, businesses across America move premises almost as often as most families. And when they do, they’ve got to find movers, just like anybody else.

Join us, today, as we discuss four professional office moving tips to make changing your place of business easier.

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Start Six Months Early

This is more of a tip for finding a new property to work from than moving more easily, but it’s so important you can just call it a freebie from us.

Start searching office leases at least six months out from when you want to move in. Unlike houses and apartments, office properties can actually be quite difficult to get set up properly in a short time. Everything from installing the Internet and phone lines to moving in furniture can take weeks and months to carry out.

You’d be surprised how many hold ups moving into an office can bring. Look for leases six months ahead of the big day, and get your moving, installations and renovations out of the way early.

Figure Out What You Want To Keep

Much like when you move houses, a relocation is a great chance to clear out some of the clutter of your old life. Look into new furniture and all the other trappings you’ll need to make your new space your own, but also consider cutting down.

Throw out items that don’t match your new space or decor. Sure, you could try to find ways to incorporate them, or you could leave the space open and minimalize your new look. Remember, space is a resource in your new location – the more you have of it, the greater your potential is. Fill up spaces with items and furniture that make sense, and don’t rush to do too much.

Get Moving Estimates Early  

Every move is unique and it’s hard to say that one way of doing it is better than another, when a move could be good or bad depending on the context.

But we can safely say that if you’re waiting until the last minute to get estimates for your move, you’re making a mistake. This is your business. You need to make sure you’re bringing in a licensed professional with a ton of great reviews and years of experience to their name. There are a lot of extra logistics to consider when it comes to business over residential moves.

Try to get estimates at least two months ahead of the move date. Meet with your prospective mover to see what they expect, time and payment-wise. Never assume it’s “just going to be a simple move” – make someone tell you how simple it’s actually going to be.

Make A Checklist

In moving as in life, a good checklist can save your life.

  • Check utilities companies, service providers, and moving companies for availability.
  • Arrange with these companies ahead of time, and be ready to wait on hold for best results.
  • Create a timeline for your renovation work. If you have firm dates by which each step needs to be done, you’ll know when you fall behind.
  • Reserve elevators and building access with the property manager.

Office Moving Tips

Ultimately, any move you plan for is going to go better than a move you leave for the day to figure out. If you do your research, call your movers and building manager, and keep a level head, you’ll be able to move your business, no sweat.

Interested in more great office moving tips? Just looking for someone to move your office? Check out our other great blog pieces, or get in touch with us today, and move your home, office, school, or other space the right way,

The Perfect Superhero Moving Team

With the recent success of movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, today we thought it would be fun to bring you our top picks for a superhero moving team.

 

Because, when it comes to moving your personal belongings, you need more than just a great moving company. You need a supergroup that knows what they’re doing and is going to get the job done.

 

So join us, today, and get ready to meet your superhero moving team: the Relocators.

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Five Superheroes You Want Moving Your House

 

Alright, before we start off this list, a few ground rules.

 

All members of the team have to fulfill the basic requirements of any moving team, without exception. They have to be able to fit inside of a moving van, without being so heavy the car doesn’t grind against the ground as you drive. They have to seem like they’d like to receive pizza in part for their payment. And they have to seem like they’d actually want to help you move.

 

These are all important factors. And with that in mind, let’s introduce you to your moving team:

 

Mr. Fantastic

 

Reed Richards is a scientist, space explorer, inventor, genius and your best friend when it comes to moving house. This is owing to his ability to stretch his limbs to incredible lengths. His ability to distend his body to a maximum length of 1,500 feet before it becomes painful means he’ll have no trouble whatsoever helping you stack and move boxes safely.

 

Scarlet Witch

 

Probability manipulation and reality warping powers might seem wasted on a simple house moving job, but you’d be surprised how handy Scarlet Witch can be with a TV wall unit. Got a couch that won’t fit through a doorway? A wave of her hands, and it’s done. Broke your favorite mug in a dropped box? If Scarlet Witch can rewrite reality to make it so mutants never existed, she can fix a “World’s Best Dad” mug. Awesome!

 

Spider-Man

 

At this point, we’re going to have to admit a little bias. This list was going to have Spider-Man on it even if we had to force him in there, we just love him that much. That being said, doesn’t the wall-crawler seem like he could web a cardboard box closed from a mile away? Give him a wall to stick to and a box three times his size to move, and watch Queens, New York’s favorite superhero cut your workload in half.

 

Hank Pym

 

If we’re being honest, genius scientist and resident “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” guy Hank Pym could easily replace your entire moving crew on his own. With state of the art technology, the original Ant Man’s ability to shrink items of huge sizes down to pocket-sized means you could just throw your living room set in your backpack and hope in the truck.

 

Rick Jones

 

Alright, so Rick Jones, the Incredible Hulk’s original sidekick isn’t exactly a superhero in the traditional sense of the word. But think about that: he’s a regular human who, in the course of Marvel’s history, has been a sidekick to Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, both Captain Marvels, and R.O.M. the Spaceknight. In other words, a laundry list of some of Marvel’s most powerful superheroes. Rick, meanwhile has no specific powers of which to speak (yes, barring some of the hand-to-hand combat, hacking, and technology nonsense he got in later years). He’s a regular guy.

 

Which means he’s dedicated. Whatever he sets his mind to, he’s going to finish.

 

Rick Jones, more than anybody, will be there, bright and early on moving day to help you. And that’s worth all the stretchy arms, super strength, flight, invisibility and super speed in the world.

 

And there you have it: the Relocators. The only superhero moving team you need to call. Looking for more articles on moving? Check out some of our other fantastic blog pieces, and get in touch with us today to find out about our services.

Moving: When (And Why) To Hire A Professional

Got a big move coming up, and wondering if it’s even worth it to hire a professional?

If you have to ask, it almost always is. Professional moving services help speed up moves, create an efficient environment, and take the workload off of you.

Join us, today, as we discuss three great reasons to hire a professional moving service.

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Hefty Moves

The simple answer to this question is: if you’ve got a move coming up and you know your furniture is too heavy, hire a professional.

We tend to get tied up in our own pride when it comes to moving house. “Oh, yeah, I sit on this couch every day, how heavy can it be?” The truth is, a lot of stuff in an average house could throw out your back if handled wrong. Or break your baby toe if you dropped it on your foot. Or just leave you exhausted and sweaty.

You catch our drift. If it could be too much work to do on your own, it probably will be.

Renovations

If you’ve got a big renovation or paint job coming up, something you may not have considered where you’ll actually put all of your furniture. Sure, maybe you can cover up some of the less important stuff with cling film and trash bags on the day your paint crew rolls through your home, but what if someone spills some?

Find a location to store your furniture and cut out the middleman. With a crew of professionals to help you out, you could have your rooms cleared out on the day, and all your furniture back the very next day.

This works as well for redesigns and renovations, each of which can be a messy nightmare of woodchips, dust bunnies, varnish and dust particles. Best, in each of these cases, to have your furniture as far away as possible. And where there’s furniture to be moved, there’s always a chance to benefit from the services of a professional.

Storage Moves

Our last point is common enough that thousands of people do it every day, but many never consider that they might need this service until they’re right in the thick of it.

We’re talking about storage moves, of course. Putting your couch, dresser, or desk into storage is a sound move if your house is getting too full. But moving the items themselves can be tricky, especially when these items are almost always put into storage because they’re large, clunky, and difficult to move around your house.

Hire a professional to help you move your belongings somewhere more convenient without straining yourself.

For more on moving services, contact us or check out another one of our fantastic blog pieces, today!

“Moving Solo”: Three Steps To Moving On Your Own

Like snowflakes, no two moves are ever the same.
Large families may have more physical objects to pick up and move around, but they can also spread their labor across more people. This means less work and, often, a more efficient move overall.

When you’re on your own, the process might seem simpler, but can actually be a lot more daunting. After all, everything comes down to you.

Not to worry, though – while you may have to put in more advance work, moving solo doesn’t have to be some monstrous chore. With the following three awesome moving tips, you’ll be able to move with the strength of ten regular movers!

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Leave Something To The Professionals

The first thing to keep in mind ahead of your move is that, even if you only have a few items, a moving service is almost always an option. Give your belongings a close inspection and ask yourself, “Are there few enough things here to where moving them in my car wouldn’t be a nightmare?”

If you can’t honestly and easily say yes, you should get a professional in to handle at least some of the work for you. Moving services connect you with knowledgeable professionals to handle a lot of the work on moving day. With this kind of service in place, you can simply supervise the move, instead of being locked into physically carrying boxes and furniture all day.

Working with movers, you can focus on the things that matter: your new home and getting set up, instead of boring physical labor.

Packers Are An Option, As Well

Something a lot of people don’t consider when it comes to their move is hiring a professional packer to put their belongings together.
The value of a packing service is fairly obvious: experienced packing  work to secure your personal belongings before your move. This does more than “just keeping your stuff safe” on the big day – it frees up your time in the days leading up to the move.

Family And Friends: Sign ‘Em Up!

Professional movers are the best value for your money when it comes to handling your move. For what you pay, you get peace of mind knowing your boxes and furniture are being handled by capable, experienced professionals.
Bringing on friends and family for free might seem like a recipe for disaster, but there are smart ways to do it. Hold a housewarming party in your first week and invite people you know over to help paint walls, move couches and hang pictures.

Moving Solo Can Be Easy

Moving an entire house’s contents from one place to another on your own can sound like a tall order to most people. But, with a little planning and maybe one or two really good friends, you can get on top of this process and make the best out of your moving day.

Interested in more moving day tips? Check out our other awesome blogs and check in with us at LB Moving Group, today, for the absolute best in moving services!

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Moving long distance can be a stressful experience.

Moving long distance with a cat is another level.

Imagine juggling three bricks, and one of them’s filled with bees, and the other two are on fire, and you’re in space. That’s moving with cats on a good day.

We don’t mean to put the fear into you, but you’re going to need help. Which is why we’ve assembled today’s list of three great moving tips for long distance moving with cats.

Long Distance Moving with Cats
Long Distance Moving with Cats

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Changing homes is disorientating, even for humans. You move into a new space and all of a sudden you don’t know where your lightbulbs are, or where you left your keys.

And it’s worse for cats. So it’s no surprise that the first thing most cats do when they move into a new house is to set up shop under the bed or on your shoulder, with their claws deep into your skin.

And the trip over, in a car or a van, trundling down highways for who knows how long? Get ready to hear your pet’s singing voice, that’s all we’re saying.

Here are a few tips you can use to take the sting out of the trip, for you and your cat.

A Trip To The Vet

Firstly, taking your pet to the vet before a move is just good for their health, cats, dogs, or otherwise. Have them verify it’s in good health and that it’s had its most up-to-date vaccinations. You’re moving somewhere new – who knows what kind of cat superflu they’ve got over there?

You can also ask about having a microchip implanted. It might sound like a lot of money, but when Captain Whiskers goes missing and you’re out at 3 AM looking for him, you might think differently.

The big thing to find out about is a tranquilizer. Your vet will be able to advise you on whether this is a good option for your cat, and you can make a call based on its temperament. Remember that forcing your cat to take a nap on moving day is not only good for you, but less traumatic for it.

Pack Snacks

Cats are like kids. If you’re going to be putting them in a seat for any long period of time, you’d best be bringing snacks.

In order to make sure your cat keeps its good mood throughout the trip, remember to pack its medications, toys, food and a disposable litter box. It should go without saying that you should bring a scooper, plastic bags, and bedding, as well.

And snacks. There’s no better solution to a mewing cat than a tasty treat in the backseat of your car. After all, they’re going through a lot, too, so why not reward them with their favorite treat?

Transportation

If you’re driving to your new home or office location, it’s important to keep in mind your cat wants to drive in style.

What style?

First off, make sure it’s clean. A dusty, dirty, dank environment is just going to put your cat in a worse mood. Lay down a blanket for them to sleep on, and crack the window (by a sliver) to let in some fresh air.

If you happen to be taking a plane, make sure you find an airline with a good track record with cats. Also try to find a direct flight, to minimize your cat’s travel time.

Long Distance Moving with Cats

Ultimately, the more you do to prep your cat for your move, and your car for your cat, the better you’re likely to do when the big day comes.

Hopefully, with our list of tips for long distance moving with cats, you’ll be ready. Interested in more great moving tips from a company in the know? Check out our other fantastic blog posts, today, and get ready to move the right way.