Moving house to some is a stressful event. However, people have different coping mechanisms to protecting themselves at stressful times. However, your families pet cat does not.
Off all types of household pets we have, cats are often affected most by big changes like a house move. To relieve some of this stress, a little preparation and consideration can make things easier for your cats to keep them calm during the move.
It is not just the day of the move which may cause the cat stress. When moving items around the house and bringing in lots of boxes and house packing materials can be unsettling.
Cats are territorial and the odours in the house are important to the cat. Moving things around will change the smell of the place which can mildly disorientate your pet.
In the build up to the move you can use special plug-ins which you can buy from your local pet store or vets which omits a scent which mimics the natural occurring pheromones a new mother would produce to keep your cat calm and relaxed. The same one should be used in your current house, then transferred to your new house to provide familiarity to your cat whilst moving him/her.
The scent on the cats bedding, toys, feeding area where your cat spends it’s time will also be comforting, so make sure that when you arrive at the new house many of these items are placed in the holding area for the cat – whilst the contents of your old house are being unloaded.
Whilst your cat is travelling, use a cat carrier and place an item of bedding in the carrier. It’s best to leave the cat carrier in the room for a while and let the cat get familiar to it, instead of trying to force your cat to get in the carrier. This will put the cat at ease during the journey.
If the house you are buying had a pet previously living there, then it may be necessary to give the new house a full clean to remove the other pets territorial smells.
When arriving at the new home, find a quiet room where you can put your cat’s favourite toys, some food and litter tray. Put a note on the door “Do Not Enter”, then leave the cat whilst the house removals men are there. When the men have left, open the door and let the cat explore his / hers new home in their own time.
It is always a good idea to keep outdoor cat’s inside for a few days until they are familiar to the surroundings.
By considering your cat during your house move, will help reduce the stress for your cat and also the worry you may have in Moving your cat whilst moving home.Read More...
We recently moved Cassie, she is an author and interesting lady to talk with – during her move we spoke about what it is like for a customers when moving house. She thought it would be good to write an article about what she did in the build up to her move with us.
What Cassie wrote, I could never write as whenever I write an article it is always written as a expert within the industry. It lacks emotion and understanding of exactly what our customers are going through.
Please read Cassies article:-
MOVING TO A NEW HOME? ME TOO!
I had forgotten how many papers you need to get a mortgage. To be fair, the problem isn’t the amount of papers as such but the time taken to locate them. I had put them in a variety of “safe places” around the house eg the kitchen cupboard, behind the bread bin, a pile in the bedroom and even a few in the filing cabinet (very impressive!) I can never understand how I can be so meticulous and organised at work, but so chaotic at home.
We are moving to a smaller house in the hopes that this will streamline our lives. I will waste less energy being annoyed about having a messy house and will have more time to play with my son. After all with a smaller house there will be a smaller mess (I hope!) and less space to keep toys (yippee!). There are other advantages too; having less house to heat up means that we will be toasty warm all year round. I can’t wait to move to my tropical house!
So, I’ve managed the first hurdle and organised the paperwork. Are you impressed? What happen next? How do I move house? I guess all I need to do is book a removals company, pack and then that’s it? New home here we come!
How to Pack?
Moving used to be easy. I slung all my belongings into black bin liners, chucked them in the back of the car and all II needed was a small peephole from which I could see other cars and (hopefully) miss them.
I look around the house and feel overwhelmed by the amount of belongings I have. Even my seven year old has enough toys to start a small crèche and would happily fill a whole house with his “treasures” if not kept in check To the untrained eye they are tatty bits of cardboard, rubber bands, bits of plastic and strange springs which he found on the street. In his eyes they are transformed into friendly monsters and alien landscapes.
Preparing to Pack?
I decide that the best approach to this is to tidy up the house first. If there are fewer things and they are already in some kind of order then packing them will be easier to do. I start in my son’s bedroom. Progress is slow and it takes us a day to sort out his clothes and toys. Although we manage to separate some items to take to charity shops, or to give to friends the amount of stuff still in the bedroom is quite scary.
Why do seven year olds love to collect things? Unfortunately for my son I see little value in his lovely “treasures” so the day is filled with constant squawks of protests. I emerge from his room feeling as if I have escaped from the Land that Time Forgot. It is dark by now so exhausted and frazzled I leave the packing for another day.
My brother is visiting tomorrow. He is business like (ruthless), organised (a bit too much!) and has little time for emotional attachments, either for people or objects so under his supervision I am confident that I will make fast progress.
TIPS FOR PACKING
Packing (and Unpacking)
Brothers are not always helpful! My brother came and left. Although no doubt very practical he arrived with a large roll of tape which made me feel as if I had entered a crime scene. I thanked him for his help and spent the rest of the day rescuing items that had been discarded as “trash” (he lives in America). At least I have I can emphasise with my son and his beloved little pieces of card and plastic. Possessions have emotional attachment. He threw away the dress I had worn when I was younger – just because it is a bid faded doesn’t mean I don’t love it still!
A friend calls round and we discuss the “packing issue”. She loves lists and gets quite excited about trying to organise me. I am not very good at lists or being organised, but I can see my present method needs a lot to be desired.
It’s mainly common sense, but here it is in case you find it useful too.
How to Prepare for Packing
1. Organise your belongings grouping similar items together eg all the books together, all the CD’s together.
2. Dispose of any items which are no longer used as there is no point moving unwanted items from one house to the next. Donate to charity or take to the local council tip. Some councils collect bulky items free of charge.
3. Tackle one room at a time so that the task is not too big.
1. Ensure that you have all the packing materials you need before you start. Useful items are:- bubble wrap, sturdy boxes, old newspapers (from wrapping fragile objects), and tape.
2. Tape a piece of paper on the side of each box and write the contents on as you pack. Also write on which room the box is from (Coloured sticky notes are useful for this)
3. Don’t pack boxes too full. Make sure that you can still carry them.
According to my friend’s list I should do this room by room, so I start with the bathroom. It is only small, well “bijoux” I think is the estate agent’s word, and should not take long.
Despite my reservations, it makes sense to use the move as an opportunity to have a good sort out. There is no point moving rubbish from one place to the next.
How to Pack
Yeah! I have packed the entire bathroom apart from items we use every day, into one of the large boxes my brother donated. At least he came fully armed with boxes and tape. I have no idea where he got them from. I have thrown away quite a few old toothpastes and some out of date hair dye as well. The bathroom looks great now. I should have done that sooner.
OK, so where next? I decide to pack my son’s bedroom up. How can a 7 year old have so many toys? I spend the morning sorting out his clothes and then start to pack his toys. They are not big items but I am already on my fifth box and have only one left.
Packing is easy!
Where are the Box Shops?
I asked at the supermarket if they had boxes. They used to always have boxes near the tills but when I enquired they said they were all flat packed now. Flat packed?
I asked at the local corner shop and they were far more helpful providing me with a selection of boxes. Not all of them were very big or strong but some are useable.
I phone my sensible friend. Here is a list of companies which provide packing materials:
Packing is very stressful and not easy!!!
HOW TO BOOK A REMOVALS COMPANY
I abandon the packing for now due to the lack of packing materials and decide to look for a removals company instead. Where should I start? I ask my friends for recommendations but nobody has used a removals company or has any knowledge about this so I do a quick search using keywords such as “Removals” and “Moving House”. This search brings up a long list of websites which is even more confusing. How can you tell if the company is professional and reliable?
I decide to approach this in three ways
1. Use your gut instinct
If the company’s website looks professional then it means they have taken care with it and may take care of my belongings too. I really liked Movingeverywhere’s website because they seemed approachable and friendly.
2. Consider the services that are offered.
3. Read the reviews
If customers are willing to send feedback this is a good indication that the company really has gone the extra mile as people are quite lazy in giving praise. A company that is proud of their reputation will ensure that their customers (that is me!) are well looked after.
4. Ask for quotes and compare the services offered.
My dad would do this. I can see that this is a very logical approach but if somebody is moving my belongings it is far more important that I can trust them and feel comfortable with them, so I discount this option.
I decide to use Movingeverywhere as they are local, have good reviews and their website has a friendly feel. Having made this decision I had a cup of coffee and then went out to the shops. The next day, having gathered my strength and courage I made the plunge and gave them a ring.
Questions that your Removal Company May Ask You
When I phoned Movingeverywhere they were friendly and sounded approachable, but also asked a lot of questions.
(As I now know!) when you are moving there are several things that the removals company may ask you in order to provide a more detailed and accurate quotation.
Useful information you may need:-
1. How many rooms are there?
2. What are the main pieces of furniture (make a list)
3. Are there any special items such as a piano or grandfather clock?
4. Are there any stairs, and if so how many?
5. Is there on-road parking? If not are special parking permits required?
6, Do you require packing materials? (So they know where the box shop is!)
7. Would you like a full or partial packing service?
I managed to answer most of the questions with the assistance of the lovely Movingeverywhere man, but am still considering the last one. I was very tempted to scream “YES, YES, YES!!!!!” down the phone. Are you impressed? I said that I would need to consider this carefully.
Twenty minutes later I phoned back and said that I would love a full packing service.
I booked the move, making arrangements for a home visit so Nick can see what we have to be moved.Read More...
Best Furniture Storage Solutions.
If your new home is not ready to move into, if you are downsizing, or simply would like to declutter and store your furniture for medium to long term then we have the best storage solution for you.
When moving home there are a number of ways of storing household furniture. As a house removals company we can arrange various options for furniture storage in different locations within the UK.
Manchester Storage Services
Our main storage locations are within Manchester, so we can provide a quality, cost effective Manchester Storage Service. However, we can arrange storage in many locations throughout the UK. We work alongside large removal companies who provide storage, as well as making arrangements to store household furniture in Self Storage depots in most major towns or cities.
Wooden Container Storage Services
We find the best option for furniture storage is in wooden storage containers.
Ease of Loading into Storage Containers
Depending on vehicle availability, a container lorry would arrive outside your home where the containers will be loaded with furniture whilst on the back of the lorry. The containers will be sealed, then taken back to the warehouse. A fork truck will lift the containers off the lorry then stored into warehouse.
Altenatively, the household furniture will be loaded onto a removals lorry, which is then taken to the warehouse loading bay. The lorry will be emptied placing all will be sealed then stored in the warehouse securely for the duration of the storage period.
Ease of Loading for Onward Delivery
When you require the onward delivery of your household effects. The containers can be loaded onto the back of the container lorry, then delivered to your house. The containers will be opened then unloaded at kerbside, then placed in your new house in the room and position you require.
Minimise handling which is better for your furniture
With container storage the handling of your furniture is reduced compared to loading into a Self Storage depot where your items have to be unloaded from the lorry, placed on trollies, then man handled up and down corridors, in lifts then stacked in a storage room which may be on the otherside of the Self Storage depot.
Estimated cost for Storage
The cost of delivering into container storage will be less than if having to deliver into a Self Storage depot as it will be quicker to load and unload as the container will be placed at the back of the lorry.
The cost of container storage is in the region of £12.00+VAT per week. The equivalent self storage rate would be in the region of **£15.00+VAT per week **(depending on location)
As you can see this method of storage is more convenient, resulting in less handling of your furniture which will be better in the long term as will minimise the risk of damage.
Please contact us on 0161 238 8915 for Manchester Storage Services.
How to Pack Small Pictures
If you have small pictures to wrap, then here is the best way of doing it (well it works for us, and not had any picture breakages)
Place a layer of bubble wrap on a flat surface. place the picture (image up) in the centre of the bubble wrap.
Fold the bubble wrap over the front of the picture.
Fold the bottom and top over the front of the picture to increase the thickness of the bubble wrap for more protection.
Roll the picture in the bubble wrap to ensure that the picture is fully covered and protected in bubble wrap.
No need to tape the picture as being placed inside a sealed box.
On the bottom of the box roll up some packing paper and make a layer on the base to pad the bottom of the box.
Place the picture so the glass is facing inwards (not pressing
Fill the box with other small pictures, fragile items – then when full take some more packing paper and pad the top of the box, then close, tape the box and write “FRAGILE PICTURES”
Easy. . . will be wrapping some expensive oil paintings on a move next week so will take some photos on how we look after larger pictures. . . .
One thing you MUST consider when packing your pictures is that once they have been packed by yourself into a box then the conditions of many Removal Companies Insurance is that they can only be insured for upto £40.00 per box. If you would like to insure your pictures for in excess of this amount then the movers will need to provide their Fragile Packing ServiceRead More...
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