Moving with Pets? Bring Treats

Moving with petsMoving can be very stressful for people, and it’s no different moving with pets. In fact, if you are a pet owner, keeping your fur baby as comfortable and relaxed as possible is probably one of your main concerns with your move. After all, change is hard for pets too! Read on for tips to make moving with your pet as smooth as possible—for both of you.

Planning a move with Pets

Whether you’re moving with a cat or moving with a dog, some things remain the same: you need to plan ahead. If you’re moving with others, it’s a good idea to put one person on pet duty, that way your furry friend can have some consistency and there is no confusion with who’s supposed to do what for Fido.

When you’re making a list of what your pet will need for the move and in the first few days, be sure to include:

  • Can opener (if your pet’s food is in a can!)
  • Treats and food
  • Water
  • Bowls to eat and drink from
  • Collars, leashes and/or harnesses
  • Crate or carrier
  • Old towels (great for muddy paws!)
  • Paper towels
  • For cats: Litter and small litter box
  • For dogs: Bags for waste
  • Pet bed or blanket
  • Favorite toys
  • Your pet’s medication or supplements, if necessary

Do your pet a favor and wait as long as possible to pack up their supplies. Also, if you’re moving long distance with a dog or cat, visit your vet before you go. You’ll be able to grab your pet’s vet records, as well as ask what you can do to keep your pet comfortable during the move. This may also a good time to update your pet’s microchip information with your new address. Ask your vet how to do this.

Temporary homes when moving with pets

If you’re doing a local move, perhaps a day at a doggy daycare or cat hotel, or with a trusted, pet-friendly friend or relative would be a good idea to keep your pet safe and out of the way as you tend to your move.

Plan your stops ahead of time, if you are driving long distances during your move with your pet. Look online ahead of time for rest stops, dog parks, and pet-friendly hotels that you can stop at along the way. A crate, carrier or travel harness is recommended for your pet as they ride with you; if there’s a car accident, they will be much safer than without any restraints. Make sure you deactivate the airbag for where your pet is sitting. And if your pet isn’t used to car trips, get them used to the car by going on  small, short trips with your pet ahead of your move.

For air travel with your pet, arrange your travel well ahead of time. There are strict guidelines for animals that airlines must adhere to, If you’re traveling by air, make your arrangements well in advanced. Airlines have strict rules they must follow for pets on board, and you will need to make sure you follow all of them to the letter. When you arrive at the airport, have your pet’s necessary travel paperwork in-hand.

Once You’re At Your New Home

When you arrive at your new home, keep your pet confined to one area away from all the moving activity, if possible. Set up their items in this area, like their pet bed or open carrier, and let them try to adjust to their new place.

Before you give your pet the run of your new place, take a look around to make sure there are no dangerous areas for them. Look for hidden areas under stairs or holes in the drywall where your pet may get stuck. A hole in the wall behind the dryer, for example, may be nothing to you, but for a cat or dog, it may be an exciting and ultimately dangerous place for them to explore. And when moving your cat, consider doing a once-over with familiar cleaning products. Cats are very sensitive to new smells, and this may help Fluffy relax in her new space a little more quickly.

Getting Used to Your New Home

Do your best to keep doors and windows closed or well-watched in the first couple weeks you are at your new home. Your pet will likely still be a little more anxious than normal, and startled pets can bolt outside and get lost. Remember, your pet won’t know the neighborhood yet and can get lost more easily than they would at a place they know. If you walk your pet, start those right away (on a leash, of course) and do a few extra in the early days. This will help you and your pet become more familiar with the new neighborhood.

Don’t forget to find a new vet once you’ve been there for a few weeks. Introduce them to your pet and give them a copy of your pet’s records. Even if your pet hasn’t been formally seen by this new vet, having your pet’s records at the new vet can save time in case of an emergency!

Last Minute Tips for Moving with Pets

A new home in a new area will be an adventure for both you and your pet. Give your furry friend more attention and love during the move too. In time, you and your pet will both be comfortable in your new place.

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Finding the Best Cross Country Moving Company and How to Avoid Scams

Finding the Best Cross-country Mover

There are many reasons to move across the country. Whatever the reason is, we can all agree that moving is complicated. Moving cross-country is like a regular relocation with a bunch of extra physical and emotional steps. Because of the added difficulty, we suggest working with professional movers. For an added cost, you get added convenience and protection for your long-distance move. 

Hiring professionals like our partners, National Van Lines, will make more sense if you need to protect and transport many items. Take the time to consolidate your household goods and see if you can move on your own!

If moving on your own is not an option, compare quotes to find the right company for you. Do your research rather than gravitate to a suspiciously low estimate. Put your items at the hands of true pros, not a sketchy contractor. Finding a reputable company takes time and effort, but do you want to risk the safety of your things?

Our quick guide to finding the best moving company will help you avoid potential pitfalls and make your cross-country move as stress-free as possible.

Ask for local references and research credibility!

  1. Do not use a broker or an unlicensed mover. We have more information below regarding why brokers are often bad news.
  2. Reputable long-distance movers are likely to join professional associations. The American Moving and Storing Association, a division of the American Trucking Association, can help identify rogue movers’ quality movers. Look for the ProMover seal on their trucks or website. Moving.org has a searchable database if you want to find a member in your area.
  3. Make sure your cross-country movers are licensed and insured. This information is available at protectyourmove.gov. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides this service. They also have a list of local agencies in their contacts database and can help you file a complaint claim.
  4. The Better Business Bureau monitors customer complaints. Moving isn’t perfect, but the most reputable moving companies take accountability for any liabilities. Look for a moving company in good standing with the BBB. Visit our page and check our A+ score!
  5. The General Service Administration sets benchmarks for customer satisfaction in the household goods relocation industry. Comparing these scores can provide insights. Consider a red flag for any rogue movers without registration.
  6. Ask your friends, family and co-workers for moving recommendations. Use their experiences to help you choose the best option. You can also check Yelp or Google for any reviews and ratings.
  7. Your real estate agent may also have recommendations. They are involved in a lot more household moves than the average person and may have unique insights into your local movers.
  8. While you can obtain an in-person estimate easily, virtual and video estimates are growing more accessible by the year. As a rule of thumb, three price estimates are a good starting point.
  9. Keep your eyes open for red flags. Reputable companies own their vehicles. Be wary of movers who show up in a rented fleet van. Check out our extensive list of red flags below.

Moving to the midwest? Click here for a guide specifically on midwest moves!

Avoid Moving Brokers

Make sure you are hiring an actual moving company. Moving brokers serve as middlemen between moving companies and you. Brokers are not movers. They give estimates, often based on a phone or video call, and then sell the move to actual moving companies. The best-case scenario for a brokered cross country move is that they were able to negotiate a lower price than you would have been able to on your own.

But the risks of using a broker are considerable. The most obvious is that the actual moving company may not accept a low-ball or inaccurate estimate. Upon unloading, they will charge you much more than the original quote if the broker’s estimate was too low.

FMCSA Regulations on Brokers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working hard to regulate brokers. For instance, a broker must announce that they are a broker. Their advertisements must specify that they are brokers that do not transport items but merely arrange this service. They must also provide their address and motor carrier number.

Brokers must also base both binding and non-binding estimates on the tariff of the moving company transporting your possessions. Depending on who is closer, the agent or mover must perform a household goods survey within 50 miles of the customers’ location. Only the customer can waive this requirement.  

Brokers must also be able to provide the following information.

  1. Proof of registration with the FMCSA
  2. Their physical location and motor carrier number
  3. A written agreement with the movers they use.
  4. A list of FMCSA movers that they use. They are not permitted to use unregistered movers
  5. Official FMCSA guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move and the Ready to Move booklets.

Rogue Mover Red Flags

It is a much better idea to move with reputable long-distance movers instead of relying on a broker. But at least brokers are regulated. A more significant threat to your move is a rogue or unlicensed mover. Check out the FMCSA guide for an extensive list. 

  1. Reputable movers insist on an onsite or virtual inspection of your home. The lack of a binding or non-binding estimate is shady. 
  2. A mover that says they will determine charges after the move is not to be trusted.
  3.  If an estimate sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
  4. Any movers that demand payment upfront before the move should set off the alarms.
  5.  The cornerstone of an elaborate moving scam that unraveled in 2018 consisted of a chain of fraudulent business names. Request a business card and match the address listed on their website and other materials. If the mover answers the phone with a generic “Movers” or “Moving Company,” beware.
  6. Carefully read any documents that need your signature. Missing information fields is highly suspect.
  7. Movers must provide copies of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move and the Ready to Move booklets.
  8. Be wary of a company website that lacks a physical address, registration or insurance information.
  9. It is never a good sign if a generic fleet rental truck rather than a company-owned vehicle appears on moving day.
  10. If a mover claims that your shipment weighs more than estimated, make sure the mover provides a revised estimate that lists the additional items and services charged. Don’t wait BEFORE they start packing and moving your possessions.

Goods Held Hostage

Holding goods hostage is the most prevalent moving scam and the stock-in-trade of the rogue mover. Rogue movers operate by drumming up business by providing low-ball estimates over the phone or the internet. The assessment doesn’t matter because they will demand more money before delivering or unloading your goods.

Naturally, you have to come up with this amount if you want to get your goods back in promptly. Unfortunately, the police will not intervene because this is a civil matter. The rogue movers will most likely sell your items if you do not pay them what they want.

You do have some recourse. If you have been a victim of fraud, you can report the mover to the FMCSA with their online complaint tool. Make sure you collect any identification numbers or documentation to facilitate the investigation. 

Avoid scammers at all costs.

After you have landed at your moving company, make sure you check out this guide to a perfect move for additional information.

 

New York Movers COVID-19 Update

Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage is here for you during this unprecedented and uncertain time. With the Coronavirus drastically changing our day to day lives, many businesses have closed down. Moving companies have been deemed essential businesses, and may continue to operate. Trusted New York movers are here to help.

New York has been affected tremendously. With the number of known cases increasing every day, we understand that having to relocate during this time can come with a lot of feelings of uneasiness. We are following all protocols put forth by the CDC in order to maintain the health and safety of our employees and our customers.

If you would like to discuss your relocation options with us over the phone, you can reach us at 800-759-0505.

End of Summer Ideas for Long Island Storage

Fall is quickly approaching. Many of us will be struggling to find indoor storage for all of our outdoor furniture, grills, pool toys, and other outdoor objects. If storage space at home is tight, look to Charles Wood & Son for your short-term and long-term Long Island storage needs.

 

Our 40,000 square foot facility is up to date with the most advanced industry technology – from temperature control to security. You can be sure that your belongings will be safe in our short and long-term storage space. Our knowledgeable staff can help you with any questions you may have.

 

Next summer will be right around the corner before you know it! And you will be glad knowing that all of your summer furniture and supplies were safe and sound over the colder months in our Long Island storage facilities.

 

Contact us today! Happy Autumn!

Charles Wood Moving Does it Again!

We are very pleased to announce that we have just received the 2018 Angie’s Super Service Award!

Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage has now enjoyed this honor for a total of 7 years! Angies-List-Super-Service-Award-2018 Logo

The winner of this award is determined by Angie’s List reviews. Based on their reviews, awards are given to the top A-rated companies in their categories and markets. Charles Wood would like to thank all who were responsible for this award! We are gracious and happy to know that we are doing the job we set out to do.

For award winning New York moving and storage service, call Charles Wood & Son!

 

Stress Free Long Island Moving with Pets

This week is National Pet week. As your resourceful Long Island moving company, we here at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage are always looking for ideas and tips for our Long Island movers.  National Pet Week obviously gets us thinking about your pets and how to keep them calm and safe through your Long Island move.

In April we shared a reminder for providing new proper identification for your pet that reflects your new address. Please go back and check out that article for resources to help you with that. This week we want to focus on a stress-free move for your pets. We all know that moving can be one of the most stressful life changes.  As your trusted Long Island moving company, we set out to take away as much of your stress as possible. We realize that your pets will also experience some stress surrounding your move. They will begin to sense the changes as they watch the packing process and see things being moved around or taken away. Naturally we want your pets to have a stress-free move as well.

Check out these resources we found for helping your family pet with the move transition all while keeping them safe:

ASPCA-Moving witu ch Your Pet-ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research Dr. Katherine Miller discusses ways to make the transition as safe and easy as possible.

Pet Finder-Pets on the Move-Considerations and proper preparation tips to ensure that your move will go more smoothly for your pets

Pets Welcome Moving With Pets-Extensive list of tips and considerations for the actual transport and travel arrangements for your pet on the move.

We believe that with the proper planning, trusted resources and the support of a competent trusted Long Island moving company, moving does not have to be overwhelming for any members of your family, including the furry ones. That is why at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, we are committed to connecting you with the best planning practices and moving tips. Good luck moving your pet to your new home!

Long Island Moving Company Celebrates National Moving Month with the Facts

It is here again! May is National Moving Month. May begins the busiest moving season of the year.  It is time to get serious about your choice for a Long Island moving company. National Moving Month serves to inform and protect consumers as they embark on their search. You need to take your time and get the facts about the companies you are considering.

Today it is all too easy for a supposed mover to seem reputable on a pretty website filled with hype and false claims. Do not take any company’s website at face value until you do your fact checking. We here at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage encourage you to check out several sources for information about making the right and secure choice for your Long Island moving company.

AMSA (American Moving & Storage Association) have teamed up this month with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) in honor of National Moving Month to bring you this article-AMSA and BBB Offer Tips for Safe, Secure Move.  We encourage you to take a moment to read the article to help you choose a reputable Long Island moving company.

Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage respect and value the work that both AMSA and BBB have carried out to protect consumers searching for a moving company. We are proud to be a BBB accredited business as well as an AMSA ProMover. Our customers enjoy real peace of mind when they trust their choice in us.

Another great resource to check out this May is one we share time and again-the US Department of Transportation’s Protect Your Move website. There are countless tips and articles on how to avoid moving fraud.

Celebrate National Moving Month with the facts about your Long Island moving company.  You won’t get far on fraud. You will go a long way on facts. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wishes you a successful and secure move!

Moving Plan for Movers in Long Island

It is May, National Moving Month. The month that begins the busiest relocation season of the year. If you are one of the millions in the United States about to move this summer, you need a move plan. Some people are naturals at managing a huge pile of tasks. For them organizing a move does not feel like an overwhelming challenge, but most of us could use a bit of help with the planning especially movers in Long Island who are moving for the very first time.

Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage makes it our business to assist movers in Long Island with their move plan. There are so many things to consider. The mountain of tasks can seem overwhelming and add to stress levels if you don’t have a plan. Where do you begin?

Luckily there is a methodical way to go about spreading tasks out over weeks and even months so you can comfortably deal with each consideration along the way. We like to help you think of the things that need to be done and then help you with the timing of the tasks so that on moving day, you feel calm and ready to make your move. As a Prime National Van Lines Agent, we encourage you to check out this handy National Van Lines Moving Planner-Read Here. It is a fabulous guide through the move process using a timeline leading up to your Long Island move. You can print the plan out and begin checking things off and taking notes. You will soon discover just how manageable the whole move can be.

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about any part of your move process, we are here to help and will guide you as best we can. We can lend our knowledge and experience to take the stress out of your move. As our movers in Long Island work through all the move preparations and then the actual relocation, the Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage team wish you a pleasant and relaxing experience every step of the way.

Packing Safety Tips for Long Island Movers

June is National Safety Month and Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would like to provide some timely reminders for practicing safety for Long Island movers throughout their move. We are dedicating this month to sharing tips and resources for safe moving. This week we would like to draw your attention to safety matters having to do with the packing.

Your home is about to be turned inside out. All the contents are moving and shifting as you prepare for loading day. With everything out of place, your surroundings become less familiar to you increasing the chances of an accident.

Please look over the following list of safety considerations for the packing process of your move:

  • Lifting Boxes-If you are packing and moving boxes yourself, you should be able to comfortably lift the box according to your strength. Know your strength. For step by step lifting instructions, please check out this helpful slideshow on heavy lifting provided by the Mayo Clinic.
  • Keep common passages clear-Hallways, doorways, steps, etc. should be kept clear of boxes, packing material and loose household items to avoid tripping and slipping in your home.
  • Keep packing tools such as box cutters, knives, tape cutters and scissors out of reach of children and off the floor to protect your family and pets.
  • Use heavy duty protective packing materials-To protect your belongings, be sure to use sturdy and strong boxes that will handle the weight of the contents. Also have padded wrapping materials such as bubble wrap to protect fragile items.

Of course, Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage would be happy to provide Long Island movers with our professional packing service. Give us a call and we will provide safe and secure packing. Also, you can read more packing tips on our site.

Let’s kick off National Safety Month with healthy and safe packing! We invite our Long Island movers to check back later this month for more moving safety tips.

Practice Safety on Your Long Island Moving Day

In recognition of National Safety Month, we here at Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage make it a point to share a message of safety with our Long Island moving customers in June and throughout the year. Last week we shared some tips and resources for packing safely when preparing for your Long Island move. This week we place our safety focus on moving day itself.  We want you, your pets, your family and your movers to have a safe and pleasant moving experience.

So you are all packed up, ready to load and move to your new home. Whether you hired movers or are moving yourself, the safety of everyone involved is a top priority. Here is a small checklist to get you thinking about safety on your Long Island moving day:

  • Small children and pets-It is best to have someone look after your small children and pets on safety day. Doors will be propped open and people will be moving heavy items out of the home and onto a truck. Children and pets could easily wander outside and possibly get lost. They could also get in the way of heavy dangerous lifting and risk being hurt. They will be safer off the premises in the care of friends or family.
  • Keep all walkways and doorways free from obstacles-Periodically check the residence inside and out throughout the moving process. Helpers could trip and fall with heavy items if passageways are not left clear.
  • When disassembling furniture-Use the proper tools and place them in a safe place when not in use.
  • Be sure to keep a first aid kit handy-This is one thing you do not want to pack and load. Keep one near you through the move day should anyone need it.
  • Food and water-Keep hydrated throughout the day and remember to eat for strength and endurance. Water and healthy snacks should be set aside in a tote for a quick grab when you need it.
  • Rest-Get plenty of necessary rest the night before your move so you are alert and refreshed.
  • Dress for the climate conditions-you may need protective clothing to stay warm, cool or dry. Wear sunscreen and bug repellant if necessary.
  • If you are moving yourself-Be sure to have heavy duty gloves to protect your hands while lifting your items. Make sure you have the right moving gear such as handcarts and straps for heavy items.
  • Lock up-Check all windows and doors. They should be closed properly and locked to protect the dwelling after you are gone.

This not an inclusive list as every move has its own safety considerations. We just wanted to get you thinking about keeping safe on Long Island moving day. Take some time before you move to think about safety in and around your move, and then make your helpers aware of anything they would need to know to keep everyone safe. Avoid moving accidents. Keep alert and aware on Long Island moving day. Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage wish you a safe and pleasant move!