Moving Tips?

I am about to move to a new house about 200 miles away. Besides the normal amount of household furniture, etc. I have five cats. I am virtually doing this alone (except for a furniture removalist). So I need to clean up the house, pack the cats, and get to the new home before the removalists to let them in. Whew! Anyone have ideas about the logistics of the whole enterprise (and no there is no one to help and I can't afford a cleaner).


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April 8, 20130 found this helpful
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I recently moved 300 plus miles to a different city. I started packing, cleaning and freecycling stuff several weeks before the move. I packed most of the dishes and things I wanted to move. I ate out of paper plates and even cardboard I'd accumulated. I gave away some food to a neighbor. The move itself was a nightmare; something I don't plan on ever doing again. (I'm 72). I hope you get some good advice on here about how to handle the cats because I'm at a loss on that one.

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April 8, 20130 found this helpful

I really feel sorry for you but can't understand why you have no friends surrounding your present home that could not help you. Regarding transporting the Cats they will travel safely in secure Cat cage with locked screen door. You may have to buy five from local Pet shop and make sure the Cages are securely strapped in your Car.


Good luck.

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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

You don't say what country you are in, but here in the USA there are companies who rent shipping crates. (P.O.D.S., U-Pack, etc) I have lost track of how many times I have moved, and believe me, this is the easiest way. Have the container dropped off at your current residence and start filling it. Put in any furniture you don't absolutely NEED, (take the mattress off the bed and pack the box spring and frame). As you pack a box, it goes in to the container. Order the container delivered several days before your move and pack it in your spare time. When you're ready to move, have it delivered you your new home and unpack in your own time. You pack it, you lock it, you unpack. On your schedule, not someone else's. We did this last time we moved, and it was the easiest, least expensive, lowest stress move we have ever had.

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May 5, 20130 found this helpful

Thank you for answering my enquiry about moving - I am now nicely settled in to my new home and yes we all survived - I had packed my five fussy felines into their individual carriers and was entertained by a cat chorus for the entire trip. Thanks again for the support - Kind Regards

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October 24, 20130 found this helpful

Into a new, clean garage can pack all that is need to make the bed including pillows along with a set of towels, soap, etc. for the bathroom. Make the bed the very first thing. Unpacking and organizing is as bad as the packing and this way you can bathe and climb into a clean already made bed that first night.


Know this after the fact, but you can pass this on to others facing a move.

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