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Moving can be a very stressful process, both emotionally and physically. So, what are the best ways to eliminate moving stress? One of the easiest is to sit back and relax and let your professional Sydney removalist take care of all the heavy lifting (and everything else too).

With the help of a removalist, you are not only assured of less moving stress, less packing, and less organisational tasks but also the peace of mind knowing your belongings are in safe, experienced hands.

 

Here are the top five reasons to hire a Sydney professional removalist:

 

#1: The Removalists Do All the Heavy Lifting

Moving extremely heavy furniture, not to mention heavy boxes, is one of the many things you will be faced with during the moving process. Some of us may not know how to move and disassemble furniture safely and, thus, risk damaging parts or all of our furniture. Worse is experiencing sore muscles or injuries as a result. A local and experienced furniture removalist, on the other hand, will have all the proper equipment and know-how to disassemble, lift, and move your furniture and any other heavy items in your home.

 

#2: Packing and Unpacking Made Easy

When thinking about the moving process, one of the first things on your to-do list would be the packing and unpacking involved. You can save yourself from this by utilising your removalists’ careful move packing and unpacking services. Removalists also take care of all the packing materials, so you don’t need to worry about running out of any supplies while you are in the midst of packing. Removalists have the knowledge to properly pack your items to help prevent damage, so even your fragile items will be taken care of.

 

#3 A Stress-free Move Can be Cheap

Moving with the help of a professional removalist doesn’t have to be expensive. If you are looking for affordable moving options in Sydney, there are a few options to suit both your budget and needs. One option to reduce the cost of your move is to be flexible with your move date, as moving mid-week and during the off-peak moving season can save you quite a bit. You can also look for a removalist that offers special moving promotions like ZOOM’s “Cheap Tuesday Moves” where the call out fee is waived entirely.

 

#4 Short or Long-term Secure Storage

A great removalist will not only safely pack, load, transport and unpack during the moving process, but they can also help you with storage. Whether you need short-term storage inbetween moves, or long-term storage as a result of downsizing, ZOOM’s affordable secure storage solutions can help.

 

#5 A Smooth and Seamless Moving Experience

The major difference between moving with a removalist and DIY moving is that the whole process is handled professionally from pre-move preparation to a smooth, efficient and seamless moving day. By engaging professional removalists, their years’ of experience ensures your treasured belongings are carefully packed, loaded and delivered safely to your new home.

 

Moving yourself can be a nightmare, so trust a professional removalist for a safe, affordable, stress-free move.

For more moving tips, or discuss how affordable a stress-free move can be, speak to an expert ZOOM move consultant today.

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When you are moving to another home, you might think the moving process will be very expensive. However, there are many ways you can save and move cheaply in Sydney, even while using a professional Sydney removalist company.

1.     Choosing a Quality Sydney Removalist

When looking for a quality Sydney removalist, it is important to collect at least three quotations and ensure the quotes are similar in terms of quality of service, accreditation and customer satisfaction so you can compare apples with apples. Not all removalist companies are the same. Use this opportunity to find out which services they offer, which would be best for you, are they accredited by the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA), and carefully check their independent customer reviews. Remember, you don’t need to sacrifice quality for a cheap removalist, when you can have both with ZOOM.

2.     Pick the Right Time to Move

If you have any flexibility in choosing your moving date, then try booking your move when it will be cheaper and you could save between 15-25% off standard moving rates. Ideally, your move should take place during the off-peak moving season, between March and September, and try to schedule your move during the middle of the month and mid-week (avoid weekends).

Moving cheaply is difficult October through February, and near impossible on national or public holidays. If possible, book your move as early as you can to get a further price discount. This will also help with not feeling pressured to take any so-called deals you find at the last minute. Hire a removalist that offers something like “Move Cheap Tuesdays”, in which the call out fee is waived, to help save you even more.

3.     Save Money on Packing Supplies

If you are planning to pack all of your belongings yourself, then this tip is especially for you. As you may be aware, buying moving boxes and packing materials can be very expensive and could use up a large portion of your moving budget. Do not fear. There are ways you can save money. You can use clothing, bedding, and towels to wrap fragile items and also to pad the moving boxes so your items do not move while being carried around or during transit. And if you use a professional removalist make sure you ask them to give you free plastic wraps to help protect your couches, chairs and mattresses.

You also don’t have to buy moving boxes. You can borrow free professional moving boxes from ZOOM Removals.

4.     Sell or Donate Unwanted Items to Move Less

Decluttering your home of unwanted and unused items is one of the best and easiest ways of moving cheaply. Many of us accumulate a lot of possessions, some of which we hold for sentimental reasons, others because we think we will use them in future, or it’s just easier to keep them. Use your moving home opportunity to get rid of all the items you definitely don’t want or won’t use again. Selling items will help pay for your move and donating them will help others, but either way your move will be cheaper because you’re moving fewer things, and you’ll move into a less cluttered home. Win, win, win!

5.     Reduce Your Expenses Before Your Move

Another tip for moving cheaply is to reduce your expenses before moving day arrives. For example, if you are going to pack all your belongings yourself, you could opt to cancel any services you’ll be too busy to use while your packing and moving home, (e.g., TV subscriptions, broadband services, etc.). Also, you can save on food expenses by meal planning to finish up any food in your fridge and freezer, and any open packets of food in your pantry.

Need more ideas on how to move house cheaply? Don’t hesitate to contact a move expert at Sydney’s #1 rated furniture removalist, ZOOM Removals.

3 Reasons to Hire a Sydney Removalist Company

There are not many – if any – people who look forward to the actual moving process, which can be both emotionally and physically stressful and exhausting, plus it is so easy to forget important things that need to be done and these can have disastrous consequences.

When moving house and wanting a stress-free experience, it is nearly always advisable to hire a professional Sydney removalist company. Sure, you may think you can do it yourself and we wouldn’t argue with that, but let’s briefly consider three main factors that make DIY moving difficult:

1. Time Constraints

Most people lead busy lives. If a great job offer has come up, or you found your dream home, and you need to move quickly, then you will have a limited time in which to safely pack, transport, and unload all of your belongings.

2. Shortage of Help

You would most likely have a major problem on your hands in lifting heavy appliances, disassembling furniture, and all the packing that needs to be done if you don’t have any extra help (and limited time). Worse than not having any help is the risk of damaging your items or injuring yourself.  

3. Fragile Items

You may own antiques, china and glass, paintings, and musical instruments. These items are not easy to pack nor are they easy to carry (think about the loading and unloading into and from a van or truck or up and down stairs). It is also easy to damage them when moving fragile items, especially if you don’t have the knowledge and training to handle and transport these belongings safely.

There are, of course, many other factors we could cite that make moving by yourself difficult, but let’s move onto the benefits (the reasons) you need to know to work with ZOOM, Sydney’s #1 rated furniture removalist, for all your moving needs:

1. Removalists Are the Moving Experts

You may not realise it, but moving is both an art and a skill that involves everything from packing all of your belongings – the fragile, the not-so-fragile, and the big and bulky – safely and securely, the heavy lifting, and the carrying stuff around (up and down stairs and in tight-fitting elevators and stairwells) to transporting it and unloading them in your new home. Professional removalists have both the training needed to handle all of your valuable belongings during every stage of the moving process and the skills to make the move faster and more efficient.

2. Place Your Focus on More Important Things

The physical move is only one part of the whole moving process. You may also have to deal with landlords, maintenance crews, your family, and new neighbours as you are trying to settle in. Handing over the moving process to a quality local, interstate, or country removalist means you can have a stress-free moving experience and focus on other things, such as enjoying moving into your new home, creating a checklist for your first few days in your new home, and meeting your new neighbours.

3. Insure Your Belongings

We would all agree that besides material value, our belongings often have sentimental value, so of course we want our possessions to arrive in our new home in the same condition as they left. Professional removalists have the experience needed to safely and securely pack and transport all of your belongings, which in itself will significantly reduce the risk of damage. However, accidents happen sometimes, so for ultimate door-to-door peace of mind make sure to consider your removalist’s full-cover transit insurance. Your cheap and simple removalist insurance policy will outline specifically what is covered as part of the insurance option you choose.

When you consider all the benefits (and the factors that make a DIY move difficult), then it should be obvious that your best choice for your next Sydney move is to hire a professional removalist… so contact ZOOM Removals, Sydney’s #1 rated removalist today!

Removalists Sydney's 10 Tips For Reducing Moving House Stress

Both house hunting and then moving from your old home to a new one are very stressful. In the first instance, the sheer number of houses on offer, differences in designs, and amenities to choose from may have you feeling confused and overwhelmed. Even worse could be a mismatch from what is available and on offer and want you’d ultimately like.

Once you have found a home – hopefully, one that you love – the next step is the actual move – the packing, transporting, and unpacking of all your stuff. A professional Sydney removalists company could be your saving grace as they do all the heavy lifting and much of the work involved in moving. Newbies to moving and old-timers may still find the process frustrating and draining.

Don’t worry! We have you covered. Here are 10 tips for reducing any Sydney move stress you may be experiencing.

 

  1. Sell Any Unused Belongings

Most of us keep a lot of items, whether for sentimental reasons or because we think we might need that cake cutter or welding machine at some point. Not only does this add clutter to your old home (and would clutter up your new one too) but these unused belongings also create extra work when moving house.

If you live in an outer suburb, you could throw a garage sale for your items over a weekend or two and sell these possessions at a fair, discounted price. With fewer belongings, your moving cost could be lower too.

  1. Store Some of Your Items

Storage solutions in Sydney could be the key to reducing the number of items needing to be packed, transported, and unpacked at your new home. To keep some of your items, whether for sentimental reasons or because you are keeping stuff for your children, opt for cheap short- or long-term storage to help reduce some of the stress of moving.

  1. Create a Moving Plan

Packing always takes longer than you may think it will and this is usually the most challenging task of the whole moving process. To cope with the stress of packing up your home, create a moving plan and do this as early as you can.

This plan will help you stay organised and ensure that you don’t forget anything, like preparing a moving day survival kit with all the necessities you would need during the move and before you fully unpack your belongings in your new home. The survival kit would include an overnight bag, favourite toys for your kids, phone chargers, keys, snacks, bottles of water, and anything else you might need that would otherwise be packed far away.

  1. Choose a Quality Local Sydney Removalist

Choosing a quality local Sydney removalists might seem like the easier of things to do in the moving process; however, hiring a professional local mover you can trust, who understands the nitty-gritty of moving within Sydney, or has the necessary expertise of moving interstate is exceptionally important. Working with ZOOM Removals, the #1 rated furniture removalists in Sydney, ensures your move is covered with an experienced team you can trust, and your prized possessions are protected every step of the way.

  1. Move the Smaller, Lighter Stuff First

Confucius said, “The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” Similarly, to take the stress out of moving, pack and move all your small, light possessions first. These belongings would be the bedding, clothing, curtains, cutlery, documents, and toiletries that you can pack and set aside for your removalists, or load into the boot of your car and move to your new home ahead of moving day.

By ensuring that this is done before the Big Day, you will have a little less to worry about later on. And you could add this to your moving plan so that these “little things” are not forgotten.

  1. Clean Your New Home

No matter how great your new home looked when you viewed it initially, once the previous occupants have packed up and gone, it is going to need some cleaning. And this is probably the only time you will get to clean your new home without any furniture in the way, so it’s a good idea to keep out some cleaning supplies before the packing starts at your ‘old’ home. While cleaning your new home, use the opportunity to create a snag list of items that require further attention. You can also do any measuring needed for new curtains, blinds, and carpeting (or schedule for these to be done then).

  1. Arrange Your Utilities

To make your Sydney move less stressful, organise all your utilities upfront. For example, take the final metre readings (take a photo of this on your smartphone) and register with your new broadband, electric, gas, telephone, and water providers beforehand.

It is also worth calling your would-be previous providers and tell them you’re moving out of your old residence and what date to disconnect your service. This provides an opportunity to pay any final bills, and ensure the account is settled and ready for the new occupants.

  1. Ensure You Have the Key to Your New Home

Imagine arriving at your new home with the moving truck that contains all your packed belongings and you realise you can’t get in. Your agent hasn’t met you with the keys, only to discover (via her voicemail message) she has a family emergency and won’t be back for a couple of days.

Nobody would like to experience this kind of stress; before moving day arrives, make sure you pick up your new home keys well in advance.

  1. Make Friends with Your New Neighbours

Making friends with your new neighbours before you move in is a great way to create a social circle closer to where you will live. This is especially great if you are moving to an area you might not be familiar with; your new friends can help you settle into your home as well provide vital information you would need, like the rubbish collection dates and where the cheaper grocer is.

  1. Get Some Takeaway

Food will most likely not be at the forefront of your mind when moving to your new home. It is also nearly impossible to prepare healthy meals while in the throes of packing, and even more so once moving day arrives and you’re in your new home. Remember takeaway meals, and especially healthy ones, are a great option during these days.

 

By following these 10 easy tips outlined above, your moving house stress will be reduced. To book your move and get even more tips to make your move the best it could be, contact Sydney’s #1 rated removalist today!

You’ve had it with your old home—or maybe you’ve received a great job offer in another city.

So, you want to sell your old home as fast as you can, but you want to get a good price for it so you can buy the home of your dreams in your new location.

What can you do to speed up the likelihood of finding an eager buyer? Here are some tips from the moving experts at Zoom Removals.

First, Clear Your Home of Clutter

You’ve probably heard this before—but it’s essential to attracting buyers. Be ruthless. What you can’t bear to part with, store in a secure storage facility until it’s time to move.

Buyers like to see plenty of storage space—and living space. Fewer furnishings around a room and fewer belongings inside your cabinets and wardrobes make a home feel more spacious—and more attractive to buyers. Box up your excess clothing and shoes until your moving day.

Secondly, Stash the Personal Mementoes

Buyers love to imagine their own belongings in a room, not your family portrait or your kid’s name plastered on the wall in huge wooden letters. Instead, select artwork that picks up the colours in your walls and drapery to provide a balanced, tranquil room. If you’re not comfortable choosing art, ask a friend who’s good at home décor to help.

Next, Place Your Furnishings in an Attractive Arrangement

Glance through home design magazines to get some ideas. Arrange your furniture in a way that enhances the best features of each room. If some of your furniture looks shabby, store or donate those pieces. Rent or buy new pieces of furniture—or hire a home staging business to provide furnishings that work well in the room.

Attention to Detail Equals Perfection—So Pile on the Details

It’s those small touches that pull a room together like nothing else. Glance through those home décor magazines again. Look at the accessories they use in each room. You’ll notice that the colours blend well with the walls and other furnishings in the room.

Texture is important in accessories so don’t be afraid to add smooth metals, nubby fabrics, and natural woods. Use plants and flowers to bring a touch of nature inside. In your kitchen and dining room, bowls of fruit send a subtle message: This room is the perfect place to create memories through food.

Finally, entice buyers through scent. In the autumn and winter, apple or cinnamon-scented oils in a diffuser set the stage, while in the springtime or summer a lovely floral or berry create a fresh feeling throughout your home.

When you use these tips to prepare your home for sale, your real estate agent will have a much easier time finding a new buyer for your home. After you sell, all the work you have done will pay off when the removalists finally arrive to take your belongings to your new dream home.

When it’s finally time to move, choose the best. Book your move with the helpful professionals at Zoom Removals today.

One universal truth about piles of paperwork—they evolve into mountains of the stuff over the years. When it’s time to move, you wonder, ‘Which of these documents do I need to keep’? Which ones can I toss? Here are some tips from the experienced removalists at Zoom Removals to help you sort through your mountains—and turn them into molehills once again.

First, Find the Most Important Documents

Medical records, birth and adoption certificates, passports and legal documents, insurance policies, tax records, documentation for your valuables, and investment records are all files you need to keep. To better organise them for the move, create a three-ring binder for each person in your family and one for each pet.

Put important medical and veterinary records, birth certificates for your two-legged family members, registration papers for your four-legged ones, insurance policies, wills, advance directives, and other important papers into each file. Secure them with a clear plastic sleeve and organise them by type so you can find them quickly in case of an emergency.

Keep your passport and driver’s licences on your person in a secure location. If you plan to fly to your new home, never leave your passport in your carry-on. If a plane hasn’t enough room in their carry-on storage bins, you might have to check them before you board. Don’t take chances. Keep your personal IDs and credit cards by your side.

Next, Locate Owners’ Manuals for the Appliances You Plan to Keep

If you’re like most people, you still have the paperwork for your fridge—three fridges ago, that is. Get rid of the paperwork for the appliances you’ve tossed out long ago. If you plan to sell or donate some of your old appliances, tape the owner’s manual for each to the appliance. Don’t leave it in your file boxes.

Dedicate a moving box to transport all the owners’ manuals for your appliances that will go with you to your new home. Label it well. Ask the removalists to load the box near the back of the truck so you can find it easily when you arrive. You may need these when you install your appliances in your new home.

Find, Label, and Pack Away Your Tax Records—Five Years’ Worth

According to the ATO, you only need to keep five years’ worth of records. Keep those—and pitch the rest. Shred any documents that contain sensitive information, though, so your financial information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

How about Those Sentimental Papers Clogging up My Files?

Let’s face it. You don’t need every dinosaur drawing Junior ever drew. Keep a few and ditch the rest. If you can’t bear to get rid of the rest, scan them into your computer and store them on the hard drive—or even in the cloud.

You don’t need to keep all the medical records on your late cat Fluffy. Keep a few pictures and ditch the rest of the paperwork. If your pets were show animals and had progeny, then scan their competition records and store them digitally. Otherwise, keep only the most meaningful mementoes of your pets who have passed on.

Finally, Make Backup Copies of the Documents You Put into Digital Storage

With important information, backup copies are essential. Make sure you have at least one backup copy of all your important digitally stored documents before you move. That way, you’ll know your data is protected against loss.

After you’ve sorted through all your files, you’ll have considerably fewer boxes than you would have if you had waited until you arrived at your new home to clean out the clutter. Fewer boxes, a better deal with your removalists. More money to spend on your new home.

To discover the best deal for your move, contact the expert removalists at Zoom Removals today.

Just the idea of moving sends more people than you know to the brink of sanity. We know. We’re the removalists who help them keep it all together.

But you can do a lot to reduce your stress level—even change your perspective on moving—if you follow a few simple tips. Use these time- and sanity-savers and save yourself a trip to the therapist.

Make a Master List

Before you start to pack, decide how you want to keep track of everything. The system doesn’t matter. What matters is this: that it works for you.

List every box you pack on this list. Give it a number. List everything you pack in each box underneath its number. Duplicate that list on the box itself.

Get Specific

When you label, detail counts. List the types of items within. Instead of ‘dishes’, write ‘Pfaltzgraff Carmen dishes’. Instead of ‘Files’, write ‘W-Z files’. Instead of ‘Clothes’, write ‘Bobby’s summer clothes’. When you get to your destination, this helps you decide what to unpack first.

Also, don’t forget to write on each box—and on your list—the name of the room where each box or item will go in your new home. This will help the removalists unpack faster, and you’ll have everything in its proper place the first day in your new home.

Buy Plenty of Supplies

Nothing pushes the stress buttons more than running out of markers, stickers, wrap, boxes, or tape. Most removalists will provide boxes for you—many times free—so get plenty of them. Take advantage of their generosity and save yourself a trip to the local supermarket for extra boxes. Be sure not to overfill boxes. Tape them well so they don’t burst open if the driver hits a pothole.

Organise as You Go

Keep items with their accessories as you pack. Pack books with bookends, wiring with devices, and appliances with their cords and extension cords. Pack holiday trim with your artificial trees and parts in sealed plastic bags taped to the item they belong to.

Take Your Most Important Papers and Valuables with You

Unless they’re larger antiques that you cannot move yourself, take your valuables, such as jewellery, coins, and your important papers, with you. That way, if you need a paper, it’s right at hand. And, trust us, even though we’d take extra good care of it, you’ll be a lot less stressed if you know Grandma’s ruby brooch is right beside you, tucked away in its special box, all ready for its new home.

When you’re ready to ditch the stress for a smooth move, call on the experienced removalists at Zoom Removals. Book your move today.

You were perfectly happy in your Sydney home. A block big enough to have a lovely garden, nice neighbours, great schools. Then your partner came home and announced a promotion. Trouble is, you’d have to move to Brisbane. Near her office. In an apartment tower.

No chance for a garden there. Who knows about the neighbours?

And the worst thing about it? She’s heading off in a week, leaving you to handle all the arrangements.

Talk about a recipe for stress. You can feel the cortisol build up as she drones on about the new office.

Take a breath—and take a few tips from the professional removalists at Zoom Removals.

Know You’re Not Alone

First of all, know you’re not alone. Psychologists rate moving on the stress scale right up there with divorce—and even with losing a loved one. When that move requires a huge change in your lifestyle, it’s even more of a challenge.

Find Ways to Lower Your Stress Level

Use stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, and even ‘retail therapy’ to help ease the burden. Shopping for furnishings for your new place—like a windowsill garden box for your sky-high digs—can help move you from stress overload to joyful anticipation.

Create a Nostalgic Sanctuary in Your New Home

If you can, plan at least one room to resemble your current home. It will ease the transition and provide a place in which you’ll feel centred. Curtains, furniture—even wall art and photographs—will create a feeling of familiarity.

Plan to Have Help Come Moving Day

When you face a move you’d rather not have happen, you need to spend some time with friends and familiar places, saying your goodbyes and forming a mental picture you can take with you wherever you go. If you can, treat yourself to your removalists’ packing service. Leave all the tough work for them. That way, you can keep your routine as normal as possible. You may even want to use the extra time to do some long-distance job hunting in your new location, provided you haven’t found work there yet.

Make Checklists

Even if you do have extra help moving, making checklists for the tasks you can’t delegate can make you feel in control. Every time you mark something ‘done’, it helps you take ownership of the move itself. That’s powerful. The more you feel in control, the less stress you will have.

Finally, take the time to say farewell to your old home. Get your mates together, get some takeaway and some bubbly, and celebrate your ongoing friendship and your new life. Plan to meet again—and then make sure you keep that appointment.

When it’s time to move, call on the removalists who make the process easy—the professionals at Zoom Removals. Book your move today.

You just got a call to fill your dream job.

The only problem, it’s in a faraway state—and you have to move right away.

Or maybe you were too busy wrapping up loose ends at your current job to take care of hiring a removalist, packing your things, and getting all your paperwork together.

Either way, you have a move coming up in just a few days—and you’re in full-on panic mode.

No worries. Take some tips from the professional removalists at Zoom Removals—and you can handle your last-minute move like a pro.

1. First Off, Call the Removalists

Since many removalists have full schedules, it’s important to book your move right away—especially if it’s during their peak season. Tell them your situation—and they’ll do their best to work you in. If you haven’t packed yet, it might be a good idea to pay a little extra to have your removalist pack most of your things.

2. Take Care of Paperwork Before You Move

Have your medical, dental, and veterinary records transferred to providers in your new location. If you have children in school, fill out all the required papers to transfer them to their new school. Cancel utility service at your old home and schedule it to turn on at your new home.

3. Start Purging Inessentials

Travel light. People whose jobs keep them moving often, such as Defence families and corporate executives on the rise, know that culling your belongings to eliminate all but the most valuable and essential is the key to a successful move.

You really don’t need every paper the kiddos brought home from school. Limit it to a few, and you can enjoy all the memories without all the clutter. Similarly, that clothing that used to fit a few years ago but you can barely get one let into today—pitch it. Chances are by the time you get down to the required weight, the item will be hopelessly outdated.

Keep things that have value to you and your household. Whether their value is monetary or sentimental, pare your collection down to your finest and pack those. You really don’t need five different sets of crockery. Sell or donate your least favourites.

If you haven’t room for something that has great value to you, consider storage instead. That way, if you do find room for it in your new home, you can retrieve it then.

4. Pack Your First-Week Essentials

Pack enough clothing, food, and household basics to last you until you unpack your things at your new location. Plan to take important legal papers and valuables with you, not in the moving van.

5. Enlist Your Friends and Family to Help You Move

If you run short of time, don’t hesitate to call on those close to you. Make it a farewell party with takeaway food and good vibes—and you’ll make memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

With these tips, you’ll be on your way to your new home in no time, ready to embark on your new adventure. If you have an upcoming move—don’t wait. Book your move today with the expert removalists at Zoom Removals.

Cats, according to the feline health experts at Hill’s Pet Foods, ‘develop strong bonds with their environment’. Some cats are so sensitive to changes in place that they even run away to their former home when their owner moves. To keep your cat safe from his or her own instincts and other moving hazards, follow these tips for stress-free moving with your cat from the moving experts at Zoom Removals.

Keep Kitty Confined while the Removalists Pack Your Things

Before the removalists come, put your cat, his or her litter box, food, water, cat carrier, and favourite bedding in an empty room. Place a sign on the door to tell the removalists not to go into the room. Keep your cat in the room until you get ready to leave the home.

Move Your Cat’s Essentials with You

Just like you pack a first-week bag for each of your family members, pack one for your cat as well. Food, favourite toys, bedding, and dishes should go with you if possible. If not, ask your removalists to put your cat’s bag of belongings towards the back of the van so they will unload it first.

Travel with Your Cat if Possible

Keep your cat with you in the car. Make sure to keep him or her in the carrier until you arrive at your new home to ensure he or she won’t hop out during the trip. If you have a long trip, and the cat needs to relieve himself or herself, use a collar or leash—or allow him to use the litter box. Have water freely available to your cat during the trip.  If you have to fly, see if you can hold your cat in your carrier on your lap. Otherwise, make sure your cat carrier contains familiar objects, such as a favourite blanket, that will provide familiar scents and keep your cat calm. Never allow your cat to sit in a hot car unattended.

Make Sure Your Cat Has an ID Tag or is Microchipped

Though you take all the precautions in the world, your cat may still find a way to escape. It’s important that you have a collar on your cat or have him microchipped to ensure that he or she will be returned to your care.

Once You Arrive, Place Your Cat in a Pre-Cat Scented Room

Cats’ sense of smell is keen. Use that sense to create a familiar environment for him or her in one of the rooms in your new home. Since cats have scent glands around their faces, use a soft cloth to rub your cat on his or her cheeks and face. Rub the cloth with the cat’s scent on it around your new home, starting with the first room you keep your cat in.

Keep Your Cat Inside for a Few Weeks

Allow your cat to get used to your new home for a few weeks before you let him or her explore outside. If your cat is used to a collar and leash, you may want to take him or her outside with a leash until she or he seems calm in the new environment.

Maintain Your Cat’s Normal Routine

Once everything’s unpacked, try to keep your cat’s schedule as normal as possible. Feeding times, times you turn your home’s lights off and on, and your family bedtime should stay the same as it was in your previous home.

With these tips, your move can be as much of an adventure for your cat as it is for you. For more moving tips or to discuss an upcoming move, contact the moving professionals at Zoom Removals today.