Moving homes while bringing along your feline companions is a unique experience that should only be carried out with some preparation. Here’s a guide to effectively handling your move with your cats as prepared by the residential moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
Don’t Change your Cat’s Routine
Keep feeding your cat like you normally do. Same food, same feeding times.
Try to play with your cats at the same times that you normally do.
Make sure to keep giving your cat attention throughout the move.
Keep your Cat Relaxed
Try to stay calm yourself, as your cat can likely tell if you’re stressed out. Try to keep your cat in a separate area from lots of strangers, so it can relax and stay around only people that it’s familiar with.
Bring your cat to the Veterinarian
Make sure to get your cat a checkup before a long distance move. Get a full medical check-up of your cat, and ask for full copies of your cat’s medical records including it’s immunization passport so that you can sign your cat up with a new veterinarian when you arrive at the new city. You may want to speak to your cat’s doctor about possibly giving it anti anxiety medication for the move.
Bringing a Cat Transporter
Make sure that the cat’s shipping container is big enough that your cat can move around, sit, stand, lay down, and turn comfortably.
Make sure that your cat carrier is made of metal, wood, or plastic – or another rigid material. Make sure that the top of the carrier is solid, and that it has ventilation openings on its sides. Make sure that the door can securely latch so that the cat can’t escape during the move.
Keeping your Cat Safe
Ask a trusted friend, family member, or friend if they can watch your cat during the packing and moving process.
If you can’t do this, make sure there’s an area you can keep your cat away from the loud noises and frenzy of packing, and keep the door sealed with a Do Not Disturb sign that prevents anyone from suddenly opening the door and disturbing your pet.
Packing for your Cat
Arrange your packing so your cat is the last thing that gets placed in your vehicle.
Bring a bag of all the essentials that your cat might need including it’s favorite food, water, toys, blankets, or pillows.
Don’t let your cat loose in your car because it might give it extreme anxiety.
Stay in pet friendly hotels or motels along the way.
Once You’re Moved In
Make sure to leave your cat in a designated room with all food and water essentials as well as comfort objects.
Make sure the room is clean and has no scents or signs of other animals or pets.
Make sure that escape routes from the room are blocked in case your cat panics and tries to leave.
Leave the pet carrier open in the room because it might help the pet stay more comfortable.
Let the cat out of the room when it seems to have calmed down and relaxed.
Close all windows and doors in the new location that leads outside to prevent the cat from being able to run away.
Make sure that your cat has a collar with your cell phone number on it.
Keep an eye on your cat’s behavior to ensure that it’s not depressed out of your move.
Once you’re moved in, devote as much time to playing and spending time with your cat as possible.
Spring is coming – we can just taste it. We’ve gotten through the bulk of the Winter, and can’t wait for the warm weather and outdoor hangouts that come along with Spring. Here’s a guide to successful Springtime moves, as prepared by the residential and commercial moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
Plan your Move as Early as Possible
It’s the best to organize your home move as early as humanly possible, and as soon as you know you’re going to need to move. Springtime is a great time of year to schedule your household move. Before people start arranging their moves, get ahead of the game by calling an expert moving company and locking in a moving date that firmly fits into your schedule.
Have a yard sale
Warming up temperatures means that more people will be spending time outside, which is ideal if you need to unpack any belongings before your special moving day. If you anticipate some comfortably warm weather coming up, take full advantage by planning a yard sale to help you declutter before your move, cutting down the amount of items that you will need to pack and move – and make some money at the same time!
Stay Aware of Weather Changes
Warm springtime weather can make anyone feel prepared to handle any difficulty level of a household move, but it should be remembered exactly how unpredictable springtime weather can be. Make sure to prepare yourself for rapidly changing temperatures and chances of rain (or sometimes even snow) on the date of your moving day to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and supplies in order to handle any sort of inclement weather that may occur.
Interstate moving and intrastate moving are vastly different services based on logistics and manpower. Here’s a guide from the moving experts at Noah’s Ark on how to understand the variable details of both interstate and intrastate moves, so that you can be better prepared for your residential move or commercial move.
What’s the basic difference?
If you cross any sort of State lines during your moving process it is considered an interstate move – even if your initial location is located in the same state as your final destination. If it turns out that you are making an interstate move, your moving company may require different types of permits and/or insurance due to seperate State regulations – but don’t worry, Noah’s Ark has all the necessary permits, and is prepared to handle any sort of cross State move.
While this might mean simply transporting goods from one state to a different state, real interstate moves are defined by the crossing of any border – like mentioned above, even if there is a return to the originating State. This even applies to simple shipped goods, even in containers. These definitions in the United States are defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) who sets many shipping regulations. Noah’s Ark are fully versed and prepared to navigate the crossing of State lines – but it should be said, that usually Interstate moves cost more than Intrastate moves, simply due to the added requirement of special permits.
These moves are cheaper than those that involve the crossing of State borders. These moves are not governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and instead are governed by the individual State in which you will be moving. It couldn’t hurt to educate yourself about your individual State’s regulations – especially if you are moving large amounts of goods or technical equipment – but for simple moves, you can rest easy and trust that the moving experts at Noah’s Ark have got you covered with all necessary permits and insurance coverage.
Bubble wrap – one of life’s simple and most strange pleasures. This weirdly stimulating packing material is often found in massive quantities after a residential move or commercial move – and is seemingly good for nothing else but popping and then recycling. But don’t waste it all! Here’s some great ways to make the most of your bubble wrap after you’re done transporting your belongings, and give it a brand new purpose.
If your home windows are drafty simply place a layer of bubble wrap over it, keeping the warm air inside and preventing cold air from leaking in. You can additionally utilize bubble wrap to make bathroom windows out to the street more opaque and private.
You can protect groceries by placing bubble wrap at the bottom of reusable grocery bags. This keeps fruit and produce from bruising if the bag is dropped, and all glass materials inside the bag will be protected from bumping!!
Stuff accessories like backpacks, purses, handbags, big hats, or boots with bubble wrap before placing them in storage in order to keep them from losing their proper shape.
You can recycle bubble wrap through UPS’s Eco Responsible Packaging Program that accepts old bubble wrap to be reused; they provide the same service for packing peanuts.
If you have outdoor potted plants, place bubble wrap around your pots before placing in soil, leaving room for the drainage hole at the lower part of the pot. This insulation can protect the roots of your outdoor plants from getting damaged by the cold as long as it doesn’t remain below freezing for extended amounts of time.
This is maybe the most obvious and default use for old bubble wrap; allowing children (or you) to indulge in popping or jumping on it, painting in it, or making some weird bubble wrap mummy craft. The possibilities are simply endless.
You can easily find someone to take a ton of bubble wrap off your hands through venus like Freecycle and Craigslist if you just want it out as soon as possible.
Now that Winter is barreling down on us, the moving and storage experts at Noah’s Ark wanted to provide our loyal community and customers with a guide to home Winterization, so you can be fully prepared for this cold Winter and keep your brand new home safe and comfortable.
This is incredibly important – make sure that your home has enough heat and that your HVAC operation is working safely in order to ensure the comfort and safety of your entire household. Remember:
Your HVAC system and furnace need to be checked slightly before it starts to get even colder.
Make sure that your CO and smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
Never leave space heaters unattended.
Make sure your chimney is clean and free of all obstructions.
Make sure a fire extinguisher is easily accessible.
Have spare blankets and warm clothing on hand for emergencies or colder nights.
Windows and Doors
Make sure to insulate your windows and doors to consolidate both your heat and your energy bills.
Check weather stripping in door frames and window frames for heat loss.
Seal damage or gaps in door or window frames.
Fix all drafts or leaks that air can come through.
Add additional insulation when needed.
A quick option is plastic being placed over a window until you can find a more elegant and permanent solution.
Make sure to have kits on hand for emergencies, storms, or HVAC issues. These kits should contain:
Flashlights, matches, and candles.
Bottled water and non-perishable food to eat.
First aid kits.
Blankets / Pillows
If you’re planning on car travel during the winter make sure that you have everything you might need in the event of an automotive breakdown. Always keep the following inside your vehicle during the winter:
Moving into your number one apartment is a major life step which can be carried out according to your personal tastes and wishes. Finally, you can decorate how you want, not worry about waking up or bothering family or housemates when you get home in the middle of the night and want to root around the back of the fridge, and you can finally exercise the freedom and independence you’ve been craving for so long. It can be a hard test of financial independence and management however, which is why the apartment experts at Noah’s Ark have prepared this brief blog entry on how to save money and budget when you’re moving to your first apartment.
Determine and Maintain your Budget
When finding your first apartment, you might be drawn to a place that you’re aware is just slightly outside of your reasonable budget point. While this isn’t necessary a disastrous approach, just be aware that it will come with some sacrifice, and that you’re going to have to budget the cash discrepancy out of some other area of your life. Make sure to be choosy and careful, and only sign onto a lease or rental agreement that you’re fully sure that you can afford on your own.
Budget all Aspects
Make sure to budget all aspects of your life besides your rent. We recommend adhering to the 50-30-20 rule – half of your income should be set for fixed monthly charges like utilities, rent, groceries, and automotive payments. 30 percent of your budget should be saved or invested, and 20 percent should be saved for leisure activities like restaurants, partying, concerts, or other recreational activities.
Be creative with decoration!
Don’t spend all your money on brand new furniture! Instead, look at local yard sales, thrift stores, or even the free section of Craigslist to find cheap furniture. Write out a checklist of the essential furniture you need and check items off as you go to ensure that you’re only purchasing the important pieces. We recommend a minimal decorative approach.
Don’t eat out at restaurants every day. We recommend investing in a pressure cooker, spices, and dried goods like beans. You can prepare a whole bunch of a nutritious and filling recipe like Chili ahead of the week, and freeze lots of it, setting it aside to be reheated throughout the week for a quick meal.
Find ways to make extra money by working side gigs, freelance opportunities, or even a weekend job. Save that extra money for a while, and soon you’ll be find that you’re sitting on quite a bit of savings that can tide you over vacation or work free periods.
Here at Noah’s Ark, we’re advocates of the urbane appeal of living in an apartment, but sometimes a house is just much better for particular families – which is why we prepared this brief blog entry composed of a list detailing the various reasons that you might want to choose to move from a city apartment to a traditional house.
Your Family is Growing
You might be starting your family and considering that your one bedroom apartment simply isn’t much space. Even a single child in a tiny apartment can be a stretch, but multiple children requires a bit of space for both the physical and mental well being of the children – as well as the parents. You’re going to want to have space for the kids to run around, and space to be by yourself to get a little peace and quiet. When you factor in the ultimate luxury of having your own laundry inside your home, living in a house just sounds better and better.
Having a yard can be an ultimate peaceful pleasure and luxury. You might consider gardening, design outdoor get togethers or barbecues, or even adopting a dog. Having a back or front yard can give your family fantastic space and breathing room, and is almost guaranteed to improve your quality of life.
You’re sick of the Rent Rat Race
Paying rent can be a constant cycle, and it can be a major relief to pay off a mortgage on a home, knowing that you want to stay there indefinitely, or at least for a long, long while, and won’t have to worry about scrambling to make rent payments every month. It can be a fantastic investment – in both the financial, mental, and spiritual senses.
You have more freedom to paint and decorate your home than you do in an apartment where you need to fit into the parameters allowed by your landlord. Living in a house allows you to customize and upgrade the layout, adding or subtracting walls or rooms, switching lighting, creating brand new use-specific areas, or really anything your creative mind can think of!
You have way more room to entertain guests inside a house rather than an apartment. Now, you can allow guests to comfortably stay over inside a guest room, rather than on a couch or an air mattress. You could even use the extra space to throw rolicking house parties – or go the other route and use the extra space as an office or hobby room.
Working at Home
Working from home is a fantastic opportunity, and it can be much easier and more pleasurable to do inside a house rather than an apartment. Working from a house allows you peace from the noise of the interior, neighbors, and city around you – and help you avoid the problem of having to bicker over a designated work area, as well as the distractions of all the piled-together nearby accoutrements of the average sized apartment, like dishes inside the kitchen, nearby roommates, or the noise of a television.
We all want to find the perfect house with the perfect interior and perfect amount of space for both our families and our lifestyle. However, at some moments down the road you might have the dawning realization that your house is way too small for you. If you’re still unsure about moving, and need some extra help in determining whether to call your local moving experts, here’s some signs that it’s time to move to more expansive digs as prepared by the moving experts at Noah’s Ark.
If you’re having a kid, moving parents or grandparents into your home, or have someone coming back from school or travel, you’re going to need more space. Any increase in people also means an increase in bathroom space, storage space, kitchen space, etc… Especially if you’re having new kids and want to give them tons of room to run around and play!
You crave a change in scenery
You might want to move to a different area with different ambience or social lives, or you might want to move to an area that make it easier for you to calmly live out your ideal lifestyle. You might also want to help your child successfully attend a school far from your current living space. Location makes a huge difference in quality of life – so if you feel unsatisfied, moving might be the best answer!
You have begun to make more money
If you just got a raise, new employment, or just won the lottery, it’s a great time to get a bigger house,. Having a large yard or a bigger kitchen to cook in will allow you to better prioritize your time so you can focus on doing the things that you really love.
You have low quality of life
If your area is driving you crazy, due to everything from noisy neighbors to a long commute, it’s essential to improve your quality of life by moving to a new area – not to mention the changes of growing even more organized by moving into a home with more room to effectively and safely store your vast belongings.
You crave aesthetic changes and always think of remodeling
If you’re considering remodeling on a daily basis, it could be time to move somewhere elegant yet cozy. Remodeling can often be more expensive and difficult than simply moving to a brand new ideal home, not to mention carrying the stress of forcing you to live in a construction area for a long time to come. We highly recommend moving rather than dealing with the easy-to-snowball stress of moving your home.
When the air turns cool, home decorating stores start to burst at the seams with seasonal decorations. Decorating your home for the crisp and magical season, where the whole world seems to shift to a cozy and atmospheric mood, is a great way to add another level of comfort and artistry to your home. From warm colors to strange decorations, autumn is one of the most unique seasons for transforming your home – however it’s not always budget compatible to redecorate your apartment – so here’s some easy and fast Autumn decoration tips for any budget, as prepared by the Fall Fanatics at Noah’s Ark.
Fantastic Finds at a Farmer’s Market or Grocery Store
Autumn is the harvest season, and you can easily find great decorations for your home at any nearby market. Apples, wheat stalks, squash, and pumpkins are cheap, plentiful, and easy to bring home. Check out boxes of oddly shaped squash in all sorts of sizes and shapes for table center pieces, the sides of stairs, or counter space accoutrements. Even better yet, these decorations are ready to eat!
Solutions at Home Gardening Stores
Since Autumn is the start of a slow season at plant nurseries and home gardening stores, this is the perfect time for you to find fantastic deals at these locations on all sorts of items. Look for wheelbarrows, wooden planters, or even decorative items like bales of hay. All these items are only sold for a specific time, and these stores usually like to get them sold very quickly – so make sure to take advantage of the seasonal prices and check out your local store early in October.
Sensual Fabrics, Scents, and Colors
You might already have everything necessary to transform your home into an Autumn sanctuary! First, decide on your desired color palate – from reds and oranges to a more muted choice of browns, or even dark wooden colors with splashes of purple or red. First, remove items that conflict with your color palate, like the Summery blues and greens, but keep up everything already in place in the background of your home. Then find some additions like warmly toned pillows, blankets, posters, or statuettes to fill your house with that Fall spirit. Then, make sure to add other senses to your home – scent and flavor can be filled in with apples, cinnamon sticks, pumpkins, and apple cider – we like to go with natural, rather than artificial scents. Then, buy pillar or votive candles, which add a fantastic warm and cozy atmosphere that will make your house a cozy realm safe from the cooling air outside.
Whether you’re working from your living space on a full time basis, or simply spend your off work time working on personal projects, having a home office can help you stay productive. However, it can be hard creating a home office when you have limited space in your home. Here’s a guide to creating a home office from the residential space experts at Noah’s Ark.
You can easily repurpose a closet as a home office. Depending on how big the closet is, consider taking off the doors. The simplest way to convert a closet into a home office is by running a flat piece of wood across the length of the space and placing a desktop inside it, along with any shelves, drawers, corkboards, or modular furniture that you may need. For privacy or if you want the home office to be unseen when not in use, use a tension rod and curtains to seal the space.
Rolling Portable Office
Consider getting a rolling office cart with drawers of file folders, places to keep ephemera, or even an expandable desktop. You can customize the cart to your specific space requirements and personal needs. We recommend starting with rolling drawers and adding a table top, magnetic spots, a whiteboard, and sets of hanging files. You could even include a power strip with a power cord for when you want to plug your cart’s belongings into a single outlet for power ups.
People often neglect the corners of their homes, which quickly become the home to dust bunnies and not much else. Corner office desks are widely available online, and are custom made for maximum space-conservation, practical use, and ergonomic comfort. All it takes a simple search online to uncover a plethora of options. So if you have a bit of a budget to spend prefabricated items, and an unused corner, this could be a super simple solution.