Make Advance Reservations: Depending on
where you live, you might need to obtain a
parking permit for the moving truck or van.
Also, if you live in a high-rise building, you
should check to see if you need to reserve
use of the elevator.
Smile and File: Gather and organize your
important documents in advance and have
them ready to go, you never know if you
might need access to them in your new
home. Never place these items in the trunk
of your car. A short list of documents to
take with you includes birth certificates,
life insurance policies, medical and dental
records, real estate documents and school
records. Other helpful items include an
address book, appliance manuals, appraisals
for high-value items, and your copy of the
household goods descriptive inventory.
GET GOING! THE DAY OF THE
Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that is.
Anything that you wish to take with you and
NOT have packed should be placed within
an area that you identify to the movers as
the “Do Not Pack – Do Not Move Zone.”
This would include anything from your
important papers and documents, luggage,
medications, travel clothing and toiletries,
and favorite toys for the kids.
Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate
the items you will need the most when you
first arrive in your new home and have the
movers pack and load them separately so
they will be the first to unload in your new
home. If you are putting items into storage
and you need special items for a temporary
living situation, clearly mark and separate
these items before the mover arrives. Some
items to consider for your First Night Care
Kit include alarm clocks, a can opener,
first-aid items, clean sheets and pillow cases,
toiletries, a flashlight, extension cords,
basic tools and hardware from disassembled
TIPS FOR RELOCATING
A HAPPY PET
Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts,
but there are some things you can do as a pet owner to make sure
their transition is as seamless as yours.
First and foremost is getting your pet to your new home safely – and
happily. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile,
make sure you pack the basics for your pet – just like you’d pack an
overnight bag for yourself and your family – that includes food, water,
medicine, and any special toys or blankets,
If you’re going by car, plan for frequent stops for food, water and
bathroom breaks – for your pet and for yourself. Resist the temptation
to feed Fido or Fluffy while you’re in the car – otherwise you might
have an unpleasant accident to deal with.
According to PetTravelCenter.com, an online community resource
with tips, tricks and resources for “happy pet relocation,” good-to-have items while traveling include a portable kennel, pet travel
bowls and any special feeders. They also recommend that your pet’s
vaccinations are current before you travel – it’s one less thing you
have to worry about when you get to your destination.
Next, it’s absolutely imperative that your pet has proper identification. If
your pet doesn’t have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it could
be difficult to get he or she back home. But what happens if your dog
or cat won’t wear a collar? Many veterinarians recommend having a
microchip surgically implanted as the best way to identify a lost pet.
Even after your pet gets used to your new neighborhood, a microchip
is still the best way to avoid losing your pet. The microchip is your best
chance to get your pet home safely, since animal shelters and other
pet centers always scan stray pets to see if there’s a microchip.
Finding a new veterinarian for your pet should also be at the top of the
list; city relocation guides are a good resource, as are local pet stores,
Humane Societies and animal shelters. It’s also a great excuse to get
to know your new neighbors. Neighbors with pets are a great resource
and can also give you valuable pet tips specific to your neighborhood.
Annual licensing and vaccination are required for dogs and cats living
in the Colorado, although regulations vary from county to county.
Denver requires that dogs and cats 6 months and older be licensed
within 30 days of being in the city. Here are some area resources to
help you get the information you need.
Denver Division of Animal Care and Control.....................303-698-0076
Dumb Friends League.............................................................303-751-5772
Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.....................................720-241-7111
Metro Denver Shelter Alliance................................................303-539-7267
State Board of Veterinary Medicine........................................303-894-7755