Moving Tips for Pet Owners

Whether you’ve moved once or a hundred times, you’ll know all of the planning and coordinating that goes into pulling off a successful relocation. Whether it’s a local, cross-country or out-of-state move, or even an international move, you need to stay proactive and put a lot of planning into your relocation to make sure you’ve chosen the right new place, right movers (or self-moving strategy), as well as the right time to move! On top of that, packing isn’t exactly anyone’s favorite experience.

Now, since your last move, you may have found yourself adding a new dog or cat (or other animal!) to your family. Hooray! A new best friend! 

We all love our pets, but coordinating a move and making sure they’re properly taken care of during the entire process can be another complicated detail to take care of. However, moving with a pet doesn’t have to be an arduous or stressful process. With our latest tips for moving with pets, you’ll be in the best shape possible to make sure your pet gets to your new location safely and without too much stress. 


Make Sure Their Collar ID Information is Current


Before your moving day, make sure your pet(s)’ tags and identification information on their collar(s) is up to date and accurate. Moving can be really chaotic, and can involve a lot of people moving into, out of, and around your home. 

Ideally, you would put your pet in a separate room to keep them away from the chaos, but if that’s not possible, make sure their information is up to date just in case they get scared and make a dash for the door. There’s nothing worse than having your pet get out and having to chase after them or track them down, but it would be even worse if they didn’t have your current information on their collar in order to make sure they get home safely.

Additionally, make sure to microchip your pet to make sure they can be located and returned to you if their collar is lost. 


Keep Your Movers Informed


If you’re using a moving company for your relocation, make sure they know that you have a pet(s), and to be mindful of them. Make sure they know what sort of pet/pets you have, and if there are any special instructions they’ll need to follow as far as their conduct around your animals. 


Moving Day


On the day of your move, it’s ideal to either bring your pet to a friend’s or family member’s house to keep them out of the way and less stressed during moving day. Alternatively, try to house them in their crate, or in a separate room where they’ll be able to be out of the way and not in any danger. They’re probably going to be as stressed as you are on moving day, so make sure they’re attended to and don’t have any chance to get spooked and bolt. 




Make sure you’re transporting your smaller animals in proper well-ventilated carriers that are the proper size for them, and that are comfortable. If you have a larger dog, make sure they’re on a leash at all times and cannot run away if they get frightened. 

Make sure to keep your pet with you during all steps of the transportation itself – NEVER put any pet in any sort of enclosed space like a trunk or moving truck.


Long Distance Moving with Pets


Our points from the last tip apply even more so to this one. Make sure your pets are comfortable and kept with you at all times during the transportation process. If you’re moving long distance with a pet, plan out your trip to make sure any hotels you’re staying in are pet-friendly.

If your pet has anxiety or gets car-sick easily, also make sure to plan ahead to keep them comfortable. Talk to your veterinarian to see of any treatments or recommendations they might have, as well as any possible medications to keep your pet comfortable over the long distances you’ll cover together. 

With both short and long distances, make sure to take frequent breaks to get out of the car and let your pet stretch their legs, as well as to give them frequent bathroom breaks. If you’re at a rest stop or really any outside area, make sure to keep your pet leashed or otherwise contained to ensure their safety. 

Now that you’re ready to start on the moving process, make sure to give your pet a little extra love, care, and attention during this time. If you’re stressed, they’ll be stressed. Worse than that, they won’t know why you’re stressed! Take time to reassure them and make sure they know they’re not going anywhere without you!

Once you’re in your new home, make sure to also take the time to safely introduce them to the space and let them take it all in. After all, it’s their home too! Good luck and happy moving.

How to Move to a New City By Yourself

Moving anywhere by yourself for the first time can be a stressful and emotional experience – never mind moving by yourself to an entirely new city. You’ll experience feelings of apprehension, anxiety, nervousness and of being overwhelmed. It won’t be easy, but it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and see new places and experience new opportunities – while keeping your head on your shoulders.


Keep in Contact with Friends & Family

After you’ve dealt with the whirlwind that will be moving and getting settled, you might start feeling lonely in your new surroundings. Before you’ve found new friends or established a routine in your new place, it’s easier to fall into a sense of despair or homesickness for your old home or surroundings. Don’t let yourself get caught up in that – this uncertainty and loneliness is only temporary.


Keep your friends and family as a support system for you during this transition period – they’re there for you and will be there to share things about your past home and hear things about your new home. Set scheduled Facetimes or Skype calls with them and make sure to call your family regularly to ease any feelings of missing them.


Settle into Your New Surroundings

A hard part about living in a new place by yourself and in a new city is feeling like a stranger in your own place. Don’t put off unpacking – it’ll make you feel better when you’re done. Settle into your new house and make it a home. You’ll feel less anxious when your frames are on the walls and your books are on your new shelves. Creating a safe space for yourself is a good jumping off point to feeling comfortable in your new surroundings.


Explore the Area

Get out and explore your new city – look for fun shopping spots or good places for coffee or take out. Once you’re more familiar with your area, you’ll feel more comfortable and be more likely to get out of your safe space and meet new people.


Make Connections

Join or volunteer at a community organization, or talk to your new colleagues at work or classmates at school. Invite someone to go for a drink or grab lunch with you, or ask someone to show you around. Everything takes time – you won’t make friends overnight, but even working at it little by little can help.

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What to Look for When Hiring Akron Movers for a City Move

If you’re moving to or from a city or a high-rise apartment, getting your things to or from your new location can be a lot more complicated than suburban moving. To keep your spirits high and your stress levels low, it’s important to find Akron movers who are well experienced and equipped for city moves.


Here are some perks to hiring movers specializing in city moves:


Familiarity with the Area

No matter what city you’re living in, it’s important to have movers who know their way around your city and area. From tiny side streets to strange parking situations, it’s important to have people conducting your move who are familiar with local setups and who are prepared to handle them.

Experience in Navigating Buildings

Navigating any unique home can be an experience in and off itself, but navigating the twists and turns of city apartment buildings is a whole other story. From modern high rises to older walk ups with no elevators, it’s important to have movers familiar with the style of city building (and any narrow hallways or tight stairways) that you may live in.

Proper Equipment

Just as experience with city building types is important, it’s also important to employ movers who have equipment specifically tailored to help navigate your building or city home, as well as move anything you have through tight hallways or stairways.


Hiring movers who specialize in city moves isn’t much different from hiring movers to conduct a suburban or rural area move – it’s all about finding what’s right for you. Make sure you do your research and make sure that your movers are familiar with your type of building and in moving your items through the city. Make sure they are insured and have reasonable pricing options, and have friendly and helpful customer service representatives. Happy moving!


Contact RLD today for any questions or concerns you may have about your upcoming move.

How to Recycle and Reuse Your Moving Boxes

Are you coming out of a move and are now left with a plethora of empty boxes you have no use for? Do you feel bad for throwing away so many boxes, but don’t know how else you would put them to use? Read further for some tips and handy hacks to put your leftover moving boxes to good use, or to put them to use in your home.


  1. Donate Them to Others

If you’ve just moved, especially in the summer months, odds are others around you are moving as well. Donate your boxes from your move to friends or put them up on Facebook Marketplace, FreeCycle, Nextdoor, or Craigslist to recycle and reuse them.  Clearing the boxes out of your house will help you feel more accomplished, and will put them to good use.


  1. Give Them to Your Kids or Neighbors’ Kids

There’s nothing children love more than creating spaceships or playhouses out of cardboard boxes of any size. Your old moving boxes might just be an annoyance or something that just takes up space in your new house, but for your or your new neighbors’ kids, it could make for a fun art and crafts project or just a fun makeshift playhouse for them. They can make spaceships, boats, mini store fronts, or cut them up and glue them all together or make one big cardboard playhouse in their room or in the backyard!


  1. Turn Them into Makeshift Storage

Since you’ve just moved, odds are you don’t have a ton of storage set up already in your new home. Whatever can’t fit in new closet or spaces might just be lying about for the time being, but why not put those old moving boxes to good use? Store your seasonal items in your new garage, attic, or hall closet using your old moving boxes – at least for the time being. It will allow you to get some things out of the way while you settle in and allow you to reuse your boxes responsibly.


Whether you’re planning to donate or reuse your moving boxes, there’s always a better option than just throwing them out. Recycle them or look online for addition donation places to bring them to.

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What Not To Pack For Your Upcoming Move

When conducting a move, any one item being out of place or not accounted for is enough to send you over the edge with stress and throw you completely off of your rhythm. A big issue in this is knowing what to pack and what do get rid of before the move itself. Letting go of things can be really difficult, especially if you haven’t moved in a while and have acquired a lot of sentimental items during your time at your current home. However, by consciously going through all of your things well ahead of time and really considering what is going to hinder your move in the long run, your relocation process can be made a lot easier.


How to Declutter Before a Move

Organize your items into ‘keep’, ‘donate’, ‘sell’, and ‘throw away’ sections. For items you want to sell, hold a garage sale, list them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or sell them online. Bring your donations to a local drop off or to Goodwill – coats, blankets, electronics, appliances, and office equipment are the things these places really look for.


What Not to Pack When Moving

A good strategy to use when considering what to get rid of during a move is to make a list of how much you use each item, how much it’s worth, and how easy it is to replace. If you don’t use an expensive item that’s also easy to replace, get rid of it. The following are some things to cut down on:


  1. Clothing: It’s easy to end up with too many clothes in any situation, but when moving, over packing clothing can turn into a nightmare. Get rid of anything you don’t regularly use, and keep your favorites.
  2. Bulky/Heavy Items: Books, electronics, records and record players, and those sorts of household items are easy to load up on, but are really annoying to move. The golden rule is to get rid of it if you’ve already read it, or if it just collects dust in your corner. Don’t make your move harder than it has to be!
  3. Garage Items: Your garage can be a black hole of sorts for just throwing unused junk to the wayside. Clear out your garage first – it’s bound to be full of unwanted and forgotten about stuff that you can otherwise sell or get rid of.
  4. Appliances: Especially in the kitchen, it’s easy to acquire a lot of appliances that you don’t really use. Don’t weight yourself down during your move with that milkshake maker you’ve never touched – sell or get rid of it!
  5. Old Furniture: Don’t take more than you have to, especially if the furniture is really heavy. Plus, moving to a new place could be an opportunity to get some new furnishings and revamp your style furniture-wise!


When decluttering or organizing your items before a big move, it’s important to prioritize and simplify before the actual day of moving. It might be tempting to oversimplify and just get rid of everything, but that’s not a solution either. As long as you prioritize and take inventory of all of your things and get rid of anything that isn’t needed, you’ll be good to go.

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What’s Better for a Move: Plastic Containers or Cardboard Boxes?

When tackling a move, it can be hard to know which container is best for keeping your items safe, away from the elements, and the most moving-friendly. Nobody wants to pick up a box or container full of fragile things and have the bottom give out or lid break or just have everything fall apart. Torn between using plastic containers or cardboard boxes for your relocation? Read below for a guide to choosing the right packing and moving options for you.


Plastic Totes vs. Cardboard Boxes

Overall, for small moves across town or nearby, using boxes or plastic containers doesn’t make a ton of difference when it comes to durability or ease of use. However, when choosing the right containers for a longer distance move where things have to be stacked or shipped for long periods, it’s important to choose the right packing materials to get your items to your new home safely.



Plastic containers can generally be bigger than cardboard boxes, but that’s not always an advantage. Large totes packed high with items can be too heavy to lift, move, or stack properly. If you choose plastic containers for a move, make sure to choose smaller, easier to move styles rather than large tubs.



Boxes are designed to be more standardized dimension-wise for stacking and for storage, but if you’re reusing boxes or just don’t have boxes of just one size, it can make things tricky to save space in your moving truck. Generally speaking, plastic totes are designed to be stacked easily, but don’t have the design to make them slide into tight spaces easily due to handles or ridges poking out.


Plastic totes are generally more angled, which can compromise the lid when stacking things on top of one another. Unless you have items packed up to the hilt and have support for the bin’s lid, watch out for stacking heavy items on top – the lid could break. Moving boxes are generally made from highly durable materials, but can be more susceptible to the elements or breaking when not taped or secured correctly.



Plastic containers can be more challenging to ship than cardboard boxes due to their size and dimensions. Cardboard boxes are generally the better choice when shipping items long distance.


Regardless of which option you choose in the end, make sure to pack your items securely and safely. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and never place heavy items on top of lighter ones – especially when moving long distance. Stay safe and happy moving!


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Moving in the Rain: Tips for Making the Best Out of Less-Than-Ideal Conditions

To start off, let’s get one thing straight – nobody wants to move in the rain. It’s not exactly the best scenario for both your mood, or for the conditions of your items when running them to and from a moving truck. Moving is stressful enough, and rainy weather doesn’t help. However, having to move on a rainy day doesn’t have to ruin your day or experience. Read below for some tips on how to prepare for a rainy day move (or how to avoid one)!


How to Prepare for a Rainy Day Move

A lot of the time, your moving day is planned in advance and cannot be changed, especially if you’re moving out on the last day of your lease. A lot of the time, it’s all you can do just to hope to avoid a rain storm while moving your items. However, if you start seeing raindrops the morning of your move, it doesn’t have to throw the whole process off.


Check the Forecast

If rain is forecasted for an entire week in a row or for the entire day, there’s nothing much you can do to avoid getting wet. That being said, check the forecast to see any predictions for when rain might let up for a little while, or for when it might just be a little lighter. Try to make runs and get as much done as possible during this time, and take breaks when rain is heavier.


Cover Furniture

If you’re moving furniture or items that can be damaged by water, prepare for rain by getting plastic sheets or tarps to cover your things from the rain. Unless it’s torrential rain, your furniture should be kept safe from rainfall and moisture just from being wrapped up properly.


Make Sure Your Boxes are Secure

If using cardboard boxes in your boxes, make sure to keep your boxes secured and properly taped up to make sure they don’t fall apart or break while moving. The last thing you need is to have your box break open while making a run to the moving truck in the rain. Keep them as dry as possible, but make sure everything is secured and taped up properly.


Park as Close as Possible

The easiest way to avoid having the rain ruin a moving day is to minimize the distance you have to cover. Park the truck as close to your new home as possible and get as much in at once as you can (and have towels on hand).


A rainy day doesn’t have to throw off your entire moving day. If you start to see rain coming down, don’t get upset! Be prepared and get your things in as quickly as possible. Take breaks when rain comes down harder, and don’t stress yourself more than you have to. Good luck!

How Not to Waste Food When Moving

The transition period right before moving to a new place can be difficult to plan for a lot of reasons, but especially when it comes to going grocery shopping or in using up all the food you already have in your refrigerator or pantry. If you’re not moving far, it can be easy to conserve food and move it to your new space, instead of getting rid of everything and wasting perfectly good items.


Go Through Your Fridge & Pantry

It’s important to go through every area where food is stored well before you move. You don’t want to be moving and then having to just throw a bunch of food out the day of. It also isn’t great to leave a ton of food trash outside of your old residence after you leave – and could even get you fined by your landlord or neighborhood. You can never be too early when taking an inventory of your food supplies.


When going through your fridge or pantry, sort your remaining food into categories. Take stock of frozen items, refrigerated items, canned items, boxed items, and cooking and baking supplies/ingredients.  Make sure to write down how much you have of each item.


If you still have some time before you move, start planning meals around making use of these items, and use it as an incentive to cook more at home and try out new recipes! This will also allow you to not have to worry about moving frozen food or perishable items.


What to Get Rid Of

This might go without saying, but throw out anything that’s expired or is about to expire. Pay special attention to condiments or dressings – they often fly under the radar.


If you can’t use up all of your food prior to the day of your move, donate any non-perishables you can. Bring your items to a local food bank or non-profit that benefits the community. Don’t let your items go to waste just because you can’t take them!


For any remaining items, pack food in secure containers for short term moves and bring them over last if you’re moving short distance. If you’re moving long-distance, make sure they are secure and can withstand anything that might occur while in shipment. If you’re in doubt, throw it out!

Moving During the Summer: Tips and Tricks

As summer reaches its height, people are gathering around the world to barbeque, go on vacation, hike, bike and take advantage of the hot temperatures and energy that the season brings. Especially after an especially dismal COVID-19 winter, many people are feeling more invigorated than ever to have fun and get out in the sun.


As summer rolls through, it also means many must gear up to move to a new home. Having more hours of daylight and no cold, snow, or ice makes moving easier in a lot of ways, which makes the summer peak moving season. Whether you’re moving yourself or using a company, use our tips and tricks to keep your moving experience smooth and stress-free this summer.


Plan, Plan, Plan.

Get a head start on your move and save yourself a lot of last-minute stress by booking your move with a company or renting a moving truck to move yourself well in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute – moving companies may be fully booked for summer or all rentals may be taken up if you wait. Try not to move on holidays or weekends, when demand is higher.


Start Early in the Day

All because you don’t have to deal with the cold doesn’t mean moving in the summer is a breeze – moving in the heat can be just as tricky. Avoid moving your things or directing movers in the height of the heat of the day by getting an early start and getting it out of the way before heat and humidity levels rise. Start early also often means less traffic, which in turns means you can get to your new place faster.


Keep Everything Labelled

Organization is key when pulling off a successful move, especially in the summer. Make sure to specifically label any boxes containing electronic devices, or pack them separately. These devices are especially susceptible to overheating or malfunctioning when exposed to high temperatures for a long period, so keep them safe and separate.


Hydrate & Take Breaks

It’s easy to feel compelled to get everything done at once and in as little time as possible, but it’s important to cool down, take breaks, and stay hydrated. Moving is an arduous task, heat makes it even worse. Make sure you and your movers are staying healthy and keeping themselves safe.

Contact RLD for help with your upcoming move.

Moving? Check Out this Spring Cleaning Checklist to Prepare

Along with planning, preparing, sorting, and packing, cleaning is also something that will need to be on your radar when you are getting ready to move. You will need to clean out your home before you move out for the next residents, and you may also need to clean your new home before you unpack! Spring is the most popular time of the year to move – and with it comes extra dust, pollen, and debris. Here is a thorough spring cleaning checklist to help you throughout your moving process.

Before You Begin, Make Sure That You Have the Following Cleaning Tools & Supplies:

• Broom, Dustpan
• Mop, Bucket
• Vacuum
• Duster
• Sponges
• All purpose cleaner
• Rags for cleaning
• Window cleaner
• Disposable gloves

Cleaning One Room at a Time
Sometimes it may be easier to clean room by room than to start with dusting or vacuuming the entire house. Dust and dirt spread more easily from room to room than if you tackle everything in a room all at once. As you move through your house, start with the basics:

• Dust first – this way it won’t dirty the floor that you have already cleaned
• Clear cobwebs and debris from ceiling and dust any ceiling fans
• Wipe walls, windowsills, and baseboards
• Spray glass windows and wipe clean
• Vacuum fabric furniture
• Sweep and/or vacuum floor

The kitchen is possibly the most difficult room in the house to clean! With so many appliances that can get greasy with cooking, you will want to be sure that you have the right sprays and cleaners to work with. Find something that cuts through grease. Vinegar can also come in handy.

Things to Clean in the Kitchen

• Stove & Oven – while you deep clean, be careful as you do this to make sure that you don’t accidentally turn on appliances while cleaning.
• Refrigerator – start by going through your fridge and throwing away anything old or unused. Condiments especially tend to sit in the fridge for longer than they should. Wipe everything down before putting your food back in.
• Freezer – the best way to clean out your freezer is to let it defrost. Wipe it out once it’s defrosted before turning it back on (or leave it off if you are moving out soon).
• Backsplash – make sure to use a tough degreasing agent while doing this.
• Wipe all surfaces, cabinets, and countertops – a simple all-purpose cleaner or vinegar will do the trick.

Yuck – nobody likes to clean the bathroom. But the more often you do it, the less dirty it can get over time. Here’s what to do:

• Shower/Tub/Sink – use a bathroom cleaner with bleach or hydrogen dioxide to get the white look back on your appliances.
• Toilet – if you don’t like to use hefty toilet bowl cleaner, you can use vinegar as a replacement for tough stains.
• Mirror – wipe with a glass cleaner
• Tiles – mold & mildew love to live between bathroom tiles, so make sure to use a little elbow grease when tackling this part!

Garage/Attic/Storage Spaces

If a move is on your horizon, you may wish to consider renting a storage solution like a unit or a portable storage unit so that you can sort and clean out your garage, attic, shed, or storage space ahead of time. These spaces often build up with dirt and dust because they are not built like the rest of the home. Pay special attention to dust and wear a mask or goggles if you need to.

RLD Relocation is Here For You

If moving is on your horizon, RLD Relocation can help you get to where you need to go. Contact us today to get started with your moving quote.