Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 195 Remember that a packer's job is to do exactly that: pack. "The packing team doesn't pick and choose what goes, they just pack every- thing," explains Morse. "They don't have any bias on what you want to take or not. Often when people do their own packing, they spend valuable time thinking, 'Do I need this or not?' It takes our people less time because they don't worry about that. So, unless you tell them otherwise, everything goes. As a result of the "everything goes" philos- ophy of packing, be sure to keep your personal items that you want to take with you on your trip in a "safety zone." Tell the packers and the movers that these items are going with you, and not to pack them. As for making sure your possessions arrive on time, Morse says you can relax. "Many of our trucks are equipped with GPS tracking systems, so all they have to do is plug in your new address and they'll find you. And, the driver will give you his phone number so you can keep in touch with him in transit along the journey. We do our best to get your possessions from Point A to Point B safely." ON YOUR MARK: A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE Get Rid of It: Once you've decided to go for it, make a major purge of all your unnec- essary goods and possessions. Have a garage sale, donate your unwanted items for a tax write-off, and advertise them in the newspaper or on Craigslist.com. Getting rid of extra things you don't need makes for a cleaner move, and drops the shipping weight and bulk. Meet and Greet: If you're using a moving company, an agent will meet with you at your home and conduct a survey of the items you want to move to your new home. Some of the points your moving agent will review with you include the items you want to move and the items you will leave behind, items that will go into storage, care and handling of items of exceptional value, and items that will need to be disassembled because of size or access out of your residence. GET SET: A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE Take & Grab Party: Instead of filling up the landfill with perfectly good condiments and other food items, invite friends over to "take & grab" whatever they want from your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Do you really want to transport those 1/3 full bottles of alcohol across the country? A "Take & Grab Party" is a fun way to get together one last time before the move and responsibly discard some things that won't be going with you, like plants, too. Big Ticket Items: Disconnect, defrost and clean refrigerators and freezers, empty the evaporation pan and drain the water reser- voir of the automatic icemaker. Leave the door of your fridge, freezer or washing machine open at least 24 hours before loading to allow all moisture to evapo- rate. Make sure that your stove has been TIPS FOR RELOCATING A HAPPY PET Your pet is probably as excited as you are to move to Palm Beach County! Beaches, trails, dog parks, and an abundance of off-leash recreation options await. Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts, but there are some things you can do to make sure your pet's transition is a walk in the park. 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 your pet while you're in the car – otherwise you might have an unpleasant accident to deal with somewhere between Roseburg and the Rose City. According to PetTravelCenter.com, 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 identifcation. If your pet doesn't have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it could be diffcult for your pet to get back home. If your dog or cat won't wear a collar, 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. Check with your local pet stores, Humane Societies and animal shelters, or fnd a vet through the Palm Beach County Veterinarians Society at http://www. pbvs.info/ or go to www.veterinarians.com/f/palm-beach-. Neighbors with pets are a great resource and can also give you valuable pet tips specifc to your neighborhood. It's also a great reason to get to know your new neighbors. If you'd rather leave it up to the professionals, Pet Relocation provides personalized door-to-door pickup and delivery of your pet anywhere in the world. www.petrelocation.com

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