• Supplies Needed When Moving with Pets

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 21, 2015
    Among all the things that are the most difficult to move, living things can be the very hardest. It’s important to keep in mind during your move that the process can be just as, if not more stressful for your pet. The hectic activity, combined with the lack of attention a pet receives, can make for a very confusing and negative time.

    Luckily, this can also be a good time to bond with your pet, benefiting mutually from a sense of companionship and comradery during one of the most stressful processes of your life. With the right preparation, you and your pet can come out of the move with a sense of exploration and renewed optimism.

    This guide of pet essentials will aim to provide a summary of important supplies and preparations needed to make the moving process as seamless as possible for both you and your pet.

    Talk to your Vet

    This simple reminder can often get swept under the rug during the bustle of handling one hundred different moving responsibilities. Before your moving day approaches, it is a very good idea to consult with your pet’s doctor and review any and all facets that come with transitioning your pet into a new town (and with all likelihood, a new care center.) This will be especially important for any pets that may have preexisting conditions, need for vaccinations, or similar special concerns.

    Additionally, it can be a good idea to ask your vet about the possibility of a pet sedative for an exceptionally long trip, a new form of travel, etc. Pets that don’t travel well can find moving cross-country extremely difficult, for obvious reasons. Be sure to pick up any needed records of vaccinations and procedures as well.

    Accommodations

    One way or another, your pet will be doing a lot of moving! One of your top priorities should be to make sure that your pet has the proper accommodations needed for travel. For dogs and cats, you’ll want to ensure you’ve invested in a quality metal crate or pet carrier, respectively.

    In addition, your pet will benefit greatly from a comfort set within their crate/carrier—this generally includes a mattress, bumper pads, and a form of cover. Basic creature comforts will go a very long way in keeping your pet feeling secure while out of their element.

    Goods

    Be sure to create a “doggy bag” of all the pet essentials on the day of your move. Your pet needs to stay hydrated on their trip, so a crate waterer or similar water dispenser will be needed for the interior of their transport container. Set aside measured portions of food for your pet’s meals, along with treats to keep their spirits up throughout the move.

    Cleanup supplies, such as disinfectant wipes or pee pads are also a good idea in the event of accidents. Also, be sure to keep your leash and harness/collar on-hand both before and after your move!

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  • A Guide to Austin Neighborhoods & Suburbs

    by Patrick Redmond | Jan 21, 2015

    Austin, TexasAs is the case in any large city, Austin is divided into several unique areas and neighborhoods, all of which have something unique to offer. From the family-friendly and upscale living spaces in West Austin to the hip and lively lifestyle in South Austin, you can find just about any kind of neighborhood here.

    > For “Weird” Austin Living: Keep Austin Weird isn’t just a slogan—it’s a way of life. If you want to live in the thick of this city’s young, eclectic, and urban setting, then South Congress (SoCo) is for you. This South Austin location is highly sought after by young professionals and those moving to the area for the first time.

    > For Affordability and Retro Kitsch: University Hills is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Austin, thanks in large part to its location in East Austin (which is currently undergoing a huge revitalization). Homes here have a definite 60s and 70s vibe, and it’s known as one of the more diverse places to live. If you want to take part in a lifestyle that hearkens back to the good old days but also provides easy access to the highways, this is a great place to look.

    > Suburban Splendor: If you want to step away from the city but don’t want to give up commuter access, you might want to look at Round Rock. This city of just 110,000 residents is located about 20 miles north of downtown Austin and is considered one of the best American small cities for the young and upcoming.

    > For Historic Flair and an Upscale Setting: West Austin is where you’ll find most of the older, more established neighborhoods in Austin, as well as incredible views of the Colorado River. If money isn’t an object, you may want to look at areas like Westlake Hills, which is located just minutes from downtown but has plenty of wide open spaces to spare. Highly-rated schools make it a must for families, too.

    > Student Living with a Twist: Cherrywood (also known as French Place) is a popular neighborhood for students, artists, and those who want a taste of the Austin nightlife close to home. Street fairs, a large collection of coffee shops, and open-air art shows make the most out of this North Austin area.

    > For a Retiree Lifestyle: Austin might not be known for its golf courses (the way, say, Florida is), but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into a traditional retirement setting here. The Teravista Golf Club sets the pace for the community of Teravista located in North Austin, with large and spacious homes that focus on family and a slower way to life. Families can take advantage of the pools and parks, while those hoping to slow down and enjoy the setting can golf or walk on the miles of trails.

    Although the best way to get to know the area is by living here, exploring on your own, and putting your trust in a local real estate agent, you can also follow these general guidelines on the best places to live in Austin.

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  • Packing for the Movers: How You Can Get Help

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 20, 2015

    Planning an upcoming move? If so, you may quickly realize just how hard it can be to coordinate a moving effort on your own. Many people who prefer to fly solo when it comes to life’s challenges will often find moving day to be their breaking point—there’s nothing wrong with being a lone wolf, but boxing up an entire house by yourself (while an approaching deadline looms!) can be a nightmare not worth
    exploring.

    However, the unique challenge posed by moving can have something of a positive side. Moving is considered a community effort by most, and if you’re lucky enough to have a decent group of friends or family, odds are they should be more than happy to help you out (with a bit of convincing, that is.)

    The following list of tips aims to provide a rundown of the various go-to ways that newbie movers can reach out to their local community and beyond for help with their packing efforts.

    Friends & Family

    As mentioned above, you will often have the easiest time persuading close friends and family members to get on board with your packing and moving efforts. However, it should be noted that getting loved ones to help you move without offering some form of reward or return favor can be a pretty major bummer, and can sometimes mean that a person’s time helping you move will be their last!

    A major go-to form of moving buddy diplomacy can be the act of pizza, beverages, or other similar refreshments provided during the meet-up, to express your appreciation of their efforts. This can potentially even include refreshments such as beer if applicable—anything to lighten the group’s burden and keep morale up will go a long way. Of course, you’ll also want to be sure to make yourself available for any future moving needs your friends may have!

    Full-Service Movers

    If available, movers that offer “full-service” or similar packages can be more than willing to pack and unpack your goods in full, in addition to their standard array of moving services. These services have the propensity to be competitively priced, although you should note that full-service packages are often substantially more expensive than the standard rates offered by movers, due to the significantly added workload required by them.

    DIY

     If all else fails (and believe us, sometimes it does), don’t panic too much. Handling a move on your own is very doable, and something that many college students, and those with hectic careers, end up going through. Taking advantage of any and all avenues of convenience is key—many department stores give away large amounts of spare boxes for free, local community centers offer outreach for moving large equipment/appliances, and more. When in doubt, start taking a crack at your packing efforts early—the majority of moving stress comes from racing against the clock.

     

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  • 5 Must Have Experiences for New Austin Residents

    by Patrick Redmond | Jan 16, 2015

    Friday_Favorites-5_Experiences_AustinThanks to Austin’s commitment to keeping things weird, hip, and on the cutting edge, there’s a good chance you could spend the rest of your life in this Texas capital and never experience all the adventure and excitement it has to offer. Still—that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!

    If you’re new to the area and are wondering where you should start getting to know the people, setting, and local culture, here are five must-have experiences that can get you heading in the right direction.

    South by Southwest (SxSW): This world-famous music, gaming, and film festival is held in Austin every year (it usually happens mid-March). In existence since 1987, the conference is one of the biggest of its kind, spanning over a week of festivities and offering a chance to see big-name movies and musicians as well as smaller indie groups.

    Alamo Drafthouse: If you can’t quite handle the SxSW crowds, take in a cult classic at the Alamo Drafthouse at a later date. More than just a movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse is famous for its very strict film-watching rules: no kids under six, no unaccompanied minors, and if you talk or text during the film, you’re out.

    Lady Bird Lake: Most of the pictures you see of downtown Austin include a watery vista of Lady Bird Lake, a 416-acre manmade lake in the heart of the city. Built in 1960, this lake offers swimming, kayaking, and canoeing activities for the whole family. Parks, open-air theaters, and miles of biking/jogging trails also surround the lake, making it ideal for an entire day out in the sun.

    Barton Springs Pool: Barton Springs is no ordinary swimming pool. Over three acres in size and fed from underground springs, this swimming hole is a balmy 70 degrees year-round. If you enjoy playing in natural water but don’t relish a dip in the nearby Lady Bird Lake, this is the perfect place to soak.

    Longhorns Game: Even if you don’t love sports, you should take the time to visit the University of Texas during their football season. Texans love the game of football in a way no other state can compare, and witnessing fans of all ages dress in orange from head-to-toe as they cheer their favorite team is worth a visit.

    Don’t forget to take some time to enjoy the food of Austin while you’re out and about. Austin is especially famous for its food trucks and breakfast tacos, so you should find plenty of options as you explore the city by foot.

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  • A Complete Guide to Moving in the Winter (Infographic)

    by Ryan Cox | Jan 14, 2015
    Did you know? Moving during the months from May to September marks what is referred to in the moving industry as the “on season”—this means the busiest time and heaviest workload for most of your local movers. For you, this can mean higher costs, longer wait times, and more.

    If possible, moving during the winter can save you money and hassle, in addition to the ability to enjoy special winter moving closeouts and improved inter-state moving rates! The following guide breaks down just a few of the many hidden perks celebrated by the fewer, prouder winter movers.

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