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Old 06-05-2007, 01:50 PM
 
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For those of you who have moved long distance recently, what did you do?
I am moving from NJ to Ocala this summer. I am moving from a 1 bedroom apt. (with full basement for storage) to a 2 bedroom apt.
I have 2 cats and 2 large dogs.
I wonder how expensive it would be to fly the pets (some or all)?
Is that more or less stressful than driving?
Is U-haul the best company?
Should I just sell most of our stuff and but new stuff once we move?
Should I get a moving truck company?
Should I get a "POD?"
AHHHHHHHH You can see how stressed out I am! lol
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:38 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Hi newteacher!
We are moving to Palm Coast from Illinois in about 3 weeks, with 3 kids, 1 German Shepherd, and a cat, maybe the fish too, and I will tell you what I have found out so far.
We decided to go with Penske trucks because everyone told me that they are less expensive than U-Haul, and have better service. I compared rates and Penske is much cheaper.
We did not look into getting a moving company or a POD because they were MUCH more expensive and we are on a tight budget and time schedule for this move.
I have been getting rid of anything that we have not used in a year and any old furniture that you may want to replace later on anyway.
We have reserved a 26 foot truck, plus a hitch for our second car, and its only going to cost us about 1100.00.
We have found hotels that are cheap and pet friendly also..Motel 6 is one of them I think.
And I will be getting some tranquilizers for the pets too.

Good Luck and Keep us posted!
Jen
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:57 PM
 
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My brother in law moved to FL from NY. he bought an old School bus, gutted out all the seats inside, stuffed it with his stuff and sold it again when he moved to FL. I know, kind of tacky but that's my brother in law.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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How difficult is a hitch? Does it make it more difficult to drive the moving truck?

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My brother in law moved to FL from NY. he bought an old School bus, gutted out all the seats inside, stuffed it with his stuff and sold it again when he moved to FL. I know, kind of tacky but that's my brother in law.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: palm harbor
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Unless they are treasured family antiques, I would sell everything except the pets.
With whatever money you get and the savings of moving costs you can make a good start or even cover the costs of replacing your furniture-I did it through consignment shops and estate/garage sales.

LaQuinta Inns are pet friendly and don't charge for them.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:20 PM
 
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Check out this website, it might help you out a bit....Moving: How to avoid Moving Company Scams
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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Default In the middle of it now

I moved from NY two weeks ago and just received word from the professional movers I hired that they will be here by the end of this week. I also went from a one bedroom apt. to a two bedroom condo. I donated, sorted, tossed, and sold most of the stuff and it is still costing a small fortune to move. My car along with houshold is all on the same truck. Been extremely stressed out about this for months. I flew down with one small suitcase,laptop and one small dog.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:34 PM
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Location: WPB
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Driving long distance with that many pets is very stressful and hard on pets, flying is hard on them to, but I think flying is better as it is much faster.

When we moved up from The Bahamas we only had one option obviously and my three dogs, one cat were great. The two larger dogs flew in crates, I put their metal water bowls with frozen water in them, attached their leashes, and attached notes on their crates telling all about the dogs, plus emergency numbers, extra water, etc...They were treated like gold, and a kind soul even took them out for a break in between flights in Philadelphia.

The little Pekingese and cat flew in cabin with us, one in first class and one in coach, this was the rule of British airways at the time. Since only one pet per class was allowed, they upgraded us for free. It was nice.

I did NOT tranqulize my pets as it is dangerous for flying According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, in most cases, dogs should not be given sedatives or tranquilizers prior to flying. An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation, which can be dangerous when the kennel is moved. You should NEVER place a pug nosed dog in the cargo section of the plane.

Whether your dog is flying in the cabin or as a checked pet, he will be exposed to increased altitude pressures. This can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems for dogs which are sedated or tranquilized. Snub-nosed dogs are most at risk.

Here is some good tips: Flying with your Pet - Air Travel Regulations & Tips for a Safe Trip

I know we paid 100.00 for each larger dog in cargo (five years ago) and 75.00 for little dog (just last month I flew with him, prices have gone up) and they didn't charge us for the cat (that time)
We are moving Sept 16 and I will be repeating the same thing over again.

I would not even consider driving all the way from Montreal to Florida with that many animals in the vehicle. If an accident were to happen... (I shudder at the thought). When I do travel with my pets in the car they always travel in their crates with seat belts.

If I were you, I would save the expensive of renting and sell your stuff. Things are so cheap on craigslist, garage sales etc..if you are on a budget.

Chill, look at this as an adventure and relax everything will be fine.

P.S.
The cat gave us some grief She freaked out in the airport,when we had to take her out of her soft sided kennel for the x-ray. she bit my husband and scratched us up really bad. I hope she is older and wiser this time.

Best of luck.
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Default movers

I'm waiting to hear about my husbands transfer to Florida and have done my homework about the movers. We are in Ohio and will move from a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 car garage, full basement to a 3 bedroom mfg home. The full service movers are expensive. We sold a lot to 1) declutter the house to put it on the market and 2) to help unload the extra stuff and weight. I had full service movers come in and give me quotes and got between 3800 and 4300 for the move - did not include them packing - just loading and unloading. I did find a company called UPACK. They drop the trailer, you load, they drive and you unload. About 1/2 the price. We will drive down in separate vehicles, my husband's car with the 2 cats, and me in my pickup with the dog. It is easy to find pet friendly motels on the way down. Good luck!
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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Jannie, since you don't have a lot of stuff are they combining your furniture with another load and giving you a deal?

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I moved from NY two weeks ago and just received word from the professional movers I hired that they will be here by the end of this week. I also went from a one bedroom apt. to a two bedroom condo. I donated, sorted, tossed, and sold most of the stuff and it is still costing a small fortune to move. My car along with houshold is all on the same truck. Been extremely stressed out about this for months. I flew down with one small suitcase,laptop and one small dog.
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