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Smooth Sailing: Navigating Local Moves with Kids and Pets

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Moving to a new home, even if it’s just a short distance away, can be a significant transition for the entire family. Kids and pets, in particular, may find the upheaval of their familiar surroundings and routines challenging to cope with. However, with some careful planning and thoughtful strategies, you can make the process of a local move smoother and less stressful for both your children and furry friends. In this guide, we’ll share tips to help you navigate local moves with kids and pets, ensuring that your transition is as smooth as possible.

For Kids:

1. Start the Conversation Early:

As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start the conversation with your children. Be honest and open about the move, explaining the reasons behind it and what to expect. Encourage them to ask questions and express their feelings.

2. Involve Them in the Process:

Involve your kids in the moving process as much as possible. Let them help with packing, choosing new decor for their rooms, or deciding how to arrange their belongings in their new space. This gives them a sense of control and ownership over the move.

3. Maintain Routines:

During the chaos of packing and moving, try to maintain as many familiar routines as possible. Stick to regular meal times, bedtime rituals, and other daily routines. Consistency can help children feel more secure during times of change.

4. Create a Positive Outlook:

Emphasize the positive aspects of the move. Highlight the exciting opportunities, such as a new school, new friends, or new adventures in the new neighborhood. Encourage your children to look forward to the experience.

5. Pack a Special Box:

Allow each child to pack a special box with their favorite toys, books, or comfort items. This box should travel with you in the car, so it’s readily available on the first night in your new home. Having familiar items nearby can provide comfort and a sense of continuity.

6. Explore the New Neighborhood:

Before the move, take some time to explore your new neighborhood with your children. Visit parks, playgrounds, and local attractions. Familiarizing them with their new surroundings can make the transition less intimidating.

7. Say Goodbye:

Give your children the opportunity to say goodbye to their old home and neighborhood. Host a farewell gathering with friends or take a final walk around the neighborhood to reminisce about special places and memories.

8. Be Patient and Understanding:

Moving can be emotionally challenging for kids, and they may experience a range of feelings, from excitement to sadness. Be patient and understanding, and reassure them that their emotions are normal. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and express themselves.

For Pets:

1. Update Identification Tags:

Before the move, make sure your pet’s identification tags are up to date with your new address and contact information. In case your pet gets lost during the move or shortly after, having accurate tags is crucial.

2. Keep Their Routine as Normal as Possible:

Pets thrive on routine, so try to keep their daily schedule as normal as possible during the moving process. Stick to regular feeding, exercise, and playtime routines to reduce their stress.

3. Create a Safe Space:

On moving day, create a safe and quiet space for your pet away from the chaos of packing and moving. This can be a designated room or an area in your current home where they feel comfortable.

4. Use Familiar Items:

Place your pet’s familiar items, such as their bed, toys, and food and water bowls, in your new home as soon as possible. The scent of these items will provide comfort and familiarity in the new environment.

5. Update Their Microchip Information:

If your pet is microchipped, make sure to update your contact information with the microchip company to reflect your new address.

6. Plan for Transportation:

When transporting your pet to your new home, use a secure and comfortable carrier for small animals or use proper restraints for larger pets in the car. Ensure they are safe and secure during the journey.

7. Keep Them Away on Moving Day:

On moving day, it’s a good idea to keep your pet away from the hustle and bustle. Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to watch over them or consider boarding them for the day.

8. Gradual Introduction to the New Home:

Once you’ve arrived at your new home, gradually introduce your pet to their new surroundings. Start with one room and expand their access as they become more comfortable.

9. Maintain Exercise and Play:

Pets need exercise and playtime to release pent-up energy and stress. Dedicate time to play with your pet and take them for walks in the new neighborhood to help them acclimate.

10. Stay Patient and Consistent:

Your pet may take some time to adjust to the new environment. Be patient and consistent in your routines and interactions with them. Offer plenty of love and reassurance as they settle in.

For Both Kids and Pets:

1. Safety First:

Ensure that your new home is safe for both children and pets. Check for potential hazards, secure cabinets and doors, and install safety gates if needed.

2. Explore the Neighborhood Together:

Take the time to explore the new neighborhood with your children and pets together. This can be a bonding experience and help everyone feel more connected to their new surroundings.

3. Maintain Familiar Smells:

Bringing familiar scents to your new home can be comforting for both children and pets. Consider using plug-in pheromone diffusers for pets or bringing along a familiar-scented blanket or pillow for your children.

4. Settling In Together:

Make settling into your new home a family affair. Unpack and decorate together, and celebrate the small victories of making the new space your own.

5. Seek Professional Help If Needed:

If your child or pet is struggling to adjust to the move, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Therapists or trainers can provide guidance and strategies to help everyone cope with the changes.

In conclusion, moving with kids and pets can present its challenges, but with careful planning and consideration, it can also be a positive and rewarding experience. By following these tips and prioritizing their needs and well-being, you can make the transition to your new home smoother and more enjoyable for every member of your family. Smooth sailing awaits you and your loved ones in your new home!

what our customers say about us

One of the best moving experiences we’ve ever had. From the reservation to the move itself they were professional, hard working, knowledgeable, and willing to go the extra mile. The team that handled our move (Anthony, Jacob, & Sylvia) arrived on time, treated our possessions w great care, and worked hard to make sure that a challenging (logistical) move went off without a hitch. I would recommend them for any of your personal or professional moving needs.
Michelle J.
Michelle J.
Excellent and very professional service from my movers who made quick work of the move from VA to MD, and made it all so stress free. Would recommend this company to anyone planning their move.
Ted T.
Ted T.
Hi, I would definitely recommend Anthony and his crew at Top Notch Moving. They were very conscientious from start to finish = protecting my home, carefully wrapping my furniture, and leaving my house spotless. Thanks, Great job
Audrey C.
Audrey C.
Kevin was fantastic! Made it a quick and easy experience.
Kennedy S.
Kennedy S.
Great experience booking the reservation for my move from Port Royal to Fredericksburg next month! Price was in the range I was looking for and Kevin was very very helpful!
Nancy M.
Nancy M.
Starting from the owner Rimsey and the sales manager Kevin, down to the moving crew, John and Jakob, Top Notch really did provide a top notch service. My case was also a bit complex and complicated (too long to describe it here), and Rimsey handled it with the outmost professionalism, understanding and patience. John and Jakob, the moving crew, were just as nice, professional and knowledgeable and, as unpleasant this move was for me, the Top Notch crew made it that much easier. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Zana Van H.
Zana Van H.
Easy to schedule, on time and super friendly. They took care of all my furniture!
Meg M.
Meg M.
Jakob and De’Vijan, are excellent movers and did a very professional job for our family. They were very efficient and very polite during the entire move. I would heartily recommend Top Notch Movers to others. All the Best. Tom Griffin
Tom G.
Tom G.
Sid and John both did a great job with my move today! They were friendly, patient (when I wasn’t quite ready on time), and they made it look easy. Highly recommend…thank you!
Lauren S.
Lauren S.
Anthony F. And his Team were very professional, polite and courteous. All moved with speed and a lot of care for my furniture. They also are very mindful of my two cats, making sure the door to the basement was closed so the cats did not leave designated area. Anthony F. Communicated in a clear manner while me furniture was offloaded, which was done with the same amount of care shown during the on load. I would highly recommend Top Notch Moving with professionals like Anthony F. And the team he assembled.
Brian M.
Brian M.
I utilized Gregory Robinson and his team at Top Notch Moving Services for an office move recently in which I had nearly 30 years of files that needed to be relocated across town.The team arrived promptly, handled the cargo with care and was done in less time that initially expected. Gregory was a pleasure to work with and streamlined the whole process from start to finish.I would gladly use their services again and would recommend to anyone needing either commercial or residential moves.
greyson S.
greyson S.
Excellent moving company. Fair price, quality service, professional movers.
Bilal I.
Bilal I.
Top Notch Movers was about as pleasant a move as you could ask for. The whole team from front office to the movers were thoroughly professional, courteous and kind. Highly recommend this team for your next move.
Paul B.
Paul B.
Very professional and hardworking team.Anthony, Sylvia, Rae, and Skip made my move less stressful and were very helpful with all questions and concerns. Would recommend Top Notch Moving Services to all in the need of an excellent moving company.
Marcus D
Marcus D
Friendly, efficient customer service!
Erin S.
Erin S.
Anthony and Charles were super professional and fast with unloading the truck. They were very courteous and kind and contributed to an overall fantastic experience
Nathan C.
Nathan C.
Anthony and Charles did an incredible job helping me move to a new apartment this morning. They were right on time and worked quickly and efficiently to help the moving process a total breeze. I would definitely recommend them in the future for anyone’s moving needs. Thanks Anthony and Charles!
Dillon F.
Dillon F.
Anthony and De’Vijan were absolutely wonderful helping me move! I needed to make a few stops between my old house and final destination. They were extremely professional and provided great communication through the whole process. Everything was moved with such care- especially my grandmother’s antique furniture. They were efficient and careful and so pleasant to work with- I highly recommend them! Thank you!!
kate D.
kate D.
Kevin was very attentive to my requests and provided me with the exact information I needed. Highly recommend 2 Marines and a Truck for your moving needs.
Scott F.
Scott F.
I worked with John and Anthony for my move. These young men were professional, prompt, explained the process to me and took great care of our items. You can tell they take great pride in their work and ensured that our many items made a sad e cross town move. I highly recommend both Top Notch Moving as well as both John and Anthony. Thanks a ton!
John Dorlus (Power C.
John Dorlus (Power C.
Wonderful experience! Big move requiring two stops. The guys we had were friendly, very responsive and really made the day a great experience. Will need to move again in 6 months and will absolutely use Top Notch again.
Charles C.
Charles C.
Quick response to estimate needed for moving needs. Very reasonable prices and excellent customer service.
Crystal L.
Crystal L.
Great movers. Hard workers did a incredible job moving my gun safe
jim H.
jim H.
everyone was great. Anthony and John were my movers. Polite, professional and efficient. Nothing was damaged and they made great time.
Erica C.
Erica C.
Anthony and John did a great job. The took care in packing each item. Very professional and courtesy. Would use top notch movers again
Jason T.
Jason T.
Movers were fantastic and Logistic Manager was on point for updates.
Hayden G.
Hayden G.
The crew was amazing. They were professional and courteous. They worked hard and completed the move under estimate! I would recommend them highly! Great job guys!
Rob C.
Rob C.
From the moment I contracted with Top Notch Moving, my experience was outstanding. From contract to dispatch to moving day to final payment, everything was professional. The friendly crew of 4 did a very professional job caring for my belongings. They went above and beyond on some of my requests. Anthony, Sid, Gene, Christopher (and Kevin in the office) were far superior to any other moving crew I've used for 7 moves in 15 years. Thank you guys!
Sharon B.
Sharon B.
Great customer service. On time and cordial.
T M.
T M.
This is my 6th move in 12 years, and one of the best. They handled the routine things perfectly, and the notorious little hiccups that come with moves like professionals. Their brute force yet finesse when they maneuvered furniture, without grazing walls, was impressive. Thank you Anthony, Ryan, and Gene.
Katy E.
Katy E.
This was such a great place I would I recommend the experience was just the awesomest. The people were just so nice. I was treated like a person and not a number Ramsay. The owner went out of his way to make me my family feel good about our move.
shannon C.
shannon C.
I had an outstanding experience with Top Notch Moving Services during my recent move. Their moving crew was meticulous and efficient, Mike, Gene, and Candy were very professional and kind. What truly stood out was the expertise and guidance provided by moving estimator Kevin Miller, he was very detailed-oriented and really went the extra mile to explain to me what to expect of their moving services. His knowledge made the entire booking process very easy for me. I highly recommend Top Notch Moving Services if you're relocating within the DMV area, especially if you're fortunate enough to have Kevin Miller assisting with your move. It's a five-star service all around!
Mohammad R.
Mohammad R.
Kevin set everything up for me. He was very accommodating and a pleasure to deal with.On the day of the move, Anthony, Ryan, Steve, and Rodriguez did a great job. I would definitely use them again.
John T F.
John T F.
Anthony, CJ, John, and Mike did a great job helping me with my move! It was quick and painless :)
Kaitlyn E.
Kaitlyn E.
Kevin was very friendly and professional and the overall process was quick and easy!
Meshia Y.
Meshia Y.
The packing team of Mike, Gene, and Candy were very professional and efficient. They were careful with my items, and polite in all interactions. The load and delivery team of Anthony, Mike, Gene, and John went above and beyond, especially because my new home is on the 3rd floor, with no elevator. They kept their positive attitudes, and completed the job in one day.
Melanie B.
Melanie B.
Attentive, personable and very knowledgeable in the field.
Haley M.
Haley M.
Excellent Service.
Mehul D.
Mehul D.
Amazing service! The team moved a one bedroom apartment’s worth of items in only 2 hours, which was WAY faster than I was expecting. Will definitely be reaching out to them again for any future moves.
Shirei D
Shirei D
They took great care with our move and we're communicative. They even put pur Ikea bed back together when it got to our new home!
Kayleigh S.
Kayleigh S.
TJ, Mike, and their crew were awesome! They went above and beyond to make our move go smoothly. We couldn't be happier with the experience. Highly recommend.
Tawnya A.
Tawnya A.
Everyone showed up on time this morning, got everything done within a reasonable time and they were very careful with my belongings. I will definitely use them again when I move in the future!
Kelsey S.
Kelsey S.
I hired this moving company a few weeks ago and the service was OUTSTANDING. They showed up on time, got all of my belongings packed and moved in a timely manner. I highly recommend this group of gentlemen. I coordinated my move with Amy banks the customer service was top notch. I definitely will use them again.
Damariz S.
Damariz S.
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maria E.
maria E.
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Kristy P.
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Keira B.
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Khonsol B.
Khonsol B.
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John H.
John H.
Kevin Miller made the quote process very easy and thorough. His friendly professionalism instilled confidence and I am looking forward to completing my move.
dr J.
dr J.
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Meghan K
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Cheryl G.
Cheryl G.
Kevin is a very professional and personable customer service representative. I look forward to working with him again. He was very helpful with scheduling.
Ian
Ian
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Jess O.
Jess O.
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Marieke J.
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Ernest Pena J.
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Dave K.
Dave K.
Received call back in a very timely manner. Very thorough with questions and very polite. Answered all of my concerns and explained the whole moving process. Very good experience.
Joan L.
Joan L.
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Samantha S.
I can say so many good things about Top Notch Moving Services. Devin and Steve were amazing! They were so professional and such a pleasure to work with. I was relocating out-of-state, and they were able to move all of my items so quickly and safely.I highly recommend this company. Make sure to request Devin and Steve!
Bria M.
Bria M.
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Melissa R.
Melissa R.
Super nice and efficient. They were really helpful during one of the more stressful events in a persons life. Mike and Devon are awesome!
Sarah D
Sarah D
Moving is stressful - hire these amazing hard-working professionals to make it a breeze!DJ, Mike and their team did a fantastic job. Everything was organized, not one item was broken or damaged, and they were a delight to work with.I highly recommend this company, and make sure you ask for DJ and Mike to be on your team
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Krista P.
Thanks Tish and Mike!
Jayden S.
Jayden S.
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Kelsey S
Kelsey S
Devin and Chris went above and beyond I order to get the job done. I could not have been happier with the service they provided.Thank you
T J.
T J.
I had an emergency move to get out of my apartment on time and into housing with friends. These guys were able to outfit me with a move. I thought I had decluttered more than I did. I have extra stuff which took extra time and they were so kind to stay a few more hours. The crew safely disassembled and assembled some large furniture pieces too. Very happy!
Marianne R.
Marianne R.
I used Top Notch Moving and had the pleasure of having DJ, John, Sam, Dom and Mikey move my property to my home. These guys were professional, respectful, attentive, and provided "Top Notch" customer service. I highly recommend Top Notch Moving to anyone looking for a moving company.
Marvin R.
Marvin R.
We have hired their services to move our office to a new location ( on a second floor) in multiple days. They are careful , they diligently padded all the walls and flooring before they started moving. Once they started, they work very quick. Greg's team is very accomodating and friendly together with Mikey, Sam, Dom, Trap, and Alfonso. They cleaned up well too when they were done. We surely would hire them again if we needed to move again.
Erin M.
Erin M.
It was great moving with Top Notch. Kevin, Devin, Chris, and Mike were a pleasure to work with and got our 2 bedroom (1000sqft) apartment moved into our new house quick and made it look easy. Thanks again!
Justin E.
Justin E.
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Ashton S.
Ashton S.
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Melissa A.
Melissa A.
I needed a short suspense move and Top Notch Moving was able to meet my needs.
Ernest B.
Ernest B.
Miley and his crew showed up on time and got off to a quick start. They worked non-stop for 4 hours. There was no slacking off despite the heat and humidity of the day. The team was very efficient able to download everything safely. There was no damage to furniture, walls or flooring during the move. The team and Top notch moving services provided excellent and professional service and their time estimate was spot on.
Oneil I.
Oneil I.
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David C.
David C.
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Renae Z
Renae Z
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cat C.
cat C.
Our move was on the hottest day of the year but Sam and the crew (wish I had their names) were positively amazing!! I can’t say enough good things about them. The experience was amazing starting with my initial conversation with Kevin. Kevin was awesome in setting up the move and had extreme patience in helping me figure out what I actually needed for the move. He was able to schedule a quick turnaround for us and I can’t thank him enough. Top Notch exceeded my expectations! I would highly recommend them. Ask to speak to Kevin and request Sam and his team and you won’t be disappointed.
Linda S.
Linda S.
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About Top Notch Moving:
A Message From The Owner

With over 20 years of experience serving DMV area, we understand the unique needs of local moves, specially short-distance move. Our top-notch service and customer satisfaction are backed up by more than 220+ Google reviews. Trust your move to us so you focus on your loved ones, not the logistics of your move.

About Top Notch Moving:
A Message From The Owner

With over 20 years of experience serving military members, we understand the unique needs of military moves, specially PPM moves. Our top-notch service and customer satisfaction are backed up by more than 220+ Google reviews. Trust your move to us so you focus on your duties, not the logistics.

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