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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Cross country move help please

I figure I'll pick you gal's brains since you're pros.

Movers come on March 13 to move us from WA to AL in 4 weeks (6 weeks sooner than planned).
There is a relocation service involved but they aren't a lot of help beyond getting someone to pack up and haul all our shit.

Tips on what to do, what to gather and when. I'm hyper focused on how to dispose of all our ammo Click here to enlarge and the logistics of moving my 3 cats and can't think beyond that.

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Which part of AL? I just drove from AL to WA last Fall, are you going to go I-90 to Sioux Falls and then South to Kansas City and then into Nashville and South on I-65. It's an easy drive, maybe not this time of year, but half the trip is I-90, it's over 1000 miles from Seattle to Sioux Falls alone.

OK, the cats will be insane and probably howl the entire way. Every night in hotels they will wander and try to get out and keep you up all night. I would not wish 3 cats moving like that on anyone else. Pack a bag of disposable gloves (Lysol makes a canister of 50 pairs, BTW), wal-mart bags, old towels for lining the kennels, baby wipes and lysol wipes because if your cats are like mine, they will puke and crap their neurotic asses off across the country. If any of them have medical issues, hand carry their vet records. My cats were in a kennel in WA waiting for us to get back on our drive, thankfully. I wish you luck there. Click here to enlarge

You're not going to be without your stuff for long, just take anything you might need for the length of time. Any personal (BC's, SS cards, all that stuff I never ship and always had carry) and financial documents and I would just hand carry any ammo or anything they won't ship. Keep your copies of the shipping info, stuff like that. Honestly, you won't need much. Just fill a file folder with your crucial stuff--utility info from your current home in case there is a problem later and you need to contact them, banking statements, everything the movers give you, car stuff, etc. You think about it a minute and you'll know what you personally might need there.

I brought my cleaning solutions from TN to GA in a bag in the back of the truck rather than throw it all away because I'd just be buying it again the second I got there. Also, pack a mini medicine cabinet. Carsickness meds, antacids, tylenol, diarrhea meds, etc. Oh, and chapstick, we practically went through a tube of chapstick in 3 days between the 5 of us. All that road tripping makes for upset bellies and gas from crappy fast foods and that shit is expensive at gas stations. I'm an over-preparer, though. Click here to enlarge

I also had a soft-sided cooler that I kept stocked with bottled water and tea. I would buy sandwich stuff as we went or cheese sticks and fruit and stuff like that for snacks. A little planning will save you a buttload on the road.
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Camo pretty much covered it...

We also make a first day box that we color that has towels, toilet paper, a cheap shower curtain, a few utensils, a pan and some paper plates and trash bags for our first day there.
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Will your vet give you some kitty valium? They did for my sister and her cat.

Other than that-you're in good hands with Camo. Click here to enlarge
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We're moving to the Anniston area, the job is in Oxford but both houses I picked out are in Anniston proper.

It's a corporate move and excededs the distance they will let us drive, they will be hauling both our cars and flying us out.

The cats will either be moved by a pet relo service or they will be going as carry-on on the plane with us, still waiting on what the company decides.

Camo, did you have to have a vet certs for an interstate move? I'm finding conflicting info on the net.

Shit. I just realized my kid has finals on the 17th & 18th. He's going to have to couch surf for a few days before he can fly out.

Do you guys bother getting medical records for everyone or just for family members who have a concern?

Any ideas how long it will take to get our cars and shit? Are we talking a week? Two? six months?
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I always carry our medical records always. Most moves I've made if we're going to be there right away, our stuff is there w/in a few days of our arrival.

The only times we've had long waits is when our things have been in storage. I've never had to wait for a car, so I can't help you there.

that is quite a change of pace in life.
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right now I don't have anything to add other than

Click here to enlarge and Click here to enlarge because you have to move from WA to AL Click here to enlarge

i wouldn't be able to make that move, although you'll probably be able to afford a waaaaayyyy bigger house Click here to enlarge
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We're moving to the Anniston area, the job is in Oxford but both houses I picked out are in Anniston proper.

It's a corporate move and excededs the distance they will let us drive, they will be hauling both our cars and flying us out.

The cats will either be moved by a pet relo service or they will be going as carry-on on the plane with us, still waiting on what the company decides.

Camo, did you have to have a vet certs for an interstate move? I'm finding conflicting info on the net.

Shit. I just realized my kid has finals on the 17th & 18th. He's going to have to couch surf for a few days before he can fly out.

Do you guys bother getting medical records for everyone or just for family members who have a concern?

Any ideas how long it will take to get our cars and shit? Are we talking a week? Two? six months?
Oh, that is excellent. You are so lucky! Click here to enlarge

OK, the animals need as USDA health certificate within 10 days of flying. That is for the airlines, not for any state requirements. If your cat bites someone, they have to make sure it is certified disease free. These are pricey, expect to pay a lot. Maybe you can find a vet that will do it cheaper for multiples but they I've heard of anywhere from $75 to $100 per animal. Check with your airline, make a couple calls if you need to to be sure but I've always needed them for international flights, I've never flown them domestic.

If they are loading up a semi and driving it out, it will be a matter of days, just as long as it takes to drive it out, they don't want to store it, they want to deliver it ASAP. Cars, I've never done. Again, only international. We've always driven our own. The military doesn't ship them domestically, we have to do that ourselves--or drive. Someone here might have shipped their vehicle though.

Hand carry medical records for animals with concerns, I always hand carry family members medical records. Well, I always hand carry even the animals records but that is because our last 2 moves were international (there and back) and we have really long waits for our stuff, you won't have that. Hand carry what is important to you and what you'll need in the next week.

I'm familiar with the area, my INL's are at Redstone in Huntsville and we have dear friends in Hinesville. Do some reading on the Monsanto Anniston water issues, you might want to decide where to live based on that. Click here to enlarge
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Do some reading on the Monsanto Anniston water issues, you might want to decide where to live based on that. Click here to enlarge
The husband has been working out there off & on for a few weeks. We got clued in that there was a reason those cute brick houses out toward Wellborn were so cheap. Both the houses I've picked out are on the east side in the city proper.


And already a crisis.
I tracked down a new pain clinic weeks ago when this was just a maybe. Well regarded, no self referrals, yadayadayada. I've lost the damn piece of paper with their name and google isn't finding it again for me. Looks like I'll be driving to Atlanta once a month. FUCK.
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If your animal is flying, it has to have a health cert. Of course, as many times as we've flown pets, no one at the counter ever even asked to see our records. Click here to enlarge. They need to be UTD on their vax too.
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If your animal is flying, it has to have a health cert. Of course, as many times as we've flown pets, no one at the counter ever even asked to see our records. Click here to enlarge. They need to be UTD on their vax too.
Turns out all 3 cats can go on one health cert and it's only costing $108 total (exam and filling out the form). The felines are getting 'certified', chipped, vaxxed and Revolutioned on the 7th. They were due anyway.

There is a guy coming at 3 to measure my washer & dryer for crates and to make sure the shipping bolts they have will fit them Click here to enlarge I was sort of hoping they wouldn't survive the move.
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Bolts or not, they still may break. Click here to enlarge

I had a friend who lost an entire household when they shipped to AK. Their stuff all went by barge and the barge hit some heavy rolls on the way up. Containers went into the drink-blah blah blah.

I don't know about your movers but they will pack anything (trash and all). Click here to enlarge They said they wouldn't pack meds either. DH's Prilosec, DD1's allergy med, etc. got packed. Luckily we had backups.
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That is awesome news, the military vets always do one for each animal, I had no idea they could be combined. When we left Korea, the animals had to have a Korean exit certificate 3 days out and we were told around $10 each cert and they put all 3 on the cert easy-peasy for the $10. Must be the same deal. Maybe the Army vets just cover their bases.

And my friends live in Hanceville. Hinesville is GA. Click here to enlarge Is your husband going to the Depot?
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Nope, not to the Depot (tho it was another factor in not choosing a house in West Anniston Click here to enlarge
We're not military but I am a reformed Navy wife.
I did a couple cross country military moves 25+ years ago but was young & dumb and left everything up to the ex. I figured I'd pester you military wives since you're the pros at long distance moves.

For future reference, if you have one in your area Companion Pet Clinic has great rates and can do "all the certificates" for foreign & domestic pet travel.

I've heard about movers packing garbage Click here to enlarge
We have a dumpster coming next week and ARC scheduled to come on the 10th.
I have 2 different lists of 'forbidden items'. One of them lists candles and I really can't imagine why. I make and sell the damn things, I'm not happy at the prospect of leaving a couple hundred dollars in supplies behind. Looks like parting gifts for everyone!

thatsit, I would not be heartClick here to enlarge if every thing we owned accidently fell in the ocean. Yeah, loosing some of it would make me a little sad but I'd be too busy spending the check and thanking God for finally decluttering my life. (Keep in mind, my kids are adults, all their childhood stuff has been sent to live with them already.)
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I've had my dirty dishes packed it was my first move and pre internet so I had no idea, best part was my things were in storage for 9 mos after that

I've had movers pack liquids but most the time they won't . I have a LOT of alcohol in this house for some reason and we don't even drink but maybe once or twice a year
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The people we bought our last house from were driving through Canada (on their way to Cape May, NJ) and the movers wouldn't ship their booze. * Drank some. I got sober and gave away the rest to a neighbor when I did.

*Six years ago.
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For the candles, would it be cost effective to have someone ship the supplies to you? That would have to be cheaper than re-buying everything there.
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HIDE THE CANDLES! Click here to enlarge

I hid all mine in my kids crates of Lego's and toys! I bought some of those mailing envelopes that are bubble wrap and sleeved them, sealed them and buried them in stuff.

Their argument is that they are flammable. But so is all your clothes and your couch, I don't see them tell you they can't ship those!
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Oh, and tape your toiletries shut with packing tape and put them in gallon bags, they'll pack them just fine in my experience.
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Haha. I was thinking bubble wrap and zip-lock bags and burying them in bins of craft supplies. One list mentions them the other doesn't. I figure better safe than sorry.

Two interesting things I learned this afternoon: (a) the sheriff's dept ordnance guy will take the ammo- we're, uh, talking a couple thousand rounds, most of which we have found homes for and (b) bail bonds -at least in WA- are required to have a notary on duty 24/7. It dawned on us that executing PoAs would make things easier. He's going to be in AL all but 3 days between now & move day and I don't have time to make another trip out.
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