Moving to a New City with Kids and Pets

Advice from Someone Who Already Did It

Moving to a new city can be tough but you will need help from movers that operate in your area. Not only do you have to find a place for your family to live, but you also need to find pet-friendly apartments and schools that will work with your schedule. After living in NYC for 8 years, I felt like it was time for us all to move on. We found the perfect house outside of DC that has plenty of space for everyone (and our pets too!). Check out these tips if you’re considering making the trek yourself!

The first thing you need to do is get organized. I recommend taking a look at what you have and figuring out what you can fit in your new home, so that the U-Haul isn’t overpacked with things you don’t actually know if you want or need anymore.


You also really need to make sure the kids are ready for this big change too! If they aren’t happy about leaving their friends behind, it might not be worth doing all of these other changes just yet. Make sure everyone feels included in this process – otherwise it’s going to be tough when you’re stuck somewhere strange without anyone familiar around. The last thing we want is unhappy members of our family which then leads us into point # four…

Moving day will go much smoother if you have friends or family helping out. If no one is available, consider hiring a moving company to help with the big day. This will take some of the pressure off and ensure that everything goes as planned – especially if you have pets who might not be too thrilled about all of this upheaval!

Speaking of pets, make sure you check with your new city’s pet ordinances before bringing them along. Some cities are much stricter than others when it comes to things like leashes laws and barking restrictions. You definitely don’t want to get caught unprepared and end up having to leave your furry friend behind because they can’t come into the new apartment complex.