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Efficient Moving Tips From Packers and Movers

Moving is a time-consuming task. Being efficient will ensure everything is done perfectly. There are several ways which can make the entire moving process smooth and easy. You can plan your move ahead of time and can organize it efficiently to avoid any hassle.

Below are few simple tricks which you can follow during packing and moving.

Tricks to pack your stuff efficiently 

Plan the packing in advance, specially those task which needs extra preparation. Like bubble wrapping all your fragile items and collectibles.

Start packing all those things which you will need least, like winter clothes or books.

You can pack the breakable items beforehand, like the kitchen crockery, aquariums, antiques, etc. Make sure to use extra boxes and add lots of cushioning material to ensure the items are secure inside the boxes. When done in a hurry, they can be damaged. So, pack them first before anything else and get them out of the way.

When packing things that have multiple attachments, pack each one separately. For example a lamp, remove the bulbs and wrap it separately to avoid damage.

You can pack all the small items together and label them. Another efficient way is to dismantle big items into small parts and pack them together and label them individually.

Once you have done packing the boxes, you can number  them. Make a list of items that are in each box as it will be helpful during unpacking in the new home.

You can make use of blankets, to pack large items. You can also use a suitcase to pack important documents or fragile items. It will also save some money from buying packing materials.

 Calculate the moving expenses and evaluate each and every expense, this will help you to keep a track of your expenditures.

Make sure to take care of all the little details like making a change in your address at banks, mobile bills etc. Collect all the pending items from your dry cleaners or something which you may have given for repair.

Once you have reached your new home, place every box at the respective room where it belongs. Like, place the kitchen boxes in the kitchen, hall should have all the furniture and TV unit etc.

When you are looking for packers and movers, get quotes from multiple moving companies. You can compare and opt for the reliable and efficient moving company. This will ensure, you are protected from fake movers who are out to make a fast buck.

 

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Cleaning up Your Former Home Before Moving

Finally, after spending a couple of weeks planning and preparation, you would be finally packed all your belongings and moving to your new home. The entire process will be extremely exhausting. This doesn’t end here, you will be expected to leave behind a respectfully clean and tidy home if you have been renting or are planning to sell your old home. You can concentrate on a few key areas around the house that will be really make a difference.

Read your rent or seller agreement carefully. The agreement may require you to leave the house repainted if you want a full refund on your deposit!  If you are preoccupied with the moving then it is advisable to hire a professional cleaning help. This will save a lot of time.

You can also follow below tips to make cleaning much faster

Floors
Vacuuming and mopping will make the floor almost clean, even after the dust has settled from all the packing and moving. If there are some hard stains make sure to scrub harder to leave the floor sparkling clean.

Clean hard water and mold buildup
It’s obvious, that after staying in a place for long there is bound to be hard water stains on the showers, taps, tubs and tiles. New tenants would appreciate the small gray mold spot in the corner of your bathtub! It can grow so best not leave unattended. It is very important to do a through clean up  before leaving to your new home, if you have any hopes of renting your old one!

Clean inside the refrigerator and oven
Everyone wants the kitchen to be very neat and clean, as that’s where the food is made and stored. People don’t like coming home to their own dirty kitchens, let alone others!! Make sure to scrub hard so that the kitchen is spotless and not a home for cockroaches.

Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves
This can be done very quickly,  just a simple wipe will do the job. A mix of dish washing liquid and water will be enough to clean most of the stains.

Dispose of all toxic and hazardous items properly
Make sure to dispose of all hazardous materials properly. Most people have some kind of acids, drain cleaners or phenyls which can be toxic if left unattended. New tenants may not be aware of these hazardous materials, so better to dispose of them before leaving.

Redo the Walls
We all know walls are usually not repainted unless on occasion – but you must do a repaint before leaving, if your agreement says so. The walls would have holes from hangings, stains or spills which can easily be repainted over.

Also don’t forget to clean the storage and garage area. You’ll be surprised by what treasure you may discover among the trash you were planning to leave behind! If you haven’t finalized a packers and movers yet then do consider EZMove.in for pre-verified packers and movers.

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How to Move During Summer

Summer times are best to do home shifting because the kids are out of school and on vacation, the weather is nice, and the home buying season is at its peak. Winter makes the entire moving challenging and moving is difficult due to the cold weather.

Moving during the warm and dry weather is certainly a lot easier and less hectic. Summers will ensure that the stuff won’t get wet, moldy or freeze. It is also a great option to do your home shifting before the new school year starts. The kids won’t have to start the term in a new school, so there will be more stability.

Below are some important tips to help you plan your summer move, these will also help you to reduce overall moving costs.

1. A lot of moving takes place during weekends and the ends of the month, it is better to relocate during  the week or the middle of the month. You can easily book professional packers and movers online if you have the flexibility.

2. Rental truck prices are quoted based on the supply and demand. The price of moving vehicles will be higher during summers but it can be reduced to some extent if you book in advance.

3. You can get in touch with professional packers and movers in advance and can also do advance booking if you are planning to move during last weekend of the month or on a holiday. This will save a lot of time and hassle as you will not have to run around at the last minute looking for a packers and movers.

4. Since a lot of moving and shifting happens during summers, there can be overbooking.  Once you have planned the moving date and rental trucks it is advisable to confirm a particular packers and movers.

5. While moving, it’s important to make sure that you take care of your heath too. Choose comfortable clothes, and carry water bottles to keep yourself hydrated. Moving is dusty hands on job and excessive heat along with stress will take a toll on your health.

6. Packing all by yourself will be difficult, tiring and time-consuming. It is advisable to plan and hire a professional moving company. Inform them in advance regarding the packing material and schedules so that you are not left high and dry at the last minute.

7. Be aware of what things should not be kept into the moving van during summers. Inflammable items like candles or leftover Diwali crackers can melt or worse catch fire! Leather furniture can get damaged if wrapped in plastic as the flimsy wrapping material can melt away. CD’s, videos and cassette tapes can get quite hot in a loading truck. Plan ahead and protect the items well.

8. Plan the move carefully for your kids as they need a safe and cool place to stay away from all the moving hassles. It is best to find someone to babysit for them during the entire home shifting process.

Are you planning to move house this summer? Log on to EZMove.in for pre-verified Packers and Movers.

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8 Must-Have Tools For Every Homeowner

Buying your own home is very satisfying You will be definitely excited to shift to your own house. It is very important to make a list of essential tools you must have, to use around the house. While one can always hire a handyman,  for some do-it-yourself projects, you need a basic set of tools. You can set up your home as you want! Even for some urgent repairing it is always advisable to  have a set of quality tools on hand.

Here is the list of important tools that you can buy to get started. If you are looking forward to remodel or extent outdoor then you may require more tools.

Toolbox
Tools are investments and must be treated the same way. Many tools can be used for a decade if well maintained. It is very important to take care of them properly. don’t leave them outside, it may be rusted or damaged. Avoid tossing them in a pile, they can be lost forever.

A toolbox is a basic thing which you must own, you can easily grab all the tools when you need it in a hurry or emergency situation. You don’t have to worry about missing important tools too. A toolbox will make sure all the essential tools are in a single place.

Hammer
It is an important tool required around any house! If you have to decorate a new house, you can just grab your hammer and some hooks, and start right away! Select a hammer with a comfortable grip. You can buy a rip claw hammer if you are planning to do some heavy duty work.

Pliers
This is a very useful tool and it can do almost everything from holding objects to bending metals into shapes. There are different types of pliers, you can choose the best which are worth adding to the toolbox. Needle nosed pliers can be bought, to begin with.

Screwdrivers
Screwdrivers with magnetic heads are good and durable. This will be helpful even if you have a drill, this will do all the tiny tasks. These screwdrivers are great handy tools when you want to fix things in a hurry.

Measuring Tape
This is an essential tool and it comes handy during most of the times. You can invest in 3/4-inch tape with a easy-locking mechanism. They are most durable.

Level
These are small but valuable tools, coming very useful when hanging art on the wall. It can also be used if you are planning to install new cabinets.

Wrenches
There are various types of wrenches, you may need it at some point or the other. It is advisable to buy an adjustable wrench so that you can fix anything!

Utility Knife
A Utility Knife will be very handy to trim carpet edges, unpacking the boxes etc. It is a small but important tool.
Are you a new homeowner? Which tools have you found to be the most useful?

How To Pack Books In 7 Simple Steps

Most of the people who are planning for a home shift don’t always give priority to packing books. Agreed packing books is relatively an easy job as compared to the packing of kitchen items and furniture. But, it still needs a little bit of planning and execution.

You don’t want your favorite books to be damaged during the transit, do you? Moving and shifting a house is a hectic task and even simple tasks can go terribly wrong!! Below are the best possible ways to pack books during home shifting.

Optimize your book collection

A single book is not as heavy as 10 books packed together. Packers and movers will change based on the distance and total shipment weight. It is very important to reduce the overall weight in all possible ways. So you need to decide whether you need to take the books to the new place or not! Choose only those which special or cherished or  rare editions etc.

Leave behind books you don’t need

There may be few books which maybe damaged or worn out, these copies may have lost their importance. You can leave it behind or give to a local recycling center. Another great way of filtration is to gift or donate any books which you won’t require in future but they could be helpful to others.

Get appropriate packing supplies

Choose the right packing material to make sure the books are not damaged during the transit. Select the proper size of boxes based on the number of books. Get appropriate packing material to pack valuable and vintage books. Finally, label the packed boxes, it will make it easy for you to access them on arrival.

Prepare book boxes in advance

Even before the actual packing of the entire house starts, you can sort and arrange books into boxes. Make sure to apply an additional layer of packing tape to the bottom of the book boxes so that it is not broken due to heavy weight.

Use soft packing material in abundance

You want to make sure the boxes arrive exactly the way you have packed them. Always pack the valuable and special edition books  individually in soft packing paper. You can arrange the books standing upright or you can just stack them one after another in the box.

Pack books in a sturdy suitcase

If you are looking for a stronger and bigger container then you can pack all your precious books in a travel suitcase with wheels. The major advantage is that you can fill it will heaviest books of your choice with worrying that they or the box will break.

Don’t overload boxes

It is better to make use of small or medium sized boxes for packing books and make sure to double-tape the seams of book boxes. Place the heaviest books on the bottom of the box and arrange it symmetrically. All this will ensure safety of books.

Do you need help moving house? Choose from the best packers and movers on EZMove.in 

An Army wife’s life – bags, blogs, books and everything in between!

Today we talk to Shivani, an army wife and an army brat who runs her travel blog Hobogobo, whilst moving all over India!

How has army life treating you? If possible could you tell us about some of the places in India where you have moved to.

Army life is the only way of life that I truly know as my father was in the army as well. Having said that, contrary to most people’s belief, life as an army kid and an army wife are very different. In fact, sometimes its more difficult for an army kid to adjust to the newfound expectations after she marries an army officer.

We have been married for 5.5 years and have been posted to Ambala, Jaisalmer and Leh out of which we have setup houses in Ambala and Jaisalmer.

Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why?

I enjoyed both places equally as we got a chance to stay together for a couple of months. Ambala was a great city to start a ‘grahisti’ owing to its wholesale plastic market and export surplus home furnishing shops. Jaisalmer is a tourist destination where you can sample cuisines from all over the world in the tourist season. Fancy, Korean food? Worry not, Jaisalmer has an authentic Korean restaurant run by a Korean lady !

How many times have you moved house since you married?

In 5.5 years, I have moved and setup 3 houses not counting all the in-between scenarios where we have moved for courses and where my parents and in laws houses have been my abode for several months. Mind you, in setting up these 3 houses, we have managed to stay together only for about a year.

Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?

Yes, I believe in making friends for life. In todays age of telecommunication, social media and whatsapp, there is no excuse for you to not keep in touch. Moreover, the army is one big family in a small world, you keep meeting each other at courses and get togethers.

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?

It has its ups and downs. I love travelling so I take it in my stride but there are sacrifices that one must make. Staying together for not even 1/5th of the times you’ve been married says a lot about the nomadic life we live. The heart might grow fonder but the brain definitely stresses out.

Moreover, there is a lot of uncertainty in plans which makes it difficult for the wife to live away and have a 5 year or even a 5 month plan for that matter. Having said that, not everyone in the army lives like that. I know quite a few families that have managed to stay together all their lives after getting married.

Military life is completely different from anyone else’s. 90% of times it’s in someone else’s hand- you don’t make the decisions, the buck doesn’t stop at you. All you can do is plan and wait for the plan to be foiled, then plan again and again till something happens. Experience has taught me to have a plan A, B, C & D.

About preference, I know no other life so will not comment. Different lifestyles have their unique challenges and most often than not, the grass only seems greener on the other side. I believe in living life in the moment rather than mulling over what could have been ! Que sera sera.

For how long have you been blogging? How did you begin blogging? Please share your journey – ups and downs.

I first started blogging in 2010 where it was just a personal blog with both travel and personal articles. It was mainly for the consumption of friends or to share travel information with people who asked. Serious blogging started in 2012 where I separated my travel blog to Hobogobo and everything else to ShivaniGarg.co

I started my career in advertising and them moved on to a digital startup where I handled everything from copywriting to graphics to sometimes interacting with clients directly. I learned wordpress and website designing on the job and then added SEO to my skill set. Once I got married and shifted bases I used the knowledge for my own blogging endeavours and here I am !

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Your genre of blogging is travelling. How did you decide this niche?

HoboGobo specifically caters to the travel niche and this was something that came very naturally to me. Photography and travelling is a my life’s chi (qi). It focuses my energies and makes me alive. The term ‘HOBOGOBO’ is also an amalgamation of these two passions – travel and photography where a ‘hobo’ is a nomad or someone who is location independent like me and ‘gobo’ is a device used it photography to control light.

So many army wives are becoming authors/bloggers why do you think this trend is picking up?

No lemonade taste as good as the one made from the lemons that life gives you and no one knows that better than the Army wife. Apart from the fact, that being an Author or Blogger gives you a chance to work remotely, I think an army wife has so many different experiences and interactions with local people of the little towns she moves to as well as the officers and wives around her from all over India. My experience has taught me that while everyone is so different from each other, we all feel the same emotions and are the same people, really ! As an author, I can put that understanding to great use.

An army wife is resourceful. She has nothing but problems around her and no magic wand to solve them so it’s natural that she becomes a problem solver. She plans, budgets, orders, tries, opines, inspires and shares her experiences with others in the same boat. This is exactly what a blogger does ! A blogger is a thought / activity leader who is one of the first to try things and share their experiences to either inspire or caution others. So there you have it, an army life teaches you all these things and some of us put these to use as authors and bloggers.

Does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?

I am an army brat before being an army wife so packing, moving and unpacking has never been a daunting task for me. In fact, I handled the whole task in our first home after getting married as my husband had no time ! He still hears about it because in fact, it’s his job and not mine. But since the first time and after having shifted so many houses, I let him do the dirty work most of the times 😉

Before learning about EZMove, how did you choose a particular Packers and movers? How has your experience been with them? Would you be willing to try EZMove for your next move?

We are pretty efficient at packing by ourselves so I have not been able to use the services of packers and movers other than one time when we called them to pack our fridge and ac. It was a local packer and mover and we could have done a better job. I have also heard about horror stories of Agarwal packers and movers smuggling drugs in the truck that had the stuff of an Air Force officer.

I could definitely try EZMove especially after a 6 month old taking up most of my time now. But in order to do that, you will have to show me your trial services as I’m quite wary of Packers & Movers.

Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story?

Oh I have so many but I’ll choose to share this particular one, in the hope that someone who matters will read it 😉
In the past 5.5 years, I have set up homes twice in the same station as my husband and stayed in each house for 4-5 months ! In the 4.5 years that we have stayed away, we have not been given a separated family accommodation because I am a Delhi girl and Delhi area feels we are way too independent to require one (sniggers sarcastically). So anyways, the only option I had was to rent a civil house or stay with parents, I chose the former even though the rent was 25K and the HRA one gets is 9K (what many people do not know is that one pays tax on the HRA as well).

So all in all, it’s pretty hilarious to realise that an army wife is sometimes expected to pay a big price to both stay with and without the husband!

“Ek taraf kuan, to doosri taraf khai”. That’s the army life in a nutshell.

Lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?

Start the process a month before you intend to shift. Make lists in your head about the things you need till the end, and what can go right now. Usually, its the kitchen that gets packed in the end and the home decor that goes first. Line your boxes with waterproof material because sometimes you dont know after how long they are going to be opened. Source and sun dry some neem leaves to line your carpets and other linen to prevent pests.

Loved Shivani’s candid views! We at EZmove, wish her all the best for her blogging journey!

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How to shift home, when relocating within the same city

Shifting belongings from one house to another in the same city may not be a very difficult process when we compare it with shifting to totally a new city. But, shifting within the city also involves lot of planning and preparation. It should be executed as carefully as major damage can happen!

Below are the things to be kept in mind before moving within the same city.

Get Familiar With the New Locality

Before shifting the belongings to the new location, it is important to visit your new house and the new locality. You will get to know about the neighborhood in addition to it, you will be able to find a traffic-free route to reach your new house. This will be extremely useful during the shifting process. You may be required to make several trips between both the houses while moving your belongings. If you are aware of the short and convenient route, you will be done in a jiffy!

Choose a Professional Packing and Moving Company

You can either make the shifting by yourself, but the best way would be to hire professional packers and movers company. They will make sure all your belongings and fragile and delicate items and are moved carefully and without any damage. They will take care of all the packing and shifting. It is the most convenient way of shifting. This will reduce the burden of packing and unpack things from your shoulders.

It is very important to choose the right packers and movers. Many companies promises best service and offer cheap rates, but  will fail to do the desired work. Before finalizing a professional moving company cross check thoroughly their credentials, in order to avoid problems. You can visit the professional moving company’s website online – go through the customer’s testimonies. You will come to know the way the company deals with after sales services as well.

Schedule the Shifting in Advance

It is always advisable to schedule the shifting in advance. This will provide your enough time to plan everything, you can also do the preparation and then execute the same. This will save you from last minute hassles and issues. You can be stress-free if you plan everything in advance.

Select the Packing Materials Carefully

All your belongings will be transported in a truck there are high chances of them to be getting damaged or scratched. If the damage is heavy they also can become unusable too. The most important step is to pack all the belongings properly before moving them. This is all the more important when it comes to intracity moving because, people think that they have to travel only a short distance! In fact majority of the damage happens in intracity moving because of negligence in packing.

Need help moving within the city? Log on to EZMove.in

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5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

To err is human, but making mistakes on moving day can burn a big hole in your pocket. Don’t just survive, moving day – own it! And here are some tips which will help you during the day when tension is running high and tempers are running short!

5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

Being way behind your packing schedule

In spite of all the checklists, you’ve seen and downloaded and made – the one thing many people forget to account for is the amount of time it will take to pack up and move house. What first time movers and sometimes, even veterans don’t realize is that – it requires some amount of prep time before you get into the groove where you can pack in a jiffy! Deluding yourself with thoughts like “Oh! I can just dump them in a box and they’ll reach safely” is the perfect recipe for headaches on the D-day!

To avoid leaving packing for the final moving day, here are a couple of pointers

  • Before you begin packing make a timeline – FOLLOW IT.
  • Begin packing as soon as you finalize a packers and movers.
  • Begin packing from the areas in your home that are the hardest to sort out and pack.
  • Don’t leave any packing for the last minute

Forget to pack an essentials box

Most people, who don’t plan a move properly, end up not packing an essentials box – which really comes in handy when you begin to settle down at the new place!

Fresh change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, tool box, some packets of food and other sundry items, which are most essential when moving house.

So think of all the items that you will not be able to survive without for even a day and include them in your moving day survival box. Just so you don’t forger, put it on your checklist.

Leaving “quick” tasks for the morning

D-day is the most unpredictable day when moving home or office. Anything that can go wrong – may go wrong! Packing is tough and maybe after doing it for a couple of days, you’ll be tempted to leave a few quick jobs for later! You’ll convince yourself, that you’ll get up early and they’re no harm in this! You couldn’t be more wrong!

Don’t leave anything for the last minute as your alarm may fail to go off or the packers and movers may show up earlier, or you may just not be feeling too well! Everything is unpredictable! So, stay ahead of the curve, by completing all the quick tasks before hand!

Turning your back on moving day safety

The best piece of advice anyone can give you – is to stay safe during that roller coaster of 24 hours when moving home.

Babies, small children and pets – have a knack of getting into dangerous situations. Make sure they stay away from all the madness. Designate a family member to look after them in a safe place – away from it all. You too will be less distracted when you know they are one hundred percent safe.

Don’t block the paths and hallways, as they were would be a lot of footfalls – and someone may trip. Drop the frills and dress in tracks so that you’re comfortable on your feet.

Handing over your valuables to the movers

Many Indians keep some amount of jewellery at home. Despite all the preparations and planning, last minute goof ups can happen and you may just have loaded all your “khandani” jewels into a truck – and before you realize it – it’s pulled out of your driveway! Even important documents along with other valuables should always be carried in person.

Avoid the above mistakes and you should have a relatively hassle free day! Look on the bright sight! New house, new place– new possibilities!  Cheer up, because moving day is round the corner and it will all be over soon!

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How to unpack and organize after you’re done moving

So, you’ve survived moving day! But troubles aren’t over yet, are they? You still have to unpack all your belongings and settle down, right? How and where to begin, when your new home looks like a warehouse!

Logically, you should unpack and prepare the rooms according to importance! Pretty simple!

Start with the Bedroom

What would you crave after an exhausting day of loading, unloading and dealing with the stress of moving – a place to sleep! When you feel as drained as your phone battery – is there any reason to have second thoughts about unpacking the bedroom!

Don’t fret about unpacking your actual bed, if it’s getting late – just flop your mattresses on the floor and cover with a clean bedsheet! Never underestimate the power of sleeping on clean sheets!!

Next is obviously the Kitchen

If you can do it simultaneously – great! Else it is best to finish of the bedroom and head straight for the kitchen!

Kitchen is obviously a priority as even soon as you feel exhausted you need to grab a bite or a glass of refreshing cold water! Focus on the essentials first and get out your stove or a hot plate. After you’re done unpacking the utensils, get some staple grains like dals and rice in a couple of boxes – so that cooking can commence.

Appliances can wait – bit if absolutely must set up your mixer grinder, refrigerator and oven. Toasters and other small appliances can be opened and set up as the unpacking progresses.

Bathroom

Well, assuming that the basic bathroom setup would already be existing – you would just need to unpack your essentials bag. Getting your toothbrush, toothpaste and soap in place – will help save your sanity in the morning!

Dining Area

After your kitchen and bathroom are set up, you can think of setting up your dining area so that you have a place to sit down to eat! Having a dining table in place – really helps to make the house come together!

Drawing room

Yes, it’s obviously the last priority as who has time to relax and lounge around when a house is to be unpacked! Setting up your entertainment centre, and sofas will make you feel that finally the house has begun to look like a home!

Storage area

Keep moving everything that you don’t really need to the storage area your new house. Store away any trunks and boxes which you feel will come useful the next time you consider a move.

Packing and moving has a deadline – so people tend to be more organized! But, unpacking can be laid back – so much so that people can take over a month to finally settle in.

While it is advisable to take a slow pace, don’t keep putting it off out of laziness. Once the house is fully set up then only can you begin to feel that you are settling in into your new life!

Here are a couple of pointers which should help to make your unpacking easier:

  • If it is going to take two minutes, just do it! Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  • If you have labeled the boxes, then first place all the boxes in their respective rooms.
  • Be sure to dispose of packing materials properly. Sometimes the workers themselves are willing to take them away so resell. Someone’s trash is another’s treasure!
  • Don’t forget to clean up on a regular basis as the dust from all the boxes can tend to accumulate.

Hope you found these tips helpful! In case you are looking for packers and movers, do think of getting a quote from EZMove.in.

Moving a dog by train

Moving your pet by Indian Railways

As mentioned in our previous post Planning to Move Your Pet by Airways, today we will talk about moving pets by trains.

Moving a dog by train is quite simple and comfortable. Following are the documents that you will require before moving your dog:

  • Dog’s vaccination records
  • Fit to travel certificate from a vet
  • Your dog’s license

Dogs can travel with you in First AC. The caveat here is that you need to have two berths in your name. So, if you are travelling alone – book two tickets in your name itself. If you have family or a partner along then that’s a ticket for each of you, which will suffice.

On reaching the station, head straight to the baggage counter. There they will book your dog as “extra baggage” for a fee. The fee is calculated based on the weight of your dog and the distance of travel. This fee usually varies between 600 to 1000 Rs.

You will not be able to pay this luggage fare until the train chart is prepared which is about two hours before the train leaves the station.

In First AC there are two types of compartments or coupes – one with only two berths and the other with four.

If you are lucky enough to get a two berth coupe – then enjoy a trouble free journey with your dog! Get down at stations, let him take a stroll and enjoy his favorite pass time – sniffing everything on the platform!

ProTip: It is possible to request a 2 seater coupe from the Commercial Manager – Passenger Reservations.

Just try to ensure that your dog doesn’t get loose, causing trouble for fellow passengers. They are within their legal right to ask for your dog to be removed. Other than that, you are good to go!

If you have seats in a four berth coupe – your fellow passengers should not object to the dog, otherwise he will have to be moved to a box in the luggage or brake van.

If this happens, leave your dog in the brake van with food and water. You could go and check on him at intervals. Please be aware that the box provided in the brake van wouldn’t be clean or very comfortable, so it would be wise to check it out before the journey begins. If unclean, request the railway staff to clean it. They are also amenable to taking care of your pet during the journey if you pay them a little.

Please remember that all this valid for all trains except Rajdhani trains. No pets are allowed on Rajdhani trains.

Please do not attempt to move your pet in other compartments of the train, for you will be:

  • Fined for all unbooked pets.
  • The TT can ask you to de-board if the unbooked pets create trouble for other travellers.

Indian railways is dog friendly, however the same cannot be said for our feline friends. Cats are not considered pets – but wild animals! Horses, cows, donkeys, sheep, goats and even camels are welcome aboard our railways – but not cats.

You will need a certificate from the Department of Wildlife, Government of Delhi, that your cat isn’t a wild animal. Besides this you need the standard vaccination records as well a fit to travel from a vet.

In case you have any questions, feel free to drop that in comments! Are you planning a move with a pet? Do read our next blog for Tips and Tricks for travelling with Pets!