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Top 20 Pet-Friendly Cities

Cat in moving box with styrofoam peanuts

If you’re a true pet lover considering a move, no doubt you’re seeking new hometown that’s as great for Fido and Fluffy as it is for you. According to results of a recent survey by American Pet Products Association, pet ownership in the US is booming. In fact, a record 65 percent of American households today own a pet. That figure reflects upward of 79.7 million homes with four-legged family members.

To help assure you make the best choice for you and your furry loved ones, check out results of WalletHub’s most recent compilation of the nation’s most pet-friendly cities. Researchers pored over multiple metrics including availability of a wide range of pet services and products such as professional pet walking and gourmet pet food; average costs of pet ownership as it relates to veterinary care, licenses, grooming and apartment pet deposits and related fees; and the presence of businesses designed for or open to pets, such as dog parks and restaurants that allow your pet to join you for lunch or dinner.

So here they are – The top 20 pet-friendly cities in America for 2016:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Tampa, Florida
  4. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
  5. Scottsdale, Arizona
  6. Reno, Nevada
  7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  10. St. Louis, Missourri
  11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  12. Boise, Idaho
  13. Henderson, Nevada
  14. Atlanta, Georgia
  15. Plano, Texas
  16. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  17. St. Petersburg, Florida
  18. Portland, Oregon
  19. Gilbert, Arizona
  20. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Make sure your move goes smoothly for you and your pets. Call 800-530-2626 to schedule a consultation with McKendree Moving & Storage.

 

Tips for Moving Your Prized Vinyl Collection

Vinyl Record Collection

For vinyl album holdouts – and yes, there are many of them across the United States – the notion of a long-distance move can be a sad, sad song, indeed. But you need not be singing the blues. McKendree Moving & Storage has a few tips that can help assure the safe transport and arrival of your prized collection to a whole new vinyl frontier.

First, head your nearest vintage vinyl shop and stock up on acid-free paper liners and poly sleeves. Take your records out of their cardboard jackets and place them in or between the paper liners. Then, place the jackets in poly sleeves. This will help to protect your records from dust, heat and moisture and your jackets from all sorts of outside wear, including discolored, depressed ring imprints of the vinyls themselves.

Next, choose your moving boxes wisely. Make sure they’re sturdy and have dimensions of at least 14″ x 14″ x 14″ (used wine boxes are a great option if you’ve got them). Bungobox and the Container Store offer boxes designed and sized specifically for moving or shipping vinyl records. Line the bottom and sides of boxes with bubble wrap or Styrofoam to provide a bit of shock absorption during the ride.

When packing them in boxes, stand your records and jackets vertically, side by side rather than stacking them. This helps to protect jackets from bending on the edges and from ring wear and other superficial nicks and scrapes. Be sure to pack them snuggly, but not so tight as to risk warping. Fill any leftover space in the box with bubble wrap to assure they won’t slide or get jostled around.

Once packed, make sure boxes are securely closed and mark which side is up to help assure movers know just how to handle and place them. For your own post-move sanity, also mark them alphabetically, by genre or however you’ll organize them on the shelves of your new place. Also make sure that your boxes will remain out of direct sunlight throughout the duration of the move.

From Stravinsky to Sinatra to Skynyrd, if you’re planning a move to or from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we’ve got you covered. Call 800-530-2626 to schedule a pre-move consultation with McKendree Moving & Storage.