Moving—whether you are traveling one thousand miles or ten thousand—is one of the most stressful life events that can take place. In fact, moving ranks third among stressful life events, following death and divorce, according to the Employee Relocation Council. Add pets into that equation, where emotions are as high as the stakes, and you have a recipe for stress.
Hiring a professional to handle your pet’s move is one of the best investments you can make in your moving process. However, like picking out the right stock or a house with a good resale value, the process of choosing a quality pet relocation company is directly proportional to the payoff you’ll receive.
The best way to go about selecting a pet relocation company is to consider the answers to the following questions:
WHO—Who is going to be my agent in this process?
Some companies choose to disperse the responsibilities to their team of relocation specialists. You may initially speak with one person about a price, then arrange your pet’s travel itinerary with a travel & flight specialist. Finally, any flight tracking and follow-up calls may be made by a completely different person.
PetRelocation.com has a different approach—you have one agent for your entire move that you are constantly in contact with. You won’t have to keep up with who’s who or whether one agent knows what the other one is doing. By the end of your pet’s move, your agent will know the ins-and-outs of you and your pet’s travel almost as well as you do!
Most importantly, keep in mind when you are speaking with the agent on the phone that your initial impression is key. If you feel at all concerned about your pet’s travel, the agent should take the time to talk with you and answer any questions you might have. A good agent has your pet’s best interest in mind at all times—as well as keeping your concerns at ease. There should be compassion in the agent’s voice and a true understanding of what it means to you, as the pet owner, to put your pet’s well-being in someone else’s hands.
WHAT— What kind of services are provided and at what price?
The adage “You get what you pay for” equally rings true in pet shipping, but it’s not always as cut and dry as one may think. Pay attention to the details—does one company offer door to door services while another leaves it in your hands?
Door to Door Service has been the key to keeping PetRelocation.com customers satisfied and content with our results, time after time, pet after pet. While you may feel that it would be better if you were to take Fido to the airport, PetRelocation.com has carefully observed some of the downfalls of that approach. By being your Door to Door service, we guarantee that the stress of going to the airport, dealing with airport personnel, and navigating the stream of paperwork will never affect you. We make sure the paperwork is arranged ahead of time and ready to go so that upon pickup we can focus our attention on your pets. While Door To Door may come at an added cost, the benefits are paid back ten-fold, allowing you to relax and know that your pet is on its way to you, while in the comfort of your own home.
WHEN—When do I need my pet to move?
If you are looking for the fastest, quick-fix move around, then PetRelocation.com is probably not the company for you. While in certain cases we can arrange domestic travel within a week and international travel within a month, that is not what our company is about. We take pride in our careful, well-planned travel arragements that in the long run will reduce stress on you and your pet. Keep in mind that any company that offers you a “next-day” delivery may sound good—but they don’t always offer the same benefits that PetRelocation.com can, most importantly long-term satisfaction.
WHERE —Where am I moving and how does that affect the cost and necessity of my relocation?
For domestic travel, a short jaunt across the States is rather simple to organize, if you have the time and available resources. However, one can equate this type of move to building a small deck: you could go out and purchase the lumber, draw up plans, and put the labor into building the deck, but how well will the results turn out? The cost of time and energy generally outweighs the cost of hiring a pet relocation company, especially with PetRelocation.com’s Door to Door services.
When it comes to international moves, the stakes are a bit higher—suddenly you’re building an even bigger deck that requires permits and permission from authorities. These added stressors are ones that the average businessman or woman does not have the time or mental stamina for—and that’s when the pet relocation company you choose becomes even more essential to a successful move.
HOW — How do I want to feel when my pet arrives at the eventual destination?
Your pet relocation experience should be simple and stress-free. Aside from some travel day butterflies, you should feel content and secure in knowing where your pets are at all times during their travel. When the arrive at your home, you should be satisfied with their healthy & unfazed condition—they should look like the same lovable pets they were when they left for their trip. By hiring the right pet relocation company, this will not even be a question—it will be a guarantee.
The process of choosing a pet relocation company can be daunting. However, you’ll know you chose the right one when Fido arrives, looking like another satisfied member out of Homeward Bound, so proud of himself for sniffing his way to you from across the ocean.