Let’s face it, moving is difficult! As humans, we get stressed out just at the thought of taking on the daunting task. But let’s not forget our furry friends. They feel stress too. Change and uncertainty can leave all of us feeling anxious, and it’s no different for our little four legged roommates. Here are a few tips to keep your constant companion calm and composed throughout your move.
Give them space – That is, give them their OWN space, a little corner of the world to call their own. If you begin this during the showing stages, the packing and moving stages will be even less stressful for your pets. May we suggest dedicating one small room of the house to your pets? A laundry room or powder bath works perfectly. A pet/child safety gate can be secured in the doorway allowing home buyer’s to view the room, keeping the pets safe from onlookers and vice versa. Kenneling the pets in these areas is also a good option, if necessary. However you choose to do it, just make sure you avoid moving them from room to room. Stay consistent and make sure they have all their special belongings with them at all times.
Keep them safe – You’ll want to make sure your pets are secure and unable to run out open doors or windows during showings and on moving day. The above option will also help you in assuring their safety during this time of change. Hanging up notes to alert contractors that may be coming in and out is a good way to help protect your animals also. If visitors know about your pets, they are usually happy to cooperate to help you keep them safe. For added precaution, make sure your pets are always outfitted with collars and identification tags labeled with your current cell phone number.
Spend extra time – Animals can be sensitive to change as well as to our stress and emotions. Try to spend a little extra quality time with your pet to reassure them and help them feel secure and confident. Furthermore, keeping them on their regular schedule, when at all possible, can go a long way in keeping them relaxed.
On moving day, if possible, keep them in their own space until you are fully moved into your new home and you can introduce them to their new accommodations. Of course, this is only possible with moves across town. For long distance moves, you’ll want to check with your veterinarian for advice on pets that are prone to motion sickness. And for traveling overnight with your pets, be sure to reserve pet friendly hotels! If your pet requires a crate while traveling, make sure they are well ventilated and temperature controlled.
With a little luck and a lot of love, you’re move will be a breeze! And remember, when you need help finding a pet friendly neighborhood, we are here for your real estate needs. Just contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.