Ok, you’ve listed and sold your home – or perhaps you’re making the final preparations to move. By now, the kids are either grumbling or eager, friends and relatives are waiting by their computer screens to catch the first snapshots of the new neighborhood on Facebook…everyone is clued in, on the same wavelength, ready to go!
Uh-oh — we may have left somebody out. Like maybe all those ‘somebodies’ who happen to have four paws, fur, and whiskers. When all is said and done, it’s a sure bet that they will be happy in their new home (after all, they’re always happy as long as you are paying attention to them). But in the interim, what steps can you take to simplify their move to the new home?
The first order of business should be a simple safety measure. Create tags with your new address details and a phone number that won’t change. It’s not likely, but possible, that a recently-uprooted pet may try to find the old house – especially the first few times he or she is left unattended. You need to be doubly sure pets are properly identified so they can be returned promptly. Even house cats who are usually collarless should be given some identification during the beginning weeks in a new home. Those first few days and weeks are the most likely time for doors and windows to be accidentally left open… and it’s much better to be safe than posting “Lost Pet” posters around your neighborhood!
Depending on time and distance factors, a good way to save wear and tear on both you and your pets is to find a safe and quiet place for them to stay during the actual move. Whether you ask friends or relatives or use a pet boarding establishment, it will minimize the sense of disruption your small friends experience. Put yourself in their paws: big, burly strangers moving sofas and beds in and out of giant trucks? Better the kennel!
One last tip: give them extra attention. Distraction is one carnival trick that never fails. Your pets may miss their previous environment, but when you shower them with special attention before, during, and after the move, they’ll be convinced that your love made the move, too.
If you’ve already found your new home and are planning the move – congrats! If you’re just getting started in the search, we’d be delighted to put our local experience to work for all the members of your household. We also have a free report, “Moving with Your Pets”, with many more tips for moving with your furry friends. To get it, just leave a comment below or use our “Contact Us” form.