Updated: Feb 4, 2020
Our pets are huge parts of our families, especially here at NextHome Titletown, where our french bulldog mascot Luke is a part of everything that we do. Moving day is a stressful situation for everyone involved, including our most loyal canine and feline friends. Imagine completely overhauling the routines for creatures of habit in the truest form of the phrase?
Pets respond well to structure, so the packing, moving, and settling into a new place can make them feel anxious and stressed out. But there are ways that you can help smooth the transition for your pets and help make their move simple and stress-free. Realtor.com outlined the top mistakes to avoid when you’re moving with your pets:
Have your friends or family care for your pet on moving day. The day of your move will be chaotic, even if you have a comprehensive plan and are fully packed. Movers coming and going, loud noises, boxes being picked up and put down, doors remaining open - moving day will stress your pet out and could jeopardize their safety. Make sure to board them or have them stay with a friend or family member while you’re managing the big move.
Don’t wash your pet’s things before the move. Familiar smells are comforting to pets, so resist the urge to wash their bed, toys, or blankets before you move, as tempting as that might be. The familiar smells will help them acclimate to their new home and feel much more comfortable.
Observe their behavior in their new home. When you move into a new home, you’re not totally familiar with the layout, and your pets won’t be either! There could be hiding spots, tight nooks where they could get trapped, or areas where your pet could escape. As you’re settling in, make sure you keep an extra close eye on your pet.
Keep their setup and routine as close to what they have known. Pets are creatures of habit, so when you’re moving into a new place, you don’t want to change their setup or daily routine drastically. If your pet is familiar with sleeping in their bed in your bedroom, make sure to place their bed in the same place in your new house. If you typically walk your pet at certain times of the day, continue with that schedule. Keeping with the same setup and routine will help your pet transition into her new home.