Moving With Animals
We'll Make It
to Find the Best Home for You and Your Family Pet
According to experts, moving
is a top stressor.
The pressure is still present even in an exciting move, and your
family members aren’t the only ones experiencing stress either. Your
pets can pick up on it and sense it too. Learning how to downsize
and move with your pets is a skill that limits the stress you feel
on your moving day. In the article below, NJ
Real Estate offers
some tips on how to make it easier for everyone.
Preparation Makes a Difference
Before entering the real estate market, consider how a smaller house
may impact your pets. The
type of animal you
have may determine the kind of property you purchase. For example,
dogs often require a backyard, whereas cats need vertical space for
shelving and kitty blocks. Take not only your pet's species into
consideration but also your animal's personality. Cats, in
particular, have difficulty with sudden change.
Adjust your pets to the moving process slowly. Purchase packing
boxes well in advance so your pets become accustomed to them. When
packing, keep your pets in a familiar room. Save your pet's room for
last. You may want to invest in an
escape proof harness to
help restrain them when moving day arrives. If possible, plan for
your animal to stay elsewhere on moving day.
Also, especially in stressful situations like a move, what your pet
eats matters a lot. So, If you’re in search of beef dog food you can
this a try.
Make sure they have plenty of water and a toy or two, as well.
Some animals may become skittish and look for a place to hide during
the move. To avoid losing a pet, consider
using daycare or
asking a friend to watch your pets. For dogs, daycare can provide
more benefits than reducing stress during a move. Daycare allows
dogs to socialize, helps them work through separation anxiety, and
gives you the knowledge your special friends are safe.
addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, take
inventory of your belongings.
To scale down, put them into two categories: what you can live
without and what you need.
Provides Power in Buying and Selling
When viewing real estate, do not bring your pets with you. You may
value how your pets feel, but bringing them along can complicate the
process. The homeowner could have an animal allergy, or your pet
could cause damage to the dwelling. Likewise, consider taking
your pets off the property when
attempting to sell or show your current home. Some people become
uncomfortable around pets.
Selling your home also means decluttering and keeping things clean
for showings, which can be hard to maintain if a pet is wandering
around. While you can’t board your pet for the duration of the
listing, you can work with your realtor to arrange showings at
particular times or have someone lined up who can pick up your pet
before the realtor and potential buyers arrive.
Brush up on your real estate knowledge during the buying and selling
of a home. In addition to finding a pet-friendly location, you need
a property within your price range. When shopping for a mortgage,
prospective lenders pay attention to your debt-to-income ratio.
Calculate this number by adding up your monthly debt and dividing it
by your monthly income. This helps you determine what you can
comfortably afford without stretching yourself too thin.
you’re moving with your business, take some time to research how
to start an LLC in
your new state. You may want to consider using the help of a
formation company. They can walk you through the filing process
online, getting you set up quickly and easily.
Proofing Is a Game-Changer
Before you introduce your pets to the new place, make sure you
pet-proof the property. Most homes are not safe for animals by
default. Eliminate all hazards to ensure there are no accidents.
Pets should not have access to cleaning products, small objects,
trash cans, electrical cords, or beauty products. Moving is already
stressful enough. Animals can sense our emotions and will often
become anxious when we are stressed out. Practice deep breathing
exercises to calm yourself, and if you find juggling the move and
fur kids is too much, find a place for them to stay for a little
while—for all of your health.
Once you arrive in your new home, do not let your pets run free
right away. The new place may overwhelm your furry friends. Instead,
allow them to adjust to one room, and consider this their home base
where you provide your pets’ toys, food, and treats. And if you want
your pets to enjoy your backyard, consider having a fence installed
to prevent them from leaving your property.
When it comes to moving, every member of your family counts,
including beloved pets. When you experience worries about
downsizing, finding a new home, and selling your current place, you
need reassurance that your pets are cared for and safe throughout
Emil Ratti is here to help you find the NJ
Real Estate you’ve
been looking for! Call (201) 327-5050.
Submitted April, 2023
By: Andrea Needham | eldersday.org