Pets are a part of the family and so it’s important to take our furry friends into consideration when it’s time to move. Here is a list of the top 10 tips for moving with pets to help keep you organized and make sure nothing is forgotten in the process. Follow along for a seamless home transition for you AND your pet. And if you need to sell your home before you move, don’t forget to read these 4 tips for pet-proofing your home sale.
1. Prepare your pet for the big move.
Your pet is going to be overwhelmed by your home sale and a big move – leaving behind their territory for a place that new and unfamiliar. Not to mention their surroundings are going to be in flux and changing as you start packing up and boxing all of your belongings. Take it slow and introduce the change slowly to your pets by doing your packing in increments. Also, keep your pets in the room you plan to pack last. That way they feel safe and aren’t in your way while you’re running busy getting everything together and moved out.
2. Take a visit to the vet.
There are a lot of logistical things to get in order when it comes to moving your pet and you’ve got to make a trip to the vet to get a lot of it done. Because you’re moving, you’ll need to find a new vet and the best way to find one is to ask your current doctor for a referral. For the office change, you will need to get a copy of your pet’s vaccination records and more.
You’ll also want to stock up on all prescriptions so you’re set for the move. It might be a while until you’re settled into your new place so thinking ahead for your pet’s health is important. Also, you might want to pick up some pet sedatives while you’re there. Whether you’re driving or flying, your pet will appreciate a small dose of something to calm their nerves for the trip.
3. Update ID tags.
Make sure to update your pet’s ID tags and a microchip for your new address. Even if you have an indoor pet, you never know what could happen during the move.
4. Is your new place pet-friendly?
Does your new apartment or condo allow pets? Does your new house have a yard with some space to roam? Other things to consider include the community and neighborhood you’re moving into. See what parks are close by and research what pet resources are available near your new home. For example, the city of Huntington Beach has several dog parks and a dog beach offering tons of different play areas, water stations, and events throughout the year. Do some research and see what amenities there are nearby, like these 7 doggie bakeries in Orange County.
5. Save them from the chaos.
Board your pet or seclude them from the madness on moving day. You’re going to have tons of new people coming in and out of the house with boxes, trucks running outside ready to leave and 101 things to coordinate and remember; you don’t want to be worrying about your pet as well. Board them for the day so they’re saved from the chaos. If that’s too expensive, simply keep them secluded from the hubbub in one room with everything they need.
6. Set aside what you’ll need for moving day.
With so many things happening on moving day, you don’t want to realize you’ve packed away your pet’s necessities too soon. Here is a quick list of things you should have set aside for your pet on moving day. Be sure to personalize and add to this list when you make your own.
- Favorite Toys
- New ID Tags
- Measured Food for the day and a bowl
- Paper towels/wipes for messes
- Medications for the day and sedatives if your pet has troubles with travel
7. Get Flight ready.
If you’re going to moving out of state, remember to make flight accommodations for you AND your pet. Call the airline ahead of time to find out what their policy is on pets. Each airline has its own restrictions on weight, crate requirements, etc. so make sure you have plenty of time to figure it all out.
With small dogs and cats you should be able to fit them in a small carry-on that will go on the plane with you but you don’t want to make any assumptions and be surprised when you arrive at the airport. Take the time and have your pet flight-ready, all accommodations in order, at least a week before your move date.
If you have an unusual or exotic pet, you might need a permit before they can enter a new state. Ask your veterinarian for information on the application process. Also be aware of any restrictions on pets in the state where you’re moving. For example, it is illegal to have a ferret as a pet in the state of California.
9. Prepare your home for your pet.
Set out all they need to give them a familiar environment. The house is new to them as well, and they didn’t even get to have a walk-through with you! Wherever their room or space will be, prepare it for your pet before they even get there. Set out their bed, favorite toys, and anything that they love and associate with your old home. A bit of the old will help make the new more welcoming and comforting.
10. Prepare your pet for your new home.
Clean your pet to prepare them for the new house. Wash them, groom them, cut their nails, and get your furry friend ready for the big day! Your new home is going to be absolutely spotless when you move in so make sure your pet is too. You don’t want your pet dirtying up your new house the second they enter it.