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Keep Pets Comfortable During a Move

For this week’s real estate blog, we turned to Amanda Richardson.  Amanda is one of our highly talented Buyer Specialists in the Plymouth, Canton, and Northville Michigan communities who happens to know a thing or two about keeping pets happy during a move.  If you have a pet, Amanda’s helpful information is a must read!

Start Smart!

Moving can be stressful enough for us humans, but our furry family members can be especially prone to stress during a move. Pets get used to routines just like their human relatives do.

But, unlike us, they are not independent. They look to us to provide them with their most basic needs. By following a few simple steps you can make your move “pet friendly”.

  1. Plan ahead!  If possible, arrange for a “sitter”. Besides the stress of the unusual chaos in their home, moving day can present other safety issues for your pets. With open doors, more traffic, and the overall commotion of moving day, it is much easier for Fido to make a getaway. If a sitter is not possible, try finding an area where they will feel comfortable being contained for several hours.
  2. Try your hardest to keep routines consistent.
  3. Stock up on your pet’s medication.  While you are at the vet’s, consider getting your pet microchipped in case he or she wanders away from the new home.
  4. Stop for walks and potty breaks at least every three hours.

The New Digs

Once you arrive at your new home together, set up your pet’s area first. It might be a good idea to isolate pets in a bedroom or bathroom where they will be contained while you unload and unpack. Set up water, food, a bed, and a litter box if needed. Spend a few moments with them to reassure them everything is okay and check on them often.

By adding “Pet Care” to your moving to-do list, you can help to reduce your pet’s stress while increasing comfort – for both of you!  And, of course, should you need any assistance with the purchase of your new home, don’t hesitate to contact Amanda or any of us here at The Bittinger Team!

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