Posted by Guest Blogger Cindy Aldridge on Nov 4th 2021

Tips for a Smooth Move When You and Your Pet Have to Downsize

If you and your pet are moving to a smaller home, you may be wondering about how they will adjust to the move and settle in their new environment. Especially if you and your pet have both grown comfortable with a larger indoor or outdoor space, the prospect of a downsize may be stressful. Will your pet have enough room to play? What if you have neighbors who don’t like pets? Preparing your pet for the move can make it easier on both of you, even if it does mean adjusting to a smaller home.

Some tips when preparing for your move.

Your pet will adjust better if you prepare for the move with care. If it is possible for you to take them to visit the new home before you move there, try to do so a few times. Let them explore inside and out if this is an option. If not, at least get them comfortable with the traveling: set up their travel crate where they can get in and out of it and take them for car rides to different locales. This will give you an opportunity to figure out whether they find any aspects of moving especially stressful, so you can try to mitigate those factors.

Tips for home buying.

Even if you are downsizing, you still need to be sure you have enough space to care for your pet well. Research property values in different areas, and try to get preapproved for a mortgage as soon as possible, so you know your home-buying budget. It’s also important to have a plan in case you will be selling your old home before you can purchase your new one.

Considerations for your new home.

Before you move to your smaller home, see if any changes need to be made for your and your pet’s safety and comfort. If there is an unfenced lawn, see whether you can put up a fence or enclosure so your pet will have a secure area to play. Also, consider issues of lighting or ventilation that may affect you or your pet’s health. Especially if you will be going up and down stairs or taking your pet in and out, be sure the area is adequately lit. Having good lighting is important for home security, and for your own safety, especially if you are getting older. If you need to upgrade the lighting in your present or future home, check out the different brands and selections at Lighttrends. When pet-proofing the house prior to your move, keep in mind such considerations as wires that could be chewed, or windows where a pet could escape or have an accident. Since you are moving into a smaller space, make sure you have plenty of storage options so you can avoid clutter.

Keeping your pet happy during the move.

Some pets may find it stressful to have a lot of strangers in and out of the house on moving day, so you may want to find a pet sitter or a kennel that can look after them during that time. If this isn’t possible or necessary, at least try to keep them in a secure room so they won’t get upset by the chaos or get loose and run away. Bear in mind that some moving companies have expectations regarding pet containment. Look for national moving companies who are comfortable working in a house where there is a pet or pets and ask them for a written estimate. It’s also a good idea to read their reviews before signing a contract with them.

How to help your pet settle in.

When you arrive at your new home, try to designate one area for your pet, and keep some of their familiar items there. Let them get comfortable in that area before they explore the whole abode. Try to keep their routine, as well as their food and feeding schedule, as unaltered as possible.

Moving can be less stressful for you and less disruptive for your pet if you prepare for it well. Know how to keep your pet happy and ease them into the new experience as much as possible, so your move to your new home will be pleasant and not upsetting.

by Guest Blogger Cindy Aldridge

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