WHO DOESN’T NEED A BELLY RUB AFTER A MOVE?

    WHO DOESN’T NEED A BELLY RUB AFTER A MOVE?

    May 06, 2021

    It is estimated that 40 million people move each year in the United States and 80% of the moves occur between April and September. PEAK Season is here!!

    You made the decision to buy a new home, you contact ERA TEAM to start the buying and selling process, and the excitement and stress begins. 

    Moving can bring on anxiety; whether it’s down the street or out of town- we are not the only ones experiencing this emotion.  Our devoted pets feel that something has changed in the household. New people in and out of the house, less playtime, more crate time, and their people act differently, bringing chaos and anxiousness to their normal routine.

    It's hard to believe but not everyone LOVES our pets. So, keep them safe and don't scare off a potential buyer.

    What can we do to help our fur babies chill out during the demanding moving process?  

    I’ve asked the experts at Vilonia Animal Clinic to give us some tips.

    SELLING

    With pets, keeping the house clean and a pet-free zone can be complicated during the showing of your home.  Here are some ideas to help with that process.

    • Increase walks and exercise to keep energy down and for less destructive behavior. 
    • Try scheduling showings around your daily walk time with your pet.
    • Have your car ready for your furry passenger and take a drive during the showing.
    • Put your pet in a crate if you can’t take them with you.

    PACKING

    You’ve sold your house and purchased the one you’ve always wanted with the big backyard, but now the packing begins.  Don’t let the clutter and boxes overwhelm you and your best friend. Try these suggestions to get through this process. 

    • Stay calm.  Your pet senses your mood and reacts to your emotion; this is the time to keep routines.  
    • Pack your pet’s area last.  They’ll spend less time stressing over where their favorite rug or pillow have gone.  
    • Keep out food and water bowl, favorite toy, and bed for the official move to the new home.
    • Get your pet out of the house on moving day.  With all the commotion that goes along with the big day the potential of an escaped pet is high!  Consider asking a friend for a pet play date, doggie day care, or use the crate. 

    NEW HOME

    You’ve moved the last box into your new home and it’s time to give your pet the full tour of their new territory. 

    • Consider using a leash to help prevent accidents and make them feel more secure. 
    • Get back to a normal routine.
    • Update pet tags with new information.
    • Don’t wash the dog blankets; the familiar smell will make them feel more at home.

    NOW IT’S TIME TO RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME AND GIVE THAT FUR BABY A MUCH-NEEDED BELLY RUB!!