9 Tips for a Stress-Free House Move with Pets

Relocating to a new home is a significant life event that typically brings forth a whirlwind of emotions and stress. While moving with kids can pose its own challenges, it’s equally vital to consider your pets to ensure a seamless transition to your new residence.

And guess what? In Australia, more than 63% of households have pets, showing just how cherished our furry family members are.

At Posch & Silva, we’re here to ensure you have a smooth, pet-friendly moving plan in place.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Prepare Your Pet for Moving House

Get in Touch with Your Vet

Your veterinarian plays a pivotal role in helping your pet manage the stress of moving. Schedule a visit with your vet a few weeks before the move. During this visit, your vet can conduct health check-ups, ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and provide a current rabies vaccination certificate if required.

Discuss stress-reduction tactics with your vet. They can offer valuable guidance on reducing your pet’s anxiety during the move. Your vet may also recommend supplements or strategies to help your pet cope with the transition.

Inform Yourself of New Pet Laws

If your move takes you to a new city or area, you need to familiarise yourself with local pet laws and lease requirements. This step can help ensure a smooth transition for your pet and prevent any unexpected legal complications. Update your pet’s tags and microchip information to ensure their identification details are current. This ensures that your pet can be easily identified and contacted if they get lost.

Plan Pet-Friendly Accommodations

Before diving into the logistics of the move, it’s essential to think about alternative arrangements for your pet. While you may want to keep your pet with you during the move, it may not always be the best option. Here are some alternatives to consider:

  • Entrust your pet to a trusted friend or family member: This arrangement offers your pet the comfort of a familiar face and a stable environment during the transition.
  • Explore professional pet sitters or kennels: Professional pet sitters and kennels provide a safe and controlled environment for your pet, allowing you to focus on the move without worrying about your pet’s stress levels.

The Distance of Your Move and Mode of Transport

If your move involves travelling with your pet in your vehicle, their safety should be a top priority. It’s best to secure your pet with a seatbelt in a crate or carrier placed in the backseat of your car.

Ensure that the seat belts are fastened securely to prevent accidents. To make the travel experience less stressful for your pet, it’s essential to familiarise them with the crate or carrier before the move. Taking them on a few test drives in advance can help acclimate them to the car and reduce their anxiety about travel.

For air travel, specialised pet relocation services can be invaluable. They offer a range of services, including air and vehicle transport options, temporary housing, and attentive care tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

Keep Your Pet Away from Packing Supplies and Boxes

As you get ready for your move, it’s important to safeguard your pet from packing supplies and boxes. Pets are naturally curious, and unfamiliar items can cause confusion and stress. Here are some ways to ensure your pet’s safety during packing:

  • Designate a Pet-Free Zone: Create a safe area in your home where your pet can be away from the hustle of packing. This can be a comfortable room or a space away from the action.
  • Use Baby Gates: If a separate room isn’t feasible, employ baby gates to restrict your pet’s access to packing areas, minimising potential hazards.
  • Choose Pet-Friendly Packing Materials: Opt for pet-safe materials to avoid harm from ingested or played-with items. Avoid packing materials like bubble wrap or tape that could be hazardous. Choose eco-friendly, non-toxic alternatives.
  • Inform Household Members: Ensure everyone at home, including movers, knows to keep doors and gates closed, preventing your pet from accessing packing supplies.
  • Secure Hazardous Items: Identify and secure any potentially harmful objects within your packing materials, like sharp objects or toxic substances. Store them safely away from your pet’s reach.

Keep a Comfortable, Secluded Space for Your Pet

The hustle and bustle of the moving process can result in doors being left open and people moving in and out of your home. To prevent your pet from escaping out of fear or confusion, it’s crucial to keep them securely contained. Placing them in a kennel or a closed room ensures their safety and prevents any unexpected accidents or incidents.

Pack a Separate Emergency Moving Bag for Your Pet

Reducing stress for both you and your pet during the move is essential. One effective way to achieve this is by having a separate emergency moving bag for your pet. This bag should contain essentials like water bowls, your pet’s favourite toys, a blanket, food, treats, paper towels, and disposable plastic bags for clean-ups. Having these items readily accessible can make the moving process smoother and more comfortable for your pet, ensuring their basic needs are met.

Pet-Proof Your New Home

Upon arriving at your new home, take proactive steps to pet-proof the environment. Pets may encounter unexpected hazards in a new space, and it’s your responsibility to ensure their safety. Secure screens, windows, gates, doors, and balcony railings to prevent escapes and accidents. Check outdoor fences for potential escape routes and cover vents to prevent your pet from getting stuck.

Remove any poisonous substances, such as pest control traps or plants that can harm your pet. Pay attention to potential dangers like mothballs, firestarter sticks, and electrical cords. Thoroughly inspect your new home to identify and eliminate hazards that could pose a threat to your pet’s well-being.

Avoid Changing Your Routine to Reduce Stress on Your Pet

Consistency is key when it comes to moving with pets. Maintain regular feeding times, exercise schedules, and playtime: Pets thrive on routines, so sticking to their regular schedule can reduce stress. Keep in mind that your pets may need a little more attention and affection to ease their anxiety.

How Posch & Silva Can Help You Execute Pet-Friendly House Move

Professional and Reliable Movers and Packers: At Posch & Silva, we pride ourselves on being professional and reliable movers and packers. Our experienced team is equipped to handle all aspects of your house move, from carefully packing your belongings to safely transporting them to your new home.

A Long-Standing Legacy: Posch & Silva has been a trusted name in bespoke moving solutions since 2014, setting the bar high for Sydney and Gold Coast relocations.

Proven Excellence: Our dedication to providing top-notch moving services is evident through numerous five-star reviews from satisfied customers. We’re committed to delivering excellence, and our reputation reflects it.

Industry Recognition: We don’t just impress our clients; we’ve consistently been named finalists in the Northern Beaches Local Business Awards since 2018 and proudly secured the Australian Small Business Champion Awards in 2022. These accolades are a testament to our unwavering commitment to quality, recognized by both industry peers and delighted customers.

Premium Packing Solutions: Unlike standard options, we take your move to the next level with our high-quality packing supplies and moving boxes. Our double-layered, durable cardboard moving boxes offer an added layer of protection, meticulously designed to keep your items safe and secure throughout the journey. Practical packing tips are even printed on the boxes for your convenience, making the packing process smoother.

Effortless Packing and Unpacking Service: To make your move even more stress-free, Posch & Silva offers a comprehensive packing and unpacking service. Our team takes care of all the heavy lifting, allowing you to focus on pet care and ensuring a smooth transition for your furry family members.

Sustainability Focus: Posch & Silva is deeply committed to sustainability and waste reduction. After your move, take advantage of our FREE collection service for your Posch & Silva removal boxes. We ensure that your cardboard boxes are repurposed for future moves or responsibly recycled, contributing to a greener planet.

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