Moving into a new home is very exciting, but moving with pets and children can have it’s own challenges. Children may have a difficult time adjusting to the new surroundings, and so can pets. Since pets can’t be reasoned with, there are a couple of things you can do to make the transition easier on them.
Before you move
Once you take possession of the new home, it’s a good idea to bring your pet by to introduce them to the new surroundings. Let them sniff around the home and the rest of the property to help make it more familiar. You can also bring their favorite toy with you and perhaps a familiar kennel or blanket to help illustrate the point. If you have a decent amount of time before you move, make as many trips as you can to the new home with your pet. Moving with pets is the most difficult when the new destination is completely foreign.
How this day happens will be dependent on your pet, and what you think will be most beneficial for them. Some people may prefer to move their pet to the home first and allow them to be present as all the furniture and boxes arrive. On the other hand, you may feel that your pet would be better off arriving at the end, when the movers are gone and the family is settling in and unpacking. You may find that if you have multiple pets that they handle the move much better because of having a partner, or you may have twice the anxiety on your hands. Moving with pets is only as successful as you plan it to be.
Give your pets lots of room and time to explore. If they are whimpering a lot, or hiding out in a corner all day, ignore them and give them space to adjust. Even for you the new house doesn’t feel like home yet, it takes time for everyone. Don’t let the prospect of moving with pets deter you from having a great moving day – just prepare!