Having a furry friend greet you when you arrive home from a long day can bring some much-needed happiness to your evening. While there’s plenty of good things about having a pet, understanding how to move with a pet is crucial. Follow the steps below to make sure your move with a pet is a smooth one.
Ensure your new place is pet-friendly. When you’re inspecting properties, make sure you ask if the property is pet-friendly. Most property managers will list this on the property advertisement, but it’s always a good idea to double check. When you’re applying, make sure you give as many details as possible to the property manager.
They’ll want to know things like the animal’s weight, breed and behaviour. Most application forms will have space for you to complete these details too.
Plan out the move.
Take some time to plan out moving day so you know how your pet needs to be looked after and when. For example, if you’ve booked a removalist service for moving day, you can schedule in time for your pet to be looked after by a friend or family member, so you can focus on the move.
Schedule a vet appointment if needed.
If you’re moving away from your current vet and need to find a new vet closer to your next place, book in a check-up for your pet with your current vet. This will give your vet a chance to give your pet a once over and provide you with recommendations for a new vet closer to your new place. If you’ll be sticking with the same vet after your move, now is also a good time to schedule a vet appointment if your pet will need a sedative before the move.
Make sure your pet is clean for moving day.
Organise for your pet to be groomed (if needed) and bathed just before moving day. This will ensure your pet is just as clean as your new place when you move in. When you book your pet’s grooming appointment, you can also let the groomers know. Groomers can pay extra attention to brushing and trimming an animal’s fur to make sure your pet doesn’t malt too much when you move into the new property.
Inspect your property by yourself.
Once you have the keys to your new property, inspect the place and secure any areas that may make it easy for your pet to get out. Think things like gaps in your property’s fences and unsecured gates.
Moving with a pet can be stressful but making sure to plan out your move and making sure your pet is comfortable on moving day will prevent any last-minute emergencies on moving day. Finally, don’t forget to update your pet’s microchipping and I.D. tag details with your new address