Congratulations on the sale fo your home! Now the real fun starts. Packing, and prepping for the big move. Moving can be stressful too with lots of action; large boxes and new people in and out of your space. Now, imagine what little Fluffy is thinking… Let’s look at 5 steps to avoid pet-panic during your move:

Research pet rules and regulations

If you’re moving out of province, city or township, or into a condo or other rental, it’s wise to research the rules and regulations surrounding pets. Different landlords and homeowners’ associations may have specific pet rules. Check for restrictions and make sure your pet adheres to the local guidelines.

Be prepared

Keep all your pet’s info and necessities together in one place.

  1. Current Vet paperwork
  2. Dishes for food and water
  3. Food and treats
  4. Temporary litter boxes if you have cats
  5. Favourite toys
  6. Towels and blankets 

Transport pets in your own car 

This one is a no-brainer! Transporting your pets in a moving van can be extremely stressful. It’s important on your journey to give them plenty of water and relief breaks. Another great tip is to not let your pets out of the vehicle until you’ve moved your things into the house and are relatively settled.  

Keep them secluded in your new home

Once you’ve moved to your new home, keep your pets in a safe area until all your boxes and furniture get moved in. It’s important that they don’t get out, or they might try to run away from home.

Allow them to get used to your new home by checking out the rooms and smelling their surroundings. Incorporate things that have your scent as soon as you can, such as furniture, clothing, and bedding.

Check and pet-proof your new home

Check your perimeter before letting your pets out into the garden. If there are any gaps or holes in the fencing, be sure it’s repaired before your animals are roaming free. It’s a good idea to walk your pets on a leash (yes, this means cats too) before letting them out fully. This will also help them get used to their new space. 

And, as always we are here to help. Contact us today for a free home evaluation. We can help you and potential buyers to see your home in its best light.


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