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How to Prepare for a Major Move with Your Pet in Mind
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Moving houses is no simple task by any means, add caring for a pet in the process and you've essentially doubled your workload. But don’t fret. Pet experts Sierra Fish & Pets put together a roadmap to help you manage all moving-related responsibilities with ease.
A Plan of Attack
One of the most important things you can do to make sure your move goes smoothly is to manage your time wisely. Start by creating a timeline of all the tasks you need to complete before moving day. Make sure to allow plenty of time for packing, cleaning, and other necessary preparations. It's also a good idea to build in some flexibility to account for any unforeseen delays or problems that may arise. Once you have a solid plan in place, it will be much easier to stay on track and avoid getting overwhelmed.
Finding a Good Home
When looking for a new home for you and your pet, focus on these features:
Pet-Friendliness: As reported by 2-10, give preference to homes that have large outdoor spaces, non-carpet flooring, and mud/washrooms located on the first floor.
Controlling Your Finances
In the months before and after moving, you can expect to incur greater expenses than usual. Below are a few prominent expenses you will incur and how to afford them:
Buying a Home: While buying a new home, you might be selling your old one too. This presents its own fair share of challenges, so talk to your agent about contingency options, and have a game plan in mind for your finances during this time. Having two mortgage payments at once can become a financial nightmare if you aren’t careful.
Hiring Movers: Moving will be a stressful experience for your pet. With movers in the picture, you’ll be able to dedicate your efforts towards their well-being. You could cover their cost from the sale of your home as well.
In addition to these, you’ll need to spend on:
Managing Your Pet’s Needs
To ensure your pet has a smooth moving experience, follow these steps:
Following these steps will allow you to stay on top of your pet's needs while managing all other responsibilities related to moving.