Downsizing can be an overwhelming task, and you have to do what’s best for your pet. With
so many decisions to make, it’s hard to know where to begin. But like everything else,
simplifying the process starts with planning. Below are some helpful tips when downsizing
with your pet.
The first step is deciding what to sell, what to keep, and what to donate. Evaluate each item.
Is it something you use daily? If not, is it essential to your lifestyle? If it’s something you
rarely use, consider giving it to a friend or selling it online. Removing excess items from
your home can significantly reduce your moving expenses and clutter.
Once you decide what items to sell, donate, or stow, it’s time to pack up for your trip. Start by packing your essentials, including clothes, toiletries, medications, and any important documents. A visit to the vet might be necessary if you’re going to a new state. Take time to prepare your pet for the trip. Get them used to being in a pet travel crate and traveling in the car. Keep your pet’s crate clean and well-stocked with toys and treats.
Also, make sure your pet’s identification tags and microchip information are up to date. If you’re flying, ensure your pet will be safe in the cargo area of the plane.
Get Your Pets On Board
If your pet is going to be traveling with you, you’ll need to do a lot to get them comfortable with the idea. If possible, take them to their new home at least a couple of days before moving day. Let them explore the neighborhood and get used to the sights and sounds of a new environment. The more exposure they have, the easier the transition will be.
Before you move, be sure your dog is trained so it’s comfortable in a kennel, car, or new environment. The last thing you need is for your pet to create issues during your relocation.
Get to Know Your Movers
If you’ll be hiring movers, schedule an appointment with them as soon as you can. Get an estimate on how much it will cost and when you’ll have to move. Certain days of the week might be cheaper than others, so ask when might be best. You can check online reviews to find a reliable mover.
Finding a New Home
Once you’ve taken care of packing and preparing, you can focus your energy on finding your new home and making sure it’s pet-friendly. If you’re looking for a mortgage, lenders will calculate your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio to see how much you can afford to spend. They’ll review your income and existing monthly obligations to find your DTI. To make it work, look at reducing your monthly spending.
Before you sign the dotted line, schedule a walk-through of the new home. Make sure it’s everything you expected it to be.
Enjoy Your New Adventure
Deciding to downsize is exciting. It means you’re getting ready for a new adventure, and with the right preparation and training, you and your pet will both enjoy it. Visit Shelzsmide K9s Dog Training of Naples for more information on helping your dog adjust.
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