Moving With Pets

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage MD RE License 579412

Moving with Pets

We give so much thought to the move with our families, young children, and even teenagers that we often forget our feathered and 4-legged (and no-legged) family members.  Our pets' anxiety can often be greater than that of our children since they can't vocalize their fears.  

Before closing, take your dog by the house, walk them around the block and introduce them to some of the neighbors, walk them in the yard (if your new home has a yard.  Walk them up the front steps to the door, it might help to bring them to the final walk-through before closing.  

On the day of the move keep your pets in a quiet room away from all the noise and activity on moving day.  Better still take them to a friend's house or to pet daycare.  If your pet shows signs of extreme anxiety or is prone to extreme anxiety don't be afraid to ask your Vet for a sedative.  

Set up your belongings and furniture in your new home before bringing your pet inside. Spend time with your pet in one room at a time and have them play with familiar objects and toys to keep them at ease and help them adapt.

Be sure to update your pet's tags with your new address.  It might be a good idea not to leave them unattended in the yard until they are comfortable, they may try to make their way to your old residence.  My dog is an escape artist and even though my yard is fully fenced she has found a way to get out.  

Birds, snakes, and fish can get just as anxious as any other pet on move-in day. Be sure to transport your pets safely in your own car if possible, keep them close during the moving process, and give them lots of love. 

I have helped many clients sell their homes and move with their pets, I can help you too.

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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in  Maryland give me a call at 410-292-0100 or start your search here and I'll talk about the market conditions and what your home could possibly be worth in today's marketplace if you are thinking of selling.  If you are considering buying a home, there is no better time than now to buy. The tax savings and wealth building alone are worth the plunge into today's market. Coldwell Banker and I are connected with some of the brightest and best real estate agents in the world and can assist with your move here to Maryland or anywhere in the United States or abroad.  Ask me how.

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June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ MRP, AHWD, CDPE, ePro

Coldwell Banker

410-292-0100 - Direct   410-461-7600 Office

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comments (14)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi June- it's not easy moving with your pet!  On our first move out Texas to Florida, because of circumstances, we had to board our dogs and pay for a service to take the dogs to the airport where we would pick them up. We had to make sure that the temps would be cool enough for the pets to fly as well. You've given some excellent tips. 

Aug 15, 2022 06:45 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 16, 2022 02:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have not moved with a pet before but I am sure it could be anxiety-producing for everyone! Good tips.

Aug 16, 2022 05:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 20, 2022 06:30 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning June. Great tips for making sure your pet makes a smooth transition. Enjoy your day. 

Aug 21, 2022 05:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi June - my daughter had this concern when she moved.  she tried to keep her dog with her the entire time.

Aug 21, 2022 05:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning June.

Great call to action..you are a full service agent...helping your clients in every way you can.

Aug 21, 2022 07:22 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Hi June, great information about moving with pets. I also understand if you have had a microchip put in your pet you need to contact the company to have them change your address. Have a niceweekend.

Aug 21, 2022 08:20 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi June,

Your key point about keeping pets away from the moving should be a must.  I would also have some articles of your clothing for the scent to keep them calm.

Aug 21, 2022 09:56 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve definitely been in similar shoes but yeh your pets always get used to wherever you are because they love you so much. :)

Aug 22, 2022 03:00 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I just had to comment!

My niece named her mini goldendoodle Piper June !

Aug 22, 2022 04:22 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Excellent advice.  Pets get nervous just watching someone pack for a trip, never mind rearranging a whole household and moving to a new place. 

Aug 24, 2022 12:43 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This is such great advice!  Pets can be very sensitive and have anxiety as you mention.  Excellent information!  

Aug 25, 2022 03:35 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Heads hold a special place for a lot of us and they deserve a special place to live no less

Sep 04, 2022 05:02 PM