Relocating to Raleigh With Pets

It's no secret that people love their pets—many millennial homebuyers are citing their pets as one of the main reasons they want to buy a home in the first place! That's why it's important to factor in your pets when making a real estate decision, whether you're buying or selling a home in the Triangle!

Moving is a stressful time for everyone involved, including our pets. Luckily, there are many things you can do to make your upcoming relocation as easy as possible on your four-legged family members. Take a look at our useful tips for moving with your pets—and if you're thinking about selling or buying with animals in tow, contact our team to discuss some pet-friendly real estate hacks.

Relocation Tips for Pets

Moving isn't just stressful for you

Similar to humans, pets pick up on small changes, too. When you start to pack your belongings in boxes, your pets will know that something is happening. During this time, make sure you allow them to smell the boxes and suitcases so that they understand the change is occurring—and they will be already be familiar with the scents when the boxes are moved into your new home. 

Plan accordingly to move your pets

We recommend moving your pets before anything else or at the very end of the relocation process. If you have an older pet who may not handle stress well, it would be wise for this pet to stay with loved ones until you have unpacked your new house. If you have an adaptable animal, make sure they are securely transported in vehicle via a pet carrier for their safety.

Do not adopt a new pet before the big move

Humane societies and veterinarians agree that adopting a new pet before a move can be stressful for the pet. New pets require a secure and stress-free environment to be comfortably introduced into a new home. In the midst of your move, you won't be available to provide the extra attention a new pet requires—so we recommend waiting to adopt until after you're settled in your new home.

Obtain vet records before the move

Obtaining your pet's veterinarian records before the move puts you one step ahead for when you take your pet to the new vet's office. This way, your new vet will be aware of your pet's previous vaccinations and overall history, providing them the necessary insight to start caring for your pet.

Attach and update your pet's tags

With doors and windows being constantly opened and closed during moving day, you'll want to secure your pet in a closed off room, pet carrier, or kennel before all the commotion begins. Also, make sure that your pet's tags are updated with your current contact information in the event that they run away while your belongings are being moved.

Book pet-friendly travel lodgings

If you're traveling to your new home and have to stay at a hotel overnight, make sure your hotel is pet-friendly. Call ahead to guarantee that your pet will be allowed to stay inside your hotel room. You may have to pay an additional fee for a pet deposit, but it will be worth it knowing your pet is safe staying with you.

Seek the advice of your vet

Your veterinarian knows what is best for your pet. Before you move, contact your vet and describe your specific moving situation and see if they can recommend anything that will lessen the overall stress of moving your pet.

The Triangle: A Pet-Friendly Escape

Triangle Resources for Pets

Relocate with the Triangle's Top Agents

If you're thinking about relocating to the Triangle, Linda Craft & Team are here to help. With hundreds of years of combined experience, we have what it takes to ensure your relocation goes off without a hitch—and we'd be happy to offer recommendations throughout your transition! Give us a call at 919-233-6313 to get started today!

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