When choosing a new home, there's no doubt that that pets are a major concern for pet owners, and the idea of leaving them behind or finding them a new home when moving to a new home is too awful to contemplate.
“Pets are seen as comforting companions, they keep us healthy, relieve stress, and are a great way to improve our mood and temperaments, and play an important role in home security, alerting you of any intruders or uninvited critters,” says Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
Hutchison shares tips on how to prepare to move with your furry friend:
- Do your research
Full title homes in the suburbs are usually a safe bet when moving yourself and your best friend into a new home. However, owning pets within sectional title schemes or security estates might have a bit more red tape.
“Just make sure you ask the right questions to guarantee your entire family is welcome in the new home,” says Hutchison.
Pet-friendly developments, complexes and rentals are very sought after, but rare. While they are a drawcard for animal lovers, pet-friendly sectional title complexes are hard to come by, especially in modern, smaller, lock-up and go developments.
These units are a lot smaller in size in comparison to older developments, and have small - and in many cases communal - gardens, which are not the ideal place to keep pets.
- Find a vet
Locate your closest vet and ensure your pet's medical history is transferred to the new 'doctor’ - the sooner the better.
- Moving with pets
As with people, moving can be quite traumatic, so make sure you pay special attention in relocating your best friend - what would be the least stressful way to move your pet from one location to the next? Maybe your pet should stay with friends during the actual move.
You can also use a pet carrier to transport your pet from one home to the next. If travelling by air, contact your local airline for details on what you would need to do before your journey begins.
- At the new home
Keep pets in a quiet room which has been 'set up' for their basic needs until the major chaos is over and you can slowly transition them into their new home.
- Ensure your pet has an identity tag
Ensure your pet has an identity tag. Despite all your safety measures, your pet might slip out, and an identity tag is the only way a helpful stranger can find you to return your furry friend.
“Remember, animals have a say too, so do your research and investigate alternative options such as cat fencing or doggy doors as your current or future property might just need a small bit of tweaking in order to make your best friend or four-legged children feel at home,” says Hutchison.