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Moving with a Pet

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Moving is stressful enough as it is, but moving with a pet can make it even more challenging. Rent.com offers some tips to help make sure you don't forget anything. To view the original article, please visit: http://blog.rent.com/tips-for-moving-a-pet-dont-forget-about-fido/

 

So, if you’re planning a move, just make sure you spend some time considering how you’re going to make the process a little less taxing for Fido and Felix. Here are seven practical tips for moving with pets:

1. Update Their Tags and Chips

Before you even pick up the first box, you should make sure your pets’ collar tags are updated with your current cell number. Why? There are plenty of times during the move when your little guys may be able to make an escape – and if they’re scared, as they may be if you’re moving large items around or making a lot of noise, they’re a lot more likely to.

Updated tags will ensure that if they run off, someone will know who to call. You should also consider microchipping – if you adopted your animals from a shelter, they likely already have these chips, but if not, microchips are another good security measure. Any vet and many other pet professionals can scan a microchip to find the information about an animal’s owner.

2. Set Out a Carrier or Crate Beforehand

If you’re moving with cats or small dogs, they’ll need to be in a carrier or crate as you move them from one apartment to another. This can pose a problem if your pets don’t have any experience with these enclosures.

To ease their fear, set out carriers or crates well before the move to give Fido and Felix time to sniff them out and make sure they feel safe and secure. You can even fill them with favored toys, a treat or two, and one of your T-shirts (your animals will find comfort in your scent).

3. Make a Transport Plan

Movers aren’t going to be able to transport your pets, so you need another way to get them to the new place. If you don’t have a car, you may want to see if you can borrow one from a friend. If not, you’ll likely need to bring them in a taxi.

Either way, your pets may develop some motion sickness. See if your vet can prescribe you any meds to give them just in case, and try not to feed them too much on the morning of the move.

4. Or, Consider Other Moving-Day Options

Alternatively, you may want to make other plans for Fido and Felix so they aren’t a part of the craziness of moving day at all. See if they can stay with a friend or neighbor from the night before the move until all of your boxes and furniture have been relocated into the new place.

This is a great idea for a number of reasons. For one thing, it’s a less stressful option for the animals. And for another, there’s a much smaller likelihood of one of them escaping as your movers are carrying your couch out the front door. Removing them from the picture completely can keep everyone more sane.

5. Pack a Pet Box

Just as you need to keep some of your own important belongings on hand – medications, essential toiletries, your coffee maker, etc. – you should make sure you have some important pet stuff in an easily accessible box.

Keep at least a couple of days’ worth of food in there, as well as toys, beds, extra kitty litter, and anything else your pets will need right away when you make it to the new place.

6. Keep Everyone Confined

If your pets are staying with you on moving day, make sure to keep them confined to a single room, both in the old apartment and the new one. Mark it with a sign so that your movers (or the friends helping you move) don’t open the door.

If your pets aren’t confined, they could easily escape or get underfoot, which won’t be safe for anyone involved.

This room will become your pets’ haven in the new apartment – fill it with food, water, and anything else they love, and introduce them to the rest of the apartment slowly over the next couple of days.

7. Stick to a Routine

Finally, as much as possible, it’s important to stick to your pets’ typical day-to-day routine. Of course, moving day is hectic, so this may not be possible. But if you can keep daily feedings and walks on a schedule your pets are already accustomed to, it will make the whole transition a great deal easier for them.

 

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!

How to Prepare for a Stressful Week

Monday, 20 March 2017

Do you have a busy week coming up? It can be overwhelming thinking about everything you have to accomplish. Use these simple tips to help you feel like you can conquer the week!! To see the original article please visit:

 

1. Clean your command center

What space or room in your house acts as the hub? For me it's our kitchen. And since our house is open concept, I can see the kitchen from most points in my house. If it's a cluttered and filthy mess it stresses me out.

So I take some time to really clean it, declutter, put things in their place and throw trash out.

2. Meal plan

 But go ahead and have a plan of what you're going to eat. Stress= the drive thru. So before you head to Wendy's head to the kitchen and throw some things in your slow cooker.

If you know your week is going to be super busy take some time to cook some freezer meals or stock up on crock pot staples. Or even buy some bagged salads and frozen pizza. Whatever it takes to streamline that meal plan.

Go ahead and jot down your meal plan and then you don't really have to think about it again.

3. Wash all your laundry

I know, that sounds daunting to some of you, but trust me. The last thing you need on a busy Tuesday morning is to search for that missing pair of pants in the bottom of the hamper. Go ahead and get it all clean and try to put it away.

4. Lay out your clothes

This saves me so much time. I just go ahead and put things on hangers together and hang them up in order of day.

I go this for the kids too buy folding things together in their drawers. Then I just pull out the outfit and we're good to go.

5. Cross some things off your to do list

Get out your planner, look at your week and cross off the things that you just can't do right now.

If your level of stress is interfering with your basic needs like sleep or eating a healthy meal, then maybe it is time to reevaluate your calendar.

Maybe the kids can't each play a sport this season, maybe one social activity needs to be turned down. Look at what is unessential and decide whether or not it's really that important to you.

6. Take time to decompress

Light a candle and read a book. Call a girl friend and have a cup of coffee. Do something that gives you joy. Even if it only takes 15 minutes. If you're running and running and running and doing everything for everyone else, but never taking the time to do things for yourself you will be even more stressed out.

Take a deep breath, you will get through this week.

 

If you are looking for the perfect rental in the Asheville area, check us out, www.rentahomeasheville.com .  We are also a growing local Western North Carolina small business.  We are here to help you find your perfect rental home or to help you manage your important rental investment property.  Stop and visit us at:

184 E Chestnut St, #4

Asheville NC 28801

Phone: (828)676-6764

Happy hunting!