Moving is an adventure – a sometimes expensive, stressful and chaotic adventure. And if you’re moving with pets, you might be in for an even bigger adventure than you bargained for – especially when it comes to staying under your budget!
As a pet parent, one of your top priorities is keeping your pet comfortable and safe during anxious times such as moving. However, sometimes that can get expensive and stressful – for both you and your pets. Here at First Choice Power, we want to help make moving with pets budget friendly and easy! That’s why we’ve gathered our top four budget-friendly tips for moving with pets.
1) Call in a Favor
Having a trustworthy family member or friend watch your animal for a few days while you move can help reduce some of the stress of moving – not to mention save you money from having to pay for kennel fees! You’ll be able to pack up, load the truck and, if you’re moving in the same city, unload without having to watch out for an anxious animal. Not only will you save money and reduce your stress-levels during your moving process, but you’ll also help reduce your pets’ stress-levels.
2) Gather All Your Pet’s Documentation
If you’re moving to a new city or a new state, you may encounter new health regulations for your pet. As a result, it’s important to have all of your pet’s documents such as previous health and veterinarian records on hand before you move. This will help prevent you from having to go through unnecessary shots and vaccinations that you have already paid for, helping you save money and your pet the added stress of having to go the vet again.
3) Move Your Pet Yourself
Whether you are moving across the country or across town, moving your pet in in your vehicle will help reduce the level of stress and anxiety they feel on moving day. If you are moving across country, or across state lines, driving your own car instead of flying will help you save money on having to ship your car to your new home and buying plane tickets for you and your pet. To stay on budget, plan out an itinerary ahead of time, with rest stops and pre-book your pet-friendly hotels along the way. This will help keep you on schedule and keep you from going over budget during your move to your new house.
4) Prepare an Overnight Kit for Your Pet
Before your move, put together an overnight kit for your pet. This kit should include food, kitty litter, dog training pads (if necessary), toys, blanket, bed and grooming tools to keep your pet comfortable and calm during the move after for the first couple of days of unpacking. This will not only keep your pet as calm and comfortable as possible during a stressful time, but it also means you won’t have to make any unnecessary stops to purchase last minute supplies for your pets that could be expensive. If your pet needs any medication, be sure to include all of their medication, supplements and vitamins they normally take in the overnight kit.
Moving can be a stressful time for you, but it’s important to know that it will also be a stressful time for your pets. This hectic time can cause your pets anxiety, restlessness and sometimes even panic, which can result your pet harming themselves or running away. That’s why it’s important to put your pets needs first when planning a move. Save money and reduce your stress levels by taking these tips into consideration as you’re planning your big (or small) move to your new home!