September 2015 Home Matters

Keeping Pets Safe and Comfortable Through a Move

​Our furry family members can have a rough time adjusting to a big change like a move. There are many reports of pets changing behavior and having problems after a move. That’s why it’s important to take some extra caution and effort to make sure it goes as smooth as possible. Here are some tips to help you out, but remember all pets are unique and full of their own personalities so be sure to keep an eye on yours and adjust accordingly.

Move your pets last if possible.

Even after you remove all the boxes and furniture from your old place, it’s still comfortable and smells like home to your pet.  Having the smell and familiarity of “their” stuff (even if it’s “your” stuff) will help ease their anxiety.  The chaos of placing furniture and arranging items can add to a pet’s stress.

Make extra time for your pet.

The first few weeks it’s important to spend some extra quality time calming or playing with your pet.  They will adjust faster knowing that only the house has changed, and not you or your relationship.  Be sure to explore your new home with your pet, allowing him/her to smell everything. Keep your pet’s schedule and normal routines as this will help give them a sense of normalcy.

Beware of new dangers.

Cats are territorial, so strays in the yard could lead to stress and problems.  Dogs have similar concerns, and will probably bark more than usual.  Likewise, the plants and other items in your house or yard may pose a danger.  Be sure to keep a close eye on your pet’s exploration to avoid any sudden issues.

Check the neighborhood for dangers.

Every neighborhood has that stray dog or one who gets loose.  This could cause trouble for your pet depending on their behavior.  Check around with your neighbors to see if there’s anything you should look out for to make sure your furry family member stays safe.

Meet the neighbors.

This means your pets, too.  If your neighbors know your pets, you have another set of eyes helping to keep them safe and they will be more likely to be returned if lost.  It’s also a good idea to become familiar with local shelters in case your lost pet ends up there.

Helen Oliveri is a 12-year real estate professional who loves our community and helping clients achieve their real estate goals is her priority. She is the managing broker of the newly opened Keller Williams Realty Partners, home of The Helen Oliveri Team in Hawthorn Woods, where she also resides. Feel free to visit the new office in Cherry Hill Plaza at 101 W. Gilmer Road, 847.967.0022 or online at