Do you find moving home stressful? It’s very likely you do, and this is only natural.
Now imagine how your dog might feel.
In the weeks running up to the move, all aspects of your dog’s normal life will become uprooted; from their normal routine, to their belongings, even to the smell of their home.
Unfortunately, you cannot explain to them why everything they know is suddenly changing, but you can help to make the transition from one home to another less stressful for them, and here’s how you can do it.
Consider using a boarding kennel
If your dog is of a nervous disposition or if they are known to react badly to changes in their normal routine, then you may want to consider placing them in a boarding kennel for the duration of the packing and moving process.
If you do decide to go down this route, then make sure you choose a kennel that you have either used before or one that has been recommended by a friend or family member. The last thing you need is additional worry about your dog’s wellbeing when you are moving home.
You will also need to ensure that the necessary vaccinations are up to date if you choose this option.
Keep your dog safe
If you decide to keep your dog with you as you move, then on moving day itself you should shut your dog in a room within your home in which they feel most comfortable. Make sure they have access to water and feed them as normal. Your aim is to keep them as calm as possible, and save them unease.
Choose a guardian
It can be a good idea on moving day to nominate one family member to care for your dog. This way you know that someone is always looking out for them and ensuring that they are safe and content throughout the moving home process.
It is also recommended that you keep your dog on a lead or in a secure cage when you move, so to minimise the risk of them escaping or running off.
It is advisable to transport your dog in a secure cage, however, if this is not possible, then ensure that they are safely fastened in your vehicle with a purpose-made seatbelt or dog harness.
You should never drive with your dog unsecured in the boot of your car or in the removal van as this can be extremely dangerous for them.
Always make sure your car is well ventilated especially if the weather is warm, and stop to give your dog a drink and comfort break if the journey is long.
Make your dog feel at home
Once you arrive at your new home, it is a good idea to transfer your dog’s scent into your new property before you let them in to explore. Simply gently rub a blanket or a cloth over your dog’s face and then transfer their scent into several areas of your new home.
Another easy way to make your dog feel at home is by unpacking their belongings, and by regularly feeding them so that they associate their new surroundings with a positive and familiar activity.
Go for a walk when you are ready
Unlike with a cat, you can take your dog out for a walk to explore its new surroundings as soon as you want to. Although, even in suitable, off-lead open areas, you will probably want to keep your dog on a lead for the first few walks at least, just until both you and your dog are more familiar with the area.
You should also ensure that your dog is microchipped and that their contact details are up to date. Failing that, a traditional collar and tag with your name, address and contact phone number will be sufficient.
Discourage visits to your previous home
If you have not moved very far away, you may find yourself walking similar routes with your dog and they may try and direct you towards your old property. This is not a good idea as you want your dog to bond properly with your new home, which can be made even more challenging if they are reminded of your old one!
Instead, focus on forming positive associations with your new house by feeding your dog frequent meals and giving them lots of attention, both when in your new home and when out and about in the local area. You should also focus on playing with your dog more than usual if possible and spend time grooming them so that they feel relaxed and at ease in their new surroundings.
For impartial property advice contact our expert team at Moving You on 0333 4041188 and we will be delighted to assist.
Winter(proofing) is coming…
In many ways, this has been a strange year, hasn’t it? But, you can rely on the seasons to come and go and soon it will be winter.
Some people don’t like the cold and the snow and the rain, while some people believe it is a magical time of year.
Whatever your thoughts, it is now getting closer to the time when you will need to winterproof your Bridgend home and garden.
It’s important, but not everyone thinks of winterproofing. It can save you money, and it can ensure that your house is ready for the harshest of weathers.
Here are our top five tips when it comes to winterproofing your home in Bridgend .
1. In the Garden
It’s obvious that winter can play havoc with your garden. All those plants you’ve been tending to over the spring and summer months are in for a shock when the cold weather kicks in.
So, it’s best to look at what needs doing and to make a list of all the tasks that need completing before the frost sets in.
2. Maintain your House
However well-built, houses can suffer when the bad weather kicks in. But there are things you can do to ensure that your property is ready for the harsh onset of winter.
3. Boiler Blues
Commercial properties and buy-to-rent homes must have the boilers regularly serviced, but homeowners don’t always think of doing this. When it comes to winter, it’s when you’re going to need a boiler working and in tip-top condition.
Have a look for a reliable plumber to come and service your boiler. After all, a broken boiler will mean you get cold and it could also cost you money.
Tip: We know some excellent trusted tradesmen, so get in touch with us and we will steer you in the right direction.
4. Insure your Future
Your house is your home, but winter does not care whether your home is your castle or not! Freezing water can cause pipe issues, wind can rip tiles from roofs, and storms can whip up trouble from falling branches.
Check your insurance is up to date and that it covers everything you need it to do. There will always be some things you cannot claim for, but if your home is well-maintained and the insurance is right, you’re more likely to be able to make a claim if needed.
Tip: Do a paperwork audit. If you’re checking your insurance, have a look to see that everything else you need is in order too.
5. Insulate to Accumulate
Older houses in particular sometimes have a problem with insulation. You’re heating your home but that heat is seeping out, perhaps through the roof or small gaps in door and window frames. Make sure there is loft insulation and that there is enough of it. Good insulation is not just about keeping warm, it’s about keeping your bills down too.
Tip: Don’t forget to lag your pipes. Hardware stores will have all you need and you don’t need to use a qualified plumber to install it.
Because we at Moving You have bags of experience with many different types of homes, we know a little bit about preparing for winter too.
Give us a call on 07717 661188 for advice. You never know, we might even have a house for sale that is a perfect winter hideaway for you!