Keeping Your Kids and Pets Safe on Moving Day

Dated: August 15 2021

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Moving can be very stressful! But, if you have your entire family involved in the process, plus your pets, the stress just multiplies. Keeping your kids and pets safe on moving day is your priority, and with everything else you need to do it can get quite overwhelming.

But there's no need to worry or get anxious! There are plenty of ways to help your kids cope with the move, as well as keep them and your beloved furry family members safe. In this article, you'll find the needed advice to make your moving day go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

Choose the right home

Whatever the reason is for your move, never rush to make such an important decision. You need to have your family's best interests in mind when deciding if you should move. Given that you have children, it's imperative that you find a home that is primarily suitable for them and their needs. Of course, you need to make sure to accommodate your pets, too.

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When choosing your home, make sure to consult your family and take their thoughts into consideration.

Here are just some of the things you should take into consideration:

  • Your budget and how much you can spend

  • Proximity to schools, workplaces, and facilities

  • The crime rate of the neighborhoods you're looking into

  • Location and how close you want to be to your family and friends

Prepare for the big day

When it comes to moving, good organization is the key to success. If you want to have a hassle-free experience, start planning and preparing as soon as you know the moving day or at least a couple of weeks in advance. Make sure to hire a reliable and experienced moving company to make this transition even easier for you.

Also, try to tell your kids as soon as possible. Moving is a major stressor in general and can be very overwhelming for them, and as soon as you let them know, they will have more time to come to terms with this significant change and prepare for it.

An early start of preparation is essential for your pets, too. Start acclimating them to their crates. This is especially important if you are moving far away. Also, make sure to visit the vet as you want to be certain your beloved furry friends are in good shape and ready for relocation.

As keeping your sanity is as important as keeping your kids and pets safe on moving day, you need to be well prepared and armed with patience. This way, once the moving day finally arrives, you will have everything covered and a lot less to worry about.

The moving day

The moving process is very complex and it can take a while, but no part of it is as stressful as the moving day itself. Can you imagine running around checking boxes and praying you haven't forgotten anything while, at the same time, you're trying to check up on your kids and keep track of what they're doing? If you follow the advice listed below, this is not something you will have to worry about.

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Our pets are our family members. When moving home, we need to think about their needs and help them adapt to this big change.

Organize play dates and find pet sitters

The best way for keeping your kids and pets safe on moving day is to keep them away from the action and exclude them from the process. As soon as you find out about your moving date, ask your family members or friends if they are able to help out. They could potentially keep an eye on your kids or/and pets while you sort out the move. 

Also, try and organize play dates for your kids, not just on the move day but while packing and organizing the move, too. If you are moving far away and your kids are changing schools, they will surely appreciate spending some extra time with their old friends. 

Fun and games

If your kids need to stay at home on moving day, make sure to designate a kids' zone. Pick a room where your kids will be out of the movers' way but where you can keep an eye on them. For safety reasons, empty this room a day before as you don't want them to get hurt with different packing tools such as box cutters or scissors laying around.

Depending on your kids' ages, leave out some of their favorite toys, board, or video games. Or make them a surprise box with some fun projects or items from an affordable store like Five Below, where everything is $5 or less.

You can even leave them with empty moving boxes - kids' imaginations are endless, so they'll surely have fun. If they are old enough, they can be the ones in charge of taking care of your pets while final packing is in progress.

Keep hazards away

With your kids and pets around the house, you need to be extra careful and keep all dangerous things out of their reach. Safety first!

Scissors, box cutters, and other tools you will be using can be really dangerous. Make sure to explain to your kids that they are not toys and keep them somewhere they can't reach, such as countertops. Your pets can injure themselves, too, if you have sharp tools simply lying around.

Both kids and pets are very curious. Therefore, make sure to safely store and keep away all dangerous chemicals you have in your household. Bleach and bathroom cleaners can be toxic for your kids and your pets.

Car safety

When loading stuff to your car, make sure to leave enough space so your kids and pets can travel comfortably. Even if you have extra stuff that can't fit into the trunk, don't pack them between the seats in your car, as your kids or pets can get hurt. Make sure you hire a moving truck that is big enough to avoid this from happening

Depending on the travel length, you should bring snacks and refreshments for you and your kids. Keep them somewhere close so that you don't have to stop and look for them in the trunk. If it's a long drive, your youngsters can play road games or read books. 

Animals can especially be sensitive to change and find it more difficult to handle the trip than people. Therefore, make sure you pack their favorite toy or a safety blanket; this will have a calming effect on them. If you're able to sleep with the blanket ahead of time, it will carry your scent which could also help reduce their level of anxiety. Of course, don't forget food, water, and a leash. You never know if you'll have to make a lot of bathroom stops.

Most importantly, check your kids' car seats or boosters and make sure they are fixed properly. This should be your priority as correctly set up seats will protect your children in the event of an accident. Check the National Automobile Dealers Association's list of child safety seat inspection locations for where you can have this done locally.

On the other side, prepare your pets' crates and leave enough room for them.

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If your kids are old enough, they can help with keeping an eye on your pets. This way, they will feel responsible, useful, and proud to be participating and helping with the move.

Hopefully, this article gave you enough information and advice on keeping your kids and pets safe on moving day. If you already went through a move with kids and pets, leave us a comment. We'd love to hear about your experience!

Having a reliable and considerate REALTOR® is crucial, regardless if you are buying or selling. Therefore, please feel free to reach out and contact me. I'll be delighted to share my long-time experience and help you and your family find and move to your next home.

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