Deborah Anastas | Needham Real Estate, Wellesley Real Estate, Newton Real Estate


Moving to a new home is difficult for everyone. Children, pets, not even you are immune to the stresses of adjusting to a new life. But moving can also be a great experience. They can help a family grow closer together, discover new interests and hobbies, and create new memories together.

In this article, we’re going to give you some moving tips that will help you and your family make the most of your decision to relocate, and maybe give you a new optimism to endure the stressful process of moving.

Making a move easier on your pets

When our pets are sick or upset it can be heartbreaking for us. We can’t use our words to explain that everything will be okay. Generally, pets are resilient and can often adapt easily to a new environment. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to help make it easier for them.

To introduce your pet to their new home, take them for a visit before the move, if possible. Let them sniff around for a while and get comfortable with the place, assuring them that there is no danger there.

On moving day, have your pet stay with a relative or pet-sitter for the day so they don’t get lost or trampled on during the hectic moving process.

Once you’re all moved in, let your pet explore the new home freely, making sure their toys, bedding, or litter box are all within their reach.

Helping kids cope with a move

A move can be particularly stressful for children. Oftentimes moving homes means changing schools, leaving old friends and making new ones.

Before you even begin looking at homes, try to get your child involved in the process so they don’t feel powerless. Encourage them by showing them fun things to do in their new town, like nice parks or their favorite stores. Get them involved in planning out their new room, like how it will be painted and decorated.

In terms of school, try to time your move so that your child can make some friends before the school year begins. Plus, explain to them how easy it is to stay in touch with old friends through email, Facebook, or whatever method is appropriate for their age. Find out if there are children in your new neighborhood, or a club or sport that your child can join to help them make new friends.

Don’t neglect your own anxiety

While it’s important to help our family deal with the new move, it’s also vital to take care of our own needs. Make sure you spend time on your own interests and try to avoid isolating yourself from others during this stressful time.

If you’re starting a new job, take note of whether or not you’re bringing that stress home with you and try to set aside time for yourself to do the things you like to help you unwind. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, be sure to reach out to your spouse, a friend, and/or a counselor.

If you and your family take the time to help each other, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a fun move and enjoy your new home together.





Dogs are known as man’s best friend. But man’s best friend requires work and money. A dog is a large responsibility and is more than just a pet. A dog will become a part of your family. Do you have what it takes to add another member to your family? Cost: The cost of a dog goes well beyond the initial adoption or breeder fee. It’s important that you consider the lifetime cost of owning a dog and whether or not you can afford one. And the cost could be drastically different between different types of breeds. There’s the cost of food, grooming, veterinary care, toys, etc. Larger breed dogs will eat more food therefore increasing the food cost. Or your dog could develop an allergy to certain foods, therefore needing special food that can be much more expensive than regular food. It’s also important that you save for emergency vet visits, as they can be completely unpredictable and very trying at the time. Having money saved up will take a small bit of the stress away. It may even be in your best interest to invest in pet insurance. It may save you down the road. Time: Dogs require a lot of work and a lot of attention. Before getting a dog seriously consider things like work hours, work traveling, your social life, taking care of your children and vacations. In addition, you should also consider that there are different breeds of dogs that require different levels of attention. And if you’re looking to get a puppy, be prepared to dedicate your time to him/her, especially for the first few months. It’s crucial that you are completely aware of the effort and time that goes into being a dog owner. Allergies: It’s imperative to know whether or not you or anyone living in your home has any allergies to dogs. And it’s best to know before you adopt or buy— there are tests that your doctor can run. It’s never a good situation for the dog owner(s) and animal if the dog has to either be given back or given to someone else due to an allergy. This will put a lot of stress on the dog going from home to home. It can also cause harm to the people involved, as it is always difficult letting go of a pet. If someone in the home has an allergy and you still want a dog then you will need to consider the breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Adopting a dog may possibly be one of the best decisions that you make in life. They become your best friend and a part of your family. They will greet you when you come home, be your running partner and cuddle buddy. But, you are caring for another life and the adoption or purchase of a dog should be well thought out and something you are prepared for. Remember that you are the whole world to a dog so be sure you have the love and attention to give him/her.

Cats are deeply misunderstood animals (says a cat lover). It takes a patient and loving person to care for and create a bond with a cat. They can become your best friend just like a dog can. It’s important to know the best ways to win your cat’s heart over— as a happy cat means a happy home. Take a look at a few of the ways to your cat’s heart below: Catnip: Keep catnip, catnip bubbles and/or catnip toys on hand— there’s even a catnip bush that you can plant outdoors. Catnip will cheer up the grumpiest of cats. It will make the even laziest cat play. However, catnip is not recommended for kittens— they have enough energy. Toy Mice: As everyone knows, cats love to hunt. If you have an indoor cat, getting him/her a few toy mice is a great way to feed this instinct and without the real mice being left at your doorstep. Cat Towers/Shelving: Cats love to sleep and lounge around, but they also love to play and jump around, high above the rest of the world. Cat towers are perfect for both of those actions. If your home or apartment doesn’t have the room for a cat tower then consider adding shelving specifically for your cat. He/she will love to be able to jump from shelf to shelf and sit high above the rest of the animals and people in the home. He/she will feel especially safe and happy with the ability to be high above or down with you. Lots of Love: Cats and kittens love to snuggle and showing them the affection back will enhance that love. However, It’s important to notice the signs of distress, especially if your cat has claws. If you are getting a kitten, be sure to give them the love and attention they need. Although a cat is not a dog, they still require attention and some work. Kittens have a lot of energy just like puppies and it’s important to play with them just as you would with a puppy. Older cats may not have the same amount of energy but they still love to play and snuggle, too. Since animals can’t talk and you can’t read minds, they will always be unpredictable. But, providing your cat with the types of things listed above will enhance the likelihood that your cat will be a very happy cat. And above all pay attention to the signs your cat is giving you such as purring or pinned back ears. Those signs are the only indicators you have in understanding them.

Pets are part of the family. They look to us for food, protection, and a daily routine. In return, we get the joys of having a tiny, furry best friend (or in my case a huge, slobbering goofball of a dog). When you want to go away on vacation, however, pets become an added layer of planning that makes the process much more stressful and complicated. The good news is you have options. Depending on your pet, your destination, and your financial situation, some options may be better than others for you. In this article, we'll go over pet planning for when you go away on vacation so you can rest assured knowing your pet will be safe so that you can do what vacations are meant for: relax.

Where are you going?

Depending on your destination and the type of pet you have, it might be possible to bring your animal friend along. Pet friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and rental homes are all ways that allow you to keep you and your pet together during vacation. If you don't have the money to spend on expensive hotels, you could try out campgrounds or staying with a friend or relative in the area. There are also websites designed for couch-surfing that sometimes allow pets.

What's your pet's personality?

We hold pets to a pretty high social standard. If someone scooped you up and took you to a strange place away from your family for a week you might be a little nervous, right? Your pet is no different. Depending on your pet's comfort level, boarding could be an option. However, it's a good idea to test this out for just a night before going away on a long vacation. Similarly, you could try having your pet stay at a friend or relative's house for a sleepover to gauge their reaction. Training and conditioning could be all it takes to help your pet feel comfortable away from you or your home while you're on vacation.

Calling in a sitter

A less expensive option to boarding your pet is to have a pet sitter stay at your home while you're away. Odds are you might have a teenager or college aged relative who wouldn't mind having your home to themselves for a week to get away from their parents and siblings. If you aren't lucky enough to have a relative who's up to the job, you can almost definitely find someone on pet sitter websites or on Craigslist. People who work from home, or college students are often happy to stay at your place and watch your pets for a small fee. They get free TV and WiFi for a week, and you get the assurance that your pet and home is being taken care of; everyone wins. If you're worried about leaving your pet with a stranger, don't worry--we understand. Fortunately, most sites come with references and testimonials and you can always meet your pet sitter in person before handing them the keys to your home.



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