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8 Useful Tips for Using a Storage Space

Posted by Paula Henry on Dec 18, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Moving can be tricky. Sometimes you have to move into temporary housing; sometimes you end up renting an apartment for a year (or more). It's a common occurrence for our clients to have to purchase a storage space, even if it's just for a small amount of time. For those of you who have a storage unit move in your future, here are 8 useful tips for making the most out of your space.

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1. Use Pallets

Keeping your items off the floor is essential. There's no way to promise that melting snow or rain won't creep under the door or leak in. You don't want to put your grandma's heirloom sofa at risk, so use pallets.

2. Wrap What You Can

Wrap what you can in industrial plastic wrap. That way, you know that things are sealed up tight, and it won't collect dust or insects while it's locked up. (You can purchase large rolls through Uline.)

3. Use A Hefty Small Lock

Although most units have security in them, it doesn't mean that you will have 100% protection. Find an all-weather pad lock that has a short arm to ensure a bolt cutter can't slide it's way in to be sliced open.

4. Label, Label, Label

Even though you know exactly what you're putting in your storage unit, it doesn't mean that you'll remember 6 months down the road. In order to avoid digging for ages and opening random boxes until you find what you're looking for, label everything. If you're concerned about having to search for items later, make a checklist that hangs inside the door telling you where items might be (i.e. back right corner under the desk = cameras to sell on eBay).

5. Plan For Temperature Changes

With Indiana's moody weather, you'll need to plan for weather changes. Some items (electronics, vinyl records, old photos, etc) don't like the cold or the heat. We recommend double wrapping them if they are stored at all. Humidity in the air can cause your stuff to exit the space much less awesome than when you put it in. 

6. Winter? Carry Sand!

Most outdoor storage units are built so that water drains away from doors and to one central location. However,  large ice slicks can form outside the door, making it nearly impossible to get to your goods without risking life and limb. Carry cat litter, sand or even spare sheets of plywood to help you unload or access your items if you're doing so in winter.

7. Protect the Space

While we're concerned about protecting what we put in the unit, protecting the unit itself is also important — there can be heavy fines for scarring the unit during your tenancy. All that to say, use caution when you are moving objects in and out of your space.

8. Practice Your Tetris Skills

Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal. Make the best use of the space, which means packing boxes all the way to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lay across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you're stacking it up, up and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.

We can't guarantee that these 8 tips will ensure the safety of your stuff. But it certainly will help!

What did we leave out? What storage space tips do you have? Leave a comment below! 

Topics: Moving, Packing, Storage

Rosie's: A Place to Belong

Posted by Mandy Padgett on Dec 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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Idyllic
. Just there, on the town square, between the coffee shop and the antique shop, across from the courthouse whose high peak is heavy with time. Tucked in among many faces, like a middle sibling, sits Rosie's Place.

My place.

It is unquestionably one of my favorite places to go in Indianapolis. It’s the place I save for visits with my best friend who lives far away and where I have breakfast with my aging father every week. It's not just someplace I go, it's somewhere I belong.

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Since I'm a regular there, I feel qualified to talk about it's finer points.

First, every single person who works there. I go every Wednesday for breakfast with dad and usually, we sit in Geri's section. Geri remembers our favorite breakfast and she knows to ask me if I want coffee or Earl Grey. Some Wednesdays she seems to have premonition about which is needful that morning, and I’ll find a cup waiting for me when I come. She hasn’t guessed wrong, yet. The wide wood plank floors creak and groan, as the staff carries fragrant baked goods from the kitchen in the back to the giant glass display in the front, portioning cookies into apothecary jars.

If you want to be incredibly indulgent, eat anything of theirs labeled “gooey butter”. Never mind that one cookie contains all the calories of Christmas and Thanksgiving combined. Just...never mind.

But if you want to be good, you can do that, too, without the slighted hint of sacrifice. The best part is that Rosie’s sources it’s foods from fresh, local vendors and crafts a daily menu with seasonal fare. They have gluten free selections as well, and my favorite of all; Oatmeal. I know, it sounds crazy, but you haven’t tasted oatmeal like this, before. It’s practically a soufflé. Truly, it’s an airy, fluffy concoction, served with pecans and cranberries and brown sugar on the side. It opened my eyes to the truth that I never knew what oatmeal was, before Rosie’s.

And if the oatmeal is that perfect, can you even imagine what their chicken pot-pie must be like? I will tell you. It is sublime.

Rosie’s is already a popular place among the locals, and part of me is hesitant to invite just anyone. But I console myself. It isn’t just anyone. It’s you. And I know you’d love it there. I certainly do.

Topics: Food, restaurants

Breads, Sweets, and Pastries: Indy's Best Bakeries

Posted by Paula Henry on Dec 14, 2014 10:30:00 AM

We LOVE pastries here at Home to Indy! And don't get us started on donuts. Sweet bread, fruit pies, brownies, cakes and cookies? Yes, please. (What's not to love?)

Thankfully, Indianapolis has a plethora of amazing places to satisfy our sweet tooths. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Indianapolis bakeries. Check them out! (You'll be glad you did!) 

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Titus Bakery

Originating in the 1950’s, Titus Bakery is a third-generation, family-owned business that has earned a reputation for providing some of the finest donuts and pastries in the state. The recipes and processes developed over this time provide its customers with not only consistent quality but a tantalizingly-wide selection of tasty treats. Recently, Titus expanded its offerings to include home-made pies and cakes as well as a delicatessen items featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, sold in signature sandwiches or by the pound. Whether you join them for a leisurely lunch or choose our convenient drive-thru, we think you’ll be back for more.

Long's Bakery

Long's Bakery is a family bakery started by Carl Long in 1955. All of their products are made daily from scratch. Their bake goods are made to be enjoyed when you buy them; thus, they contain no preservatives. Not only does Long's have a variety of donuts, they also carry cakes, cookies, pastries and pies. They have been at their 16th street location for over 50 years and their Southport store for 20. We love their warm, yeast donuts!

Circle City Sweets

Circle City Sweets opened in January 2007 then opened their Patisserie back in May 2010. They can be found at the Indianapolis City Market, and many of their products can be enjoyed at Nordstrom's E-bars, Calvin Fletcher's Coffee House, The Best Chocolate In Town, Huddle's Frozen Yogurt and Nicole-Taylor's Pasta & Market. They specialize in French Pastries but also have an entire menu of good-old midwest bakery items. They're also known for their French Macaroons and in-season, small batch jams. 

Taylor's Bakery

Taylor's Bakery just celebrated 100 years of business in the Indianapolis area. It is currently operated by 2 fourth-generation family members. With 100 years of baking experience, Taylor's Bakery can create the perfect wedding or specialty cake, but they're also known for their ice cream, breads, rolls, and cookies. You can't go wrong at Taylor's! 

Did we miss any? What is your favorite bakery? Let us know in the comments below.

Topics: Indianapolis, Food, Best of

Indianapolis Rocks New Years: Where You'll Want to Be

Posted by Paula Henry on Dec 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM

2015 will soon be upon us. (Can you believe it?) If you're like us here at Home to Indy, we love New Year's Eve. It's a time of looking back over the past year. What did the last year hold for you? Did you purchase or sell a home? Perhaps you moved to a different city. 

We equally enjoy the anticipation of the new year to come. We look forward to working with new clients to find the home of their dreams. (If a move is in your future in the coming year, we'd love to work with you!)

If you are looking for some ways to celebrate the new year in Indianapolis, you've come to the right spot. Here are just a few of the many options available to us here in Indy.

Editor's Note: We know we're posting this early, but we wanted to give you time to plan.

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Georgia Street/Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Mayor Ballard announced in October that Indianapolis will have its first annual community-wide New Year's Eve celebration! The party will include food and music by The White Panda. While other cities have a ball drop, Indianapolis will have an Indycar hoisted high above the crowd that will descend (with fireworks) at midnight. It sounds like a party you won't want to miss!

The Hyatt Regency

Kick off 2015 at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This action-packed night of entertainment and celebration includes several live musical performances on three stages, a fantasy casino "player's lounge" and a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel's magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. $40 tickets are available without the purchase of a room.

ComedySportz

ComedySportz will host a family-friendly night of fun at the Athanaeum Theatre on Mass Ave. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18-$20. You supply the suggestions. They'll supply the hats and the laughs. 

Indiana State Museum

End the year with a bang with a family-friendly alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O'Bannon Great Hall. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music will highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8:00 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations are recommended. Cost is $7 for members and $13 for nonmembers.

IMA

Ring in 2015 at a glamorous New Year's Eve party! Celebrate the New Year in style at the IMA surrounded by art, champagne, food, live music and dancing. All galleries will be open, including the special exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life. Enjoy international interactive cuisines throughout the Museum and sip on luxury cocktails while taking in the glitz and glamour. Cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

Wherever you end up celebrating, we hope you have a Happy New Year!

Topics: Indianapolis, Things to do in Indianapolis

Groceries Delivered to Your Door? Yes Please!

Posted by Mandy Padgett on Dec 9, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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I can remember a time in my life when I loved to grocery shop. But that time was a little long while ago, during my first and second year of college, and it looked a little like this; Being single and young, with a bit of money and a bit of time, I would sit in my chair (I now imagine that it was a chaise lounge) and take a leisurely peruse of glossy food magazines. As I browsed the pages, I would invent some enchanting and entirely frivolous meal. With my discretionary time, I would then go to the grocery store (one of the fancy ones) and take a long, languid stroll through exotic produce and pasta, wandering happily as if it were some kind of spa experience.

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Budda’s Hands? Sure, I’ll try that! Star anise? I have no idea how to use it, but why not? Croquembouche from scratch? I think so. And then, I went home and made my ridiculous meal, which I ate and then? Then I left the dishes for morning. I might cook again in the next week or I might just munch on home- made hummus, carrot sticks and PBJ. Pretty much whatever I felt like, which is why grocery shopping and cooking was fun; because it was optional.

Enter my family and the million things I now do in a week. Now, the family has to be fed. Every day. Gone is optional. Gone is frivolous. Gone is the chaise lounge. And so, for these reasons, grocery shopping is less spa-like and more time-sucking-chore-like. And while I wouldn’t trade what I have now for all the chaises in the world, I am open to options.

Groceries...online?

This brings me to the online grocery shopping experience, where you can do all of your shopping from the comfort of some comfortable chaise lounge chair in your own home. Can you even imagine? Selecting whatever it is your family needs from toilet paper to bananas and the nice grocery people will deliver those groceries to you? Right. To. Your. House. (I think you still have to put them away, although who knows what a really big tip might buy?) It’s as close as I’ve come to returning to the chaise lounge, which now, if I’m honest is a magical fluffy brown recliner. But the spirit is the same.

In Indianapolis, are a few online delivery services that provide fresh and healthy local products, with more to come, including several local grocery stores discussing what it would look like to have an online order and delivery service. Here are the top picks from what is currently available;

Green B.E.A.N.

Green B.E.A.N. is a food company that aims to build sustainable, affordable and accessible home-grown food that can be served to people all across the Midwest. B.E.A.N. is the acronym for the company’s principles which are Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture, and Nutrition. Green B.E.A.N. provides an online service that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms in the Midwest area as well as groceries and specialty items from artisans. All of the food offered on the website is free of additives and preservatives to ensure that they are fresh and healthy for all customers. The website offers five different food ‘bins’ to choose from which vary in size depending on how many people you are ordering for.

Peapod

Peapod is a pioneer in grocery home deliveries having first started in 1989 as a family run online service and turning into one of the largest Internet grocery stores in the country. The business has expanded to 24 different U.S. markets and orders are taken up to two weeks in advance. The online service delivers almost everything you could need from the usual grocery store with over 12,000 products in their inventory. From beauty and healthcare, baby food and care, to store brand items and prepared meals, you can find almost everything from Peapod’s wide array of grocery items. Orders can be sent within a two-hour window that is chosen by the customer. 

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh has a unique take on the online grocery delivery business. The website lets customers choose from a number of simple recipes that anyone can do at home and shop for the ingredients of the recipe that was chosen. Delivery is free and each recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare. Recipes are changed every week to add variety to the shoppers’ diets. The service chooses only the highest quality and freshest ingredients from local farms and businesses. ust like the Hello Fresh’s recipes, their suppliers also change on a daily basis to keep up with their ever expanding user base and to help out different local businesses.

So the next time you’re facing your hungry horde and a dwindling pantry, hop into your magic chaise, fire up your mobile, laptop or tablet and call in the grocery cavalry. You'll be glad you did!

Topics: Shopping, Food

Can You Get Approved? Mortgage Qualifications for Buying a Home

Posted by Paula Henry on Dec 7, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Go to any mortgage lending website and you'll see images of smiling families and beautiful homes accompanied by text that makes it sound like lenders are standing by just waiting to help you find the loan that works for you regardless of your situation.

But the truth is that lending such large amounts of money is a risky business, and that money isn't handed over to just anyone. There are many hoops that you need to jump through before a lender will even consider you for a loan. 

So, what does it take to qualify for a mortgage? Here are some areas that lenders look at when considering approval for your home loan.

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Your History

Your job history is important and it will be a major factor in whether you qualify for a loan. If you have been working continuously for two years or more, you are considered to have steady employment. However, you do not have to have held the same job for two years in order to be approved for a loan. Job moves that result in equal or more pay and continue to use proven skills are a plus for you.

If there are good reasons why you haven't worked continuously for the last two years, you can explain these reasons to the mortgage lender. How you paid your bills in the past also gives a lender some indication of how you can be expected to pay them in the future. You will be asked to list all your debts, the amount of your monthly payments, and the number of months or years left to pay on the debts. Your lender will order a credit report to verify the information that you give.

Payment Options

When you buy a home, you need money for a down payment and closing costs. The amount of the down payment may vary, but generally you must make a down payment that equals at least 5% of the purchase price.

Closing costs can be expensive, depending upon where you live. The mortgage lender will want proof that you have saved the funds that you will use for a down payment and part or all of the closing costs. If the funds are in a savings account, the lender will ask the financial institution to verify the amount and the length of time that the funds have been in your account. The lender wants to make sure that you are not borrowing all the money you will use for the down payment and closing costs. The amount of your monthly payment depends upon the amount you borrow, the interest rate, and the repayment period or “term.” The shorter the term, the higher your monthly payment. For that reason, most home buyers repay their mortgage over the longest term possible, usually 30 years.

Housing Expense Guidelines

When you first approach a lender about financing your mortgage, it will use the following two commonly accepted guidelines to help determine your ability to make mortgage payments: Your monthly housing costs (including mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowner and mortgage insurance, and homeowner's fees) should total no more than 28% of your monthly gross (before taxes) income.

In addition to your regular pay, your income can include funds you receive from overtime work, a part-time job, or a second job; retirement, VA, and Social Security benefits; disability, welfare, and unemployment benefits; alimony; and child support. Your monthly housing costs plus other long-term debts such as payments on car loans, student loans, or other installment debt (debts with more than ten months left to repay) should total no more than 36% of your monthly gross income. Depending upon your household income, you may be eligible for special assistance programs. These programs may make it easier for you to get a larger mortgage loan than you normally would be able to, using the above qualifying rules. 

Are you wondering if you can get approved? Give us a call. We'd love to answer any questions you have regarding buying a home or mortgage qualifications.

Topics: Buying a Home, Loans

For the Shopper: Indianapolis Must Haves on Etsy

Posted by Paula Henry on Dec 4, 2014 10:30:00 AM

If you're not familiar with Etsy, you're missing out! It's a great place to purchase handmade and vintage products from around the world. We could literally spend hours browsing all of the unique treasures you'll find there. If you haven't ever checked it out, we highly recommend it for everything from home decor to jewelry to gift ideas.

We discovered the following items that have a particular Hoosier flair while browsing recently, and we think they're absolutely must haves for you - or your home!

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Fun Prints 

We love this print of the Indianapolis skyline!

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 These Indiana art prints are darling!

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And this watercolor is beautiful!

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For You

Ladies, this sterling silver necklace is a beautiful reminder of where you call home!

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Gentlemen, these Indianapolis cufflinks would be a great addition to your collection!

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For Your Home

This string art wall hanging would spruce up any bare wall!

 

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This skyline decal would add some color to your home (or business) wall!

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Have you purchased any fun Indianapolis (or Indiana) treasures from Etsy? We'd love to know. Leave a comment below!

 

Topics: Indianapolis, Creative, Etsy

Vive La Vintage: Indy Edition

Posted by Mandy Padgett on Dec 2, 2014 10:30:00 AM

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Whether you are shopping vintage for it’s laudable “up cycled” nature or because of it’s history and charm or just because you are looking to have a truly unique look for (often) a great bargain, vintage has never been more fresh. Here are some of the best places to get retro-retail around the Indianapolis area:

Broad Ripple Vintage

If you’re looking for fun and quirky vintage clothing, Broad Ripple Vintage offers clothing and accessories from the 1940’s to 80’s for both men and women. Located on E. 64th Street, the store has everything from dresses and tuxedos to shoes and accessories.

Another great place to find vintage clothes in the area is Reclamation which offers great prices for unique clothing and trinkets from all over the world. Head to Reclamation for a trip back in time.

Midland Arts and Antiques Market

The Midland Arts and Antiques Market is a great place to find the perfect vintage decor, furniture or lighting for your home. The market has been running for over 16 years and specializes in works of art as well mid-century furniture that will pique the interest of both avid collectors and first time buyers. The Midland Arts and Antiques Market has two different locations in Indiana and even has a showplace in the New York Showplace Antique & Design Center.

Doc’s Architectural Salvage and Reclamation Services

Doc’s Architectural Salvage and Reclamation Services features great antique gems from homes all over the country. Their crew takes apart old homes, keeps the best, vintage pieces and brings it right back to Indianapolis. The store on W 30th St. offers wonderfully designed Victorian era furniture, antique lighting, sinks, and windows as well as cast iron baths and more. It’s a one-stop shop for genuinely reclaimed and restored antiques.

Southport Antique Mall

The Southport Antique Mall, voted as The Indy A-List’s Best Antiques dealer, can be found on 2028 E Southport Road in Indianapolis and offer over 36,000 square feet of different antiques, vintage furniture, and other collectibles from hundreds of different dealers. The enormous space almost guarantees that you will be able to find what you’re looking for at the best price possible. You can even bring your old antiques to get restored right in the mall.

So go ahead and go vintage-ing. You never know what treasures you may find!

 

Topics: Shopping, Antiques

'Tis the Season: Holiday Theatre Outings in Indianapolis

Posted by Paula Henry on Nov 30, 2014 10:30:00 AM

We love Christmas here at Home to Indy. Indianapolis has so many fun ways to get in the spirit: from Christmas at the Zoo to the Circle of Lights Tree Lighting to Christmas at Lilly House, there's something feative for everyone!

If you're looking for some theatre outings this season to help get you into the spirit, here are a few you won't want to miss:

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A Christmas Carol - IRT

On stage now - December 26

The beloved classic of loss and redemption returns to IRT’s snow-covered stage! Dickens’ characters bring new life every season in this faithful, fanciful and frolicsome adaptation. It has the power to transform any "Bah Humbug!" attitude. Tickets cost $30-$67. 

Yuletide Celebration - ISO

On stage December 5-23

In its 29th year on the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage, IPL Yuletide Celebration continues its holiday tradition. Renowned soprano, Angela Brown, and Broadway star, Ben Crawford, return to co-host this year's performances and will be joined by ISO artists-in-residence, Time for Three, Music Director Jack Everly, a brilliant cast of Broadway's best singers and dancers and, of course, your beloved Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $34-$55 for adults and $19-$40 for children.

A Very Phoenix Xmas 9: Flashing Through the Snow

On stage now-December 21

The Phoenix Theater boasts holiday sketches, songs and dances for its December show. They've got everything on your list: traditional holiday music, madcap comedy skits, and some very talented people to help you celebrate this most joyful—and stressful—time of year. They turn the holidays on their head with local and national playwrights putting a new spin on all things traditional. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $22 for ages 21 and under. 

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A Beef & Boards Christmas

On stage November 28-December 23

Beef & Boards celebrates in style with its annual crowd pleaser, A Beef & Boards Christmas. A glittering array of music and dance numbers, presented in a variety show format, create the perfect holiday tradition. Bring a group, bring the family, just don't miss it! 

A Christmas Carol

On stage December 6-22

From the pages of Dickens comes this delightful musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic with traditional carols. Experience the transformation of the crotchety Scrooge into someone who understands the true meaning of kindness and love. This one-hour show is performed without intermission and makes a perfect holiday lunch party for your club or office. Tickets are $24.50-$34.50.  

ELF - The Murat Theater

On stage December 16-20

Elf: The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa's sack of gifts and is taken to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. The heartwarming musical follows Buddy on a task of impossible size - can he reunite his new family in happiness, as well as bring much-needed Christmas spirit to the city of New York? Tickets are $49-$610. 

From traditional holiday shows, symphony orchestras, and Broadway, Indianapolis has them all this year to get you into the spirit. 'Tis the season!  

Topics: Things to do in Indianapolis, Family Activities

Moving Fido? Tips for Helping Your Pets Cope

Posted by Paula Henry on Nov 27, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Moving can be an exciting but stressful time for everyone in your home - pets included. (If you're like us here at Home to Indy, your dogs and cats are beloved members of your family.)  

Your fur babies may feel unsure about their new environment, which can lead to behavior issues that were not a problem in the past. Some pets will absorb their caregivers' emotions: if you feel anxious, they may be jumpy and extra-sensitive; if you feel scattered and chaotic, they may feel insecure. They may become focused on establishing their "territory" in their new home, or they may want to stay under the bed or in their crate and hide.

Thankfully, there are easy things you can do that can help make the transition a bit smoother - for everyone involved.

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Be consistent.

Keep your routine schedule for feeding, walks, playtime, cuddling and bedtime. If a dog is used to using a doggy door, set one up in your new place. If your cat is accustomed to outdoor time, arrange for that — even if you have to use a leash initially for safety purposes and to keep him from running away.

Bring favorites.

You may be tempted to get your pet new accoutrements, but this is not a good time to introduce new items. Instead, bring your pet's favorite bed, crate, toys, food and water dishes, treats and other familiar items. Put them in similar places as they were in your previous home. Favorites will help your pet feel in control and at home more quickly.

Minimize anxiety.

Think of ways to ease your pet's transition. Some animals will feel best being near you no matter what you're doing. Others will do better in a crate away from the moving madness. Or perhaps it's better for your animal buddy to stay at a friend or family member's home during the actual move; joining you once you've unpacked. The more secure they feel, the better they'll weather the change.

Keep them safe.

During the packing stage, the actual move and the transition in the new home, plan for your pet's safety. Some animals will be upset and scared once the boxes and suitcases take over. They may hide or run away. Set aside a safe place where they can't get lost or hurt. Make sure your pet has identification and your contact information, and that you have copies of veterinarian records. Learn about any aggressive animals in the neighborhood, or any structural risks in the home or yard.

Be patient.

Allow your pets to take their time sniffing around their new digs. Let them explore — and if they decide to hide for a while, that's OK as long as they know where the doggy door or litter box is. Allow them to come out when they are ready. Their behavior may change for awhile, including eating and "potty" habits, barking, pacing or protection behaviors. They need time to get used to their new home, just as you do.

Love them.

Give your pet the attention he is used to. A bit of extra loving will go a long way as they come to feel at home in their new surroundings. Remember that difficult behaviors are a result of their discomfort with the change and a sense of not feeling in control. Difficult behaviors don't mean the pet is bad and can't change. Get help from a professional trainer or veterinarian if your pet's difficult behaviors persist, and remember all the unconditional love they give you.

It's going to take you a while to settle into your new home. Similarly, it's going to take your pets some time to adjust as well. But doing some of the above things can help make that transition time a bit smoother.

Topics: Moving, Pets