Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Home is Where The Pet Is!

Often when we move we think about the impact on our children, our commute, proximity to grocery stores, etc. We also worry about how this move will affect the most important member of the family - the pet.

I remember when my spouse and I bought our first house after living in condos. Our beloved cat, Cleo, had no idea what to do with stairs. After a life lived in one floor condos she was utterly flummoxed by the three stories of staircase in our row house. Luckily that was the only adjustment issue she had but for other pets things can be a bit more traumatic.

Your pet has literally marked their territory in your current home. They know every corner, every scent, every sound that marks where all of his family members are in the house. Going in to a new space is likely to throw them off - unfamiliar smells, unknown nooks and crannies and unfamiliar sounds. If possible take your pet to your new home before move in day. Let them explore, smell, and become familiar with the surroundings. Let them roam the yard and become familiar with the sounds of the neighborhood.

Often the most perplexing question for you is what to do with your pet on the day of the move. For dogs, if they typically go to a doggy day care then follow the routine. If your dog stays home and you have a dog walker, consider hiring the dog walker for an extended time frame to walk the dog and take them to a dog park. For cats, have the movers target a small room first and then keep the cats in that room while the rest of the home is being packed up and moved. Be sure to have food, water, favorite toys, litter box etc. in the room.

Once the move is complete and you are in your new home with your pet, spend some time showing your pet some love and ease their mind with some familiarity. Be sure to hand carry (i.e., not pack) their familiar accoutrements with you to the new home. Put out their usual food and water bowls - now is not the time to try a new pet food. Throw around loved and familiar toys in every room. Set out that blanket that they curl up on every day.

The day after the move, take a break from unpacking boxes and update dog and cat tags and microchips!

Fish, gerbils and birds may seem resilient but they still feel stress in the atmosphere but most importantly feel stress when being moved. If you plan to move a fish or fishes out of their bowl or tank, it is imperative that the travel water and re-entrywater are the right temperature (i.e., the same as the fish is used to). For gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters, their fragile hearts mean a smooth transport in a warm, soft carrier is key. Birds can try to fly out/escape during transport so carriers should be cloaked or lined with soft material so they don't injure themselves.

KDG Homes is there when life moves you!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Spring in to Preparation!

We often welcome Spring with open arms and open windows. We breathe deeply and revel in the fresh air blowing merrily through our homes. Then we toodle out the front door to enjoy the flora and fauna.

However, before you play, prepare! This will ensure a long Spring and Summer enjoying the home you love.
I've got you under my skin!
  • Check out your home’s exterior:
    • How is the caulking around the windows and the doors?
    • How is the weather stripping around the windows and doors?
  • Get up on the roof – safely! – and inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles, or tiles.      
  • Please note that you will need a qualified roofer to inspect the following:
    • Flashing around plumbing vents
    • Skylights
    • Chimneys
  • Clean the gutters
    • Are the gutters loose?
    • Are the gutters showing leaks or holes?
    • Are the downspouts set to drain away from the foundation?

How does your garden grow?
  • Pull out garden hoses and see which ones that are cracked or old and need to be replaced.
  • Rake the layer of leaves off the ground to let the lawn breathe.
  • Remove any tree limbs.
  • Gas up lawn equipment.
  • Charge battery-powered lawn equipment.
  • Power wash vinyl siding and brick walls.
  • Now is a good time to start planning out your spring landscaping ideas and lawn care maintenance regimen.
  • Remember to check out the washed out / low areas next to the foundation and fill with compacted soil as needed. 

“Well this car could be systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic…”
  • This is one of the most important times to review your home’s major HVAC systems:
    • Heating system
    • Ventilation
    • Air conditioning system
  • Replace air filters if disposable or clean air filters.
  • You may want to have a service person do a check up on your air conditioning system now.

Put your whole self in and turn yourself about!
  • Don’t forget to test your inside systems including the emergency systems:
    • Home security alarm
    • Fire alarm
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Carbon monoxide alarms
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean off ceiling fans or “achoo!”.
  • Clean out fireplaces.

Ready to get moving on this list and looking for some assistance? I can connect you with the resources you need – professional lawn maintenance providers, roofers and HVAC service providers. Contact me for help!

KDG Homes is there when life moves you!