Moving to a Boston condo is a major life event, which can be stressful and time-consuming for anyone. It can be just as difficult, if not more so, for your furry friend. There are a number of steps that can be taken, both before you move and after you settle in, to ensure your pet’s transition is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Before the Move

Prepare Your Pet for the Trip

If you’re moving to a condo or penthouse in Downtown Boston, no biggie. However, if you’re pet is going to be in the car for a substantial amount of time, keep in mind many pets can easily be uncomfortable on long car trips. In the weeks leading up to the move, take your dog or cat on car trips, which will allow him or her to grow accustomed to car travel.

Stay Clam and Reassure Your Pet

Though it may be challenging, try to remain as calm as possible while you are going through the process of packing boxes and rearranging furniture. A pet can sense when an owner is upset and nervous and often will follow suit. Stay upbeat, give your pet as much attention as possible, and offer positive words of encouragement as you put the finishing touches on the exit process.

Introduce Your Pet to the New Space Before Moving In

If possible, bring your dog or cat to the new residence and allow him or her to get acclimated with the new surroundings. Visit as frequently as time will allow prior to actually moving in.

After the Move

Keep Your Pet in a Specific Room When Moving In or Unpacking

The moving-in process, such as when furniture is dragged around or when boxes are unloaded, will be the most unsettling time for your pet. You can limit his or her anxiety by making a comfortable space for your pet in a quiet, empty room. Leave the food and water bowls, a few favorite toys, and a box or bed he or she likes to lie in to help your pet remain distracted while all the action is taking place.

Consider Pet Daycare or a Dog Sitter

Separation anxiety might be a big problem for your pet after you move into your new Boston Midtown condo, especially during the first few weeks. This could lead your pet to commit accidents and/or other destructive behavior. When you leave for work, or know you will be away for an extended period of time, it may be wise to leave your dog or cat at a local pet daycare center or with a pet sitter.

Still looking for the right place you and Fido can call home? Work with an experienced Downtown Boston real estate agent who can guide you through the search for the perfect penthouse, condo, or loft in Midtown Boston. Check out our inventory online or reach out today to make an appointment.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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