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Why You Shouldn’t Rush to Buy a House Right Now

With mortgage interest rates at an all-time low, the temptation to buy is now higher than ever and may make sense for some. To put it in perspective, a 30-year $250K mortgage with a 5% interest rate would have once cost you $1,342; now, with a lower 3% rate, that same mortgage can cost you $1,054. At $288/month, the difference may seem negligible, but it adds up significantly over time  —  for someone making $3,000 per month, it represents almost 10% of their monthly income.

Although the math might be in your favor, there are several factors you should consider before pulling the trigger.

1. The amount and type of debt you have.

Lenders typically don’t want you paying out more than 43% of your income on debt. They weigh your credit card minimums, auto/student loan payments and any other debts you might have against your gross income. If you’re struggling to keep up with your payments, you might want to delay committing to a 15- or 30-year mortgage

 For a lot of us, that’s longer than anything we’ve committed to in the past. And unlike some types of debt, mortgages are typically recourse debts, meaning you’re personally liable for the loan. That loan may harm you if you foreclose and the lender decides to come after your other assets.

2. How much you have left to spend every month.

As a homeowner, you’ll want to prepare for additional expenses. Whether it’s an appliance that needs replacing, a plumbing emergency or a broken washer, you’ll want to have the funds on hand to cover these emergencies.  If you are used to running a tight budget, you may find yourself unintentionally taking on debt to cover these surprise expenses.

When budgeting, aim to keep all your bills to no more than 50% of your income, including the new mortgage. A healthy bill/income ratio ensures you have enough money left to spend and save every month.

3. Down payment funds.

Some lenders may lure you in with the promise of a small down payment. If you qualify, VA (Veterans Affairs) loans can even lend you money with a 0% down payment. However, expenses such as closing costs, escrow bills and legal fees can quickly add up, requiring you to have more than the required down payment for the house. You can also be at a disadvantage when negotiating without the necessary funds to buy down your interest rate or increase your down payment.

Keep in mind, any down payment lower than 20% may require you to purchase Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). Depending on the size of the mortgage, this may cost you 0.5%-1% of your loan and adds to your monthly payment.

4. Your current credit score.

Similar to a low down payment, some lenders may make an exception for a low credit score. The catch is that lenders typically charge a higher interest rate to compensate for the risk of a lower down payment. Since mortgages charge interest differently, the tiniest difference in your interest rate can cost you thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage.

Put into perspective, for a 30-year $250K mortgage, the difference between a 3% and 3.50% rate over the life of the mortgage is $24,697. Holding off for a few months and working on tackling your debt-to-income/credit score will improve your position in the long run.

5. A tight housing market.

Although it can be nerve-racking to watch a small number of houses fly off the market, the last thing you want is to rush into such a big decision and find yourself in the middle of a bidding war. Not only would purchasing a more expensive house lead to a higher payment, but you may risk having a loan worth more than your house in the event of a market downturn.

Overall, think of homeownership as an investment before anything else. Like any investment, ensure you’re well off and able to handle the risks first. From there, your financial adviser can help you evaluate your options. You’ll be surprised how often renting in a hot market and investing additional funds elsewhere may be the better option!

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Daniel Demian is a financial advice expert at Albert. Daniel earned his bachelor’s in Business Commerce from York University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Level 3 Candidate. When he’s not working on improving his and others’ financial literacy, you can find him working out or exploring the outdoors.


Huntington Business Voice Credit Card – 4% On Categories (Grocery, Gas, Office Supply & More), $150 + 8%

Update 9/21/21: You can get a $150 bonus after $2,000 in spend within 60 days. The 4% categories turn into 8% for the first 60 days as well.

Huntington Bank has launched a business Voice credit card. It’s quite similar to their personal Voice card, but much better in most respects. Let’s take a look at the new card.

Card Basics

  • Can’t apply online, must apply in branch. Branches are in: OH, MI, IN, PA, KY, WV, IL & WI [branch locator]
  • Choose one category to earn 4% cash back in. You can change category every quarter and you earn 4% cash back on the first $7,000 each quarter. 4% categories you can choose from are:
  • Earn 1% cash back on all other purchases
  • No annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • No sign up bonus

Our Verdict

Bit annoying that this card doesn’t have a sign up bonus and you have to apply in branch. That being said the flexibility of the 4% categories is great and the categories themselves are actually useful. I can see a lot of people being happy with an extra $28,000 in grocery store spend annually at a high 4% rate. If you can max out that full $28,000 you’re earning an extra $560 compared to a flat 2% card. It’s a shame you can only pick one 4% category. Let me know your thoughts on this new card in the comments below.


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Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless 125,000 Points + Free Night Certificate (50k)

Update 9/23/21: Deal now live

The Offer

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  • Chase is offering a bonus of 125,000 points + free night certificate (good on up to 50,000 points) after $5,000 in spend on the Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card.

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $95, not waived first year
  • Eligibility for this product: The product is not available to either:
    • current cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), or
    • previous cardmembers of the Marriott Bonvoy™ Premier credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier) or Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ credit card (also known as Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus), who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.
  • Eligibility for the new cardmember bonus: The bonus is not available to you if you:
    • are a current cardmember, or were a previous cardmember within the last 30 days, of Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express);
    • are a current or previous cardmember of either Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card), and received a new cardmember bonus or upgrade bonus in the last 24 months; or
    • applied and were approved for Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card (also known as The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express) or Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card (also known as the Starwood Preferred Guest® American Express Luxury Card) within the last 90 days.
  • Chase 5/24 rule applies to this card
  • Free award night every anniversary valid at a property costing up to 35,000 points
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 6x points per $1 spent at Marriott Bonvoy hotels
    • 2x points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Elite status:
    • Automatic silver elite status
    • Gold status if you spend $35,000 or more within a card member year
    • 15 elite night credits towards status each year

Our Verdict

Better than the previous deal of 100,000 points. We will obviously repost this bonus when it goes live, mostly posting now because apparently Chase won’t match this offer. This will go onto the best credit card bonus page.


Stock Market Today: Dow Ekes Out a Win Despite Nike Miss

It was a choppy day of trading as the major market indexes took time to catch their breath after a volatile week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 116 points out of the gate as Nike (NKE, -6.3%) stock plunged on the heels of the athletic apparel retailer’s fiscal first-quarter revenue miss, announced Thursday after the markets closed. Nike also cut its fiscal 2022 forecast amid supply chain issues and production shutdowns in Vietnam.

In the wake of Nike’s report, CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson downgraded the stock to Hold from Strong Buy. “With one of the strongest global brands and a strong balance sheet, we believe the company will eventually recover,” he says. “It will just take time.”

However, the blue-chip index closed up 0.1% at 34,798, thanks to cloud stock (CRM, +2.8%), which continued to gain ground following yesterday’s updated guidance.

The S&P 500 Index also finished in positive territory, adding 0.2% to 4,455, on strength in the financial (+0.5%) and energy (+0.8%) sectors.

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And while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.03% to 15,047, it did finish well off its session lows. 

Other news in the stock market today:

  • The small-cap Russell 2000 gave back 0.5% to 2,248.
  • Costco Wholesale (COST) was a post-earnings winner, gaining 3.3% in the wake of its fiscal fourth-quarter report. For the three-month period, COST reported adjusted earnings of $3.90 per share on $62.7 billion in revenues, above the $3.57 per share and $61.3 billion analysts were expecting. Despite the beat, CFRA analyst Arun Sundaram kept a Hold rating on the retailer. “Going forward, inflationary pressures are expected to intensify, mostly driven by higher product, labor and freight costs,” he says. “Like other club stores, COST will absorb some cost inflation, which will likely lead to some margin pressure over the next few quarters.” 
  • Roku (ROKU, -3.8%) took a notable slide today after Wells Fargo downgraded the streaming stock to Equal Weight from Overweight (the equivalents of Hold and Buy, respectively). The research firm cited increasing competition from the likes of (AMZN) and Comcast (CMCSA), which has made “ROKU’s valuation more constrained.” And while they like the stock’s story, “its ability to outperform requires results that exceed already high expectations.”
  • U.S. crude oil futures gained 0.9% to settle at $73.98 per barrel, marking their fourth win in a row.
  • Gold futures rose 0.1% to end at $1,751.70 an ounce.
  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) slid 4.7% to 17.75.
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One Big Headline Today: Bitcoin

“Bloomberg reported that China’s central bank declared crypto transactions were illicit financial activities and that non-fiat cryptocurrencies were not to be circulated,” says Richard Repetto, managing director at Piper Sandler.

“The news this morning comes approximately three months after China cracked down on cryptocurrency mining, which also triggered a global sell-off in crypto markets.”

Bitcoin was down 9.2% at one point, but finished the regular trading session off a slimmer 5.3% at $42,409.05 (Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day; prices reported here are as of 4 p.m. each trading day).

Today’s price action underscores how volatile cryptocurrency can be – and that the high-risk investment must be approached with extreme care. For those wanting an introduction – or possibly a refresher course – to digital currencies, here’s a breakdown of the biggest players in the space.

And for more risk-averse investors who are still crypto-curious, consider these larger, established companies that have exposure to this technology. Read on as we highlight seven stocks (and one fund) that have embraced the cryptocurrency space.

Karee Venema was long NKE as of this writing.


What to Do With Seasonal Pumpkins: 21 Fun, Creative Ideas

It’s the season of the pumpkin and there are so many uses for these oversized orange gourds beyond a toothy jack-o’-lantern. (Yes, pumpkins hail from the gourd family.)

By no means are we suggesting you skip the time-honored tradition of carving that happy or scary face into a hollowed-out pumpkin. Carve diem. Seize the pumpkin. After all, they are at their cheapest this time of year.

When grocery stores and farmers markets are full of pumpkins this time of year, buy two. Carve one and save the other for one of our 21 uses for pumpkin. You can use one pumpkin for toasted seeds, pie and maybe even soup, depending on how big it is.

Pumpkins: They Aren’t Just For Jack-O’-Lanterns Anymore

Whether it becomes a tasty snack, home decor or a science project, your pumpkin has endless possibilities. While true penny hoarders like the idea of repurposing carved pumpkin after halloween, it’s not the best idea. In the warmer Southern states, it’s likely the pumpkin is mushy and well-past its prime after being exposed to the elements for a week or more. Plug, bugs.

Eat Your Pumpkin

We found a pumpkin recipe for every part of your gourd — even those stringy guts.

While carving pumpkins aren’t quite as flavorful as other varieties (such as sugar or pie pumpkins), they’ll still work for any of these dishes. They do have thinner skin, though, which makes them easier to careve.

Pro Tip

You’ll find the best prices for pumpkins at farmers markets, independent seasonal stands and church pumpkin patches. The average pumpkin costs about $3 but expect to pay more for an oversized gourd. 

1. Make Pumpkin Puree

While it doesn’t sound appetizing on its own, pumpkin puree is a versatile use of fresh pumpkin.

It’s incredibly versatile: You’ll be able to use the puree in pumpkin muffins, breads and soups — even a delicious Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Pumpkin puree is the base for most of the delicious dishes on this list.

Creating the puree is simple: Boil, bake or steam your pumpkin, according to Good Housekeeping. If you are in a cold climate and your carved pumpkin is still good enough to ease, make sure to cut off and discard any burned sections or leftover wax if you lit it with a candle.

The puree freezes well for future use. Store it in zip-closure freezer bags, filled and partially flattened for easy stacking.

2.  Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte

Tempted by the versions offered at seemingly every coffee shop? Instead of dropping $5 on a pumpkin latte that may not contain any pumpkin at all, make your own.

There are plenty of recipes for making your own. Here is a favorite.


  • 3/4 cup milk, ideally 2%, for the latte (if you’re making cafe au lait, 1/2 cup milk will give you a 2:1 coffee/milk ratio)
  • 1 espresso shot for the latte (or 1 cup drip coffee)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mixture (or mix your own with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg blend)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: cinnamon sticks and/or maple pumpkin butter as garnish

Measure and pour milk into a saucepan on your stove. Add in pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Stir well. Heat the mixture on medium/hot heat, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, brew coffee or espresso. For cafe au lait, use  a pumpkin spice blend such as one from Dunkin’ Donuts or Trader Joe’s.

Remove milk from the stovetop once it’s hot, just about to boil,  and use a milk frother to froth it. The mixture should double in size and create a nice foam. If you don’t have a frother, you can find one online for less than $20 (such as this one) or use your blender.

Once milk is frothed, combine in a mug with espresso or coffee. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice. If you’d like, add a cinnamon stick or drizzle with a bit of maple pumpkin butter.

A pumpkin beer sits by two pumpkins.
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3. Enjoy a Pumpkin Cocktail or Pumpkin Beer

For those looking for something a little stronger than a latte, leave it to Ree Drummond, the Food Network’s Pioneer Woman, to come up with 15 cocktails that include pumpkin as a key ingredient.

4. Bake a Pumpkin Lasagna

Need a fall dinner idea for the family or company? Try this yummy vegetarian Pumpkin Lasagna.

Taste of Home calls it a “comforting fall dish” — who doesn’t love those?

5. Make Pumpkin Butter

This seasonal treat is delicious on toast, in smoothies or on oatmeal. You can make it all year if you freeze extra pumpkin puree.

Check out this simple Pumpkin Butter recipe on Oh She Glows. Bonus if this is important to you: It’s vegan.

6. Snack on Roasted Seeds

They’re a classic snack for a reason. A handful of roasted  pumpkin seeds is a delicious way to get iron, magnesium, zinc and a healthy dose of fiber.

Roasting them is simple — dry out the seeds and bake them on a baking sheet with olive oil and salt — but play with toppings to find one that works for you: salt and pepper, chili powder or cinnamon are all good options. The most difficult thing about making them is getting rid of the clingy strings after you dig them from the pumpkin.

Here’s one of many recipes out there in the pumpkinverse.

7. Make Vegetable Stock with the Guts

While the flesh and seeds are often popular foods, the stringy insides of pumpkins usually go straight to the trash (or compost). No more!

Try adding them to other veggie bits (carrot tops, onion ends) to make a flavorful stock.

8. Bake Pumpkin Gut Bread

If you’re looking for something a little heartier than soup, try this recipe for pumpkin bread from Diana Johnson of Eating Richly. She calculates that making two loaves costs about $2.

9. Cook Pumpkin Risotto

Another way to put those guts to use: pumpkin risotto. Scroll down to find the recipe for this delicious Pumpkin Risotto, which Gothamist editor Nell Casey adapted from the New York Times.

10. Make Pumpkin Pickles

If you’re pickle-obsessed, you’ll want to try these babies. For a sweeter pickle to go with desserts or cheese platters, make Pickled Sugar Pumpkin from Serious Eats.

Looking for something with a little more kick? Try these South Indian pumpkin pickles from Promenade Plantings.

11. Dry Pumpkin Skin into Chips

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the skin of the pumpkin.

Here is a great way to make Pumpkin Crisps that burst with color, crispness and flavor.

Decorate With Pumpkins

You can’t go wrong with pumpkins in your decor all the way through Thanksgiving. Try one or all of these throughout the season.

12. Use Pumpkins as Serving Bowls

File this idea under “brilliant:” Save on decorations (and dishwashing) by using pumpkins as serving bowls for soup or cider.

Here’s an easy way to make a pumpkin bowl from Sanam Lamborn of My Persian Kitchen.

13. Turn a Pumpkin into a Planter

Keep the fall festivities going by using your pumpkin as a planter for a small potted plant.

The planter will last for several weeks, and then you can plant it directly in your garden to decompose.

14. Create a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Perhaps even the birds like to celebrate a change of season with different decor.Offer them a new dining room and make our neighbors smile with this simple bird feeder from Instructables.

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15.  Decorate the Thanksgiving Table

No need to spend extra money on table decorations — plan to keep a pumpkin or two, and you’ll be all set. Use Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. In their natural orange, they are warm and traditional. Spray paint them white and pumpkins become elegant and fairy tale like.

Your pumpkins will make it to Thanksgiving, as long as you choose wisely. An uncarved, healthy pumpkin “can last 8 to 12 weeks,” Cornell University horticulturalist Steve Reiners told NPR.

16. Make Pumpkin Snowmen

Why not try this cute, crafty way to give some post-fall purpose to your pumpkins. You’ll get an early start on your winter decorating — or if you’re feeling entrepreneurial, you could even try selling your creations.

Get Creative

If you don’t want to cook or decorate with pumpkins, what else can you do? Try one of these fun ideas.

17. Relax With a Pumpkin Face Mask

Out late at a Halloween party? Recharge your skin with pumpkin’s good-for-you vitamins A, C and E.

You’ll only need to add honey and milk, according to this simple recipe from Beautylish. Add these non-pumpkin ways to your list of ways to  to save money with DIY beauty products!

18. Build a Pumpkin Catapult

Here’s a great way to get a final use out of the smoke-singed, smelly carved pumpkin that weathered the heat or cold on your front step. Build a pumpkin catapult, also known as a trebuchet.

(Just make sure you have enough wide open space.)

19. Transform a Pumpkin Into a Canvas

This is a great chance for kids to have fun creating art with pumpkins, especially if they’re a little young for carving tools.

The best part? All you need is some butcher or craft paper, a few paper plates, stickers or paint. The Artful Parent offers plenty of  the details. Decorating the pumpkin without carving it keeps it in good shape to cook with.

20. Save the Seeds

Not a fan of eating the seeds? Instead, hold onto them to plant in your garden next spring.

Growing your own pumpkins will save you money — and let you enjoy even more homemade treats next year.

21. Compost Your Pumpkin

At the very least, your leftover pumpkin can help you grow an incredible garden next year. Cut it into smaller pieces and toss it in the compost pile, then mix it into your soil next spring.

Former Penny Hoarder staffers Heather van der Hoop and Katherine Snow Smith contributed to this report. 




Moving with Pets: Helpful Tips For a Successful Relocation

It’s not as simple as packing up their stuff and putting them in your car. There’s a lot of details you need to plan for.

Whether you’re moving across town or the country, moving — and all it entails — is stressful. If you’re moving with pets, not only do you have to manage and navigate your stress, but you need to make sure you’re helping your beloved pet deal with the stress of the move, too.

Pets are sensitive to human stress, so if you’re sweating your move, chances are Fido is feeling it, too. The more prepared you are for handling your move with pets, the better off you and your pet will be. By taking early actions to plan your move and factoring in your pet and their unique needs, you can set yourself up for moving day success.

The ultimate goal when moving with pets is keeping your pet safe. So, whether you have a school of fish in a giant aquarium, a small snake or your 11-year-old cat, here are ways for moving with pets that will keep both you and your pet safe and stress-free during this transitionary time.

Planning is the key to moving with pets

The last thing you want during your move is a last-minute surprise, so plan your moving day as far out as possible. Since you’ll have so much to pack and plan for, putting together a comprehensive plan for moving with pets may slip your mind.

Here’s how to get the ball rolling and help you move your pets with ease.

Decide how you’re getting to your new home

Figuring out how you’re getting to your final destination is important, especially if you’re moving across the country. You’ll need to decide if it makes sense to fly or drive to your new space. But before you make up your mind, take into consideration what’s best for your pet.

Moving long-distance? You will need to decide to fly or drive to your new home. Check airline pet policies for any specifics regarding your pet if you plan to fly. If the driving distance is four hours or less, plan to drive.

If the driving distance is longer than that but your pet has medical needs, driving remains the best option. Also, for any long-distance traveling with your pets, plan for bathroom breaks and pet-friendly accommodations.

If you’re moving nearby your current location, decide if you’re hiring a moving company or planning to DIY with a U-Haul and some friends. Once you select a moving company, make sure to let the company know that a pet is at the residence. While the moving company cannot move your pet for you, it’s important to go ahead and put your beloved companion on their radar.

bird in birdcage

bird in birdcage

Research state and local regulations

If you’re moving out of state or outside of your current ZIP Code, take time to research and read up on any state and local regulations as they pertain to your pet. Nearly every state has laws applicable to dogs, cats, birds and other pets like snakes, so make sure your pets comply with the laws of the state you’re moving to.

If you’re moving with pets and you need to go through a state border inspection, make sure you have all appropriate health certificates and paperwork for your animal. If you’re traveling to your new home by plane, you’ll need to show a health certificate and paperwork for your pet, too.

Pick up a travel carrier

Regardless of what kind of pet you have, you should plan to pick up a travel carrier. If you’re moving with pets like birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, it will be way easier to remove your pet from their aquarium, cage or vivarium and transport them via a carrier.

If your pet isn’t already crate trained or used to a travel carrier, make sure you start introducing them to a travel crate as soon as you know you’re moving. Make sure your travel carrier fits with airline guidelines if you fly. If you’re traveling by car, make sure you have a harness or seatbelt to secure your pet’s crate.

Although it’s tempting to let Fido ride shotgun to your new home, don’t let any animal roam freely in the vehicle. It’s not safe for you or your pets. Keep your snakes, lizards, turtles, cats, rabbits, dogs and frogs in their travel carriers at all times.

Small dog at a veterinarian visit.

Small dog at a veterinarian visit.

Schedule a veterinarian appointment

Once you have a moving plan in place, make sure it includes taking your beloved pet to the veterinarian. You’ll want to make sure your pet’s health records are up to date, and if they need any inoculations or boosters, this would be an ideal time to get them.

While at the vet, ask about prescribing your pet medication to help ease their nervous system on moving day. Your vet can also go over any warning signs or unusual behaviors you should look out for as your beloved companion settles into the new environment.

Review identification tags

Make sure your pets, especially cats and dogs, have identification tags. If your indoor kitty typically doesn’t wear an identification tag, go ahead and get one made and put it on your cat before moving day.

Identification tags should include your pet’s name, your name, your phone number and your address. Since you’re relocating, go ahead and include your new address on the tag, if possible.

Pack mindfully

Your pets, especially dogs, cats and birds, will know something is up when you bring home boxes and start packing up your space. To keep your pets as stress-free as possible, set up designated packing areas in your house. Keep some rooms or areas box-free.

Additionally, stay mindful of what you’re packing. If you’re handling any cleaning supplies or materials that could harm your pets, make sure you don’t leave boxes open or in places your pet could get into.

cat on a box

cat on a box

Create a travel kit specific to your pet

Since you know your animal best, build a pet travel kit specifically for your companion. No matter what type of pet you have, make sure their health certificates go into this kit.

Here’s what else you should consider adding:

  • Pet’s regular food
  • Travel-sized or collapsable food and water dishes
  • Blanket or towel
  • Favorite toy
  • Treats
  • Extra paper towels
  • Plastic bags to clean up after your pet
  • Prescribed medication from your veterinarian
  • A leash
  • An extra bottle of water
  • Spray bottle (for pets that need to stay moist)

Move through moving day

Ready or not, moving day will arrive with a vengeance. Ideally, you have already taken care of everything that needs to get done for your move, including anything pertaining to your beloved pet.

Here are day-of tips for moving with pets:

  • Put someone in charge of your pet. Whether it’s you, a friend or hired pet sitter, appoint someone to take care of your pet’s needs for the whole day. This person needs to safely and securely keep the pet out the way and help with any needs like feeding or walking.
  • Reduce food intake for your pet by one-third the day before and the day of your move. This will help quell their stomach, whether you’re going by car or airplane.
  • If you have a prescription for calming medication from your veterinarian, administer it to your pet at least 30 minutes before your movers arrive.
  • Find a room that you can put your pet in with his crate and toys that’s separate from the chaos of movers, boxes and heavy lifting.
  • Remind movers and anyone helping you that you have a pet. Tell them where your pet is, so they can use extra caution if they need to go near the area.
  • Double-check that your pet travel kit is ready to go.
  • Make sure identification tags are on your pets.
  • Secure all crates and cages from the outside. Make sure your dog can’t easily open the door to his crate and that your boa constrictor can’t move the lid off its carrier.
  • Stay aware of the temperature outside, especially if you have pets that are sensitive to extreme heat or cold.
  • When you get to your new space, don’t let your pet roam freely right away. Section your pet off to one room, so they can get acclimated while you move in. Wait until all the movers are gone and then slowly introduce your pet to other spaces.

dog on dog bed

dog on dog bed

Help your pet settle in

It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a pet newt, moving takes a lot out of you. Give yourself and your pet some time to settle into your new home. The more relaxed you are in your new environment, the more relaxed your pet will be.

To help your beloved pet find its footing, arrange a space exclusively for your pet to make theirs in your new home. The more this area is similarly arranged to the last place, the better. If you need to set up your frog’s vivarium, aim to recreate an environment as close to how it previously was. Animals, especially dogs and cats, will find comfort in the scent from your old place, so make sure to not wash your dog’s favorite blanket.

During this settling-in period, keep a close eye on your pet as they get used to their new space. Yes, your pet will probably experience some stress on moving day but if you notice any weird behavior or anything causing you concern, call your veterinarian immediately. Also, if you moved to a new area — go ahead and start looking for a new veterinarian practice that can help take care of your pet and all its future needs.

Home sweet home

Whether it takes a few days or a month to turn your new space into a place that feels like home, at least you’ll have your beloved pet! While daunting, moving with pets is 100 percent worth it. They’re family, after all.