Making Moving Fun

Tips on Moving Pets, Plants, or Fish into Your New Home

by Ethel Lee

Planning on a move? It is simple enough to pack and relocate your furniture, clothing, and possessions, but what about your living belongings, like pets, plants, and fish? Professional movers offer a few tips to minimize the stress of a move and to help transition these living things to the new home.


Visit the vet for a copy of health records and to inquire about strategies to help high-anxiety pets with the chaos of a move. If you are going long-distance, your vet may provide medication that will make your pet drowsy and less-anxious during the trip.

Also, keep your pets contained to rooms in the home that are not hectic and full of strange people moving things, but instead enclose them in a quiet room with some familiar items, bedding, food, and water. This also safeguards against your pet fleeing when the door is open into unfamiliar surroundings.

Once you move, slowly introduce your pet to different areas of the home and yard, if this is an outdoor pet. Keep your pet restrained outside until they are a bit more relaxed and familiar in their new home, usually within a couple weeks.


Use care and consider these hints when moving your plants. For example, when packing, tuck a little bit of dried-moss in the tops of the plant pots to prevent soil from spilling all over.

Make your houseplants the last thing you put in the truck, moving van, or car, and the first thing that you pull out when you arrive at your destination. This ensures plants don't get overlooked in the bowels of a packed-vehicle during a move.

If you are moving relatively close-by, ask a friend to take your plants for you a week or so before the move. Arrange to pick them up when you are all settled in. If you are moving far away, consider having your plants shipped to you via air.


Whether you have a fresh or saltwater tank, moving an aquarium is tricky. You want to ensure the safety and comfort of each fish, while still disassembling and re-assembling the aquarium set-up. If you are moving nearby, it makes sense to devote an entire trip and bit of time to transporting the aquarium. Further moves may require you to borrow or construct a temporary, transportable vessel for your fish until your aquarium is all set-up.

In the chaos of a move, it is easy to overlook the needs and considerations of moving pets, plants, and fish. Plan-ahead and put their well-being above all else to ensure a safe and stress-free transition to your new home. For more tips, visit resources like