Christine Huxtable | Sarasota Real Estate, Bradenton Real Estate, Lakewood Ranch Real Estate


Getting a cat, dog or other pets ready for an upcoming move sometimes can be tricky. Fortunately, we're here to help you and your pet enjoy a quick, seamless transition to a new address.

Now, let's take a look at three moving tips that every pet owner needs to know.

1. Prepare Your Pet's Records

If you're moving far away from your current address, you likely will need to find a new veterinarian in the near future. As such, it pays to prepare your pet's records today to avoid potential problems down the line.

Ask your current veterinarian for a copy of your pet's records. By doing so, you'll have these records readily available for your new veterinarian once you reach your new address.

2. Help Your Pet Manage Stress

Moving is stressful, even for a pet. However, there are many simple ways to help your pet alleviate stress throughout the moving process.

For example, keeping your pet away from movers may prove to be exceedingly valuable. If a pet sees familiar furniture and other items leaving your home, he or she may start to feel worried. On the other hand, spending extra time with your pet while movers pick up your belongings may help you pet minimize stress on moving day.

3. Protect Your Pet While Traveling

Keep your pet in a crate while you're driving to your new home – you'll be glad you did. It is unsafe for your pet to roam free in your car, especially if you're going to be on the road for several hours. Conversely, if you keep your pet in a crate, you'll help him or her remain safe for the duration of your journey.

If you are traveling by airplane, ensure your pet has met all necessary airline requirements. In addition, pick up a pet crate and consult with a veterinarian before your flight.

For those who need extra assistance with navigating the moving process, it often helps to work with a real estate agent. In fact, this housing market professional can help you and your pet overcome myriad moving day pitfalls.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into what it takes to move with a pet. He or she also can provide comprehensive support as you prepare for a move and respond to any moving day concerns or questions that you may have.

Of course, a real estate agent can help you buy or sell a house as well. For homebuyers, a real estate agent can provide details about homes located near dog parks and other pet-friendly venues. Meanwhile, for home sellers, a real estate agent will make it easy to generate plenty of interest in your house so that you can get the best price for it.

Are you and your pet ready to move? Use the aforementioned moving tips, and you and your pet should have no trouble completing a successful relocation.


1868 RIVIERA CIR, SARASOTA, FL 34232  

Residential
$329,000
Price
4
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Beautiful 4 BR home in the highly sought after community of Forest Lakes Estates .. Check out the virtual walk through tour... 1/3 acre homesite featuring a fabulous and expansive back yard, tremendous curb appeal and a very desirable location so close to the world famous Siesta Key beach, great local restaurants and the vibrant area of downtown Sarasota. The home was recently beautifully upgraded with thick slabs of granite, new appliances, fresh paint, new engineered mahogany wood flooring and brand new carpet in the bedrooms. Sleek kitchen.. * BIG garage with several multi-purpose workshop areas and golf cart parking.. 1/2 block to the new and improved Palms golf course and a gorgeous clubhouse in the works.. The home also has a unique central courtyard with large picture windows allowing for streams of natural light. Forest Lakes has an optional HOA fee of just $50 per year, there are NO mandatory fees here ! This is a rare chance to own a large, immaculate home in one of the best communities in Sarasota.



This listing recently sold for $225,000.

5673 WHITEHEAD ST #0, BRADENTON, FL 34203  

Residential
$225,000
Price
$225,000
Sale Price
3
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Seller will pay the year of 2019 quarterly HOA fees for buyer ! Act now to capture the savings. This is the one...Live on vacation every day in the amenity packed community of The Harborage on Braden River.. END unit townhome in mint condition. The property features granite counters, brand new stainless steel appliances, new sink and faucet, wood cabinets, nice fans and fixtures and is light and bright inside due to the extra windows. Spacious 2 car garage.. a unique patio area that could have many uses. The Harborage on Braden River is a premier waterfront community (boat slips available first come, first served for a reasonable fee) the resort style community pool and spa are really nice .. fitness center, fishing pier, lush landscaping provides a beauty to this community which must be seen to be appreciated. Come and take a look today.


7411 ELEANOR CIR, SARASOTA, FL 34243  

Residential
$269,900
Price
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Just listed ! Immaculate new listing located in the fabulous and charming community of Pinehurst Estates, a wonderful North Sarasota location within Palm Aire. This 3 bedroom split plan home features a very smart design and a wonderful use of space. The high and airy ceilings allow for streams of natural light to flow in and the neutral decor creates a welcoming space. Easy care laminate floors are located throughout the whole home except for the kitchen and baths which are nicely tiled. Preparing meals will be a breeze in the spacious and well planned eat in kitchen. Corian counters, tall wood cabinets with top molding, pendant lighting, tumbled marble backsplash and a quaiity brushed nickel pull out faucet complete the package. The master bedroom is spacious and has a great walk in closet, sliders that lead out to the glassed in lanai which can be used as a den / office or study area. The roman walk in shower and large master bath should also be noted. Talk about location ! Just moments to the new Whole Foods, UTC mall, wonderful dining and shopping and the world famous sugar sand beach of Siesta Key. The community fees are remarkably low at $210 per month and they include yard care, exterior pest control, basic cable TV and use of the popular geo-thermal heated community pool. NEW roof in 2018 and easy close hurricane shutters really make this a compelling offering. Palm Aire Country Club offers many optional plans, ask for details !


7510 PRESERVES CT, SARASOTA, FL 34243  

Residential
$235,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Sleek. Modern. Immaculate. Just listed in the fabulous and intimate community of "The Preserves at Palm Aire" this split plan villa features an open concept and is light, bright and beautifully updated with thick stone counters, crisp white cabinets, very nice fans and fixtures and gorgeous wood plank style tile. Smart floorplan. Expansive and private front courtyard makes for a wonderful entertaining space.. back lanai overlooks the tennis courts in the distance. Large 2 car garage with recently finished epoxy floor. Lovely and vibrant community with a pool for your use, maintenance free lawn care, lush landscaping and a location that can't be beat. Just moments to the fabulous UTC mall, the new Whole Foods, Fresh Market, fantastic dining options and just 15 minutes to downtown Sarasota and the world famous sugar sand beach of Siesta Key. The optional Palm Aire Country Club is within walking distance. There are two 18 hole golf courses, fitness center, 10 tennis and pickle ball courts, Jr.. Olympic size heated pool and a fun clubhouse with a scrumptious Sunday brunch and other activities throughout the year. Come and live the Florida dream in one of the best cities you could ever find.