Pets Come First in San Diego
For pet owners, our 2019 Mayflower Mover Insights Survey revealed time and time again, past and future movers will put their pets’ comfort above their own even if it means picking a home may be farther from the beach! This especially rang true for owners in sunny San Diego.
For San Diego pet owners, their pet’s comfort is the top priority. More than nine out of 10 future movers (91 percent) report they consider indoor space, fencing, the size of the yard and neighborhood rules when choosing a new home. Often times, they are willing to sacrifice their own comfort for their pets. Future movers are often split on wanting a certain pet-friendly feature versus having covered parking, being close to work or even having an updated kitchen or bathroom. They are willing to spend almost a third more of their current monthly housing cost for amenities geared toward their pet’s comfort.
The Importance of the Community
Movers prioritize their pet’s well-being when moving to a new community. Of past San Diego movers, 77 percent did not stay close to their current community, but more than two-thirds tried to stay close to some other aspect of their pet’s community, such as their park, furry friends or vet. Furthermore, more than 70 percent of past movers prioritized neighborhood walkability, parks nearby and community pet rules over other possible amenities. Fortunately for these pet owners, finding a home near a park is not too difficult. The City of San Diego has more than a dozen off-leash areas for dogs where they can run free, play fetch and socialize. The city also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country where pets can play in the sand or simply go for a walk. Areas like Coronado Beach and Cardiff State Beach are great places to spend an afternoon roving around and relaxing with your pet.
Even if the community amenities are everything you wanted, moving is a stressful situation. Prior to the move, 75 percent of past movers reported their pet was suspicious that “something was up” while packing. To ease stress and improve the transition, over half of these movers used different techniques to help their pet adjust. Movers tried spending more time with their pet, taking them to the house prior to moving in, explaining what was happening and taking their pet for a walk to ease into the change. Most of these movers reported their efforts were somewhat effective.
After moving, 89 percent reported their pet experienced at least some level of stress and almost half reported their pets struggled to adjust to a new home and neighborhood pets. To remedy this, pet owners used similar strategies to what they did before moving: spending more time with the pet, showing them where new things are and walking them around the new neighborhood. As a result, almost all pets adjusted in less than a month.
San Diego pet owners want to ensure their pet has the best experience possible when moving and will go at great lengths to do so. Before, during and after the moving process, they will put their pet’s comfort before their own to ensure the new home and community are the perfect fit for their furry friend. With their dedication to pets, it’s hard not to agree San Diego is “America’s Finest City.”