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Moving House with Pets

  • By The House of Realty Team
  • 11 Jul, 2017

Written by Dr Cam Day

It's difficult moving house. The packing, cleaning, huffing and puffing and then the unpacking and associated dramas at your new home are as stressful for you as they are for your pets.

For us, there's a bit of fun involved and happy expectations of a new life beginning. For pets is often not that much fun because cats and dogs are territorial beasts and the re-establishment of new territories can be complex and 'worrying' for them.


What Problems Will You Face?

The problems your pets may face are:-

  • conflict with other pets in the new territory
  • escaping and roaming
  • establishing new toileting routines
  • separation-related issues

Conflict with other pets in the new territory

You are likely to be moving into an area where the neighbours already have established pets.

That means your pets are going to be the 'new kids on the block'.

Watch for any conflict at the fence-line such as excessive barking and 'fence running'. Introducing your dog to the neighbour's dog is a good idea and it's often best to do that in a 'neutral' territory such as the street.

If you have cats, they will need to be confined to your new home until they have settled in (many permanently confine their cats indoors) but even if they are confined indoors, watch for conflict at the windows if your neighbour's have cats that are allowed to roam because those cats may already 'own' your backyard as their territory if the previous owners did not have cats.

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Escaping and roaming

One of the most dangerous problem you will face is that your dog or cat will escape from your new house and become lost as it is not familiar with your new surroundings.

For dogs, this means that you must examine the fences of your new home in detail to ensure they are dog proof. Any deficiencies should be repaired.

If you need to construct a fence, a chain mesh and pipe fence is the standard type of dog fence, and is probably the cheapest. A picket fence makes a good dog enclosure, however, dogs often get their paws lodged between the pickets at the top of the fence. This is very dangerous but can be easily prevented by covering the gap between the top of each picket with a horizontal paling, running the entire length of the fence.

The best dog fence by far is a solid wooden fence. Just make sure the horizontal beams do not become a ladder to help the dog climb the fence.

Stopping your cat from roaming through your fences after the move is more difficult. Cat enclosures can be constructed and are available commercially.

Alternatively, keep your cat inside the house and endeavour to ensure it is totally familiar with its new territory. This can take from a few days to a few weeks.

The priority for most cats is to eat and sleep, so work on these aspects of your cat's new lifestyle first. On the cuisine side, feed the cat small tasty meals four to five times daily. This will give it a 'fun focus' associated with its new eating spot. Let the cat hunt for its food by leaving small amounts of cat food in several locations or by scattering dry food over the floor in the laundry or a secure deck.

On the boudoir side, take some familiar article of bedding from your old home, complete with daggy bits of cat hair, and leave that in what you feel is likely to be the cat's favourite resting spot. Let your cat set the location and place the bedding in that area.

Allow your cat to perch on furniture near an outside window so that it can view its new territory, without getting out just yet.

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Establishing new toileting routines

For dogs, the routine is a three-step process:-

  1. Establish a toilet spot
    Make this in a convenient spot in the garden but not too far from the back door at first - a garden bed is often ideal.

  2. Make it smell a little like a dog's toilet
    If you can collect your dog's faeces and if possible its urine and 'stock' the new toilet spot with those odours, the odours will give a clearer message that this is the spot to use. However you don't want a foetid mass of muck so have a '24 hour' replacement cycle.

  3. Then train your dogs to use that ordained toilet spot
    That's achieved by taking the dog to the toilet spot many times per day using a command such as 'Do Wee' to indicate the action needed. Reward any response.

For cats, the routine is:-

  1. Establish litters trays in pairs - one of those pairs should be in your preferred location.
  2. Have pairs of trays in at least three locations
  3. Test two different litters - one in each tray (don't presume you know which litter your cat prefers)
  4. Eventually move the trays to your preferred location

More information:-

Separation-related issues

When dogs move to a new home with their owners separation-related issues are quite common. Us humans usually take a week or two away from work to make the move easier and commotion of that period is really confusing for pets but very full and mind-blowing.

Then you back to the 12 hour grindstone and the pet is home-alone, anxious and worried.

That's when howling, escaping and destructive behaviour often occur.

Solving separation anxiety is complex and there's more information on the link below but a summary is:-

  • Provide a comforting Den - dogs sleep at least 50% of the time
  • Provide a boredom relief and enrichment
  • Use pheromone therapy - Adaptil for dog and Feliway for cats (see below)
  • If the anxiety is profound see your veterinarian - homeopathic preparations or medications may be needed

More information:-

Separation Anxiety remedies


Settling Pets into Your New Home

There are several things you can do to settle your pets into their new home and that includes:

  • Making you home 'smell like home'
  • Using pheromones
  • Strategies for allowing the pets outside
  • What to do if your are not moving far

Making Your Home Smell Like Home

To settle cats into the home, try rubbing a warm damp towel over your cat's body and especially around its face to remove some of your cat's scent.

Then rub the towel with the scent onto prominent surfaces around the house such as on corners of furniture and on doorways. This marks the new house with the cat's scent and helps the cat to realise that your new house is its home as well.

That process is not so important for dogs.

Pheromone Fun

For dogs, the Dog Appeasing Pheromone (Adaptil) and for cats the pheromone Feliway, are an easy way of making the transition. Pheromones are scents released from animals that travel through the air and have dramatic effects on the behaviour of other animals of the same species.

Adaptil and Feliway are now produced synthetically and the joy is they come as: plug-in diffusers that are so easy to use; for dogs, as a collar containing the Adaptil Pheromone; and for cats, a spray.

The use of pheromones can quickly settle cats and dogs into new homes and is one of the prime reasons for implementing pheromone therapy.

For more details and to purchase pheromones, look for the Pheromone Pet Pick on this site.

Releasing the Pets

Releasing dogs into the garden is easy but cats are more difficult. One method is to place puss in a cage of some type in the garden. A cat transport cage is suitable but a dog crate is better.

Place the cage or crate in a shaded spot of the garden and let the cat view its surrounds. Don't leave it unattended though.

If this is done for a few minutes daily for several days, the cat can get its bearings more easily. The same can be achieved by placing your cat in a harness and walking it around the yard.

To prepare puss for its release, train it to 'come' for its meal. At dinner time, bang a cat food can or your cat's food bowl with a spoon as you call your cat's name. Then, when you plan to release your cat, do so just before dinner time. If the cat slinks off, it is more likely to return when you bang the food bowl and call its name.

In case they stray, be sure you have name tags on your pet's collar before they are released and of course, your cat and dog should be micropchipped.

Moving Near

If you are moving only a short distance away, rather than across town, you can have additional problems with your dog and especially your cat. It is common for dogs and cats to return to their old home if they escape.

Securely confining your cat or dog is one way around this problem.

However, for added security confuse your pet by taking it to a boarding kennel or cattery, some distance away, for a week or so. When your pet is then taken to your new home, it will hopefully be disorientated enough to not try to get back to your old abode.

Lastly, if you are moving into a new area, you need to know about local dangers.

Visit your local vet and ask if snakes, ticks, fleas, toads and worms are common in your area. Also ask if the viral diseases parvovirus and canine cough are seen regularly.

After that, sit down with a cuppa and a pet or two and enjoy your new home - you deserve it!

By The House of Realty Team 16 Oct, 2017

From a funky granny flat in a suburban back yard and architect-designed homes, to a sand bypass system, and a dam that stores the region's drinking water, the Gold Coast Open House 2017, which starts on 4 November, has something for everyone.

The Gold Coast Open House will open 40 buildings to the general public, including heritage treasures and Commonwealth Games-ready sports venues.

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The region is well known for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, and the buildings and places in this year's events reflect these influences. The program provide a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast. Some buildings date as far back as the late 1800s, and the program also includes cutting-edge design by some of the Gold Coast’s top architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event and suitable for all ages.

To see the program and to book tickets, visit the Gold Coast Open House web site.

This article was found in The Real Estate Conversation - https://www.therealestateconversation.com.au/2017/10/10/gold-coast-open-house-2017-40-houses-buildin...

By The House of Realty Team 08 Oct, 2017

It was the little house on a small block that country music singer Adam Brand jokingly referred to as “The Shack”.

The tiny two-bedroom house was riddled with asbestos and in desperate need of some TLC when Adam found it – and it was exactly what he was looking for.

As a touring artist, Adam is on the road a lot. But in between gigs he found himself with quite a bit of downtime and a strong desire to find a property project to work on.

“Many years ago, I bought a couple of rental properties, did some very basic renovations where I ripped up carpets, repainted and cleaned up the yards,” Adam explains.

“I found that I loved the whole process of finding something rundown that’s dirty and neglected that everyone drives past and looks at the place and thinks they wouldn’t go near it.
I enjoyed pouring love into it, and having people go ‘Wow!’ at the end result.”

He hadn’t yet tackled a major renovation, but with a little time on his hands between tours, “I just needed a good project to sink my teeth into,” he says.

So he bought a house to renovate in his hometown on the Gold Coast.

“It was located in Palm Beach, a beachside suburb, on a very small 408sqm block. It was really a tiny little shack with two bedrooms and one bathroom that was built in the
’50s,” he says.

“It’s on the other side of the highway, something that will make sense to people who know the area – so it’s not on the real fancy side overlooking the beach. But the first dozen avenues in the suburb are basically five minutes’ walk from the cafes in Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth [Avenues], and it’s so close to the water you’re literally a few minutes’ walk away.”

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Mozo has surveyed over 1,000 Aussies to find out what’s most likely to stop them buying a property, and it turns out small fixes can mean a big difference when it comes to selling your home for a good price.

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Building our city

The 'Building our city' project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment in certain areas by the City, the Commonwealth and State Governments, and provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

The methodology is simple. Specific locations are selected; indicators (economic, urban planning, social and environmental) are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline. The indicators are then measured again every two years and the results are compared to identify changes. The key to the project is the simplicity and clarity of the presentation of the data in a highly visual report with the aim of making the data accessible for a wide range of stakeholders.

The overall aim is to track the impact of infrastructure planning and investment in these specific locations over time, and to utilise this data to inform future public policy development and decision making, as well as allowing for successes to be measured and communicated.

For further information please contact our Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.


Light Rail Corridor - Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast light rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination. Fast, frequent trams now connect 16 light rail stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2013 Baseline Report  to see the statistics prior to the operation of the light rail.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report to see what’s changed since 2013.

The 'Building our city – Light Rail Corridor 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Southport PDA

Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in October 2013 with the Southport PDA Development Scheme being approved by the State Government in September 2014, marking a major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD and significantly boosting the City’s plans to revitalise Southport.

Read the Southport PDA 2015 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.

The 'Building our city – Southport PDA 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.


Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct  is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work. The 200 hectare health and knowledge precinct, located at Parklands in Southport, is rapidly growing and includes the state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, and Griffith University.

Works have begun for the development of the 29 hectare Commonwealth Games Village (adjacent to Griffith University), which will accommodate 6500 athletes and team officials in the lead up and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ .

Read the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.


Li ght Rail Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

The Southern Light Rail Corridor will extend the existing route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta. Extending the light rail will make it easier to get around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities. Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

The development of the ‘Building our city – Southern Light Rail Corridor 2017 Baseline Report’ is currently under development and is due for publication in early to mid 2018.

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By 1889 the area had been given the name Elston, which it kept until 1933 when, due to lobbying by Jim Cavill, it was renamed Surfers Paradise – also the name of his popular hotel.

When Kinkabool, Surfers Paradise's first highrise, was built in 1959, it signalled the injection of further entrepreneurial spirit and a drive that would soon define the region as Australia's favourite beachside playground.

The next three decades saw a development boom unlike any in the country, a growth spurt that would push Surfers Paradise and the wider Gold Coast (which was named in 1959) from sleepy coastal holiday town to major urban centre.

Today, the Gold Coast – with Surfers Paradise at its heart – is the sixth largest city and fastest-growing region in Australia. Surfers Paradise is now a home to many and a dream holiday destination to many more. It's a place of work for business owners and professionals and still, a timeless beachside playground for one and all.
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It is understood the syndicate is headed up by Sydney publican and former Lewis Hotels’ head, Peter Ashelford, and Nick Politis.

The new fund is believed to be worth $100m, and recently purchased Tree Tops in Burleigh, and bought the Robert Frazer-Scott’s Boat House Tavern, Coomera, from receivers.

The vendor of the Queen's Arms is Chris Condon.

Condon, who has owned and operated the Queen's Arms Hotel for eight years, recently refurbished the pub to the tune of $5 million, taking particular care to modernise the building, but preserve its history.

It is understood Tony Bargwanna, director hotels Savills Australia, negotiated the sale on behalf of the syndicate, but he declined to comment.

The sale is expected to settle in September.


This article was first published on The Hotel Conversation.

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