When you need to downsize to a smaller home, it's important to make some preparations well in advance of your move. This is especially true if you're downsizing with a pet, as you have to consider the safety and comfort of your furry friend, too. Realtor Jeff Rose presents some tips to help you make that transition a lot easier.
Finding a New Home
Prepping your current home for sale will likely include getting rid of clutter and items you won't need in your next space. Also, you'll want to begin looking for your next home, keeping in mind both your own and your pet's needs in a smaller house or apartment.
You can make your search for a new home much more efficient by getting preapproved for a mortgage. With a mortgage preapproval, you'll know how much you can borrow when shopping for your new home. Taking this step in advance can also allow you to act more quickly when you find the ideal home for you and your pet.
Keep Your Pet Safe During the Moving Process
Whether your pet is a cat or a dog, moving to a new home is a big change, particularly if you're downsizing. You'll want to be sure your four-legged friend doesn't experience too much anxiety during the moving process, which can be stressful for humans and animals alike. Here are a few tips for helping your pet handle the preparations, the move itself, and making the adjustment to your new downsized space.
• Get your dog or cat used to a pet carrier. If your pet hasn't been in a carrier much, place one in an obvious spot with some treats or toys in it about a week ahead of your move so your pet can explore it as a fun place to visit.
• Visit the new neighborhood with your pet beforehand. If you're not moving too far away, try to get your dog familiar with the area by taking a walk around the new neighborhood. If you can access your new home before actually moving in, take your pet either inside or for a walk on the property.
• Let your pet stay elsewhere during the move. If possible, have your pet stay with a friend or at a boarding facility on the day of the move and while you unpack and set up the house, which will be less anxiety-provoking and safer for them.
• Keep your pet's belongings in the same spots. While you're packing and decluttering, it may be tempting to move your animal's food bowls, litter box, or bed aside. It's best to keep things where they are, though, for your pet's comfort and sense of security. When you move to the new home, try to place these items in similar spots, such as keeping their water bowl in the kitchen or litter box in the bathroom.
Relieve the Stress for Pets
Prepping your home for sale in advance, streamlining the purchase by getting preapproved for a mortgage, and taking steps to limit any discomfort for your pet can make downsizing a less stressful experience for both you and your four-legged friend.
Realtor Jeff Rose can help you find a home that’s perfect for you and your pet! When you’re ready to start looking, please call 505-205-4175.
Article shared with us from Cindy Aldridge.
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