Things should know when selling or purchasing a home.
Moving can be hard on everyone in the family, and most people experience an elevated level of stress with change. With moving comes change, and so as we experience stress, so do our animals. Additionally, like some people, animals are creatures of habit and do not like changes in their routine. We have pet owners with stress and pets stressed, both can add up to a difficult transition and selling process. But knowing this in advance can help make a less stressed transition for our pets and us. What we really need to know is what we can do to minimize our pet’s stress, and not have a negative effect on the selling process.
TIPS: During the Marketing Process
- Your home’s presentation, show ability, and your pet’s sanity
For the same reason, we suggest you not be in your home during showings, the same applies to your pets. Think about how you can maximize the comfortableness and ease of showing for your potential buyers as well as lessening the stress for your pet. Can you take your pet with you, does your pet like his crate for security, will he/she remain quiet during showings, or be a distraction, will your pet be a turn off for some buyers, allergens, odors, cleanliness, etc. These are all things to think about for the health of your pet and the marketability of your home. Maybe there is an optional transitional home or someone that can temporarily take care of your pet during showing times. Discuss the best scenario for you, your pet, and your homes best show ability with your agent.
- Odors are Killers
You may not realize this, but strange or different odors can turn a prospective buyer away. Pet odors are noticeable to people that don’t share your love for pets. These odors make them more aware and they will begin to look for stains, spills, and smell things that might not even exist. Allergens, cat dander, pet hair, all can be deal killers don’t leave any clues.
- Minimize the disruption to your Pet’s daily routine
Adhering to your pet’s normal feeding routine, exercise and bedtime schedule is important.
- Pack the things you use daily last
When packing, leave your pet’s belongings to last, giving your pet access to his/her same food, dishes, bed, toys, and litter box up until the day you move.
TIPS: Moving Day
- Remove your Pets before you start moving
When moving it is common for people, movers, and friends to be going in and out of the house leaving doors open. Having your pets at home during this process is not only stressful for your pets but it increases the chance of them sneaking out the door and disappearing. If it’s not possible to remove your pets, at a minimum dedicate a room in the home where they can be housed with their food and toys. Background music or the noise of a radio can help muffle the unsettling noises of moving furniture and boxes around.
- Living in AZ the temperatures can get crazy
It gets hot in a vehicle, be sensitive to you pets during transportation, and avoid leaving them alone in a vehicle for any length of time, especially during the hot summer months. Sadly, pets die every year as a result of Heat exhaustion from the direct result of being left in a vehicle.
- Bring your Pet toys, leash, food, medications, etc. in the vehicle with you and your pet.
Keeping the environment consistent for your pet is important. When arriving at your new home set up your pet’s things in the room/area that you plan on keeping them.
- Introducing your Pet to their new home.
Before turning your pets free, inspect the home, the backyard, the security, and integrity of the fencing. Will your pet be safe and secure, will it be able to escape, is there anything that could pose a threat to your pet, certain plants, sharp objects, neighbor’s pets, etc. Once you have assured their new surroundings are safe, spend some time with your pets in their new surroundings.
For more information on how to assure a safe move with your pet, especially if your pet has any pre-existing medical conditions or special needs, consult with your veterinarian for advice.