As a pet owner, the idea of downsizing and moving to a smaller home can be daunting, especially if your pet is a bit on the skittish side. However, with proper planning and the necessary preparations, you can make the transition easier for you and your furry companion. Here are some tips to help you out if you plan to downsize with a pet.
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Prepping Your Current Home for Sale
Although we are still in a good housing market, if you want to have the best chance for success then you need to put in the time to make your home desirable to others. First, walk around and look at any section of the home that is in disrepair or has seen better days and get it fixed up. Then, declutter and clean the space so it looks sparkling clean as that will be more appealing to buyers. Finally, remove as many personal effects and pictures as possible so the potential buyers see your property as a clean slate.
Your pet may be a bit rattled as they see the house changing around them, so try to stay calm as you prepare the home. If you are stressed or visibly worried then your dog or cat could catch on and get nervous themselves. While you will likely be busy during the move, try to keep your pet’s routine as regular as possible by taking walks at the regular time and feeding them like you always have.
How to Effectively Downsize
Since you are moving to a smaller place, you will need to be selective about what you keep and transport to the new place. It would be wise to get a measurement of the square feet of your new property, so you know how much space you have to work with. Then, focus on one room at a time as you get rid of the things you don’t need. You can get rid of a lot of unnecessary things by going through your closet. If you haven’t worn something in the last year then you probably won’t again, so consider donating what you don’t need.
You may be tempted to reduce the number of items that your pet has but you need to be careful. Too many radical changes can upset your pet, so like in the closet, only consider getting rid of the items that your pooch doesn’t use or has ignored for a long time.
Finding a New Home
When you are looking for a new home, you need to take time to research the neighborhood and focus on the needs of yourself and your pet. So, while you should look for a home that is within close proximity of your workplace, you should also try to find a place that is near a nice dog park, the local veterinarian, and the other services that your pets require.
Since you will have your hands full, it is a wise idea to hire professional movers who can help to pack up your current home, transport your belongings, and then move you into the new place, leaving you more time to care for your pet. Do not rush this process. Take the time to research local moving companies by going online, looking at their services and checking their online reviews to see if previous customers were satisfied. Then reach out for a quote and see if it matches your budget. Get the quote in writing so there is no confusion.
In the end, downsizing with a pet won't be the easiest thing you have ever done, but it can be made more manageable by prepping your home sale, decluttering, finding a new pet-friendly home, and hiring capable movers.
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