Moving with Pets: Tips for Buyers and Sellers

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Today we are discussing moving with pets, along with some helpful tips for buyers and sellers. I’m Alison Hassan and you might already know that I have a soft spot for animals, especially my sweet Chug (chihuahua/pug) Lily who I rescued from Louisiana. I totally get it – pets aren’t just pets; they’re cherished family members. And let’s face it, whether you’re a buyer or a seller, our furry friends are an integral part of the equation when it comes to finding the perfect home sweet home...especially the young first-time buyers out there! So, let’s dive right in and explore the ins-and-outs of moving with pets – a topic that hits home for many of us!

The Pet Perspective: Buying a Home

As a pet lover, I understand that our furry companions are family. And this sentiment is very much a part of the decisions buyers make when searching for a new home. Trust me, I’ve seen how these considerations can be the making or breaking point for a house. Here are some essential thoughts that often occupy the minds of pet-owning buyers:

Where can my dog enjoy outdoor playtime?
Is there a patch of grass for my furry friend to frolic in?
Is the yard securely fenced for my pet’s safety?
Will the neighborhood offer a secure and pleasant atmosphere for walks?
Do any pet-related restrictions exist? (Especially significant when considering condos!)

*Pet-Friendly Condo Living: What You Need to Know

If the condo life is what you're after, you must acquaint yourself with the pet policies that come along with it. Even if you’re currently pet-free but might consider adding a furry companion to your life in the future, it’s crucial to understand the rules associated with your potential home. Gaining insight into the details of these policies is paramount. Your realtor can guide you effectively through the intricacies. If you’re unsure where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out to property management or consult the unit’s status certificate to uncover the specifics. Pet-related considerations could include limits on the number of pets, weight restrictions, or even regulations on specific pet breeds.

Selling Your Home with a Furry Companion

For those looking to sell, the goal is to appeal to all potential buyers – those who adore pets and those who might be less enthusiastic about them. To strike this balance effectively, consider these strategies:

Highlight pet-friendly features like fenced yards and proximity to parks or walking trails.
Prepare your home to accommodate those with allergies or pet aversions by deep cleaning to eliminate allergens and pet odors.
Temporarily remove visible signs of pets during showings, such as bowls, toys, and bedding.

*A special note for pet sellers: I strongly recommend temporarily relocating your pets during showings. This not only ensures the focus remains on your property, but it also reduces stress for your cherished furry friends.

Your Partner in Pet-Friendly Transitions

Moving with pets, whether you’re buying or selling, involves thoughtful planning and execution. I understand the intricacies of the buying and selling process, and if you’re ready to embark on this journey, I am here to offer my expertise and support. Let’s have a conversation about your unique situation and real estate goals. Feel free to reach out, and together we’ll make your pet-friendly transition an enjoyable and successful one!

P.S! If you found these tips helpful, I invite you to explore our comprehensive home selling and home buying guides, available in the links below. I am here to guide you through every step, ensuring you make informed decisions that align with your goals!


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