Buying or selling a home can be a stressful process, simply because there are so many things to
consider. Not only do you need to find the perfect home for you, the timing has to be just right to
ensure you’re not moving into a new home before your current one is sold. If you have pets,
there are even more things to think about; keeping them safe and happy–while considering the
safety and comfort of everyone else involved in the process–is a big priority, so it’s important to
be prepared.
Some of the things you’ll need to think about include:
● What to do with your dog while you’re house-hunting
● How to keep him safe and well-mannered when potential buyers are visiting
● How to stage your home and keep it looking nice
● How to keep your dog happy on moving day
No matter what breed your pet is or how well-behaved, there’s always a chance that the stress of
being around new people or going through all the changes that come with a move can lead him to
act out. Being prepared and doing all you can to keep him happy during this time will ensure that
he minds his manners and that the real estate transaction goes smoothly.
Here are a few tips on how to get started.
Leave him at home
When you’re looking for a new house, it’s tempting to take every opportunity to walk through
the ones that catch your eye. However, if you spot an open house while you’re out with your
dog, it’s best to take him home first–or leave him with a friend–rather than bringing him into the
home. You never know how the owners will react to an uninvited pet; they may have small
children who are scared of dogs, or they may be allergic. Not only that, but your dog could make
a mess or act aggressively to strangers. Do the polite thing and make everyone happy.
Train him up
Even if your dog has been trained in the past, it’s not a bad idea to go over some basic
commands with him during this time to ensure that he won’t forget. Help him get comfortable
with “sit”, “down”, and “stay” so that he’ll have those fresh on his mind when new people are
around. If he’s never had training, there are many simple commands you can teach your dog to
make sure he obeys well, and you don’t have to pay a fortune to send him to an obedience
school–there are resources (like this one) to teach you how to do it from home.
Stage your home
It can be a difficult process to stage your home for potential buyers and keep it looking nice,
especially when you have pets. You may work for hours cleaning the floors only to have your
dog run through and leave footprints or hair behind, which can be unbelievably frustrating. One
of the best ways to avoid this is to keep your pet confined to a particular area of the house during
the selling process, such as in the basement, or let him spend more time outside. If that doesn’t
work for you, however, you can also spread out old bedsheets on your furniture so your pet
won’t leave behind evidence that he was there. When clients are coming over for a walk-through,
simply remove the sheets and throw them in the laundry.
Pet odors are a major factor when a potential buyer is considering a home; in fact, they are one of
the main reasons someone will pass on a home. Clean your carpets, curtains, and furniture to
ensure they don’t hold your pet’s smell and light a candle before clients come over to make the
space inviting.
Hire professional movers
You have enough to worry about with the moving process; let someone take over the heavy
lifting. Do some research on the best movers to fit your needs; some require a certain amount of
hours for the job, and many charge a per-mile fee, so it’s best to find a company that’s close to
home. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure they are comfortable with your pets, especially if
your dog is a typically aggressive breed.
Moving day can be hectic, so it might be a good idea to either have a kennel for your dog to stay
safe in or ask a friend to watch him during all the activity. This will keep him out from underfoot
and ensure that both he and the movers stay safe and happy on the big day