Tips For Dog Owners Buying A New Home
Buying and moving into a new home is both exciting and stressful. No one likes to move, but you feel confident that the new place will make it all worth it.
However, your dog doesn’t get that. All they will know is their home suddenly goes away. Because you don’t want your new home to be bad for your dog, there are a few things you need
to do before and after moving. To start, you need to make sure your new place is dog-friendly.
Finding The Right Home
As you search for a home to move into, you need to make sure your dog will work there. Otherwise, it will be bad for both of you.
Coldwell Banker recommends taking a good look at the yard and fence. Both are needed to help your dog stay happy, so make sure the yard is big and safe. Then check that the fence is intact and your dog cannot escape through a gap.
If you are using a real estate agent, talk to them about your dog. Explain what your dog needs, and the agent should be able to steer you towards pet-friendly homes. For example, older dogs often have trouble getting up stairs. After explaining that to the agent, they can ignore multi-level homes and focus on ones without stairs.
Lastly, make sure there are no limits placed by the city, condo board, or homeowner’s association on what types of dogs are permitted. Pit bulls, for example, are often banned.
You Have To Sell Your Place, Too
Now that you found the perfect home for you and your dog, you need to sell your old one. That can be harder when you own a dog because, to be honest, dogs can make a mess. Between
barking, chewing, and shedding in the space you’re hoping to sell.
That’s where home staging becomes important. As Closetbox explains, staging your home will help increase the bids and their value.
Here are a few staging tips:
● Keep your dog and their belongings (toys, bowls, etc.) in one room.
● Make sure any dark spaces are well lit. Besides lamps, you can use mirrors and reflective surfaces.
● De-personalize the home by removing any photos or personal decor. You want prospective buyers to think this is their home, not yours.
● Clean the space thoroughly, including getting rid of dog hair or smells.
Helping Your Dog Acclimate
You sold your old place, and you’ve bought and moved into a new one. Congratulations! But what about your dog? They don’t understand this is their new home, so it will take some work to help your dog acclimate and feel relaxed there. The first thing you should do is introduce your dog to the new home slowly. Dogs can get anxious over new surroundings, so keep them on a leash and slowly walk them into each room (or at least the ones your dog can enter). To help reduce how overwhelming it can be, stick with old toys instead of any new ones.
You’ll also need to be more patient with your dog. There’s a bigger chance they will have an accident, chew up something, and more. Instead of getting angry, here are a few temporary
changes you can make:
● Take them on more walks, and let them use the backyard more often.
● Visit a local vet as soon as you can. Not only do you need a vet in your new hometown, there may be medical solutions to your dog’s anxiety.
Enjoy Your New Home
You can help make sure your new home works for everyone by picking out a dog-friendly house. Once you’ve staged and sold your old place, you can help your dog get used to their new home. Remember to be patient with your dog so everyone has time to adjust and enjoy your new home.
Author: Jim Vogel (ElderAction.org)