Thursday, October 26, 2017 / by Liz Dobbins
Many pet owners view their dogs as another member of the family, but that can cause problems when it comes time to sell or buy a new house. No matter how well-behaved your dog is, there’s always a possibility that issues will arise when strangers come into your home or when you’re scouting out locations for your next house.
It’s important to remember some rules of dog etiquette before you get started with the real estate process, and to get your dog acquainted with them as well. Think about how to keep your current home clean for potential buyers and how to make sure your dog minds his manners when new people come around.
In fact, it’s usually a good idea to keep your dog separated from the real estate process altogether if possible. Let him stay with a friend or keep him safe in a crate or kennel during homebuyer visits, just to make sure there are no issues.
Keep reading for more tips on how to make your home selling or buying process go smoothly, even with a dog to think about.
Train him up
Even if your dog is well-trained, think about going over some commands with him that will be helpful, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “quiet”. If you and your pet will be present when potential buyers come to look at your home, you’ll want to ensure he’ll mind you. You can look here for tips on how to get your pooch to obey.
Leave him at home
It may be tempting to bring your pet along when you’re house-hunting, especially if you want to make sure he’ll be comfortable there, but it’s best for everyone in the long run if you let him stay at home. Don’t make the assumption that a homeowner will be okay with you bringing a pet into their house, as they may have allergies or children who are scared of dogs. They may also have pets of their own who won’t take kindly to a new dog coming into their home.
If you happen to be out with your dog and see an open house you’re just dying to attend, take him home first, or ask a friend to stay with him while you go in. For some tips on what to look for in a pet-friendly home, read on here.
Make your home dog-proof
Even if your pet has never destroyed anything in your home, many homeowners will tell you that it’s almost as if they know you’re trying to keep things neat and clean and want to sabotage it! Be sure to put away anything your pet might view as a chew toy, keep window blinds pulled up when you’re not at home, and keep an old blanket or sheet over the furniture so that even if your dog jumps up there for a snooze, you can keep hair and dander off it.
Think about moving day
Moving day can be hectic and stressful, so it’s important to think about ways to minimize that stress when it comes to your pet. Keep him safe and happy by asking a friend to watch him while all the commotion is happening, or let him stay in a closed-off room while the movers are working so he won’t be anxious or get loose. Talk to your movers about your pet and how to interact with him, especially if he’s nervous around new people or is a typically aggressive breed. Fortunately, there are services like Hireahelper.com that will help you find the right movers in your town.
Remember that many pets find moving to be stressful and may have trouble settling into a new home. Place your dog’s bed and food/water bowls in places similar to where they were in your old home to cut down on confusion, especially if your dog is older, and help him get acclimated.