Moving is no one’s favorite thing, your dog included. From strangers entering your home to the chaos of packing, the moving process is nearly as stressful for your dog as it is for you. Instead of trying to navigate the hectic process of moving house with your dog in tow, follow these tips for keeping your pet happily out of the way as you buy, sell, and move.
Signs of pets in a home can turn away prospective buyers. Before you list your home, ask your realtor or a trusted friend to walk through your house to look for pet damage. There may be minor issues you haven’t noticed because you live with them every day. A fresh pair of eyes is better suited to spotting these common pet-related damages:
- Carpet stains.
- Marks on walls.
- Scratches in flooring.
- Scratches on doors and cabinets.
- Urine damage to hardwood floors.
In addition to damages, inviting an outside party to inspect your home lets you discover if your house has the dreaded dog smell. While pet owners rarely notice these odors in their own home, some buyers can tell you own a pet the moment they walk into your house.
Take these steps to remove pet odor from your home before your first showing:
- Shampoo carpets and rugs. You can even hire professional cleaners to come in and clean your carpets. In Southlake, TX it will cost you between $126 – $166 to have your carpets cleaned. Please keep in mind that the price will depend on the square footage of your home and other factors.
- Clean upholstered furniture.
- Launder curtains, throw blankets, and other linens.
- Remove pet waste from the yard.
- Store pet food in a sealed container.
- Bathe your dog.
Now that your home is smelling and looking fresh, you just need to make sure all your pet’s stuff is up before prospective buyers enter the home. Don’t forget to pick up:
- Food and water dishes.
- Dog toys and treats.
- Pet beds.
Finally, plan to have your dog out of the house when prospective buyers are coming by. Scheduling a long walk with a dog walker keeps your pet busy without adding to your to-do list.
You should also be aware of dog etiquette as you shop for your new home. Dogs usually aren’t welcome at showings and open houses, so you’ll need to make other arrangements for your pet before visiting houses.
For weekends with several open houses on your itinerary, consider booking a day at doggy daycare to make sure your pet gets exercise while you’re busy. If you notice an open house while you’re visiting nearby parks and dog-friendly restaurants with your pet, write down the address and hours so you can stop by after dropping your dog off at home.
However, just because your dog can’t come with you doesn’t mean you can’t consider his needs as you house shop. When you’re looking for the perfect house for your family, look for homes with these dog-friendly amenities nearby:
- Off-leash dog parks.W
- Dog-friendly restaurants and coffee shops.
- Pet stores.
- Trails and sidewalks for dog walking.
The last hurdle during your relocation is moving day. When you hire professional movers, it’s important to keep your dog out of the way so the moving crew can do their job safely and efficiently.
In the early stages of a move, a spare room is plenty for containing your pet. However, when it comes time to move large items, send your dog to a pet sitter for the day to avoid these risks:
- Your dog escaping through open doors.
- Movers tripping over your pet.
- Inappropriate excitement or aggression toward movers.
- Your dog becoming anxious during packing.
Your dog is a big part of your life, but moving is one process he should stay out of — for his sake and yours. Selling your home and moving is stressful enough without the added challenge of pets, and your dog will appreciate spending this busy time on a doggy vacation instead.