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Making Moving Fun for Pets – Some Helpful Ideas to Consider When Selling Your Home

How to sell your home without sending your furry friends into a tailspin of anxiety. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many people that have fur / feathered family members. As a Realtor as well as someone that has been through the process of buying and selling with a pet, let me share some tried-and-true tips for keeping your pets cool as cucumbers during the selling process.

Stick to the Routine

Dogs and cats thrive on routine, so do your best to maintain their usual schedule amidst the chaos of showings and open houses. Regular feeding times, walks, and play sessions can work wonders in keeping their stress levels in check.

bull dog with smooshed face

Bring ‘Em Along

If possible, take your pets with you during showings. It will alleviate a lot of stress for everyone including Buyers and their agent. If not, create a cozy sanctuary within your home where they can chillax while potential buyers tour your home. Think comfy beds, favorite toys, and maybe even the T.V or radio for some background noise. It is important to remember to communicate your concerns with your Realtor. Pets that are normally fun loving and happy can become scared and fearful with change.

rabbit hanging out on a christmas themed fleece blanket

Silence is Golden

During showings, try to minimize loud noises that could spook your furry pals. Try to accomplish the vacuuming and furniture rearranging at least a day before showings, and keep things as peaceful as possible.

white and black dog snoozing on a dog bed

Safe and Sound

For added peace of mind, consider crating your pets or confining them to a secure room during showings. This not only keeps them out of harm’s way but also prevents any impromptu escape attempts or overexcited greetings. Our dogs actually love their crates and will go into them when they are feeling nervous or afraid. If you are planning on moving off island and do not usually use crates, it is a good idea to start getting your pets used to them months in advance.

bulldog sitting in a metal crate with the door open

Gradual Introductions

If your pet is a bit wary of strangers, ease them into the idea of new people entering your space. Invite friends or family over before showings kick into high gear to help them acclimate to the idea.

dog resting their head on a couch

Call in Reinforcements

When the selling process starts to feel like a three-ring circus, don’t hesitate to call in backup. Enlist the help of family and friends to pet-sit for a while or explore temporary boarding options at a local kennel.

Remember, transitions can be tough on everyone, but with a little foresight and planning, you can minimize the stress for your fur family members. And remember– soon enough, you’ll all be kicking back in your new digs, wondering what all the fuss was about.

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