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How to Find the Best Home for You and Your Family Pet

According to experts, moving is a top stressor. The pressure is still present even in an exciting move, and your family members aren’t the only ones experiencing stress either. Your pets can pick up on it and sense it too. Learning how to downsize and move with your pets is a skill that limits the stress you feel on your moving day. In the article below, NJ Real Estate offers some tips on how to make it easier for everyone.

Preparation Makes a Difference
Before entering the real estate market, consider how a smaller house may impact your pets. 
The type of animal you have may determine the kind of property you purchase. For example, dogs often require a backyard, whereas cats need vertical space for shelving and kitty blocks. Take not only your pet's species into consideration but also your animal's personality. Cats, in particular, have difficulty with sudden change.

Adjust your pets to the moving process slowly. Purchase packing boxes well in advance so your pets become accustomed to them. When packing, keep your pets in a familiar room. Save your pet's room for last. You may want to invest in an escape proof harness to help restrain them when moving day arrives. If possible, plan for your animal to stay elsewhere on moving day.

Also, especially in stressful situations like a move, what your pet eats matters a lot. So, If you’re in search of beef dog food you can trust, give this a try. Make sure they have plenty of water and a toy or two, as well.

Some animals may become skittish and look for a place to hide during the move. To avoid losing a pet, consider using daycare or asking a friend to watch your pets. For dogs, daycare can provide more benefits than reducing stress during a move. Daycare allows dogs to socialize, helps them work through separation anxiety, and gives you the knowledge your special friends are safe.

In addition to ensuring the safety of your pets, take inventory of your belongings. To scale down, put them into two categories: what you can live without and what you need.

Knowledge Provides Power in Buying and Selling
When viewing real estate, do not bring your pets with you. You may value how your pets feel, but bringing them along can complicate the process. The homeowner could have an animal allergy, or your pet could cause damage to the dwelling. Likewise, consider 
taking your pets off the property when attempting to sell or show your current home. Some people become uncomfortable around pets.

Selling your home also means decluttering and keeping things clean for showings, which can be hard to maintain if a pet is wandering around. While you can’t board your pet for the duration of the listing, you can work with your realtor to arrange showings at particular times or have someone lined up who can pick up your pet before the realtor and potential buyers arrive.

Brush up on your real estate knowledge during the buying and selling of a home. In addition to finding a pet-friendly location, you need a property within your price range. When shopping for a mortgage, prospective lenders pay attention to your debt-to-income ratio. Calculate this number by adding up your monthly debt and dividing it by your monthly income. This helps you determine what you can comfortably afford without stretching yourself too thin.

If you’re moving with your business, take some time to research how to start an LLC in your new state. You may want to consider using the help of a formation company. They can walk you through the filing process online, getting you set up quickly and easily.

Pet Proofing Is a Game-Changer 
Before you introduce your pets to the new place, make sure you pet-proof the property. Most homes are not safe for animals by default. Eliminate all hazards to ensure there are no accidents. Pets should not have access to cleaning products, small objects, trash cans, electrical cords, or beauty products. Moving is already stressful enough. Animals can sense our emotions and will often become anxious when we are stressed out. Practice deep breathing exercises to calm yourself, and if you find juggling the move and fur kids is too much, find a place for them to stay for a little while—for all of your health.

Once you arrive in your new home, do not let your pets run free right away. The new place may overwhelm your furry friends. Instead, allow them to adjust to one room, and consider this their home base where you provide your pets’ toys, food, and treats. And if you want your pets to enjoy your backyard, consider having a fence installed to prevent them from leaving your property.

When it comes to moving, every member of your family counts, including beloved pets. When you experience worries about downsizing, finding a new home, and selling your current place, you need reassurance that your pets are cared for and safe throughout the process.

Emil Ratti is here to help you find the NJ Real Estate you’ve been looking for! Call (201) 327-5050.

Submitted April, 2023

By: Andrea Needham |


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