Pets are wonderful companions, and they bring joy and happiness to millions of Americans. When the time comes to move into a smaller space, there are several things you’ll need to keep in mind before you start downsizing with your furry friends still living in the home. Heather Waddell Real Estate Ltd. presents some of them below.
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE DOWNSIZING WITH A PET
Preparing Your Home For Sale
When thinking about downsizing with a pet, you should first think about how your house would sell. Make sure to stage your home and make it as presentable as possible. If you have any furniture or decorations that are particularly memorable, make sure they’re featured front and center. If you're taking photos, be sure to include plenty of natural light — you want potential buyers to envision themselves living in your space. You can also help by having a professional clean before showing it.
The first thing that must be done when downsizing is to get rid of items you don’t need. Start by creating two piles: one pile for staying, and one pile for going. You can give some items to charity or sell some things online. Having less stuff will also make moving day cheaper for you.
Packing and Moving Efficiently
If you’re downsizing, it’s important to not only reduce what you own but also learn how to organize what you do have. Pack delicate items together in bubble wrap & leave them on top where they won't get damaged. Invest in durable storage bins, stackable plastic tubs, or collapsible cubes that can be easily moved around once you arrive at your new home.
Choosing a New Home
When downsizing with a pet, you’ll want to consider several factors. First, does your new home have enough space for you and your pet? Also, keep in mind that your new pet may have specific requirements — for example, is there an outdoor area where they can play? These tips should help you narrow down what kind of place will work best for both you and your four-legged family member.
Tips For Your Pets
Preparing your pets for transition into their new environment is paramount. Plan how you’ll get them acclimated to their new surroundings and how you’ll keep them safe during every step of the moving process. Here are some tips:
1. Update your pets collar ID and microchip
2. Check with your vet for any necessary pet vaccinations
3. Check your pet's medications before you leave
4. Consider a pet crate to keep your pet safe during travel
5. If flying, ensure your pet will be safe on the plane
6. Keep your pet's crate full of toys and treats
Getting a Mortgage
Before you get a mortgage, lenders will work out your debt-to-income ratio. Be sure to include all other monthly obligations when doing so. This will ensure that your creditors consider all recurring payments when determining your financial ability. Your debt-to-income ratio will give lenders an idea of whether or not you can afford your monthly mortgage payments.
Happy in Your New Home
Downsizing doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. With some simple steps, you and your pet will be just as happy in your new home as you were in your old one. And when you’re ready to start looking for that perfect house, let Heather Waddell Real Estate Ltd. be your guide through the local housing market.