Homes for Pets
Raise your hand if you have pets? I would have to raise both hands. Pets are a huge part of American life. I, for one, don’t know what I would do without a dog…or two in my home. So, as I work with pet owners to buy or sell a home, it’s important to take into consideration their particular needs with regard to their pet(s). Is there a fence or can one be added? Is the street busy? Are there sidewalks? Where are the closest dog parks and veterinary offices? Does the neighborhood have a home owner’s association and if so, do they have type or breed restrictions? If it is a condominium building, do they have pet restrictions? Will the pets be home for showings? There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and even selling a home when there are pets involved.
Pets have different personalities and, just like people, can react differently to change. Here are 5 tips to help your pet acclimate to their new environment:
If you are like me, the last thing you want to do when there are a million things to get done is just sit and do nothing. I am the person that wants to have everything out of boxes and pictures hung ASAP. When pets are involved, however, it is a good idea to just sit with them in each room and let them explore. They will sniff every inch of that place (it’s also a good idea to be with them to avoid any marking!)
Lots of pets like walks, not just dogs. In fact, I know of one particular goat that loves to go on walks with its owner. One thing I have learned, first hand, is that if you take the time to walk your pet around your neighborhood, there is a much better chance of them ending up back home on their own should they get out unexpectedly.
Moving is stressful for your pets too. If they have familiar things, it will make them more comfortable. Get their bed set up. Give them their favorite toys. Lay down the same food and water bowls they have been using. Perhaps, even a blanket or rug on the floor will make them feel at home more quickly.
Just like people should meet their new neighbors, pets should too. If your pet is friendly, it will be a fun activity for them. If your pet is scared or not social, show your neighbors a picture. Either way, it is good for your neighbors to know how many and what kind of pets you have so that should they escape, the neighbor may be of help in locating them.
Sometimes we all just need a little love and a cookie. Change is difficult. Your stress level may be higher than normal and that can have an effect on your pet as well. Remember to slow down for a minute to give them some attention and – an extra hug and treat or two might just make this whole moving thing not so bad after all!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.