While You are Shopping for a Home
1. Know your pet’s needs
- Should you look for a home with a fenced-in yard? Can your pet handle stairs? What about potential safety hazards like water features or a busy road? Would anopen floor plan be better for your lifestyle? These are a few things to take into consideration while you are looking for your next home.
2. Know the neighborhood you want
- Consider the proximity of dog parks, walkable sidewalks, pet services, and open spaces in your search!
- Take a walk around the neighborhood and be aware of any safety issues (aggressive dogs) that might affect your pet.
3. HOA Rules & Local requirements
- If you have a large dog, find out whether there are any restrictions about breeds and sizes determined by the homeowners association.
- Find out what the county ordinances are:
After You Move In1. Pet-proof your home!
- Use these pet-proofing tips from American Humane!
2. Explore the new space with your pet
- Help your pet get used to the new space gradually. One way to do this is by setting up a “home base.”
- Dogs & fences: if your new property has an invisible fence, make sure you properly train your dog so they how it works!
Before you list your home
1. Repair any damage to the house (floor stains, spots, bite or scratch marks).
- We recommend Inspection Response Management for repairs!
2. Remove odors.
- You may not notice it anymore, but the way your home smells is going to stand out to anyone who walks in the front door! Make sure odors are removed, not covered up with overpowering fragrances and plug-ins.
- For spot removal and carpet cleaning, we like Langenwalter (deep cleaning carpets will help with pet odors!)
3. Clean up hair.
- For photos and showings, furniture and floors should be spotless and free of any pet hair.
- For professional cleaning services, we recommend Housekeeping Maid Easy!
4. Clean your yard, too!
- The yard also needs to be clean for photos and every showing since prospective buyers will likely be walking around the property.
5. Hide the evidence or upgrade your pet’s accessories in a way that improves the overall feel of your home.
- If your pet’s water bowl is in the middle of the kitchen, consider moving it to a more discreet location. Buyers who aren’t used to pets may trip over cat or dog toys that are left in the middle of rooms. Alternately, you can use pet accessories to your advantage with these tips from Realtor.com!
6. Find a pet-boarding service that you are comfortable using so you are ready for showings!
- Even if you aren’t planning to board your pet during showings, it’s great to have a backup plan in case something changes!
While your home is on the market: Have a plan for showings.
Dogs: Dogs must be put in crates or removed. If you’re going to take the dog to the park or a pet-boarding facility for the day, have a bag packed and your car ready in case you have to leave the house quickly!
Cats: Cats can run free in the house, but if you are worried that the cat will escape, put it in a crate or board it for the day.
Other pets: Consult with your Realtor®.
Pro tip: If your pet will be in a crate, your Realtor® can notify agents who are showing your home, so everyone is better prepared.