Moving to a new house can be challenging for anyone, and it’s also hard on pets. If you want to make the process easier for everyone, here are some tips from the New York Dog Nanny.
Manage the Financial Part
Before you do anything else, take some time to handle the financial part of getting a smaller home. While you may have profits from selling your current house that you can apply to the next property, you may need to get a new mortgage, too.
When you apply for a mortgage, lenders check your debt-to-income ratio to determine what you can afford. By adding your minimum monthly debt payments up and dividing that number by your gross monthly income, you can review that figure too. Usually, if the number isn’t above 36 percent, you’re in a decent position.
Additionally, you’ll want to research requirements and interest rates for various loan types. Explore every option that’s available to you, such as conventional, FHA, and VA loans. That way, you can pursue the best mortgage and mortgage interest rates you’re eligible for when it’s time to apply.
Downsize Your Stuff
If you’re moving to a smaller house, you’ll need to pare down your belongings. Options like the KonMari Method can be a great way to go, allowing you to focus on items that genuinely mean something to you.
When it comes to pet toys, beds, and similar items, exercise additional care. While a toy or bed might not be in great shape, keeping it isn’t a bad idea if it’s one of your pet’s favorites. You can use it to introduce something familiar to the new house, making the experience more comfortable for them.
Get Ready to Sell
Getting ready to sell your house isn’t easy, especially if you have a pet. Hiring a housekeeping service specializing in homes with pets isn’t a bad idea in many cases. They’ll know how to tackle pet stains and odors, ensuring your house is in the best shape possible.
If you want to improve curb appeal, consider lawn care services. You can typically get lawn mowing for between $30 and $80. Plus, for an additional fee, you can add in options like irrigation, fertilizing, pruning, and hardscaping services, giving your yard that little something extra. Angi lawn care can be quite easy to find when using this platform, plus you can compare reviews and costs on the fly.
When it comes time to plan for showings and open houses, you’ll need a plan for your pet. Leaving them at the home during buyer tours can be anxiety-inducing for your pet. Plus, it may turn off prospective buyers.
Ideally, you want to keep your pet with you or take them to a family member, friend, or neighbor that knows them. However, short-term boarding, doggie daycare, or something similar can be a reasonable stand-in if that isn’t an option. Find out how New York Dog Nanny can help.
Pick Your New Place
As you start touring properties, reflect on both your and your pet’s needs. Consider what features may make the transition easier for your pet. For example, if you have a dog that’s used to having a yard, you may want to focus on properties that also have one.
However, you also need to do more than keep your and your pet’s needs in mind. If you’re heading to a new area, checking breed-specific legislation, exotic pet laws, and HOA rules could be necessary. Many places limit the kinds of pets that are allowed. By researching them in advance, you can focus your home search on regions where both you and your pet are welcome.
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