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For many pet owners, finding a new home can be a challenge, yet it’s an important milestone for young couples these days. Of course, there are so many things to take into consideration, from your family’s needs to the proximity of things like schools, stores and a good vet, and it can all be overwhelming without some preparation. It’s important to do some research and start with a good plan before making any decisions.
Here are some of the best tips on how to get started.
Narrow down your list
First, sit down with your spouse or family members and talk about the deal breakers. What are the must-haves in a new home? What can you live without? Think about location, space, the yard, flooring, and things like school districts first. As a pet owner, it’s also important to keep in mind features in a new home that will be good for your pet — think fenced yards, wood flooring and nearby dog parks.
Narrow down your family’s wants and needs and compare them to the homes that are available in your price range; you might ask for a real estate agent’s help at this point, because it can be a big job to find the right home that fits your criteria. Once you’re finished with your list, you’ll have a better idea of what your new home should have.
Do your research
One of the most stressful things about searching for a new home is the fact that not only do you have to find the right home, it also has to be in the right neighborhood. If you’ve found a good contender, do some homework and find out everything you can about the neighborhood. Look at whether it’s part of a homeowners association that has strict rules or fees, look at the school district, and consider how closely it’s situated in regards to the places you visit most often, including the grocery store, doctor’s offices, restaurants, good veterinarians and parks your dog can enjoy.
Help your pet get used to the idea
Once you’ve found the right place, help your dog get used to the idea of a move by taking him to the new home as soon as possible to let him sniff around and explore. Before you move, keep your dog’s belongings unpacked for as long as possible so he’ll have familiar things around him while everything else is changing, and bring them out at the new place right away once you move in.
Moving day is often chaotic for everyone involved, so it’s a good idea to plan for your pet’s safety. In many cases, boarding him for the day or weekend is the best option, as it allows you the freedom to do what needs to be done without worrying about his safety and happiness; if this isn’t possible, you might ask a friend to stay with him on the big day.
Buying a new home is a big change for everyone, so it’s important to do what you can in order to keep stress and anxiety at bay, and not just for yourself — for your dog as well. Planning ahead will help you stay calm and focused during this busy time, and it can make the process much easier when the inevitable mishaps arise — and there will be mishaps. So, make a list and do your research. In no time, you’ll be sitting pretty in your new home and playing fetch in that new backyard.
Thanks to Gene Williams at DIYDad.info for this article!