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Buying and Selling a Home with Pets

How to Buy and Sell with Pets

It's no secret that Americans love their pets. In fact, many millennial homebuyers are citing their pets as one of the main reasons they want to buy a home! That's why it's important to factor in your pets when your making a real estate decision, whether you're buying or selling a home in Raleigh!

The truth is, selling a home as "pet-friendly" comes with huge advantages! The majority of Americans say that their pets play a huge role in their housing situation. As longtime Triangle REALTORS, Linda Craft & Team knows how to buy and sell real estate with this unique perspective in mind.

Selling Your Home: The Power of Pets

How to Sell Your Home for More

When it comes to selling a home, you don't necessarily have to hide your pets! While it's important that your home is thoroughly cleaned and decorated for staging, you can actually highlight the "pet-friendly" aspects of your home as a bonus! There is a huge market for pet-friendly homes, and it is one of the biggest draws for the largest market of homebuyers right now: millennials.

Do what you can to point out all the pet-friendly aspects of your home. For example, if you have a fully fenced-in backyard this is a HUGE draw for buyers. Is your home just a stone's throw away from the nearest dog park? How close is your veterinarian? Did you install a "hideagate" for your dog? These are all huge perks that pet owners are specifically looking for in their new home!

Pet Friendly Homes are in Demand

68% of American households have a pet and over 99% of pet owners consider their animal to be family. Plus, 81% of Americans say that their pets play a large role in the kind of home they want to buy. Homebuyers who own pets tend to avoid houses on busy roads and prefer homes with fences.

Even if they fall in love with a particular home, if it isn't pet-friendly, they'll quickly move on to one that offers the right amenities for their pets.

Tips for a Stress-Free Move with Your Pets

Tip 1: Moving isn't just stressful for you

Pets notice small changes. When you start to pack your home in boxes, your pets will know that something is different. During this time, make sure you allow them to smell the boxes and suit cases so they understand the change is occurring.

Tip 2: Plan accordingly to move your pets

Your pets should either be the first element removed from your house or the last. If you have an older pet who may not handle stress well, it would be wise for this pet to go stay with family members while you pack your old house until you have unpacked your new house. If you have a healthy and flexible animal, make sure they are securely transported in YOUR vehicle. Remember, using a pet carrier to transport your pet is always recommended for their safety.

Tip 3: Do not adopt a new pet before the big move

Humane societies and veterinarians agree that adopting a new pet before a move can be stressful for a pet. New pets require a secure and stress- free environment to be correctly introduced into a household. If you are moving your home, you will not be available to provide the extra attention a new pet requires. Wait to adopt until after you are settled in your new home.

Tip 4: Obtain your pet's vet records before the move

Obtaining your pets veterinarian records is an important to- do before you move. By completing this task, you'll be one step ahead for when you take your pet to the new vets office. Your new vet will be aware of your pets previous vaccinations and overall history, enabling your new vet to have the best start to caring for your pet.

Tip 5: Make sure you pets tags are attached and up-to-date before moving day

With open doors and windows during moving day, you will either want to secure your pet in a closed off room, a pet carrier or kennel before all of the commotion begins. You will also want to ensure your pets are wearing their tags and that the contact information is up-to- date in the event that your pet escapes while your belongings are being moved.

Tip 6: Make sure any travel lodging you'll be staying at allows pets

If you are traveling to your new home and you have to stay at a hotel overnight, make sure your hotel allows for your pet to stay in your room. Call ahead to inquire whether your pet is allowed to stay inside your hotel room. You may have to pay and extra fee for a pet deposit, but it will be worth it knowing your pet is safe inside with you.

Tip 7: Seek the advice of your vet

Your veterinarian knows what is best for your pet. Before you move, contact your vet and describe your individual moving situation and see if he/ she can recommend anything that will lessen the stress of moving your pet.

The Linda Craft Advantage

We know what it takes to sell a home in the greater Raleigh area. Over the years, we've developed a particular expertise at developing marketing strategies to target specific buyers. If you want your home sold for top dollar in a timely manner, give us a call at Linda Craft & Team REALTORS!

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