A Pet Owner's Simple Guide to Downsizing

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A Pet Owner's Simple Guide to Downsizing

Downsizing your house with a pet isn't easy. You can't just pack up and leave at the drop of a hat. Before you even think about moving, it's best to start planning long beforehand to make sure everything goes smoothly when you decide to move out of your old place. If you’re thinking about downsizing your home, below are some tips to make the transition easier, presented to you by Kelli Prather.

Let Go of Nonessential Items

Get rid of things you haven’t used in years. Donate items that are still in good condition to a charity or sell them online on platforms such as Craigslist or eBay. You can also organize a garage sale, and sell any extra belongings.

Routine Maintenance

A well-maintained home shows better than one that's been neglected, so take care of routine maintenance before listing your home for sale. From gutter cleaning to painting to pressure washing, you can do this work yourself or hire professionals to take care of it for you.

Gutter cleaning and maintenance help prevent water damage to your home. Since gutter professionals have tools and expertise specifically related to gutters, they can clean your gutters quickly and efficiently, so you aren't left with a mess or another project. Ensure your gutters are in tip-top shape before listing your home, as buyers often ask if you’ve kept up on routine maintenance. The average cost for a gutter cleaning in Los Angeles ranges from $106 to $167, though larger projects can easily run around $350. Look for a company that can clean gutters near you, and check reviews to make sure they’re good at what they do.

Get Rid of Allergens in Your Home

The presence of allergens in your home is bad for business when it comes time to sell. If buyers have allergies or asthma, they may be put off by any trace of dust or pet hair in the air. To eliminate these allergens, focus on vacuuming, cleaning hard floors, and deep cleaning rugs every few months.

Finding a New Home

When it comes time to find a new home, most people begin their quest with a real estate agent like Kelli Prather. Before you start your search, consider your needs and wants. Do you want to live close to your workplace, shopping, medical care, and entertainment? Do you want a home without stairs? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? If you have a dog, perhaps you need a big yard. Knowing what's important helps you narrow your search and find an appropriate home for you and your pet.

Preparing Your Pet 

Whether you're moving to be closer to family or you're simply downsizing to smaller accommodations, take some steps to get your pet ready for the move.

  1. Have them microchipped
  2. Have an updated ID tag made up
  3. Make sure their vaccinations/checkups are current
  4. Have an up-to-date supply of any medications your pet needs

Pet Crates

Have a pet crate ready before the movers arrive, and help your pet get used to it. A pet crate helps keep your pet secure during the move, and you can get one at any pet store or online.

Enjoy Your New Adventure

Moving is stressful, but with the right plan and a little help, you and your pet can enjoy your new adventure. Visit Kelli Prather at Sotheby's International Realty for help finding your dream home in Los Angeles, CA.

Written by Jessica Brody of ourbestfriends.pet