by Cindy Aldridge <[email protected]>
Downsizing and moving can be a tedious task, but it is also a rewarding experience. Through the years of living in one place, you tend to collect and store things you forgot you even had. You may have furniture that’s seen finer days but takes too much effort to replace. So use this time to get a fresh start for you and your furry companion.
Prepare Your Home for Sale
Get the best price on your current home by updating and making necessary repairs. Potential buyers look at flooring immediately, so if yours is worn or damaged, it is time to replace it. Fill holes in the walls and put on a fresh coat of paint in neutral colors. Make sure leaking pipes and cracked windows are repaired and update light fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen.
Take this opportunity to pack away personal items that are going to your new home and clear out closets and cabinets to give a spacious, organized appearance. Clean kitchen appliances, carpets, furniture, and window treatments to give everything a spring clean smell and shiny look.
Since the outside is just as important, trim back overgrown landscaping and add colorful plantings and mulch. Powerwash the house walks and driveway, clean gutters and check the fencing for any needed repair and touch-up painting.
When pets are present, keep up on fur balls, the kitty litter box, and yard waste. No one wants to peruse the landscape while having to watch for doggy land mines.
Find a Home to Fit Your Lifestyle
Downsizing is an exciting way to change your location to an apartment or condo downtown, on the water, or in a community closer to amenities. If you have a pet, especially a dog, work with your real estate agent to locate communities that accept them.
If you’re renting, a service dog is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which means that landlords or HOAs cannot discriminate or place restrictions/fines upon you based on your need for this animal. If you are looking at smaller houses in a neighborhood, search for homes with fenced-in yards and safe areas for walking your pup. If you’re looking for an apartment, search online listings and filter for pet-friendly apartments in Seattle. Some listings even offer 3D tours so you can avoid visiting apartments that aren’t a good fit.
Your pup or kitty will know something is up when you begin downsizing, updating, and packing. Remain calm, play soft music and pet your animal often to reduce everyone’s stress. A recent study found that petting your cat or dog for 10 minutes actually reduced the stress hormone cortisol found in the human participants’ saliva.
Make the Process of Relocating Easy
With plenty of time and thoughtful planning, your relocation process can be a smooth and rewarding experience. If you are not emotionally tied to your furnishings, why not sell and donate all of it to ease the moving-day operation? Consider purchasing a place that is already fully furnished or buy all new furnishings to have delivered to your new address.
On moving day, keep your pet’s bedding, food bowls and toys close by so the belongings can be accessed immediately. Take extra time to pay attention and provide comfort while unpacking. After allowing your pet freedom for exploration, treat yourself and Max or Molly to a special steak or fish dinner after a long day.
Enjoy your carefree space and new location. Explore your surroundings with your furry companion and settle into your easy-living lifestyle. Take advantage of this fresh start and keep life decluttered and simple.
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