Mind your pets when mov­ing or sell­ing house

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Pet own­er­ship is one of the fastest grow­ing house­hold trends and own­ers of­ten for­get about also mak­ing pro­vi­sion for their furry-kids when mov­ing house or set­tling into their new home.

The keep­ing of pets is reg­u­lated by mu­nic­i­pal by-laws. Most ar­eas are dog and cat-friendly, but other pets such as horses may only be kept in ar­eas zoned ap­pro­pri­ately. Horse-friendly ar­eas around the Cape metro, for ex­am­ple, in­clude Dur­banville, Con­stan­tia, No­ord­hoek and Hout Bay, but only in cer­tain ar­eas. Al­ter­na­tively, there are sta­bling fa­cil­i­ties around the city and a num­ber of bri­dle trails.

Se­eff gives a few guide­lines to en­sure your home is pet-friendly and your pets are not a nui­sance to neigh­bours:

Size of the dog - it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that big­ger dog breeds re­quire big yards on top of hav­ing ac­cess to ar­eas where these dogs can be ex­er­cised. Small and medium-sized breeds are usu­ally fine for small yards and com­plexes, but a big­ger dog will def­i­nitely need a big­ger yard.

Re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship - it is im­por­tant to en­sure that your pets are mi­crochipped in case they get out of your prop­erty. Spay­ing your an­i­mals is an­other im­por­tant as­pect that also as­sists in pre­vent­ing roam­ing in some in­stances.

Noisy dogs, stray­ing cats - these are some of the big­gest bones to pick amongst neigh­bours, es­pe­cially in sec­tional schemes. If you are mov­ing from a full ti­tle house and have a dog that is used to more yard space, mov­ing to a com­plex with a tiny yard might be prob­lem for your pet.

Check the com­plex rules - even pet-friendly com­plexes still have rules of con­duct. Be sure to check these in ad­di­tion to ob­tain­ing per­mis­sion for your pet/s. Re­mem­ber, the com­plex would be quite en­ti­tled to force you to get rid of your pets if they are a nui­sance to neigh­bours.

Pet-friendly house rules - there are many in­no­va­tions for pet own­ers such as pet doors to al­low them easy ac­cess into and out of the home. Other in­no­va­tions in­clude built-in feed­ing bowls and wa­ter sys­tems, odour­less cat lit­ter and so on. You can even cre­ate a spe­cial wash area with a shower hose.

Sit­ters and groomers - if you are go­ing away, you no longer need to take your pets to a ken­nel, but can get a pet sit­ter to stay in your home and look af­ter your pets. Mo­bile groomers are an­other marvel of mod­ern liv­ing and spare you a rather stress­ful trip to the groomers.

Mov­ing tips - cats are much harder to ac­cli­ma­tise and should be kept in­doors for a pe­riod un­til they be­come used to the smells. Dogs are also ter­ri­to­rial and would need to be kept in a se­cure area. It's best to move our pets last so that they can pick up on the old home smells in the new house.

Buy in a pet-friendly com­plex and neigh­bour­hood - if you are a pet-lover, then en­sure that you buy or rent in a pet­friendly neigh­bour­hood. A con­crete jun­gle, for ex­am­ple, is not con­ducive to own­ing a dog. Rather opt for a neigh­bour­hood with more green­ery and fa­cil­i­ties suit­able to dogs.

Pet-friendly fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings think of your fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings if you in­tend be­ing a pet owner. Dogs run around and so, hard-wear­ing floors such as tiles are prob­a­bly bet­ter than car­pets in the main ar­eas. Stay clear of white couches and train your pets how to be­have in the home.

Odours and al­ler­gies - in­vest in a good pet vac­uum and en­sure all hairs and other de­bris is vac­u­umed thor­oughly on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Air out the prop­erty daily to en­sure that it is free of pet odours. Wa­ter and food bowls and lit­ter boxes should also be cleaned daily.

Pet-friendly gar­dens - be mind­ful that there are some plants that are toxic to an­i­mals, in­clud­ing some of the most com­mon house­plants such as mistle­toe, philo­den­dron and poin­set­tia. Be mind­ful too of flow­ers that at­tract a lot of bees. Rather keep your gar­den as pet-friendly as pos­si­ble.

Show houses and pets - when you put your house on the mar­ket, re­mem­ber to clean and air it out. Not all buy­ers are pet lovers and poor pet con­di­tions, cat hairs and pet odours can be very off-putting. It is also best to take your pets with you on the show-days to en­able your agent to show your prop­erty in its best pos­si­ble con­di­tion.

Is­sued by the Se­eff Prop­erty Group

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