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Tips for a Stress-Free Move with Your Pet

boxes and household items in moving boxesYou’ve just bought a new home, and Fluffy and Fido are starting to worry about all the moving boxes going into the truck outside. Pets can easily become stressed during a move, which might cause them to lose their fur, become aggressive, or even run away.

Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your pet’s anxiety before, during, and after your move.

Plan Ahead and In Detail

Many people consider their pets as part of the family, so it’s only natural to be concerned for their comfort and safety during a move. Meticulous planning well in advance of moving day is the best way to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible with moving to a new home.

First, Make a Checklist of Moving Tasks

We recommend making a checklist of things to do — call the vet, have your pet microchipped, research veterinarians, buy calming medicine, etc. If you’re planning to transport your pet in a crate or carrier, take time to introduce them to it, especially if your dog or cat hasn’t been in their carrier in a while. Put their food or a few treats in it in the weeks before the move; that way, they’ll be more accustomed to the space and will feel less stressed.

Next, Gather Up These Important Documents

Your new state, county, or community might have different rules for owning a pet, so research what records you will need and what fees you must pay in order to register them. It might be best to put the following in one organized file just in case:

  • Vaccination records and health certificate
  • Rabies tags (if they’re not already on your pet’s collar)
  • Emergency contact info for your current veterinarian
  • Contact info for a recommended veterinarian

kitten chewing on a stuffed toyKeep Medication, Food, and Toys Handy

You won’t want to pack your pet’s medications, treats, toys, or food until moving day, so you may want to set aside a box just for your pet. Be sure to pack this box either in the car with you or within easy reach, just in case of an emergency.

Update Your Pet’s ID

Engrave a new ID tag with your new home address and phone number in case your pet gets lost. Hopefully, this will never happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that your dog or cat is microchipped or at least is wearing a collar, especially in the weeks leading up to moving day.

Keep Them Comfy on Moving Day

In the chaos of loading boxes into the moving van, the last thing you want to happen is your beloved furry friend escaping. Keep your dog or cat in a separate room with their toys, food, and carrier until the time comes to load them into the car. Alternatively, you could let a friend or family member pet sit until it’s time to go.

Book a Pet-Friendly Hotel in Advance

If you’re driving a long way or need to stay at a hotel overnight, reserve a pet-friendly hotel room well in advance so you’ll have one less thing to worry about on moving day.

senior couple with dog at the beachTake Plenty of Stops on Long Car Rides

While on extended car trips, take frequent stops along the way to give your pet fresh water and food, let your pet go to the bathroom, and take your dog for a refreshing walk around the rest area.

Give Them Time to Adjust to New Surroundings

Pets can become agitated when exposed to new surroundings, so it’s important to keep their collars on and keep an eye on them for the first few days after moving. Surround them with their favorite toys and comfort items, like a blanket or pet bed from the old house, to give them a familiar scent to latch on to.

Be sure to stick to a routine, too! Take your dog on a walk at the same time and stick to your regular feeding schedule.

We’ll Help You Move Quickly and Easily

owner playing with her catWe hope these moving tips will come in handy as you’re moving with your pets! If you haven’t yet settled on the perfect home or if you’re thinking of selling your current home, we can help you with all the details, not just the transaction.

Call us and we can talk about your plans.

How to Win Potential Buyers with Your Outdoor Spaces

Now that it’s summertime, outdoor spaces are in high demand on the Albuquerque real estate market. Having a pool, patio, or outdoor kitchen can instantly add value to your property, especially if you know how to market your outdoor space to potential home buyers! These tips can help you show off all that your outdoor entertaining space has to offer — and get you more money for your Albuquerque home at closing.

patio with green chairs and couches

1. Spruce Up Your Pool, Deck, or Patio

Your backyard doesn’t have to look like HGTV’s Dream Home, but it should look its best when you sell your home. Pull up any weeds, power-wash your patio, and clean off any debris lying on your outdoor furniture.

kitchen under a covered awning

2. Go the Extra Mile

To truly make your home stand out from the competition, deep clean all the nooks and crannies of your outdoor entertaining spaces. Potential home buyers will take notice of spiderwebs, grease on the grill, or sticky spots on tables and outdoor kitchen counters, so a completely clean outdoor space will help your home make a great first impression.

lounge chairs overlooking private pool

3. Show Home Buyers How to Use the Space

Home staging isn’t just reserved for your living room. It also applies to your outdoor spaces! Consider defining areas of your patio or pool deck with meticulously placed furniture, tables, or even potted plants. If you have a pool with plenty of space around it, show that the pool deck is the perfect place to soak up the sun or host a dinner party outdoors.

Spanish-style mansion with outdoor pool

4. Add Any Finishing Touches

You don’t have to break the bank to beautify your outdoor spaces. Instead, focus on small details that will make a big difference. Here are a few finishing touches to consider:

  • Buy new furniture coverings, especially if your current coverings are old and faded from the sun.
  • Add potted plants for a splash of color in your backyard.
  • Edge the grass around your patio or pool deck.
  • Upgrade your outdoor lighting to create that “wow!” effect in person and in your listing photos.

Selling Your Albuquerque Home? We Can Help!

As Albuquerque real estate professionals with more than 44 years of combined experience, we know what buyers are looking for when it comes to spaces like pools, patios, or outdoor kitchens. We would be happy to provide you with even more staging and curb appeal tips to help you sell your home quickly and for more moneyContact us at (505) 235-9398 and let’s talk!

If You’re Looking for a Sign to Sell Your Home, This Is It

Today’s housing market is as close to perfect as it can get for a home seller. Since homes are practically flying off the market and selling for more money than in years past, you have the perfect opportunity to sell your home fast and high, especially if you live in Santa Fe! But here are even more reasons why now is a great time to list your home.

Buyers Are Desperately Searching for Homes

typical house in Santa FeThe first reason why now is the time to sell your home? Demand is high. Whether they’re buying their first home, downsizing, or moving up to a larger home, buyers want to find their ideal property in Santa Fe, which is known for its rich culture, vibrant arts scene, and adventurous lifestyle.

There Aren’t Enough Homes Available for Sale

If you decide to put your home on the market today, rest assured that you won’t be competing with as many of your neighbors as in years past. Housing inventory is low in Santa Fe, so you have better opportunities to showcase your property to all those buyers.

Home Values Are Skyrocketing

sign in front of home for saleHigh demand and low supply inevitably leads to higher prices, which is what’s happening in the Santa Fe real estate market. If you price your home correctly, you might even be able to sell for much higher than asking price.

Homes Are Flying Off the Market

Since very few homes are coming on the market in Santa Fe, buyers are scrambling to claim the home that has their ideal features and is within their price range. In a hot market like this one, you could even encounter multiple buyers making offers on the same property, which drives the price even higher.

You’re Ready to Sell Your Home

It’s tempting to try to time the market. After all, you’d like to take advantage of all your hard-earned equity! But in many situations, it’s better not to wait for the “best” conditions. If you have to sell your home soon, now is the best time to sell.

We’ll Help You Sell for More Money in Less Time

house keys on a tableThe bottom line? Take advantage of the hot Santa Fe real estate market while you can! With the right amount of preparation, the right price, and the right real estate team, you’ll be able to save money, time, and headaches when selling your Santa Fe home.

We have over 44 years of combined real estate experience and intimate knowledge of the Santa Fe area. We would be happy to share our expertise and resources with you! Contact us at (505) 235-9398 and let’s talk about your home selling plans.

The 5 Emotional Stages of Buying Your First Home

Ask anyone you meet and they’ll likely recall vivid details about their first roller coaster ride, their first day of school, or their first kiss. A first home purchase is no different! While buying your first home comes with its fair share of ups and downs, it will ultimately be an enjoyable experience you’ll remember for years to come.

two people jumping on a beach

Stage 1: Elation

You’ve checked your budget and the numbers all line up. You can now buy your first home! While you’re busy pinning home décor ideas to your Pinterest board, taking a peek at homes for sale in your favorite neighborhoods, and uncorking the champagne, you’re grinning from ear to ear. In no time, you’ll be stepping over the threshold of a home you can call yours.

deep hole lined with books

Stage 2: Apprehension

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of research involved with buying a home — something you’ve realized very quickly. You feel like you’re drowning in the vast sea of available homes, being crushed under the weight of your mounting to-do list, and losing your way down the rabbit hole of home buying tips and topics. Buying your first home is a bit more overwhelming than you thought!

But don’t worry. Once you’ve chosen a lender, gotten pre-approved for a loan, and found an experienced real estate agent, both of your trusted guides are there to help you with all the details.

children looking at a computer

Stage 3: Giddiness

With help from your awesome real estate agent, you’ve checked off all the items on your to-do list and have arrived at the fun stage: the house hunt! You feel like a little kid unwrapping a present when you see all those homes (in your price range!) with cool features like swimming pools, grassy yards, community amenities, and dreamy kitchens. Any one of these properties could potentially be your next home!

Armed with a pen, notepad, and your phone’s camera, you’re ready to explore your favorite homes and take note of what you liked. In one of the most emotional stages of the first-time home buying process, it’s hard not to fall in love with every home you visit!

person at the light at the end of the tunnel

Stage 4: Panic

Maybe the home you liked was sold before you could make an offer. Maybe you’ve taken a tour of ten listings and haven’t found “the one.” Maybe you realized you can’t afford your ideal home in the location you prefer. A million doubts start running through your mind: What if I miss out on my dream home? What if I can’t find the home I need? Will I have to settle for something beyond my budget? What if I won’t be able to buy my first home?!

But luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Your real estate agent is here to provide you with an objective view of the situation, ease your fears, and work tirelessly to find you the right home.

a couple of homeowners in their first home

Stage 5: Bliss

Your real estate agent found a brand new listing for you and it’s a home you adore. And just like that, you’ve taken a tour, made an offer, and breezed through due diligence. You’ve just bought your first home!

Sure, it might not have all the fancy tech and high-end features like in HGTV’s dream home, but it has everything you need. And now it’s yours. Congratulations, new homeowner!

We’ll Minimize the Headaches

Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, the home buying process can come with its share of ups and downs. But we’re here to take the stress out of the whole process! Let’s chat about your plans, and we’ll help you discover the home you’ve been looking for quickly and easily.