How To Downsize With a Pet by Penny Martin

How To Downsize With a Pet

Not everyone desires to live in a tiny home. However, data show that smaller homes are increasing in popularity. For those who have pets, downsizing can be tricky but not impossible. Here are some tips to help you get started, presented by the Blueprint Real Estate Group.


No matter what size home you are looking for, the home-buying process is generally the same. Get pre-approved for a mortgage, find a real estate agent and compare listings. When you find the right home, make an offer and close.

If you are also selling your current home, make sure it is ready to show. Complete necessary repairs, clean carpets and repaint where needed. The outside of the home should also be touched up. At the very least, make sure the yard is neat and the exterior of the home is clean. If you hire a service, do an internet search for “lawn services in my area” and read reviews from previous customers to find the right one. Additional landscaping services cost extra but make the property more appealing to potential buyers.

When moving to a smaller home, it may be necessary to declutter first. Determine how much will fit comfortably in the new house and clean out accordingly. If you are emotionally attached to an object, taking a picture can make letting go easier. Don’t forget to minimize and organize pet supplies. If your pet has a lot of toys, consider keeping out only a few and storing the rest. When your pet gets bored, swap the toys.


Moving with pets requires managing pets' anxiety. Keep your pet away from the chaos of the move as much as possible. Set up a designated room in both the old home and new home for the pet. Include food, water, toys, a bed and any other necessary items. Pack up this room last and unpack it first.

For the move itself, make sure the pet has a comfortable carrier, cage or crate to ride in. If your pet is prone to anxiety, speak with your vet about medications or calming supplements.  

Moving is also stressful for humans. Take breaks and remember to take care of yourself. Eat and stay hydrated. Make sure that medications and other essentials are in a clearly marked box that can be unpacked quickly at the new home.


As when moving out, it is important to keep your pet as calm as possible when getting settled in. Keep it in its designated room until other areas are ready to explore. Take dogs for walks around the new neighborhood. Try to keep the routine as consistent as possible, and remember to give your pet lots of love and attention to reduce anxiety.

With your pet tucked away in a safe space, you can focus on getting the rest of the home ready. Unpack and organize essential items first. You may have to get creative in your organization efforts if your new home is considerably smaller than your old one.

Get utilities set up as soon as possible. Research the internet options available in your area. Familiarize yourself with coverage areas and average speeds. Fiber optic internet is the fastest but is not available in all areas. Consider bundling internet and television to save money.     

Downsizing is an appealing prospect to many. Pet owners may think it’s impossible to live in a smaller home, but this is not the case. Pets always need supplies and space, but those can be minimized. Remember that the most important pet supplies, love and affection, don’t take up any room at all.

Blueprint Real Estate Group can help you find the perfect home for your family — your pet included! When you’re ready to get started, please call our office at (407) 499-2940.

Written by Penny Martin 

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