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House Hunting: Keep Your Pets Level and Happy While You Find Home

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 10/03/2021

Photo by Samson Katt from Pexels

Before finding your perfect house, you’ll undoubtedly visit at least 10 different properties for a good look around. If you’re navigating through a seller’s market, that number could increase considerably. All the while, your pet is likely waiting impatiently for things to return to normal, so they can enjoy having you home more often. Thankfully, you can make the process easier on them by using these tips to keep your pets happy while house hunting.

Wear Them Out Before You Go

A tired pet is a happy pet, so make sure to get them running and playing hard before you go. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity to wear out all their nervous energy and get them ready for a rest.

If you can incorporate fun brain games into the mix, like hide and seek, then they’ll be even more worn out by the time you’re done playing around. If you don’t have room for your pets to stretch their legs, play a little bit of fetch in the front room and roll out the puzzle games for an intense thinking session.

Hire a Trusted Pet Sitter

Most pets are not wild about being left alone for long stretches of time. They prefer a bit of company even if they are just loafing around the house. By hiring a pet sitter, you can keep them from getting lonely, while ensuring they get all their meals and potty breaks on time. You can even have the sitter take your pet on a walk around the neighborhood if you want to come home to a truly tired out pet.

Bring Home a Sweet Surprise

Pets absolutely love getting new toys and treats, so bring them home a sweet surprise after lengthy house hunting sessions. You could even stock up for future trips to avoid having to go to the pet store after every run. With that move, you’ll have a trunk full of goodies to share with your pet. If you find a house sooner than you thought, you can give them the rest as a housewarming gift.

Go on a Fun Outing When You’re Done

Although you cannot clearly explain to your pet why you’re away so much, you can make it up to them by going on a fun outing when you’re done. You could take them for a walk on a beach, go to a new park or hike through the woods for the afternoon.

Whatever you choose, make sure to bring along plenty of water and treats to keep your pet’s energy levels up while you’re out. If you want to make the trip even more memorable, stop by the pet store and let them pick out a new toy or treat.By using these tips before you head out for yet another round of open houses, your pet will look forward to your outings. You’ll notice far fewer stress signals as you get ready to go plus return to a happy pet.

About the Author

Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.