Tips for buying with a dog
• Know the policies in the jurisdiction and homeowners or condo association to be sure you can comply.
• Look for a neighborhood where many residents have dogs -- they'll be more accepting of your pet.
• Look for a neighborhood with pet-friendly retailers and restaurants.
• Look for the closest dog parks.
• Check out doggy day-care options in the area if you'll need them.
• If you opt for a high-rise, know where you can walk your dog and whether your dog is comfortable in elevators.
• If you can't find a yard with a fence, find out how much it will cost and whether you are allowed to build one.
• Be careful to check out the stairs if your dog has trouble climbing them.
Tips for selling with a dog
• Decide whether your dog will be OK to stay in a crate while your home is being shown or if you can walk the pet whenever someone wants to see it.
• Consider boarding your dog with friends or a family member while your home is on the market.
• Be aware of dog odors -- have a friend without pets do a "sniff test" to see whether you've done enough cleaning.
• Have your carpets, curtains and upholstery cleaned or replaced if necessary.
• An air duct cleaning might be necessary to remove dog odors.
• Put away dog toys, leashes and other clutter when showing your home.
• Check for dog damage such as scratched floors and ripped screens or trampled bushes, and make repairs.