There are many things to consider when preparing for a remodel. One thing that many homeowners neglect in their planning process is their pets. Home renovations can create stress for animals, especially with the influx of new people, loud noises and change in environment. A study showed that, while some pets are comfortable with high volume, more than 23 percent of dogs are fearful of loud noises.
Creating a safe environment for your pets will help them remain happy and stress-free. Take a look at some ways you can provide a pet-friendly construction zone for your furry friends.
- Provide identification.
There are many ways to ensure a pet’s safety during a remodel, starting with making sure they have proper identification. With the constant traffic of workers coming in and out, doors and windows are sure to be left open and unattended. Tags and microchips can help a lost pet get home quickly in the event that he or she escapes.
- Warn the workers.
Anybody coming into your house to complete part of the remodel should know that pets live there. Homeowners and contractors should agree on a plan to keep the pets safe and out of the way.
- Have a safe zone.
Set aside an enclosed room or area where pets can rest and get away from all the chaos. Make sure their bed, food, water and favorite toys are with them. Additionally, on days where a lot of demolition, painting, or sawing is scheduled, consider sending pets to daycare since the loud noises and toxic fumes can frighten them.
- Check the house regularly.
At the end of each day, make sure to check every room in the house for safety hazards. Pets might think supplies like spackle, insulation or grout look tasty and they could end up with a mouthful. Take the steps necessary to make sure everything is out of reach and safely put away.
- Remember their routine.
The mayhem of construction can be very stressful for pets, so try to keep their daily activities, like walks and eating times, the same. Plus, providing plenty of exercise can help you and your pet destress together.
Progressive Builders has many years of experience with home remodels of all shapes and sizes. We understand that pets play an important role in the lives of homeowners and strive to accommodate the safety of your furry friends. If you’re looking to start a remodeling project, Progressive Builders can walk you through the steps for a more comfortable experience. Contact us today to get started!