If you’re looking into remodeling any part of your home, you may be wondering how this process will impact any pets you have in the home. Especially for pets who roam around, such as dogs and cats, you may have to do a bit of additional planning for a major remodeling project — but there are also some simple ways to accomplish this without much hassle at all.
At Crown Finish, we’re happy to offer a wide range of home remodeling contractor services to clients throughout Orem, ensuring all your project needs are covered from start to finish. We’ve worked in many homes where pets are a consideration, and we’re here to help with all related needs in this area. In this two-part blog series, we’ll look at some general tips on common pet needs, plus how to manage them during any kind of remodel that might be displacing them or forcing changes to their normal routines.
Dedicate a Space for Pet Supplies
If the area where you normally keep pet supplies is being impacted by your remodel, make sure you have a dedicated space elsewhere in the home for these items. This might be a different room than usual, or even just a small closet or another area where they can be stored out of the way.
By having this dedicated pet space, you can help keep your furry friends calm and comfortable during construction by minimizing changes to their daily routines as much as possible. It also helps to have this area easily accessible so you can quickly grab whatever supplies you need without having to search through construction materials or other items that might be in the way.
Use Blockers or Gates Where Necessary
In some cases, it will be necessary to siphon off pets to a different area of the home during construction – especially if there are any safety concerns involved. If this is the case, make sure you have the appropriate blockers or gates set up in advance to keep them contained.
You might want to consider using baby gates, for example, which can be easily installed and removed as needed throughout the construction process. If you have a larger pet that might be able to jump over a gate, consider using a taller barrier instead or making sure the area is blocked off in another way so they can’t escape.
Make Sure They Have a Comfort Area
Especially if your pet has a crate or normal “home base” area that’s being impacted during construction, but even if not, it’s important to create a space where they can feel comfortable and relaxed. This might be in another room, on another floor or even outside if that’s an option.
This area should have all the supplies they need, including food, water, bedding and any toys or other items that will help them relax. It’s also important to make sure this area is as quiet as possible so they can feel safe and secure throughout the day.
By following these simple tips, you can help your pet adjust to any changes that might come along with a home remodeling project. In the second part of this series, we’ll look at a few more specific examples of how to accommodate pets during a remodel. For more information about any of our home remodeling services in Orem, or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, contact us today at Crown Finish!