When planning for a home remodeling project, most people think about their budget, timeline and any inconveniences that might turn up unexpectedly. However, most people aren’t thinking about something they should be – their pets!
Your pets can’t protect themselves or let you know when something is wrong, so it’s up to you to provide them with a safe and secure space during the remodeling project. And, it’s not just your cats and dogs that need attention but even small animals like hamsters and birds.
After providing Ottawa homeowners with many projects over the years, we’ve learned a few tips that can keep pets safe and comfortable during a renovation. Below are some of our best pieces of advice.
Introduce Your Pet to the Workers
At Timberville, we’re not afraid of pets! If you feel that your pet will feel more comfortable being introduced to our team, don’t hesitate to do so. This way, your pet will be familiar with our workers’ voices and hopefully feel more at ease throughout the day.
Consider Crating Your Pet
While it might not be ideal, crating your pet is sometimes the safest option. Any comfortable, locked space works – it doesn’t have to be a cage. Although your pet may be mildly inconvenienced, it’s better than having them walk around unleashed in a construction zone.
Be Aware of Open Doors and Windows
During a home remodeling project in Ottawa, you can expect some of your doors and windows to be open as our workers move in and out. They won’t be watching for a pet, so it’s important to keep an eye on your dog or cat. Keep in mind that the loud noises can startle pets and cause them to run outside – even when they normally wouldn’t.
Watch Out for Dangerous Materials
Construction zones are not safe for pets because there are many dangerous materials on the floor that can harm their delicate paws. Some of the things to watch for include nails, staples, tacks and fiberglass. Electrical wires are a concern, too, as some pets might try to chew through them.
Spend More Time Outdoors When Weather Permits
While your home remodeling project is going on, try to get your pet outdoors more often and for longer periods of time. They’ll be able to take a break from the noise and hear your familiar voice. You can also tire them out so that they’re more likely to sleep comfortably in their crate or secure area.
Move Out Small Birds and Critters
Small animals in contained habitats – lizards, guinea pigs, hamsters – should be moved to a quiet room. Birds, in particular, can die quickly from paint fumes. The dust can also irritate their delicate airways. As long as they’re moved away from the dust, noise and fumes, you can keep these smaller critters safe and comfortable.
Timberville is used to working in homes with pets. By taking these precautions, you can keep your pets safe during your project. This small inconvenience will be well worth it in the end!