How to Keep Your Pets Safe While Remodeling
You don’t need an animal rights enthusiast to tell you that pets and power tools don’t go hand in hand. In fact, pets don’t go well with construction of any nature. Left unchecked, they will put their little furry paws on everything, from wet paint and loose nails, to tool boxes and exposed electrical parts. And this can be both dangerous and counterproductive. At the same time, all the movement, activity, and strange faces might agitate them and make them restless. So naturally, when you are finally doing that big remodeling, you want to do everything to make sure they are safe. In this article, we shall look at some of the techniques you can apply to pet proof your home during construction and keep your furry friend safe from the hazards that come with it.
Inform your contractor about your pets in advance
It is entirely possible for pets and contractors to co-exist during the project; they just need to be aware of each other. Therefore, always start by discussing your pet situation with your contractor. Depending on the extent of demolition and safety risks throughout the project, your contractor might take the chance to familiarize themselves with the pet, making them less aggressive or alarmed.
Barricade the construction area
At the end of the working day, a skilled constructor will ensure to leave your house tidy and well-secured. However, there will be supplies, tools, and personnel around the work area in your home during the day. In this case, it will be much easier to keep your pets safe by enclosing the work area. Close the door to your bedroom, for instance, if you’re getting work done there. But even after doing so, you still want to monitor the pet at all times. Remember, workers will likely be strolling in and out of the room; there is a chance one of them might leave the door open.
Keep them outside
If the weather is conducive and your home is fenced off, consider taking your pets outdoors or in the garage. This way, your pet can enjoy some free space away from all the commotion. At the same time, be mindful of your pet and its personality. While some animals can wander freely in the backyard without running away, others might be safer enclosed in kennels.
Maintain the pet’s routine
Pets are creatures of habit. If their routine is interrupted by all the work and strange faces, it is likely they’ll also be stressed out. Therefore, try to maintain as much of your regular schedule as possible, observing such things as normal timing for eats and walks. This will help reassure your pet that everything is fine despite changes.
Send them away on vacation
If your pets fall a little more into the adventurous side, keeping them confined to just one region might be hard. In this case, you can consider leaving your pet with relatives, pals, or a pet daycare for a while, even if it’s just for a short while as your home is being renovated.
As an avid pet lover, your pet is more like a part of the family. It is important to think about their wellbeing and safety before starting a redesign or construction project. By putting these pet safety precautions into practice while remodeling your home, you’ll be a step closer to achieving this. For any more remodeling tips or painting services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Painter Bros and have a chat with one of our reps.