In this blog, we mostly focus on the needs of the contractor or event planner, however today we’d like to focus on the home owner during the home renovation process. During a moderate home renovation, there’s a chance you may be able to remain in the home, however you’re shuffling your life to make way for the builders and subcontractors. This may mean closing down a bathroom, moving kitchen appliance into least-likely spaces, and possibly using a secondary entry/exit door as your primary access point. An often last-considered element in the planning phase is what to do with your pets. Just like you have a daily routine, so do they, and often your pet’s routine is more rigid.
Introductions May Be In Order
While cats often hide from strangers, dogs, on the other hand, will want to, A. defend their territory, B. hide from the strangers and noise, or C. be a little too social with contractors and subs during the project. It’s likely contractors will never see your cats if they are hiding out in a back bedroom, but dogs are difficult to miss. Depending on your dogs’ temperament, it’s helpful to make an introduction to the main people who will be entering and working on your home on a regular basis. Help your pet to become familiar with their scent, voice, and movement, because during construction, there will be PLENTY of noise and strange smells to throw them off.
Create A Safe Space
Create a comfortable area with food, water, and bedding in the furthest room from the main construction. If a family member is home during the day, choose a room where they will spend a reasonable amount of time to bring comfort and be aware when your pet has needs. If it’s a bedroom, draw the blinds so there’s plenty of daylight, and if possible, arrange it so your pet has the ability to look out the window comfortably.
I cannot emphasize this final recommendation nearly enough—provide escapes for your pet, let the cat wander through the home after the days’ work is complete, and take your dog for walks. Bring him to a regular place—be it a park, coffee shop, or a pet-friendly pet supply store. Quite possibly one of the best ways to help your dog get out the wiggles and be aware of the comings and goings on at your home is by setting up a temporary dog fence in an unused area of your yard, away from construction or materials. We provide 6 foot and 8 foot high fence panels that can be configured in which ever size or shape makes sense for your property, construction project, or pet needs. Give us a call to learn more about our temporary fence panels and other home construction fence product.