Home Improvements That Suit Your Pets, With Advice from Expert Bryan Nazor
When you begin to plan your home improvements, it is important to keep in mind your furry family members, said Bryan Nazor, a title and real estate closing expert at Main Street Title in New Jersey. Some remodels will benefit just your pets, while others may have benefits for the whole family. Either way, when you’re working on a home remodeling project, it is always a good idea to consider what changes could benefit your pets and make everyone’s lives a little easier, Bryan Nazor advised. These unique updates to a house can increase its value, as well.
The American Pet Products Association found that 68% of U.S. households own a pet, so it only makes sense that people would be interested in pet-friendly home remodeling. Bryan Nazor said more people are choosing to keep their pets in mind when they make remodeling plans and find creative ways to make the space comfortable and fun for their dogs or cats.
A simple home improvement that many pets will love is to add heated floors to your home. In the winter, cats and dogs will benefit from the coziness and comfort of heated floors just like their humans do, Bryan Nazor said. According to Warmup, floor heating is energy efficient, easy to run, provides more design space and freedom and is easy to install, making it a smart choice for humans as well as comfortable option pets will love.
Another solution to consider is installing wood floors in light to medium finishes. This is easier to maintain than a carpet with pet scratches and accidents, and the lighter color conceals the appearance of scratches. Linoleum and wood floors are also easy to clean and remove pet hair from, while this can be a challenge with carpets, Bryan Nazor pointed out.
If hard surfaces all over are not for you, consider stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting, Bryan Nazor suggested. Many people even use fabrics and rugs that are similar to their pet’s fur color so the appearance of shedding is minimized.
More pet-specific remodels can also be implemented as you update your home. Disguised litter boxes that look like furniture, platform beds for dogs, cat trees and cat ramps can all be a nice touch. Many of these solutions cost less than purchasing its counterpart at the pet store, plus you can make it exactly the way you want.
All these suggestions are worthwhile considerations as you plan out your home remodel, Bryan Nazor said, as they can add value to a home and improve your quality of life as well as your furry friend’s.