Updated: Aug 11
There is so much to consider when undertaking a renovation. From picking out the right contractor, down to the fun details of what tile or fixtures to choose, that we often forget this can be a very stressful time for our pets. Animals, like their human counterparts, enjoy routine. And since we can’t have a sit-down, rational talk with our pets (let’s be honest, we will try anyways), here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe and happy during a renovation.
Find out if your contractor likes animals.
How could anyone not love your precious Snowball as much as you? For our team, getting cuddles on-site is often the best part of the job, but this isn’t the case for everyone. It might be an awkward question, but it can go a long way in how comfortable you feel leaving for work when your contractor shows up. This can also impact whether you want to board or leave your pets with a friend/family member or leave them at home during your renovation.
Create a safe space away from the noise. New sounds, strange people, equipment and tools coming in and out of the house: this can be overwhelming for home owners, let alone our furry companions! Creating a space with familiar items like a dog/cat bed or crate, favorite toys and one of your sweaters can be very comforting. One of our clients created a blanket fort for their older, blind (our heart!) cat. By day two, she would come out to greet our workers; but she always had a safe space to go to when the drilling started.
Escape Artists? During a renovation, your contractor will likely have to come in and out of the house quite often. If you have an escape artist on your hands, ensure they are kept in a room where they can’t even get to the front door.
Dog Walker or Friend. Having a familiar face take your pooch out for exercise can be the best thing for your pet, especially if they’re a bit stressed. It’s also a great way to have someone check in on your pets and reassure them that everything is okay. Please inform your contractor in advance so they don’t think a dog/cat-napping is in place!
Pay attention to behaviours. You know your pets better than anyone. If you notice any abnormal behaviours during the renovation, such as peeing in the house, pacing, excessive panting or lip licking, diarrhea; you are going to want to make some changes. In addition to having a check at the vet, having your pet stay elsewhere during a renovation may be the best thing for their health.
Extra clean up. If the renovation area can’t be completely blocked off, make sure to do an extra check of the renovation area at night. Staples, screws and all tools should be cleaned up and out of the way by your contractor; but it doesn’t hurt to take a second look before your pet takes free range of the home again.