Amid home remodeling, safety and well-being of kids and pets is always a high priority. Home renovations can turn your home into a construction site. Be ready to experience some loud noises, messiness, dust, workers coming in and out constantly and what not. Simply, home renovations can be challenging on families and a running child or pet can enhance some potential dangers. There are plenty of things to plan before a big home renovation project, and one of the most crucial is what to do with your pet and kids?
With careful planning and implementing some effective strategies, home renovations can be done safely.
Communicate With Your Family
Communication is the key. Before your home renovations, make sure to sit together, discuss and decide everything regarding who will keep an eye on kids and corral pets, which areas are safe to go during construction and which aren’t. Strategize everything prior to the build. Plan a step ahead to avoid confusion when the contractor starts remodeling.
Talk to Your Contractor
A contractor should be aware of his working environment and the people around them. This is why homeowners should introduce their family and furry friends to contractors. Let contractors know how things work, your household’s daily schedule, school timing of kids, office timings, what to expect and what not to. So, when they arrive for remodeling, they will know what to expect and how to act accordingly with the surroundings.
Make Sure To Cease the Construction Area
Home renovations are supposed to involve some hazards and risks. Best way to ensure kid’s safety is to section off the areas and create a no-go zone where only family is allowed to enter but the crew cannot. Keep children and pets far from a work-zone threat. Build boundaries around the construction site. Make sure kids know that this yellow tape area is off the limits, but if your kids are curious, maybe it’s better to use hanging plastic sheeting or child-safety sturdy gates to completely cordon off the working site. Teach your kids to avoid touching the building tools and materials. There are dangers associated with almost all tools. Therefore, ask your contractors to take care of their tools and avoid accidentally leaving tools here and there, particularly those items that pose a serious threat like saws and utility knives.
Likewise, you should designate a safe place for pets too. Build gates where possible and if not, be certain to keep them in a safe zone whether be a familiar closed room, catio, crate, fenced dog run, or backyard. Another option is to block the pet’s view of the work. Even, if the working zone is shut off, never leave the pets at home unsupervised. For days when more hazardous and risky work is likely to happen, then it’s better to walk out with the family for the day.
Maintain Your Routine
With all the changes going on, it is still possible to maintain regular activities. The fact that kids and pets need to adapt to the changing environment is important. Find alternative ways to keep their usual tasks running. While home remodeling, stick to child’s feeding schedules, be sure to provide their favorite toys and keep up with pet’s normal exercise routine. The reason both children and pets like the routine because it makes them feel secure.
Hire a Professional Remodeling Contractor
Lifestyle Renovations are contractors who have been providing their services for years. They have a reputable background and plenty of amazing testimonials. Once you hire your professional contractor, make sure to have a discussion with them regarding the home remodeling project and read the fine print thoroughly of the contract.
Get Pets Microchipped
As an option, you can inject (or maybe you have already) a microchip inside your pets is a smarter idea to keep them safe. Before construction starts, it may be a good idea to have all your pets microchipped. This is because cats and dogs are more likely to run away while construction is being completed. Also, homeowners should never underestimate the power of old-school collars and tags with their name, address, and cellphone. This could be quite helpful in case they don’t know how to get back home.
Beware of Fumes
Home renovations tend to be extensive and require plenty of steps. One such step is floor refinishing. During floor refinishing or any step that involves the release of harmful fumes, make sure to relocate your pets to a safer place where they can breathe fresh air.
Compared to humans, pets are more sensitive to fumes. This is why pets need utmost attention of their owners. In addition, make sure the contractor lets you know when such tasks are going to take place so that you can plan ahead.
Plan to Go Outdoors
To constantly bear loud noises and dust is no easy task. Get away from home remodeling site and be sure to plan something to get fresh oxygen and exercise. It could be a picnic in beautiful natural scenery spot or a visit to Dog Park. Regardless of where you decide to go, remember it’s essential for everyone’s mental stability. Therefore, let everyone de-stress and unwind better.
Make Sure To Perform a Thorough Cleaning After Remodeling
As soon as your home remodeling project comes to its end, make sure to give a thorough clean of your home inside out. Ventilate those areas that went through construction and sanitize everything including surfaces. Cleanliness matters the most for the safety of both kids and pets. Therefore, before you decide to move back to your refurbished home, perform deep cleaning.
To receive a better outcome, make sure to hire a contractor who knows how to renovate your home safely under any situation. Contact us today!