“If a house doesn’t work with dogs, it won’t work with children or guests either.” – Julia Szabo
Julia Szabo, a pet-expert, columnist for the New York Post and author of Animal House Style: Designing a Home to Share With Your Pets has been designing some awesome pet-friendly homes for her clients. “The key is choosing the right materials and accommodating your animals’ need”, says Julia who lives with a dozen dogs and cats. (Source)
Sometimes, it is not easy to find a perfect pet-friendly home but it is not difficult to build that perfect adobe for you and your pet. Pet-friendly décor is a widely accepted trend now. It is not surprising at all to see that many stylish home owners are remodeling their homes to cater to the needs of their pets.
Here are some easy tips if you don’t want to banish your pets in the balcony or the yard:
Vacuum your home
Most of the times the hairballs of your pets are barely visible. It is advisable to vacuum your home at least once a week. You might opt to vacuum it twice if your furry friend is shedding. There are special vacuum cleaners that are more effective in sucking up a pet’s hairs. It is worth investing in.
Paint as your pet
Your pet can be a good inspiration for choosing the colors for your furniture and flooring. Apart from giving a welcoming feel to your pet, it also hides the hairs they leave behind.
Use stain resistant fabrics
Forget fabrics like silks and velvet, rather choose stain and odour resistant fabrics like from the line of Crypton. This line of fabrics is specially designed for the pet-obsessed and are equally stylish. You can find it easily at furniture shops or online.
Give your pet attractive toys
Browse through some highly attractive toys for your pet like something to chew for your dog or a scratching post or a climbing tree for your cat. These toys are not only chic and stylish but also keep your pet engaged thus sparing your furniture.
These are some ideas to provide for a pet-friendly home. Thus you can have a beautiful house and a pet at the same time.
Let us know what is your idea of a perfect home for your pet in the comments.
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Your pet is your family but most of the times it is extremely difficult to explain this to your landlord. Renting a house can turn out to be a daunting task with a pet, especially when the pet has more than two legs.
Although there is no secret to finding a perfect pet-friendly apartment, the thumb rule is to never hide it from your landlord. Moving in a new house can be as difficult for your pet as it is for you. Hence, minimize your moves if yours is a sensitive one.
We have tried to gather a list of things that you must keep in mind while renting with pets:
Find a pet-friendly apartment
You might find the perfect apartment for yourself with just one hurdle – ‘No Pet Policy’. If you are considering to move in such an apartment then think again because this might result in eviction.
There are many apartments that are pet friendly. Choose a home where both of you are welcome and comfortable. Feel free to ask your landlord. Many a times they are ready to negotiate on their policies.
Providing a reference is a good idea most of the times. Get reference letters from your current landlords and neighbors for your pets. This will provide confidence about its peaceful behavior.
Prepare a pet resume
A pet resume is a good idea. Include things which can help generate confidence about your pet. Talk about things like regular visit to the veterinary. If your pet has been trained professionally then you can also talk about it.
Ask if there’s any extra fees or deposits for your pet
You should ask your landlord if there is any extra fees or deposit for your pet. These deposits are generally refundable as they are typically used as a security amount for any kind of damage to the property. Offering a security money can put the deal in your favor while you negotiate.
Arrange a meet and greet
If your landlord is still unsure about allowing your pet then letting your prospective landlord meet your pet will allow him to judge how well behaved and well groomed your pet is.
These are some hacks that can help you strike a deal with your landlord. Don’t try to hide. Share with us your experience of finding a rental with your pet.
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