You’ve watched all the TV programmes on buying puppies, seen how dogs stack up against cats and now your decision has been made on the pet you think would best fit your house. Now it’s time to think how your house will adapt to your pet when it arrives.
Getting a pet is a big decision. Everyone in the house will need to be enthusiastic about the idea as the arrival of a pet will almost certainly change everything from how you spend your spare time to how you organise your rooms. Here are some tips on preparing your house for a four-legged arrival.
Who is taking responsibility for the pet?
Kids often beg their parents to buy them a kitten or a puppy. Unfortunately, the novelty can wear off quickly, leaving parents to take the dog for its daily walk or feeding the cat.
Prepare your home
If you’re getting a puppy, be prepared for chewing and scratching. Puppies can do a lot of damage to furniture and doors so you may want to store away your more expensive items until they grow out of the juvenile, playful stage. You should also take care not to leave any smaller items they may swallow lying around.
The better trained your pet is the easier it will be
Some pets are more intelligent than others, dogs in particular are quick to learn the house rules if you train them properly.
Make space for them
Pets need their own space so make sure you have this prepared for them well in advance. If it’s a dog it will need a basket and an established place where they can eat their food. Ideally this shouldn’t be in areas where you are eating.
Depending on how you feel about living in your parent’s house the prospect of leaving to live in a place of your own, you may be relieved or daunted by the prospect.
Either way, for most people, leaving home is a major life event. It’s the time when you can finally feel like an adult and a time when you will quickly learn what looking after yourself is all about.
If you are aged 18-34 it is worth remembering that there are still more than 20 million young adults living with their parents to avoid having to pay high housing costs.
Before you even get to move out of what may have been your home for the past 20 years or so, you will need to sort out everything you have accumulated over the years. This can be a considerable amount of stuff that will need to be put in boxes and labelled.
Parents are usually happy to let you leave some things behind, but there may come a time where they will want to make use of that spare bedroom. If your new house has enough space it is worth setting aside some space for the items you want to keep.
If your new home doesn’t have much space, then self-storage may be an option, particularly if you have larger items that need to be stored away. We can make sure that these items are stored safely until you need them.
If you are one of those people who is feeling anxious about leaving home and not getting your washing done or meals cooked for you anymore, you will soon get used to the idea and the new found independence.
According to a survey by Electronics giants Sony, a third of UK adults consider games rooms an added luxury worth paying extra for. So it may be worth making space for one before you start taking viewings.
According to the survey by Sony, a games room can add an additional 3.2% to the value of a house or flat which can make clearing out the spare bedroom or the loft worth doing when that 3.2% is turned into thousands of pounds.
Games rooms are particularly useful for families providing extra space for entertaining children and even grownups, who might want to practice playing pool, snooker or perhaps darts. Games rooms can also make a handy additional space for entertaining guests.
If you like the idea of setting up a games room in your house then the advice is to choose a room away from the kitchen or living room. Somewhere where noise is less of an issue. This can either be a spare bedroom, garage or even an extension.
You may also need to find a new home for things you don’t need in order to free up space in your room. This is where self-storage at Fortbox can come in handy. Every home has items that are taking up space and used only rarely. Storing them away in a secure location away from the house can often be a wise decision particularly if you are hoping to sell and impress during viewings.
This may seem like an odd question to ask when we’re basking in what is turning into a great summer. If you are just dusting off some of your garden furniture and barbecue and other garden fixtures, then you may well be wishing that they were stored inside over the winter.
If your barbecue is rusting or your sun lounger canopy has faded in the sunlight, then before adding to your furniture collection it may be worth planning now for how it will be stored away in the autumn.
If you are not one of those well-organised people who did this a year ago, then all is not lost. Depending on what your furniture is made of, it may just require a quick wipe over. Plastic chairs, for example, are low maintenance compared to wood but colours can fade and they start to look shabby if they are left exposed to the elements for months at a time.
If you have wooden furniture on the other hand, it can soon be revived even if you did leave it outside over winter. It can be sandpapered and treated with oil or painted to restore it to its former glory.
Metal furniture and barbeques often rust, if they get damp, so the best advice here for minor rust spots is to use a wire brush to get rid of it before it starts to eat further into the metal.
When the summer is over, the advice is try and store your garden furniture inside or in self-storage to reduce all of this extra work next year.