Remodeling Trends for Pet Owners

When it comes to remodeling, some pet owners think outside the box to provide a comfortable environment for their pets. From designing indoor retreats to constructing cat highways, pet owners don’t mind spending thousands of dollars on remodeling just for the comfort of their pets. 

In recent times, homeowners in America and beyond are now keeping their pets in mind when renovating the home. Whether you are remodeling the entire house or just the living room, here are some major pet-friendly trends to include in your plan. 

Feeding Station 

Most pet owners see their furry friends as part of the family and would want them to eat along with everyone else in the kitchen. But the kitchen is often hectic, and it is easy to knock or step over pet dishes. Also, if your pets eat carelessly, water and moist food will be littered all over your kitchen floor, a constructed feeding station is a perfect home remodeling idea to help you to keep your kitchen clean as well as ensure that your pet eats along with everyone.

Dog Washing Station 

This is one of the quickest growing trends among pet owners. Fed up of hoisting their pets into laundry tubs or bathtubs, pet owners enjoy the comfort of areas designated for dog washing. Most dog washing stations resemble a shower stall, but it is half the height. Washing stations feature cold and hot water supply, a ledge for comb and shampoo and a spray nozzle. Including a dog washing station in your remodeling plan is not expensive and it will add more value to your home when you sell it to someone who owns a dog. 

Built-in Beds 

Gone are the days when cats sleep on cardboard and dogs sleep on crates. In today’s world, homeowners have added pet beds in cabinets, shelves, and numerous built-in features. Giving your pet its own bed to sleep will make it comfortable as well as create space in your home. 

Cat Highways 

If you want to bring your kitties outdoor experience into the home, a cat high way is the ideal pet-friendly remodeling trend you need to consider. By nature, cats love to jump and climb so by including perches and walkways in one or more rooms, your kitty will always stay active and you won’t lose floor space. 

Indoor Pet Retreats 

This is a room designed for pets to have nothing but fun. It features a drinking fountain, automatic feeders, doggy shower and a lot of space to run and play.

Talk to your general contractor to help you incorporate these ideas into your remodeling plans and make you and your pet happy.

Replacing Stench with Fresh and Fruity Scents in Your Home

Nothing beats a fresh and scent-filled ambiance. A fresh breeze is ever soothing and relaxing.Follow these scentful tips to get rid of difficult odors and keep your home smelling fresh and inviting throughout the year.

  1. Make a bespoke Gel Freshener. Making a gel freshener is quite easy. You need some essential oils like citrus and grapeseed, depending on the exact scent you want to reproduce, then, other natural ingredients available in your kitchen, such as gelatin, salt, and lemons; mix them, and you have a nice fruity freshener for your home. For more detailed instructions and proportions, browse the internet.
  2. Secret Jars. These hidden scent-makers are simple to do, and the results last for even longer. You can mix essential oils you have with baking soda and have them fill up stone jars. Place the jars in different corners of your house and breathe in as the walls of your home begin to give out the scents seemingly by themselves. However, you might need to keep the jars out of sight, as they are not perfect decoration accessories.
  3. Scent of Potpourri. Add any food items with pleasant fragrances into a pan. Use lemons, apple cider, vanilla extract, etc.; they all work perfectly. Add a cup or so of clear water to the pan and afterward apply heat on the burner. A warm and refreshing scent wafts off the hot mixture which gives your home a welcoming ambiance. This process works best at night as it’s sure to make dinner smell enticing.
  4. Use Cleaning Products With Natural Ingredients and Favors. Go for cleaning liquids that have natural elements in their contents. Many cleaning products are plant-based and infused with the scents of ingredients like citrus, cedar, and lavender. Constant use of such products for cleaning the floors, windows, and even clothes will all add up to give every room in the house a distinct pleasantly fresh smell.
  5. DIY Lavender Air Freshener. Mix in a small container baking soda with dried lavender leaves and then shake it carefully. Add a bit of lavender oil too, and closed it up. Poke some holes in the lid to allow the scent to escape into the home atmosphere. 

Try out these ideas to get that welcoming fresh and fruity atmosphere in your home. If you need more options of essential oils, visit any apothecary shop that is close to you.

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Tips for Staging During the Holiday Season



As the wonderful holiday season fast approaches it is the time to consider how you are going to deal with staging. It’s magical to see sparkling light shows, but not so much when you are trying to buy a home for your family. Ultimately, your goal with staging for any time of the year is to create a clean and open atmosphere. This invites imagination from among your prospective buyers as they envision themselves living in the home they are touring. Discover ways that you accommodate the holiday season while maintaining the professional look that your clients and potential buyers want.

Strike the Staging Moment Right

When someone walks through a home during the holiday season for an open house, leave them with plenty of visual space. Open up the rooms by removing any holiday decor. However, you do want to capture some of the magic of the season. An effective solution for maintaining your budget is to stick with a single color scheme.

For example:

  • Use all white lights for strings of holiday lighting
  • Hang solid red bows on display outside of windows
  • Drape fresh greenery as garnish across mantles
  • Create wreaths from brown twigs or dried grapevines

These ideas are easy, cost-effective, and brilliant for achieving your overall goals.

Yay or Nay to Holiday Ornaments

Typically, you want to keep the ornaments to a minimum. After all, these glittery glass balls can be distracting and cause unexpected crashes to take place when buyers are touring a home. If you do choose to have a holiday tree with ornaments, go with a single color scheme. You also want the ornaments to complement the color of your decor. Also, look for ornaments made from a material that will not break easily and avoid any fragile glass ornaments.

Keep the Focus on the House

Now here are a few items to steer clear of. Slip any homemade or personalized ornaments and decorations out of sight before visitors arrive. Also stay away from inflatables, collections of dolls, or holiday displays, such as miniature town scenes. These clutter and distract the buyers as they look at the bigger picture of how they will fit in this space. As you consider other items, such as holiday treats or greeting cards, less is more in any case.

Make the Most of the Holidays

The holidays are a magical time of year when families are ready to make the most of a fabulous home buying opportunity. Contact me for additional tips in the real estate market and let me help you sell your home this holiday season.