If you’re the type of person who can’t imagine living without a dog or cat, but you don’t want to sacrifice your personal sense of style, then these tips for creating a pet friendly home are for you! From flooring to furniture and beyond, snag some good advice on creating the perfect pet friendly home.
Separate Sleeping Spaces
Just like their human counterparts, pets love plush places to sleep. Often times, that winds up being your bed. But dog behavior specialists say it’s better for your dog, and to show who is boss, to have their own sleeping space. Some of the best types of pet beds are filled with cedar chips and have a washable cover. They smell good and help to repel fleas.
Dogs also do very well in crates or closed-in spaces. The way you feel in your den or reading nook is similar to the way your pup feels in their crate – safe and relaxed. Put a crate under a table in a kitchen corner or build a little pet hideaway for them to escape to.
Dress Beds in Washable Fabrics
Even when you create separate sleeping spaces, it’s likely you may still sometimes share the bed with your four-legged friend. Or they might sneak up there when you’re not around. Help protect your bed against the inevitable hair, dirt, and accidents that will happen when owning a pet.
Duvet covers work better than bedspreads or quilts because they can be removed and washed. You’ll want to choose sturdy sheets in a medium shade that can hide a little pet hair while in between washes. You should also consider investing in a moisture resistant mattress pad to help protect your mattress.
Choose Durable Flooring
To keep pet-occupied rooms in top shape, you will need hard-surface flooring. Laminate or hardwood flooring, stone or ceramic tiles, or painted concrete are easier to keep clean and stain-free than carpets. Such floors are also cooler in warmer weather, an important consideration for pets with thick or long hair. Even if your dog is perfectly potty trained, carpet is going to collect hair, critters, and bacteria.
Slip Proof Area Rugs
Not only do area rugs enhance a room, they can also protect your floors from claws and stains. They muffle the sounds of thumping tails, dropped chew toys, and animals running around. They protect your pet from slipping on the polished floors and give them a comfy place to nap. Buy rugs featuring patterns with a multitude of colors to draw the eye away from dirt, stains, and pet hair. Or buy a rug similar in color to your pet’s hair, so it will blend in easier.
A dog running around can easily slip on a rug, knocking over a person, plant or table in the way. So, invest in a slip proof area rug and anchor it with heavy furniture. If you’d rather re-purpose the rugs you already own, you can purchase rubber rug grips that stick to the bottom of the rugs.
Protect Your Walls with Paint
Pets can do several things to damage your walls. They like to rub against them as they walk by. They can spray the walls with drool if they shake their heads or dirt if they come in wet and shake off the rain. Cats may be tempted to scratch a wall papered in textured wall paper.
Therefore, instead of wall paper, paint your walls in beautiful colors and keep paper towels handy to wipe away dirt. Semi-gloss-finish paint or satin paint are great choices for rooms that see a lot of activity because they clean up much easier. If you’d still like to go for a matte finish be sure to choose a washable flat paint.
Shred Proof Your Furniture
A common and frustrating cat behavior is scratching at anything they can get their little paws on. Unless you like torn and fringed walls and slipcovers, invest in a scratching post! Set it near your favorite perch, which is usually where cats’ enjoy scratching the most. Discourage clawing by covering the spot with aluminum foil or tape until your cats habits shift to the scratching post.
Install A Doggie Door
If you spring for a nice-looking airtight pet door, you will be saving both you and your pet a lot of trouble. They’ll be able to come and go as they please! Just be sure your yard is fenced in, so your pet doesn’t wander off when they go outside.
Nix the Bleach
Here is a pet safety tip you might not be aware of: your pet will absorb – through their paws – whatever you use to clean your floors and other surfaces with. Bleach and other strong chemicals are highly irritating and toxic. Instead, opt for vinegar and water rinses instead – they are also better for you and the environment! Keep all your household cleaners up high or secured in a cabinet where your nosy pets can’t get into them.
Inspect Your Houseplants
Pets and plants don’t always mix. Many plants including aloe, ivies, and amaryllis can be toxic to both dogs and cats. For a complete list of plants toxic to pets, check with the ASPCA. Luckily, plants make wonderful gifts. So, if you need to part with a poisonous plant, a non-pet owning friend or family member will likely be more than happy to take it off your hands! If you’re a plant lover, be sure to set your non-toxic greenery on a sturdy base so that they won’t get knocked over.
FAUN G. HAUPTMAN
Broker Associate with Kentwood Cherry Creek
Faun grew up in the Denver area and has an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from the University of Denver (DU). Faun has extensive experience in public relations. She started her career with Hill and Knowlton in Los Angeles and worked with some of the nation’s most visible luxury goods accounts including Patek Philippe, Stolichnaya Vodka, Haagen Dazs, and the Bermuda Department of Tourism. After leaving the public relations field and receiving her Masters Degree in Finance, Faun worked in investor relations. Through that experience she developed a keen set of skills working with professionals on Wall Street and publications such as the Wall Street Journal. Faun is a product of the outstanding Cherry Creek School District and has many years of first-hand knowledge of some of Denver’s most elite residential property. She is one of the top producing Realtors focusing on Distinctive Properties in Denver, West Denver and the Foothills.
"Faun gets the job done! We met her while we were in the process of relocating from out of state during the most difficult real estate market in history. Our transaction was complicated,, but she did not give up. She kept her sense of humor and managed to find us a beautiful home. Faun is creative,, tenacious and not afraid of challenge."
"Faun spoiled me! She helped us sell our house on a very tight schedule. Faun totally exceeded our expectations with her professionalism. After working with Faun it has been very difficult working with any other realtor. Throughout our interactions Faun exhibited the following qualities: true professionalism,, knowledge,, resourcefulness,, competence,, reliability,, ethics,, honesty,, along with graceful demeanor no matter what the situation. Faun is a joy to work with."
"Faun's impressive resume and qualifications led us to select her as our selling agent and we are happy to report that she exceeded our expectations by successfully negotiating the sale of our home. The house was a very extensively modified historic structure with very non-standard layout and features making it a unique selling challenge. Faun accepted the challenge enthusiastically and made practical suggestions to enhance the attractiveness of the home to a targeted market. We followed her suggestions and realized a better return on our investment than we thought possible. The buyer's agent created some difficult situations and challenges that were well beyond our expertise and Faun guided us through them with a tenacity,, flexibility and dedication that only a person of her unique talents and abilities could provide. We highly recommend her thoughtful,, targeted approach to selling,, On a more personal note,, Faun took the time to get to know us and fully understand our situation and expectations and worked very hard to help us achieve our goal. In the process,, she made two loyal friends. If you are looking to sell or buy a home -- hire this woman! You won't regret it."
"I worked with Faun in selling and buying a home. We had very tight deadlines and with her expertise she was able to meet every one. In selling my home she advised on staging (even helped me pick up items needed) and got top dollar for it. She negotiated extremely aggressively on both the sale and purchase of the homes. I wouldn't hesitate to contact Faun in the future. She's helping other family members with the purchase of their next home. Highly recommend her."
"An educated agent is a must! Faun proved this assertion to us in April 2013 when she sold our house at a very agreeable price with fewer concessions to the buyers than we were expecting. I can't express how pleased we were to list our house on a Tuesday night and have a full price offer in hand by Sunday (and we thought we were priced aggressively,, I might add). Here's the key: do what she tells you to do with the property! If Faun wants you to take down a painting,, take it down. We put some elbow grease into the house before we listed and we staged it to her specifications. You can't argue with a full price offer inside a week and a 30 day clean close. She'd be our real estate professional for life if she'd just get her North Carolina license!"Read More
"Faun and I participated in a very complicated Real Estate Transaction. She was always professional, very dependable and easy to work with. I can't recommend her highly enough."
- Venator Properties Llc
"Faun was wonderful to work with. She was in constant communication with us throughout a very long and difficult process to purchase a residence that was a short sale with multiple liens on it. There were multiple situations where her exemplary problem solving skills were put to the test,, and she always got it done."
"Faun did an incredible job of marketing my mother's home as we worked to settle her estate. This was a difficulty time for the family and Faun handled it with sesitivity and made it a lot easier that it otherwise might have been. Of course,, it didn't hurt that her expert advice concerning preparation and marketing resulted in an immediate sale. The only reason she only gets five stars is because they don't offer six as an option."
"Sadly, the circumstances under which I met Faun were due to a possible foreclosure. However,, because of Faun's experience with short sales and her tenacity, we were able to do a short sale and get some money out of the home sale. Faun calls herself the queen of short sales for a reason. She has enough of them under her belt so that she understands the system and how to proceed in a timely manner. That being said,, Faun didn't help us for the handsome commission that she would attain. She helped us because she felt really bad that good people go through bad times and can lose everything. Her compassion for our situation will never be forgotten. Definitely make the decision to use Faun as your real estate broker!!! You will be in great hands!"
"Faun spent many hours with me and my girlfriend touring houses in the Denver area. We probably saw at least 50 different properties,, and she was very patient and professional throughout that process. She not only followed my stated wishes on price range,, type of house and location,, but she also was able to anticipate houses I might like. When we found the house I wanted to buy,, she worked very hard negotiating a good price with a very difficult seller. I selected her after interviewing several other recommended brokers. She brings the whole package of experience,, knowledge and professionalism."
"Faun is exactly the type of Realtor you want on your side. I'm going to be blunt here, and I hope Faun takes what I'm about to say the right way. When we went to seek a Realtor to sell our townhouse,, we interviewed two Realtors. We thought the gentleman we met with was very nice. We met Faun and she was all business - she made no bones about telling us what we needed to change in our house to help it sell, told us what we should expect to receive in a sale,, etc. She definitely was not there to be our friend. After much discussion, we opted for Faun because we believed when it came down to negotiations and getting through all the pitfalls that can and will happen in a real estate transaction, nice was nice but we wanted someone who was a pit bull. Faun put a lot of time, energy and expense into selling our townhouse,, and when she sold it, it was during the bottom of the housing recession in Denver. We couldn't have picked a worse time to put our home up for sale. Faun put the best face possible on our property. She brought in a film crew to take both still photos and create a movie presentation. The brochures were slick and high-quality. When our brochure holder was empty,, Faun made sure it was filled back up. The webpage she set up for us was top-notch. While it did take almost eight months to sell our property (which,, considering the market and all the foreclosures/short sales in our neighborhood that were harming us), Faun did about as great a job as possible. She stood by us the whole time and provided great advice, including recommending that we pass on the first offer, proving she was more interested in doing what was right by her customer than making an easy commission. If you've read this far and you think I've suggested Faun is not nice, you'd be mistaken. She just doesn't do business from the standpoint of wanting to be your buddy and tell you what you want to hear. She does it as a serious businesswoman, she tells you what you need to hear. I'd absolutely hire her again if we found ourselves back in Denver looking to buy or sell a home."
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