Pet-Proofing Your New Home

  • Written on October 10, 2023 By Stanley Martin Homes

Buying a new home is a big achievement and if you’re sharing this exciting new chapter with a furry friend, creating a safe, happy, and clean space for them is undoubtedly at the top of your priority list. From securing the outdoor perimeter to choosing pet-friendly flooring, every detail counts. Here, we present a comprehensive guide on pet-proofing your new home to ensure both you and your pet enjoy comfort and peace of mind.

1. Secure the Perimeter

  • Fences: A robust fence ensures your pet can play freely without the risk of escaping. Ensure it is tall and sturdy to accommodate the jumpers and diggers.
  • Gates: Equip your gates with self-closing mechanisms and ensure they are always secure.
  • Balconies: Add pet-resistant screens or barriers to make elevated spaces safe.

2. Safe Indoor Spaces

  • Windows: Install screens to protect your pets from falls and ensure a secure environment.
  • Cords: Tuck away electrical and blind cords to mitigate the risks of accidents.

3. Hazardous Zones Awareness

  • Kitchens/Bathrooms: Employ childproof locks to restrict access to cabinets with cleaners, medications, and other hazardous items.
  • Stairs: Use safety gates if necessary, particularly for older pets or those still exploring their new environment.

4. Pet-Friendly Flooring with Stanley Martin

Hard Surface Flooring: Stanley Martin understands the need for a floor that withstands the test of pet ownership. That’s why we offer quality hard surface flooring in our new homes that elegantly graces your living space, is resilient to nail scratches, and makes cleaning a breeze.

5. Creating a Pet Haven

  • Bedding: Designate comfortable areas with cozy bedding for rest.
  • Toys: Keep toys within reach, ensuring they are safe and free from small parts that could be swallowed.

6. Climate Control

  • Temperature Management: Install climate controls to shield pets from extreme temperatures, ensuring their comfort all year round.

7. Updated Identification

  • Tags/Chips: Update tags and microchips with your new address and contact information.

8. Safe Decor and Plants

  • Plants: Remove any toxic plants from your indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Decor: Secure decor items to prevent them from being knocked over or becoming a chewing hazard.

Your new home is a sanctuary for every member of your family, including your pets. Tailoring your space to be pet-friendly ensures their safety, comfort, and well-being. And with the added assurance of durable and easy-to-clean flooring options from Stanley Martin, you’re well on your way to creating the perfect home where every family member, furry ones included, can thrive in harmony. Happy pet-proofing!