Kids and pets under the same roof
According to the Australian Companion Animal Council, more than 63 per cent of households have a pet.
Co-habitation of kids and pets can pose some struggles in the home - both on your furniture and your sanity. So how do you create a great environment for your children that also caters to the needs of our furry friends?
Keeping kitchens under lock and key can be a great way to maintain order and cleanliness. A collapsible gate to prevent entry while you’re cooking, childproof locks on cupboards or even installing shelves out of reach of the young ones can get the job done. The same can apply to laundries and areas where you have chemicals that could be harmful.
Paw to the Floor
With dogs that love outdoor rough and tumble, it is possible that they will traipse mud, grass and who knows what else through your carpet, resulting in some expensive and time consuming cleaning. Vinyl or hardwood floors can be much easier for this, and with the right bed or rugs for your pet they can still stay snug and warm at night.
Keep an eye out for the right combination of flooring when you are browsing properties, so there are areas of comfort for everyone that won’t be a hassle to maintain.
Practicality Before Perfection
Leather-covered furniture is a good idea to repel spills and hair, which minimises the cleaning you will have to do. You don’t have to compromise your comfort, but you should think practically first!
Don’t Forget the Outer Space
If you have a large dog, it’s going to be quite crucial that you have outdoor space. While new apartment and unit popularity is growing, with the Housing Industry Association noting an 11.3 per cent rise in multi-unit sales for March, it might not be best for your pet.
Consider looking in outer suburbs where green space is more prevalent, and check with the body corporate about pets if you are looking at strata living. It’s not just good for pets either - nearby parks or a good backyard gives kids the freedom to run and play to their hearts’ content.
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