Making sure your home is pet friendly could make financial sense

first_imgTHE DOGHOUSE: Pet friendly modifications could pay off when it comes time to sell. Pic Mark Cranitch.IF YOU believe Josh Euler then the real estate market has well and truly gone to the dogs. The home renovator says that it can make good financial sense to make your home dog friendly even if you do not own any pets.With just a few inexpensive modifications, like a doggie door to let four-legged friends move easier around the home, the saleability of your home could improve. With his business Ready for Sale Home Makeovers, he gets down and dirty to make modifications in Brisbane homes before they hit the market with the goal of securing a better sale price for the owners.And more and more this involves the adding those little things to make homes more desirable to pet owners. A lack of doggie doors could be a turn-off for potential buyers. Pic Mark Cranitch.Rebekah Hurworth from Family Home Experts helps design and renovate homes to make them ideal for people with pets.Different types of carpeting might look the same to the untrained eye, but some types were much better for people with cats.“Cut carpet is ideal because cats can’t get their claws into the loop,” Ms Hurworth said.If an agitated or curious feline got their claws into a looped type of carpet she said the only option for homeowners might be to replace the entire carpet, which can cost homeowners thousands of dollars.“Most of the carpet companies produce a pet friendly underlay, and that helps prevent smells and makes them easier to clean out,” she said. Rebekah Hurworth and Family Home Experts will be at The Home Show next week to talk about how to renovate homes for pets. The Courier-Mail is a partner of the Brisbane Home Show, which runs from Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.For tickets and details go to www.brisbanehomeshow.com.au Moodles and Maud (caramel) and doggie door in suburban home. Pic Mark Cranitch.“People look at who is the target market for that house,” Mr Euler said. “If it is a large family home then most people are going to have a pet, so we focus on the people in the market that would want that house.”He said that a pet owning family might pass off an otherwise ideal home because it lacked simple things like a fully fenced backyard or a pet door to the home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSimple modifications can make it easier for pups and kitten to be part of the family.“If a home’s design is not pet friendly when it goes for sale, you’ll be limiting your target market,” he said.Real estate agent at Place Newmarket Mario Sultana did not believe pet renovations would increase value, but said it could still be work doing. “If you have a person that has a pet and these features are already in place it could be the difference between someone buying the home and not buying the home,” Mr Sultana said.“People are time poor, and if these things are already done then it makes perfect sense for them.”As well as potentially adding value to a home, a lack of pet renovations could cost money according to one architect.last_img read more

Omeruo Targets Second AFCON Title in Egypt

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles’ defender, Kenneth Omeruo has set his sights on winning a second African Cup of Nations title after helping Nigeria finish top of Group E with their 3-1 win over Seychelles on Friday in Asaba, AOIFootball.com reports.Omeruo, who remains the only AFCON winner among the 23 invited players for the clashes against Seychelles and Egypt, posited after the Seychelles game that his teammates must now continue working hard to ensure they are fit ahead of the tournament in June. “Of course, we are dreaming of winning the title. I was part of the victorious team in 2013 and I will love to win it again. However, we are going to take the matches one at a time.“On our part as players, we have to work hard in our clubs and get regular playing time to ensure we stay fit for the Nations Cup,” Omeruo said.He further charged the NFF to organize quality friendly matches and proper preparation to ensure the squad is well prepared for the biannual tournament.“All I can urge the NFF is to organize more friendly matches and training camps for us ahead of the tournament and I am very confident they will do it because they have been doing so lately,” Omeruo concluded.The 24-year-old earned his 44th senior cap in the win over Seychelles and will be a huge influence if the country is to win its fourth AFCON title having starred in the 2013 edition in South Africa.Since winning the 2013 edition in South Africa under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi, Nigeria has failed to qualify for the two consecutive editions held afterwards.Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr however believes the team’s preparation for the AFCON 2019 has started.“The preparations for the AFCON started already after our game in Johannesburg, because we have qualified in November. Since that time we are already preparing, searching for good players and scouting our actual players and we will have three full weeks of preparations for the AFCON in the beginning of June.“ Everybody I hope by then they would have finished their seasons and it is very important for us that we don’t have any injuries,” Rohr stated.Goals from Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru and substitute Moses Simon ensured that the Super Eagles cemented their top position in their AFCON qualifying group.The Super Eagles will be in action again on Tuesday when they face the 2019 AFCON hosts, Egypt in a high-profile friendly also at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kenneth Omeruolast_img read more