THE 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.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter enjoying a 66-day hiatus, the UW football team took the field for the first time since falling to Tennessee 21-17 in the 2008 Outback Bowl on New Year?s Day.Although practice was held indoors in the McClain Center and the players wore no pads, everyone seemed excited to get back into the swing of things.?[The first day] was great; it was a lot of fun,? said senior quarterback Allan Evridge. ?It?s fun getting back into it. It seems like we just finished up, but now when you start getting back on the field, you realize how long it?s been and how much you?ve missed it, so it?s been great getting back.?Last season, Evridge began the spring looking to compete with Tyler Donovan for the starting spot under center. With Donovan graduating this semester, Evridge enters spring ball as the clear favorite to succeed Donovan as Wisconsin?s starting signal caller.But despite his change in role, Evridge claims that his approach hasn?t changed from last spring.?I don?t think that really changes anything,? Evridge said. ?My mental approach is the same as it was last year. I take every opportunity to be [getting reps]. That?s just the name of the game, especially at the quarterback position.?With the regular season still months away, Evridge has one thing in mind: continue to improve.His goal for the spring is the ?same as always,? Evridge continued. ?Get reps and improve and take one thing at a time and take advantage of everything. Right now our team?s trying to take advantage of every play, every snap, every series and every game. So I?m just trying to keep that mentality and keep pushing forward.?Taking snaps alongside Evridge Saturday was freshman Curt Phillips, who graduated high school a semester early to join the Badgers. Phillips won the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee as a senior and enjoyed his first day dressed in cardinal and white.?I really enjoyed it,? said the Kingsport, Tenn., native. ?It?s definitely a big jump from high school, so I?ve been looking forward to getting in there and seeing what it was like.?Phillips admitted that he was nervous, not having much time to go over the playbook.?But coach Chryst helped me out and the other quarterbacks helped me out,? he added.Even after only one day of practice, Phillips noticed a significant change in the pace of the game from high school ball.?It?s definitely a lot faster,? Phillips said. ?I enjoy getting in here, getting used to the speed. That?s probably the biggest [difference], is the speed of the game.?That, and the weather.?It?s cold here,? Phillips joked. ?I?m from east Tennessee. It gets cold, but not like this. We probably get five to six inches of snow a year.?Despite the substantial change in climate, Phillips is excited to be a Badger.?Whenever I was looking (at schools), I wanted to find the best combination of academics and football, and here you can?t really beat the top-tier football program and top academics,? Phillips said. ?When I came and saw the atmosphere at Camp Randall, I thought it was pretty awesome.?Catching passes from both Evridge and Phillips Saturday was sophomore Kyle Jefferson. Last season, Jefferson had seniors Luke Swan and Paul Hubbard to look up to and learn from. This season, Jefferson enters the spring as the mentor and UW?s No. 1 wideout, a responsibility he is willing to take on.?I?ve just got to be a leader,? Jefferson said. ?I?ve got to do things right the first time. I?ve got to show my guys that I?m here every day working hard, so just follow behind me so we all can be great.?It?s fun to be a leader to your group. It?s a big honor, especially being so young. To be able to be a leader to a group that?s much older, that?s been here longer than me, I feel honored.?