Whether you have one beloved cat or a full house with multiple cats, you want to provide a comfortable, safe, cat-friendly home environment.
September is National Happy Cat Month. Yes, there really is a recognized month when cat lovers celebrate their feline friends. Happy Cat Month is an annual event held in September that serves to inform and educate cat owners about creating a cat-friendly home. At Old Dominion Realty, our real estate agents take pride in supporting the well-being of our furry felines. Take a look at ways you can create a cat-friendly home.
Create an Outdoor View
Although your cat may be an indoor-only feline, they will welcome an outdoor view of trees, plants, flowers, and outdoor critters. Cats are curious creatures, and they need stimulation to stay happy. If you're looking for properties in Virginia, many homes have spectacular outdoor views that will keep your cat mesmerize your cat for hours.
Keep Your Cat Active
Keeping your cat active will provide exercise and mental stimulation. Cats love to play, so they love cat toys with playful interaction. You don't need to buy expensive toys since cats like unwinding balls of string, attacking shadows on the floor, jumping up to catch a feather, and chasing toy mice. Taking time to play with your cat shows affection, creates strong bonds and promotes healthy activity.
Create Vertical Spaces
One of the best ways to create a cat-friendly home is by providing vertical spaces where your cat can climb. This is especially important in multiple-cat households where cats need their own private space. Cats love to climb and perch themselves high above the floor where they feel safe. If Broadway homes for sale have high ceilings, you can use tall cat trees with multiple levels, as well as cat shelves that can be attached to walls and windows.
Provide a Cozy Bed
Cats spend a lot of time sleeping, so they need a cozy bed where they feel safe. Some cats like to rest and relax in different spots in the house, so you can use soft quilts, blankets, and large throw pillows to create cozy places to relax in different rooms. For cats who like to hide, soft baskets and decorative containers are cozy options for Dayton homes for sale with large rooms and open floor plans.
Buy a Scratching Post
Cats scratch to file their claws and mark their territory. If you don't buy a scratching post, you're likely to find scratches on your walls, cabinets, furniture, and upholstery. Scratching posts should be as tall as possible to allow your cat to scratch vertically at a full stretch. If you build a floor-to-ceiling scratching post in an area where your cat likes to scratch, your cat will love you, and your furniture will last a lot longer.
Buy a Quality Food Bowl
Cats look forward to eating their food. As creatures of habit, they prefer regular daily feeding schedules, food placed in particular bowls, and meals served in certain places. Cats are picky about their food. It's best to buy a food bowl made of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel so you can wash it. Avoid bowls made of plastic that can give off chemical odors because your cat will turn up his nose. An elevated food bowl will keep your cat's whiskers cleaner and out of the food.
Provide Fresh, Clean Water
Water is essential to your cat's health, so make sure they always have fresh, clean water. Most cats like their water bowl near their food, but some cats prefer water in separate locations. Cats are natural hunters, so finding a water bowl in a different room rewards their hunting instincts. Cats prefer water bowls that are filled to the brim so they can drink without putting their heads down. Pet drinking fountains encourage drinking while creating a playful experience.
Pay Attention to the Litter Box
If you have a cat, you need a litter box. Cats instinctively know how to use a litter box, even if they have never stepped into one. Make sure your cat's litter box is big enough for your cat to easily move around. If you have two cats, get three litter boxes. As a cat owner, you owe it to your cat and yourself to clean out litter boxes every day and refill them with clean, fresh litter. Dirty litter boxes can quickly create unhealthy, stinky odors in your home.
Ready to find a new home for you and your cats? For information on Virginia homes for sale, contact us for available listings and prices in different neighborhoods.
No matter if you're thinking of selling in the future or plan to put your home on the market in the next few days, our real estate agents want you to know there's never a wrong time to raise a home's value!
You don't have to spend tens of thousands to get a return on your renovation projects. Many projects are inexpensive – some, you could do yourself with only the cost of supplies – and the right ones are eminently worthwhile.
No matter what your timeframe looks like, you want to be sure you're making the right selections to make the most of your investment. Luckily, there are consistent winners that stay the same no matter what style trends are popular.
Let's look at them now:
This is only a small sample of the many ways you could raise your home's value before it goes to market! Contact Old Dominion Realty today to find out more.
Vacation is an exciting prospect that many people look forward to. Often in the excitement, small details are forgotten until the time to leave is upon you. One aspect that can be a concern for homeowners is keeping your house safe while you're away. The best way to do that is to take the time to plan in advance. Here are 10 tips for keeping your house protected when you're on vacation so you can have some peace of mind and enjoy your well-deserved escape.
#1: Have someone stay in your home or stop by frequently – A home that's occupied, even if it's for a short period each day, can help prevent any issues. Consider asking a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to housesit or at least drop by each day to check on things. This can include looking for packages dropped off, turning lights on or off depending on the time of day, making sure the newspaper is picked up—basically doing things that let others know that "someone is home."
#2: Lay low online – Savvy thieves have discovered that the internet has a wealth of information. Once they see your family happily enjoying a vacation, it's fairly easy to find someone's address. It may even be seen by a friend of a friend who doesn't make good choices. There will be plenty of time to share your vacation photos and stories online, but do it after you get back. That way you're not announcing to the world that your house is empty.
#3: Invest in timed lighting – Not only will lights left on 24/7 end up costing you a pretty penny, it doesn't deter people who are really watching your house. Instead, invest in a switch that you can program. Varying lights throughout the day will make it feel like someone is there.
#4: Remove any spare keys – If you keep a spare key somewhere outside the house, place it inside before you go or give it to a trusted friend. There's no use making it easy to get in. Do a final walkthrough before you leave to check for any windows, doors, or other types of entries that may be unlocked as well.
#5: Get security and advertise it – A home security system isn't a bad thing. In fact, a good service keeps your house monitored when you can't. A sign in your yard only reinforces that someone's making sure your home is safe. Also, make sure to let your home security company know if you're heading out of town.
#6: Stow valuables – If you have truly priceless items, it's smart to stow them away in a safe or somewhere you're confident is secure.
#7: Turn down the heat – Want to save money? Turn down the thermostat so you aren't running full-blown while you're gone. Make sure it's not too cold though to prevent freezing. If you want to return to a warm home, have a friend turn the heat on the day before you get back.
#8: Unplug – Unplug electronics, toasters, and any other item you want to protect from potential surges or that pose a fire hazard when unmonitored.
#9: Keep some curtains open – It's a way for friends, neighbors, or the police to be able to see what's going on inside.
#10: Stop your mail and newspaper – Call to put a temporary hold on mail and any newspapers you receive. A stockpile sitting on your porch or in your mailbox attracts attention.
If you're interested in buying your first house or tenth house, our teams of REALTORS® in Virginia and West Virginia are ready to make your dreams of homeownership come true. Contact Old Dominion Realty today.
July and August are hot summer months for swimming, barbeques, and vacations. Did you know more break-ins occur during July and August too? Keep your home safe and secure while you are away this summer with these ten tips for home security from Old Dominion Realty. Knowing your home is well-secured and under proper care allows you to simply relax and enjoy your time away.
While it may sound silly, but an unlocked door or window is a common entry source for potential burglars. Secure all your exterior doors with a deadbolt at least one-inch thick. Install locks on all your windows. Prevent your sliding glass door from being broken into by placing a metal bar in the bottom sliding track and secure the opposite end against the door jam on a diagonal. Of course, remember to lock your doors and windows before leaving for vacation.
Your neighbors are often a great line of defense when it comes to home security. Ask your neighbor to help while you are away. Neighbors can hold a spare key and alarm codes for emergencies, keep an eye on your home, pick up your mail or newspapers, and water your plants.
Keeping your pets at home under the care of a pet sitter or a house sitter may increase home security. A sitter helps make it look lived in and helps your pets stay secure in their own environment. Also, dogs act as a natural burglar deterrent when they bark alerting neighbors to intruders.
It is important to make your home appear lived in while you are on vacation. If you are not using a house sitter or employing the help of a neighbor, there are additional home security measures to follow. Install timers to turn on the lights, televisions, and radios. Invite your neighbors to park in your driveway. Allow your A/C to run on its lowest setting or use a programmable thermostat to switch it on and off throughout the day.
Contact your local Post Office to stop mail delivery while you are away.
In today's digital world, we often post our plans online without a second thought. Avoid mentioning your vacation plans on social media. After all, you do not want to advertise a vulnerability in your home security.
Your alarm is a key tool in home security. Make sure it is set before leaving and make your monitoring company aware you will be out of town.
Closing all your blinds and curtains could indicate you are away from home. Keep things looking normal by positioning window treatments as you normally do during the day.
An unkempt lawn is a key sign that your home is unoccupied. Keep your home safe by hiring someone to take care of the yard while you are on vacation.
Don't forget to unplug your electronic garage door opener before leaving for vacation. This makes it difficult for a burglar to use a universal remote to enter your home. Unplug electronic devices--like the television--to protect them from power surges.
Contact Old Dominion Realty to find homes for sale in eastern West Virginia and the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.