Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind while redoing your house if you think there's a chance you might get a pet in the upcoming years:
Flooring: While classic hardwood floors and luxuriant carpets never go out of vogue, having a pet means constantly having to clean up muddy paw-prints, training them to defecate outside and vacuuming all the fur they shed. In this scenario, your best bet is marble, ceramic or laminate flooring which is easy to clean and gives the pets a good grip on the floor when running, even if they're old.
Area Rugs: If you absolutely dislike the look of bare floors and want to cover them up, area rugs are always a good idea. Not only do they protect your hardwood floors from scratches or dents, they also help your pet have a firm grip. You can use these rugs to differentiate play areas from areas which require them to be less exuberant. Pick an area rug with close knit, dark patterns and a multitude of colours so any possible paw print doesn't show easily.
Upholstery: Velvet, Damask and other delicate fabrics seem like a gorgeous way to beautify the living room sofas and chairs but these will get spoilt within days of bringing home a pet. Not only will their nails leave marks, velvet is a magnet for fur and dust. Opt for canvas, micro-fiber or other synthetic upholstery to give a nice, modern look and be wear and tear friendly.
Collectibles: Let us accept that if you have a cat, chances are, it will want to climb atop every surface possible and dogs can knock down crystal figurines on any table with ease. SO what do you do? Invest in a sturdy, high cabinet with glass doors where you can display all your collectibles without it having the risk of being broken and your pet getting hurt.
While the idea of not doing your house exactly might be slightly disheartening, the love, affection and limitless joy a pet can bring into one's life is worth all amount of sacrifices and what wouldn't you do for your furry best friend right?