Dog Beds, Clothes and Accessories

Dogs have needs similar to our own, the only difference being that they are not verbal about their needs and want more in terms of affection than material goods. Most of us dog owners, may not want to dress up our dogs in frilly frocks and silly costumes, but we definitely want to make our dogs as comfortable as possible in getting them the most comfortable beds, collars, the best quality food and bowls. Some of us may even like to get our dogs eye wear, jackets and coats if the necessity arises. Depending on what we believe our dog needs, most pet owners will go out of their way to get the necessary accessories for them.Dogs need beds, if you don’t give them one of their own to sleep in, they will most probably make your bed their own. Although a lot of us like sharing our beds with our pet, it is not the best option as you will end up with sheets that stink and more importantly a lot of dogs snore and will take up most of your bed giving you very little room to sleep in. This is especially true of dogs like Labradors, Boxers and Golden retrievers. Getting your dog a bed is the best option and with the range that is available you can be assured that your dog will be more comfortable than you at night. Bolster beds, normal beds, beds in special designs, orthopedic therapy beds, hot and cold beds, crate beds, out door beds for your dogs and even travel beds are just some of the options that are available.Medium to large sized dogs such as golden retrievers are usually not dressed up in frocks and pajamas. But a lot of their owners will not hesitate to buy them special weather jackets such as snow jackets and rain coats as wet and cold dogs tend to come down with a cold and a fever. Even eye wear is something that a lot of pet owners will buy their dogs especially if they are the outdoorsy kind who spend a lot of time out in the snow and in harsh weather.One thing to take into consideration while purchasing jackets for your dog is that they should be comfortable for him to use, as if you find a jacket they like it will be much easier for you to get them to use it. Whether they like the beds, jackets or sweaters you buy for them, they will love the attention they receive because of it.

Modular Homes – What Are They and Should You Buy One?

Modular homes are real homes. In essence, they are “stick-built” homes that are assembled in a factory as opposed to on your building site. But, should you buy one?A modular home is sometimes referred to as a “pre-fab home.” Sometimes the lines get crossed when trying to define one term from another but we’ll try not to get bogged down with semantics here. I’ve described “pre fab” in other presentations so I’ll stick with modular here.Describing the Modular HomeModular homes are not manufactured (mobile) homes. Appraisers, lenders and real estate agents understand they are built to code as an “on site” home would be. Here are some facts that will help describe what a modular is.
They are built at a factory in modules (or sections)
They are constructed to conform with all universal and local building codes
The sections are delivered and connected on full, locally built foundations by local contractors
Local building inspectors verify all requirements for structure and finishing are met
They should have the same long term value and appreciation as any other site built or “stick-built” home in the area
What are the Main Advantages?Modular homes can save you money over having a home built entirely on site by a contractor. They can also be built in much less time. Having the home built in the factory under controlled environments and with crews always “on the job” can really speed things up.I’ve found that modulars can be erected in about half the time (or even less) as a site built custom home can be built.Are There Disadvantages to Building a Modular Home?You may find that there are limitations depending on the neighborhood you’re in. Some local neighborhoods prohibit the use of modulars. This is often due to a lack of understanding of what they are. But, to be safe, check your neighborhood’s governing board and building restrictions to be sure.In rare instances there may not be room for the big trucks and cranes that are necessary to get your home to your site and assemble it. Always check with the manufacturer or their representative early in the discussion process.Will You Get What You Want and Save?Remember, besides the cost to purchase the home, you’ll still have many other costs that would be there no matter what you do. Things like permits and fees, land costs, land improvement costs, water and power needs, financing costs and insurance (among other items.)While there will be a savings on normal labor for subcontractors, you will still have labor costs for local assembly and some finishing items. Do a thorough examination of these before proceeding.You can often have the company build the home you want with your plans. Otherwise, many companies have a wide variety of plans that you may love. So, you can often get what you want. And, you might find that you save 5 to 10% or more over a locally built home with a General Contractor.Prepare, Use Professionals & Take Your TimeI advise that you use a home building coach even when you take the route of a modular home. There will still be a lot of preparation, learning, and coordination to accomplish.Always do your research before selecting a supplier. Get references and check them!