Turning a home that you own into a rental is an opportunity to make money. But, there are so many ways that you can go about renting out the property that decision-making can become a challenge. Allowing dogs is one way that you can charge higher on rent and reach a larger audience. It is possible to charge a pet deposit, rent, and even a one-time fee to cover the costs for potential damage caused. However, you should take a few things into consideration with the rental before making your home available.
Avoid Doing Too Much Landscaping
It is tempting to do a lot to the landscape because it can give your place better curb appeal. This can even extend to the backyard in which you want to provide a highly attractive landscape for your renters. But, when you are confident that you will be accepting dogs in the rental, you may want to avoid investing too much into the landscaping because you can get a better value with your time and money elsewhere. Dogs that run around in the backyard may end up causing damage to the plants and grass. So, while you will want to make sure everything in the yard is green, you do not need to spend a lot on landscaping.
Invest in Vertical Blinds
Dogs are curious creatures, so it makes sense for them to go to the doors and windows in the home, especially when they hear something outside. If you have horizontal blinds at the windows, you run the risk of a dog trying to push their snout through the blinds to get a better look outside. This will almost inevitably cause damage to the individual blinds, which would then spark the need to replace them. It is better to start off with vertical blinds as they can be pushed aside without causing damage.
Do a Pet Interview
If you are truly concerned about what a dog could do to your property, but you are still determined to let tenants have them because of the profit potential, you should just request an interview. Seeing a dog in person is an excellent way to get a better idea of how they might be inside your rental home. If the owners are able to show you dog training receipts and certifications, you may gain a little more confidence.
Taking these tips into consideration should alleviate stress when renting out to dog owners.