**Updated May 25, 2021.
“A dog is a man’s best friend” has long been an idiom to mean the kinship we find with our animals. This idiom has never been truer as pet ownership numbers have unceasingly risen. Practically 65% of households keep a pet, and an existing survey by Apartments.com has shown that nearly 72% of renters have pets.
As a Portsmouth landlord, you must know the existing trends that can act on your business. The Humane Society released an article addressed to investors and landlords about the benefits of renting to pet owners.
When you work together with RPM Seacoast New Hampshire, we help check that your property is partnered with the right residents and their pets if you consider allowing this on your property. Be informed on how to pet-proof your Portsmouth rental property today.
Why You Should Pet-Proof
One reason why you should pet-proof your property is to appeal to qualified residents. By preparing to rent to a pet owner, you can do your lease agreement and physical property over again to adapt for a pet to live in your rental property.
Many landlords are nervous they will get a “bad pet” and feel remorse about allowing them on the property. However, you can generally bypass this with the correct pet screening procedure. Screen and approve the pet just as you would a resident.
Pet proofing your property is one of the exceptional ways to contain future destruction to your property. While the security deposit that your inhabitant makes would cover any damage caused, no one wants to refurbish the floors or give the walls a new layer of paint before it is necessary. By making pet-smart decisions within your rental property, you can bypass this in the first place and do business with homeowners with pets.
How to Pet-Proof Your Property
Despite everything, there are many hassle-free ways to pet-proof your property. Save money by using these reasonable ways to rent to pet owners with fewer future agonies.
Flooring apparently seems to be the biggest care for landlords when renting to pets, agitated that one will damage their lovely hardwood floor. You can maintain this by using Polyurethane, which seals wooden floors and protects against these aspects. When remodeling, you may discuss installing laminate flooring that looks like wood flooring but holds up better to traffic.
Review the exterior of your home as well. You may also want to discuss allowing pet doors if you have a fenced yard. Patios and balcony railings might be made to be safer with gates or plexiglass. Also, the paint you use in the home can go a long way to seeing to it you protect your investment. While flat paint may be less expensive to apply, semi-gloss or velvet paint allows for easier clean-up when friends have mishaps, furry or otherwise.
Heavy, thick blinds are also a good solution. They keep both your Portsmouth rental property cool in the summer and trap heat in the winter. Additionally, they protect against an animal pulling down blinds or playing with any flimsy cord or fabric. Baby gates also work, but this is something you will want to task your resident with providing.
Make proper use of these pet-proofing tips for your Portsmouth rental property and start receiving the compensations for allowing pets on your property. If you would like more information about Real Property Management Seacoast New Hampshire and the services we offer, contact us online or call us at 603-343-2202 today.
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