Just a few words of caution – as with any aspect of this business, don’t do this unless you are committed to welcoming pets to your property since just tolerating them won’t be sufficient. There will be dog hair, the occasional damp patch on a carpet, and perhaps a scratch or two on a door or screen.
You need to decide if you are going to charge an additional fee for pets. This is a personal choice – some owners positively welcome them and consider them to be less risk than having small children in their property; others are more risk averse and want to charge for the potential for damage or additional cleaning. Whatever you decide to do, make it clear in your rate structure and Terms and Conditions of Rental.
What to provide
There’s a few things you can provide for your pet guests that will endear you to their owners and generate respect for your property. A “Pet Welcome Basket” is inexpensive and can include the following:
Although you can write your pet policy in your property Welcome Guide, a more effective way of getting the message across is with a letter written directly to the pet. This isn’t as odd as it sounds –this method appeals to pet owners and they are far more likely to read it than a few dry sentences in the guide.
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