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.
Leave a comment
Sign Up for Newsletter
Latest Owners Tips
Apr 30, 2015Spring Clean Your Vacation Rental With These Tips
With winter’s icy grip finally letting go across the U.S. and other parts of the world, it’s time to get your rental property ready for spring and summer travelers! While it’s easy to hire a cleaning service to come in and handle the chore, that can get expensive and the end result may not be […]
Feb 18, 2014Let’s Buy a Vacation Rental!
I think we all do it. We’re on holiday in a fabulous vacation rental and decide this must be a great way of investing; reaping the benefits of rental and getting to use the place when we want. So, we spend time exploring the Multi Listings Site and browsing in realtor windows. I was speaking […]
Jan 07, 20149 Things That Make Your Home Away From Home
photo© William Warby I always loved going to hotels when I was young. It was a time to escape the house, jump on the beds, and drive my parents insane. However, as the end of our trip would draw closer, I always wanted my own bed, blankets, towels, and room. Homesickness can set in fast […]