“A dog is a man’s best friend” has been a saying to indicate the companionship we find with our animals for a long time. This statement has never been more valid for the average household as pet ownership numbers have constantly grown. Nearly 65% of households own a pet, and a recent survey by Apartments.com has shown that almost 72% of renters have pets.
As a Kirkland landlord, it is important that you know the current trends that can impact your business. The Humane Society of America recently published an article aimed at investment homeowners and landlords that outlined the benefits of renting to pet owners, showing that landlords have a larger pool of candidates to choose from and that these residents tend to remain longer in a unit, lessening costs of advertising and turnover.
When you work with Real Property Management Eclipse, we help ensure that your property is matched with the perfect residents, and their pets, if you decide to permit this on your property. Learn more about how to pet-proof your Kirkland rental property today.
Why You Should Pet-Proof Your Property
One of the main reasons why you should pet-proof your property is to entice more quality and qualified residents that keep our rental property business healthy. By anticipating renting to a pet owner, you can make improvements to your lease agreement and physical property to prepare for a pet resident in your rental property.
Several landlords fear they will get a “bad pet” and regret permitting them on the property. This can typically be avoided, however, with the right pet screening procedure, ensuring that the pet has been screened and approved just like a normal resident.
Pet-proofing your property is one of the top ways to limit potential damage to your property. While your resident’s security deposit would cover any damage caused, no one wants to redo the floors or give the walls a new layer of paint before it is necessary. In making pet-smart decisions within your rental property, you can preemptively avoid this and do business with homeowners with pets.
How to Pet-Proof Your Property
Regardless, whether your property has already been set up for residents, or if you are in the remodeling stage, there are various easy ways to pet-proof your property. Save money by using these cost-effective ways to rent to pet owners with fewer possible headaches.
Flooring looks to be the biggest issue for landlords when renting to pets, concerned that their lovely hardwood floor will be damaged. This can be protected by using polyurethane, which seals wooden floors and protects against these aspects, or you may consider installing laminate flooring that looks like wood flooring but holds up better to traffic during remodeling.
Give some thought to your home’s exterior as well. Consider pet doors or granting the authority to have them installed if you have a fenced yard. Patios and balcony railings can be made to be safer with gates, plexiglass, etc. Moreover, the paint you use in the home can go a long way in ensuring the protection of your investment. While flat paint may be cheaper to apply, semi-gloss or velvet paint allows for easier wipe-down and clean up when friends have mishaps, furry or otherwise.
Weighty, thick blinds are perfect both to keep your rental property cool in the summer and trap heat in the winter, but also to protect against an animal pulling down blinds or playing with any flimsy cord or fabric. Baby gates can also be used; however, this is something you will want to task your resident with providing and protecting with.
Take advantage of these pet-proofing tips for your Kirkland rental property and begin seeing the benefits of allowing pets on your property. If you want more information about Real Property Management Eclipse and the services we offer, contact us online or call us at 425-209-0252 today.