“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 relevant for the average household as pet ownership numbers have continually grown. Roughly 65% of households own a pet, and a recent survey by Apartments.com showed that almost 72% of renters have pets.
As an Atlanta landlord, it is important that you know the current trends that can affect your business. The Humane Society of America recently published an article aimed at investment homeowners and landlords that showed the benefits of renting to pet owners, noting that landlords get a larger pool of applicants to choose from and that these residents tend to stay longer in a unit, lessening costs of advertising and turnover.
When you choose Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta, we help make sure that your property is fitted with the perfect residents, and their pets, if you decide to permit this on your property. Find out more about how to pet-proof your Atlanta rental property today.
Why You Should Pet-Proof Your Property
One of the major reasons why you should pet-proof your property is to appeal to more quality and qualified residents that keep our rental property business healthy. By foreseeing renting to a pet owner, you can make changes to your lease agreement and physical property to prepare for a pet resident in your rental property.
Many landlords fear they will get a “bad pet” and regret allowing them on the property. This can usually be avoided, however, with the proper pet screening procedure, ensuring that the pet has been examined and approved just as a resident would be.
Pet-proofing your property is one of the top ways to lessen potential damage to your property. While the security deposit that your resident provides would cover any damage caused, no one wants to redo the floors or give the walls a new layer of paint before it is required. By making pet-smart decisions within your rental property, you can prevent this and do business with homeowners with pets.
How to Pet-Proof Your Property
Nonetheless, whether your property is already prepared for residents, or if you are in the remodeling stage, there are plenty of easy ways to pet-proof your property. Save money by using these economical ways to rent to pet owners with less potential headaches.
Flooring seems to be the main concern for landlords when renting to pets, worried that their lovely hardwood floor will be ruined. This can be protected by using polyurethane, which seals wooden floors and protects against these aspects, or by installing laminate flooring that looks like wood flooring but holds up better to traffic during remodeling.
Also, think about the exterior of your home. Pet doors or granting the authority to get them installed if you have a fenced yard is something to consider. Patios and balcony railings may be made safer with gates, plexiglass, and so on. Furthermore, the paint you use in the home can go a long way to protect your investment. While flat paint is cheaper to apply, semi-gloss or velvet paint allows for easier wipe down and clean up when friends have accidents, furry or otherwise.
Weighty, thick blinds are also perfect both to keep your rental property cool in the summer and trap heat in the winter, but additionally to prevent an animal from pulling down blinds or playing with any flimsy cord or fabric. Baby gates can also be used, although this is something you will want to task your resident with providing and protecting.
Make use of these pet-proofing tips for your Atlanta rental property and start reaping the benefits of permitting pets on your property. If you would like further information about Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta and the services we offer, contact us online or call us today.
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