“A dog is a man’s best friend” has long been a saying to show the companionship we find with our animals. This statement has never been more appropriate for the average household as pet ownership numbers have steadily grown. Around 65% of households have a pet, and a recent survey by Apartments.com states that nearly 72% of renters have pets.
As a Burbank landlord, it is vital that you are aware of the modern trends that may affect your business. The Humane Society of America recently published an article focused on investment homeowners and landlords that drew the benefits of renting to pet owners, noting that landlords have 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 work with Real Property Management East San Gabriel Valley, we help make sure that your property is paired with the right residents, and their pets, if you decide to permit this on your property. Learn more about how to pet-proof your Burbank rental property today.
Why You Should Pet-Proof Your Property
One of the fundamental reasons why you should pet-proof your property is to recruit high quality and qualified residents that keep your rental property business healthy. By intending renting to a pet owner, you can make corrections to your lease agreement and physical property to plan for a pet to occupy your rental property.
Many landlords are troubled they will get a “bad pet” and are sorry about allowing them on the property. This can customarily be eluded however with the applicable pet screening procedure, which makes sure that the pet has been screened and approved just as a resident would be.
Pet-proofing your property is one of the commendable ways to reduce imminent devastation to your property. While the security deposit that your dweller makes would cover any devastation caused, no one wants to renew the floors or give the walls a new layer of paint before it is expected. By making pet-smart decisions within your rental property, you can avert this in the first place and do business with homeowners with pets.
How to Pet-Proof Your Property
Whether or not your property has already been prepared for residents or if you are still in a remodeling stage, there are several easy ways to pet-proof your property. Save money by using these profitable ways to rent to pet owners with fewer possible migraines.
Flooring appears to be the biggest concerns for landlords when renting to pets, fearful that their lovely hardwood floor will be harmed. You can protect your floors by using Polyurethane, which seals wooden floors and protects against these aspects, or when remodeling; you may also think of installing laminate flooring that looks like wood flooring but holds up better to traffic.
Consider the exterior of your home as well. Pet doors or granting the authority to have them installed if you have a fenced yard may be something to think about. Patios and balcony railings might be made safer with gates and/or plexiglass etc. Also, the paint you choose to use in the home can go a long way to making sure you guard your investment. While flat paint may not be expensive to apply, semi-gloss or velvet paint allows for easier wipe-down and clean up when friends have mishaps, furry or otherwise.
Heavy, thick blinds are also perfect both to keep your rental property cool in the summer, and trap heat in the winter, but additionally to protect against an animal pulling down blinds or playing with any flimsy cord or fabric. Baby gates can also be used, but this is something you will want to task your resident with providing and protecting with.
Learn how you can take advantage of these pet-proofing tips for your Burbank rental property and start reaping the benefits of allowing pets on your property. If you would like to learn more about Real Property Management East San Gabriel Valley and the services we offer, contact us online or call us at 626-600-2884 today.
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