Tips To Pet Proof Your Rental Home

Caroline D. | Thursday, September 10, 2020

If you are considering renting to millennials, then one of the things to consider doing is make your home pet friendly. Just because you make your home pet friendly does not mean that you have to open it up to a lot of damage. There are many ways you can create a pet-proof home so you can attract the largest group of renters while still maintaining the condition of your rental property. Use these tips to welcome millennials and their pets into your rental home.

Consider New Flooring

Dog Pet Mud Floor

If your rental currently has carpet in it, then you will want to consider changing it out for a hard and non-porous flooring option. You want to stay away from soft woods that may easily scratch beneath pets' paws. Other than that, you can consider concrete, hardwoods flooring, laminate, and tile. Not only will these floors be less likely to get scratched up, but it will also mean easier clean-up in case there are any accidents.

Add A Mud Room

Mud Room

If you are wanting to become pet friendly, then a mudroom is a must. If you do not already have one, then you will want to get one added. It is an area where a dog can roam freely and you can prevent any mud from being tracked into the rest of the home. This is also a good place where a tenant can put a crate for their pet as well as keep their food and water for easy clean up, if needed.

Fence Your Backyard


If your tenants have a dog, then they may be attracted to having a fenced in back yard. If you have the space, this is a great idea because the pet or pets can run around the yard to get some energy out, instead of in the home where more damage can be done, and the tenant will also like that they can put their pet outside without any fear of them running off. You do not have to build a huge and nice fence, either. You can simply have a standard chain-link fence placed around the perimeter of the yard to meet the needs of your millennial renters.

Install Pet Doors

This is something that may be a good idea if you want to prevent any scratching on your doors. These dog and pet doors are perfect for the pets to allow themselves to get in and out of the home and into the yard on their own. This is best if you have the fence mentioned before. You also do not have to put this on all external doors. One leading to the fenced-in yard is perfect.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to make your home more pet friendly without spending a lot of money. Over time, this will also save you money since you will not have to replace the carpet every year due to pet stains and much more.

About The Author

Caroline D. has worked in the marketing and real estate field for over 2 years. She studied marketing and public relations during her undergraduate career. She currently works at a large consulting firm in the human resources capacity. Previously, she worked in the business, human resources, and agriculture field at a pest control company. While working in real estate, she had to research and learn much about the industry. She has been writing for real estate for 2 years and has written on topics such as buying tips, importance of insurance, and much more.


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