More than 70% of renters own pets in the U.S. so; creating a pet-friendly property can really beneficial. Allowing pets may give you a competitive advantage, but in order to be unique and famous as the most desirable pet-friendly property in your market, you’ll need to focus on creating an outstanding experience for pet owners. Making outdoor areas pet-friendly can lead to fewer accidents within your units, thereby incurring fewer maintenance costs.
- A dog park: Making separate fenced parks that are separated from public areas where animals can roam freely. If you have some space on your property, consider fencing part of it off to create a little dog park. It’s an outstanding approach for dogs to burn energy and for your residents to come together.
- Pet waste stations: Using bag dispensers and waste containers in pet-friendly public areas make it easy for owners to dispose off. Let all pet owners know that they are expected to keep public areas on your property clean and free of pet waste — pet owners and non-owners alike will appreciate your effort of avoiding this public pain.
- Pet policies: Making and communicating pet policies will definitely helpful to build good relationship with residents. Clearly tell your residents that which pets are allowed and which is not. Make residents aware of any processes they must follow if they acquire a new pet after move-in. Also, guide them about the procedures used to be followed in any scenarios caused by pets’ behavioral issues. Whether a resident complains about their neighbor’s dog barking or a pet on the property displays aggressive tendencies, have a plan for handling pet-related issues so that you and your staff are prepared.
- Focus on Little Things:Things as simple as putting water bowls out in common areas for thirsty pups and keeping a jar of dog and/or cat treats at the front desk can go a long way. You can also work with area veterinarians and pet stores to see if you can secure discounts or special promotions for your residents with animals. Even honoring a “pet of the month” in the front office, or sending out a special newsletter to tenants with pets about tips and best care practices can really work in satisfying and retaining your current tenants.
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You can drastically increase your applicant pool, improve your bottom line and, if you do it right, establish your property as the most desired pet-friendly location in town.