It’s always been a question Wisconsin vacation rental owners ask themselves; “Should we allow pets at our vacation rental property?” The answer will depend if they could use the extra bookings. Traveling with pets is a trend that’s not going away any time soon, and I would be surprised if it ever went away, but the desire to bring pets along has become increasingly important in where vacationers stay. Other than instilling a pet deposit, what can you do to ensure that you do not turn away any business unless absolutely necessary?
Questions to ask renters about their pets:
- How big is your pet?
- What breed is she? Do you have papers to prove this?
- Has he been neutered or spade?
- Is he good around strangers?
- Is he potty trained?
- Do you leash the dog ( there could be a leash law)
- Has he had his shots?
- Are you planning on leaving your pet for any reason if you exit the property?
You might ask why it’s such a big deal to allow pets. They can be messy right? Well, there are a few bad apples out there but if you ask the right questions and prepare your home with the right stuff and give your guests directions, it can be nothing but smooth sailing from there, and guess what? You can actually charge more for your “pet friendly” Wisconsin cabin rentals.
A few suggestions for showing your guests that you will be accommodating but not walked all over:
- Create a welcome gift consisting of doggie bags, a helpful list of tick solutions, doggie treats and pet hair rollers for carpet or couches.
- Give a rundown where the carpet cleaner is, the glass cleaner and extra rags or booties for paws
- State a list for charges if something were to be damaged such as a couch or a window. Explain why there you charge more, such as cleaning fees to make sure all hair is out, cleaning vents and A/C units, etc….
Most guests are just happy that they can bring their pet for their vacation, eliminating the kennel fees and enjoying family and fun moments that the can share with their beloved pet.