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Pet friendly: Welcome your four-legged guests

If you’re a homeshare host with a home to rent it’s important to have something that makes you unique, so you stand out. If you happen to be a pet lover, or even just a pet-tolerant person, making your home appealing to guests with pets will go a long way in making them choose your place over someone else’s. A survey conducted this year by the American Pet Products Association found that 68% of U.S. households have at least one pet.

Here are some ideas on how to be pet-friendly while still protecting your home.

  • Make it comfy— Think about creature comforts like dog beds, food and water bowls, chew toys, poop bags, litter boxes, scratching posts and a few treats. You can even put out photos of your own pets to make it welcoming.
  • Offer an activity guide— Leave maps and directions to local dog parks, hiking trails, walking paths, and other pet-friendly locations.
  • “Baby” proof it— Block off areas of your home with baby gates to set boundaries, lock up or move anything down low that could be breakable or harmful to pets, and secure cords and other potential hazards.
  • Consider a pet agreement—Outline types of pets and breeds allowed, house rules, request to meet the pet, and require all applicable identification, licenses, and vaccinations.
  • Cover yourself—Extra security deposits, pet deposits, and fees if anything goes wrong, keeps you protected. You can also get pay-per-use insurance through Progressive Homeshare Insurance by Slice that covers noise fines, damage, and loss of income.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to appeal to a wider group of travelers who will appreciate the extra effort and will happily reward you with repeat bookings, great reviews, and recommendations to friends! With just a few simple additions and the right protections in place, you can increase your profits without increasing your risk.