Why make your holiday let pet friendly?

Why make your holiday let pet friendly?

23/03/2017 Rachel

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There may not seem any obvious advantage to allowing pets into your holiday rental at first glance. However, by choosing to make your holiday home pet friendly, you open yourself up to a large market of holidaymakers: approximately 40% of travellers take their pets with them on their breaks according to travelsupermarket.com. By tapping into this market you open yourself up to new strands of revenue and make your property more marketable in the letting arena.

It is also worth bearing in mind however that there will be a few extra considerations in making your property pet-friendly:

  • Suitability – you will have to assess whether your property is suitable and safe for pets. For example, is there enough indoor space for pets to roam comfortably? Are any outdoor spaces secure to prevent pets escaping? Would you consider putting in stair gates to restrict pets to certain areas of the house?
  • Damage – you may want to remove the more fragile items from your home in advance of pet visitors. Also, requesting that animals are never left unattended in the home is recommended.
  • Pet Odours – adding in specific cleaning products to the cleaning rota within the home that deal specifically with pet smells will help deal with any concerns in this area. Additionally, make sure you have a good quality vacuum cleaner to pick up hair and include air fresheners (we recommend the plug-in variety) within the property. Keeping flea spray in the property and checking regularly between visits for any sign of fleas would be a prudent step.  You may wish to include these extra considerations in the price of your rental, the average being around an extra £10-20 of cleaning charges. It is worth making this information clear in your booking forms.
  • Redecorating – you may wish to invest in more hardwearing decoration and furniture to accommodate your new furry visitors.

If you do decide to welcome pets into your property, you may wish to include some items within the property for the use of their owners; separate food and water bowls; old towels to help clean down muddy paws after walks; some treats or toys in hampers. Doggie beds are also a welcome addition.

On a final note, make sure your market your holiday let appropriately so that people know that you are pet-friendly. Include it in your marketing material and advertisements and ensure you are correctly tagged on any websites that your promote yourselves on. For additional appeal, it is also worth including information relevant to pet owners, for examples, nearby walks or popular parks that are suitable for pets.

Whilst there are additional considerations in making your property pet friendly, by doing so you open yourself up to a wider section of the market and make yourself more appealing to families who want to take their furry friends away with them. TS Properties are highly experienced in running and marketing pet friendly holiday homes – for more information, please feel free to contact us on: (0)1738 506211 or info@tspropertyservices.com.