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How to Prepare for a Pet-Friendly Airbnb

July 14, 2021

Everything you need to know to help you prepare your vacation rental for furry guests.

How to Prepare for a pet friendly Airbnb
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Making the switch to become a pet-friendly Airbnb can be a tough decision. The recent surge in adopting pets during the pandemic encourages more and more travelers to want to include their pets in their travel plans. Here’s everything you need to know for preparing your rental for those furry guests.

The Washington Post reports increased dog and cat adoption/sales due to the novel coronavirus. The increase in pet sales is a result of people feeling lonely due to local stay-at-home orders. Therefore, switching to a pet-friendly Airbnb can be beneficial for both hosts and guests.

Many people who work from home want their four-legged companions to keep them company, so they’ll be keeping an eye out for vacation rentals that are pet-friendly. Choosing to become a pet-friendly Airbnb can motivate more people to rent and work remotely from a vacation rental.

If you have never owned a pet before, it can be overwhelming to think about what to expect. Luckily, preparing and cleaning after pets is not as difficult as you might think. Follow these tips to help reduce stress and put your mind at ease.

Set Boundaries for Pets

dog in backyard
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It is important to know which pets you will and will not allow and the maximum amount. Be specific in your listing description on which pets you’ll allow. For example, some Airbnbs accept dogs and cats, while some are dogs only.

It is also important to consider the age and breed of the pet staying. Keep in mind that young puppies might leave scratches on the floor, and cats might scratch up furniture if there is no scratching post provided.

Make sure to update your house rules: if there are any places/rooms where the pet is not allowed (such as the pool or bedrooms), be sure to specify in the listing. In addition, make sure to include details of where the pet must remain on a leash or whether guests are allowed to keep the pet in the property alone for any period of time.

Determining the Pet Fee

When deciding the fee to charge for allowing pets, it is generally acceptable to charge based on three factors:

  • Breed
  • Size
  • Age

The breed is necessary because hypoallergenic animals do not shed fur. Therefore it will equate to less cleaning time. Size is important because smaller animals may cause minor damage to the property. And finally, age is critical to keep in mind because younger animals may be more rambunctious than older animals. Thus, adding a greater risk for possible property damage.

Consider these factors when determining a pet fee for your Airbnb. Many hosts charge an additional $10 to $50 a night for short-term rentals.

Some pets may be easier to clean up than others, so it is helpful to get familiar with each type of pet and decide what is best for the place. Do not be afraid to communicate with the guest to find out how to accommodate.

Invest in Pet Supplies

While not required, providing guests with a few key pet supplies during their stay will be sure to excite them.

By providing a few staple items, the pet has a way to exercise their needs while keeping them busy and not relying on using your furniture as a chew toy.

Here are some important items you should consider putting in the Airbnb:

  • Bowls for water and food
  • Scratching post (cats)
  • Litter box with litter
  • Dog bed or pillow

If you are worried about the furniture, it will also be helpful to purchase pet-friendly furniture covers, and towels designated for wiping off paws at the front door.

For more information on how to prepare your rental, check out this post from Airbnb.

How to Clean Up After Pets

People often have the misconception that pets are too difficult to clean up after. However, with the right tools and gadgets, this is not the case!

Whether you are working with a cleaning service or handling the cleaning on your own, there are many pet-friendly cleaning supplies and cleaning tools that will make cleaning a breeze.

1. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
The Dyson Ball is the best vacuum to pick up the pesky fur stuck in the carpet floor. With the ability to clean all floor surfaces and the flexibility to go under any furniture, this vacuum is perfect even if you don’t have a pet-friendly Airbnb. The vacuum is even certified Asthma and Allergy friendly thanks to the filtration installed in it.

For a handheld, mini vacuum just for pet hair, check out the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium-Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum. Perfect for reaching the small hard to reach spots.

2. Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter
The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter sponge does the job of removing any stubborn fluffs of fur stuck on any furniture or bedding. This is the perfect addition to any pet hair removal process you may have!

3. Rocco and Roxie Professional Strength Stain and Odor Eliminator
Accidents happen. It’s only natural to prepare for those accidents in case one does happen in an Airbnb. Use the Rocco and Roxie Stain Remover to tackle those stains first-hand and make it look like it never happened. The best part? It’s non-toxic and safe on carpet, flooring, and any fabrics.

In addition to these helpful tools for preparing for pets, establishing a certain trash area just for pet waste can also be beneficial in keeping the area clean.

4. Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag
Worried about pet odor lingering in the Airbnb? Moso absorbs these pet odors by using bamboo charcoal inside the bag to purify the smell. This is the better alternative to air fresheners, which are riddled with chemicals that harm pets. It’s reusable for up to two years, and you can even use it on other smelly odors that aren’t from pets, such as in the car or even in shoes!

In order to successfully market your Airbnb as pet-friendly, make sure to incorporate these ideas into your listing. Not only will the guests be happy about the place, but the pets will be as well.

In addition to the cleaning tools listed above, utilizing a professional cleaning service to thoroughly clean your property after guests with pets can prove to be a lifesaver. TurnoverBnB offers a cleaner marketplace with reliable cleaners in your area. Working with a professional cleaner allows you to spend more time focusing on your business and keep your calendar booked up year-round.

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