I myself have a dog. So I can attest to how hard it can be to find a pet-friendly rental, especially if your dog weighs more than 25 pounds (some arbitrary threshold at which dogs apparently get violent and dirty). To make matters worse (financially), on top of a hefty security deposit there may also be a significant pet deposit as well. So right off the bat pet owners are stung with a double-whammy in deposits. That’s no small change for most of us and getting those deposits back when the lease is up is crucial for finding yet another place to live.
If you want your double deposit back (and we all do), then there are some tips and tricks you can utilize to ensure that happens.
- Training is obvious but it bears noting nonetheless. It is probably not a good idea to be moving with an untrained puppy anyway but if you must you must. You’ll just have to be double vigilant with the training.
- Exercise is essential to the happiness of any dog. Too many dogs are left in the house for extended periods of time without attention or exercise. An unhappy, unexercised dog is a dog that relieves itself in the house, chews furniture, and otherwise makes a mess. Get to know your local dog park if you’ve got one. Give Fido some room to expend his energy; it’s good for him and your rental unit.
- Cover it up. Ruined carpet is a big cost to renters and therefore the biggest worry to pet owners. So cover it up. I don’t mean laying newspaper over “oops” spots. I mean putting down throw rugs to protect that renter’s carpet. You can get rugs cheap at most any store with housewares. Choose carefully to combine function and fashion.
- Make it home for your dog as well. Designate a place that is all Fido’s; namely…a comfy bed, toys, and bones. Just be careful which bones you choose.
- Clean and maintain. Don’t wait until the end of the year to clean the house or apartment. Sweep or vacuum dust and pet hair regularly. It’s good for air quality as well. A simple once-a-week cleaning will go a long way toward reversing that double-whammy.
- Be alert. I don’t know what else to say but know your dog and act accordingly. For instance, a happy-go-lucky, tail-wagging dog does not jive with half full wine glasses left within tail’s reach. Keep breakables up and out of reach as much as possible and have the proper cleaners (i.e., spot/stain remover) on hand.
Having a dog will no doubt mean some extra cleaning when it comes time to move. That just comes with pet ownership. The most important tip I can give is to give your dog as much training, attention, and exercise as possible, especially if you live in an apartment. And don’t think that having a yard lets you off the hook either. Dogs can smell up to 240 scents at the same time and they want to explore ALL of them. So take them out to do just that (on a leash of course). It will double Fido’s pleasure and just may get you your double deposit back in turn.
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