They are a lot of horror stories about pets destroying homes. In our opinion, the damage a pet can do to a rental is far more indicative of the quality of the tenant we find and NOT the pet. A great tenant will keep the house in great condition, regardless of the existence of a pet. It's our job to find the great tenants so that you don't have to worry. Additionally, we charge anywhere from $300 or more in additional security deposit to allow pets in rental properties.
Also, you should remember that more than 2/3 of potential tenants have or will have a pet at some point. Turning down applicants with pets can “significantly” increase the amount of time your property sits on the market.
There are several things to remember when you are trying to market your rental property.
The important thing is that the home is “clutter free” and extremely clean. Prospective tenants are most attracted to clean homes when they are walking through them. They need to be able to see your home as a place “they” could call home.
Install landscaping: If your property is dirt and barren in the backyard, we highly recommend that you “at least” pour some rock down to make the yard more appealing. Additionally, having a patio back there adds a great amount of value to your home and will get it rented faster. Homes can still rent without anything in the backyard, but it will hurt the rent you can get and the speed in which you could get it.
Have appliances available: 98% of potential tenants do not have their own refrigerator, washer/dryer, stove, or dishwasher. These items are covered under the security deposit if damaged and the tenants will have to maintain them if you leave them in the home.