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Maximize Your Deposit Refund by Minimizing Your Pet’s Presence

Kennesaw Tenant with a Piggy Bank and a Cute CatIn the event that you are exactly like most tenants, you know how much you anticipate being able to get your security deposit back. However, owning a pet while renting a home may lessen your likelihood of getting a full refund. Even though your landlord might allow pets, it’s up to you to guarantee your pet doesn’t damage the property. If you don’t take steps beforehand to confirm that they are properly cared for and well-behaved, you could end up losing your deposit or even paying more for any damage caused by your pet. The good news is that as a pet owner and a renter, there is a lot you can do to decrease the effect your pet will have on your rental property.

One of the most reliable techniques to protect both your pet and your Kennesaw rental home is to make sure that your pet is clean and healthy. Regularly bathing and grooming your pet can help keep them comfortable and reduce unpleasant odors that can accumulate on furniture, walls, and carpeting. It would be best if you also take suitable actions to keep your pet free of fleas or other parasites, which can infest a home as well as harm your pet’s health. Preventing fleas is much easier than trying to remove them later, so it is worth the effort to be proactive about it.

Another very important way to guard your rental home against unwanted damage is to properly train and supervise your pet. Pets like cats and dogs need to be trained to use a litter box or a yard to eliminate waste. If such training does not happen, pets can urinate or worse inside the rental home, leading to severe damage to walls, floors, and even fixtures. Once carpeting has been urinated on, it is very hard to get completely clean again. Rather, make sure you give your pet an appropriate place to do their business.

If accidents do befall, enzyme products should be used to completely remove the smell of pet urine and to discourage your pet from going back to that same spot. Unwanted urination, chewing, and other behaviors are also the outcome of leaving a pet home alone for hours or even days at a time. Even pets left in the yard all day will dig holes, chew up sprinkler lines and plants, and cause other types of damage. There are numerous measures to keep your pet and your property safe while you are gone, from having someone check on them during the day to crate training them (for dogs). As a tenant, it is essential to properly supervise your pet or risk losing your security deposit when you move out.

Lastly, to minimize the presence of your pet in your rental home, it is important to constantly clean up after them. Pet waste should be promptly and correctly disposed of, and pet beds, kennels, cages, or other areas cleaned frequently. Pets who live in dirty conditions can contract a wide range of diseases, many of which they can transfer humans. Dirty pets, yards, and homes also tend to attract insects and unwanted pests, which pose further health risks and can cause further damage to the property.

Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t need to conflict with getting your security deposit back. By taking some proactive steps, you can guarantee that you, your pet, and your home are clean and properly cared for.

Are you looking for your next Kennesaw rental home? Check out our available rentals and give us a call at 770-622-5657 for more information.

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