If your holiday home is located in a rural area or in a coastal area with loads of places to walk, it might be worth to reach out to a larger market and accept pets in your holiday home.
If you have had a pet once or have one, you will know that they are being considered as part of the family, and most people will bring them on their holiday.
We have listed some of the benefits of accepting pets in your holiday home:
- You will open the doors to your holiday home to a larger market, so you are more likely to get more bookings. According to a report from Mintel from December 2015; “(75%) of German pet owners say they treat their pet with as much care as they would a child”. (see more here: http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/social-and-lifestyle/pet-love-three-quarters-of-german-pet-owners-treat-their-pet-like-a-child)
- You can add an additional fee of 5-10 euros per day to the booking. Most pet owners are used to paying this and will do so gladly.
Good tips to keep the apartment clean and maintained:
- Get a good vacuum cleaner that is strong enough to take away all the hairs from the floor and the corners and of course especially from any carpets.
- Air the apartment well after every visit to prevent odours
- To avoid damages to the interior caused by the pet you can either agree with the guest that the pet shouldn’t be left alone (alternatively you can speak to the guest and hear if their pet is used to be alone or not).
- You could also assess whether or not to put a fence for the pet not to go upstairs if the house has two floors (especially if the bedrooms are upstairs)
- It is also advisable to remove all delicate/fragile ornaments that are placed in the height of a waving tail or head height to avoid any unfortunate accidents
- Advise the guest where to walk the dog, what areas it can be let loose and where not to let it loose. The rules/law might be different from what he is used to at home.
There is a lot to consider when you have to decide whether you will allow pets in your holiday home. It doesn’t have to be difficult if you use common sense, and bear in mind that most pets that are travelling, are pets that have been travelling before and they are used to it. Most families with pets are also aware that they are in a holiday home, and will normally take good care of it during their stay.