Living with pets takes its toll on any home. Most pets, and dogs and cats in particular, will cause some kind of damage especially on wooden floors and furniture. It's troublesome for renters most especially, who end up paying for damages incurred on the property.
If you're moving in to a new rental with dogs or cats, see to these options to avoid or minimize the damages your pets can inflict upon your new dwelling:
Use carpets or linoleum flooring over wood.
If your rental has wooden floors, opt for carpets or linoleum flooring over the wood to keep them from leaving scratches, scuffs, and other marks that may be irreversible.
Protect your furniture.
Use couch covers over the couch and armchairs to keep their hair and smell from the material. Tie a length of twine all around the legs of wooden tables and chairs to keep them from chewing or scratching the wood.
Keep your pets clean.
Needless to say, it is imperative to keep your pets clean so you don't leave any lingering odors in the rental when the time comes to move out. Potty train your dog to go only when it is outdoors, on the lawn, or when you take it on a walk. Keep cat litter outdoors or in a well-ventilated area where the odor won't seep into other places in the home; replace it regularly and use a good sprinkling of baking soda to neutralize the odor. Keep your pets groomed and smelling fresh; brush them down every day and sweep away the fur to keep it from getting everywhere.
Maintain a clean and orderly home.
It's also important to clean your home regularly. Vacuum the floor and furniture to get rid of fur and dander; wipe down surfaces and mop the floor to keep the air fresh. Make sure that you don't leave any items that your pets can make a mess with within their reach.