Dogs and Hardwood Floors

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We are considering allowing a couple with (2) Golden Retrievers to rent our home. We have Newly refinished hardwood floors (About 1500 sqft worth) /our Lower Level is Carpet and tile. When I did a google search-looking at estimates on restoration- I'm seeing $3 to $8 per square foot (but I believe this is refinishing.. not restoring -  how have you structured your lease to cover your valuable assets? (in this case.. hardwood floors) - we are in Cincinnati Ohio. 

With those particular dogs, I would have a hefty pet deposit for starters. Then just write into your lease that the tenant is responsible for any and all damage caused by their pets.....

!500 sq ft sanded and 3 coats is pretty standard and will cost 2.50-3.00 dollars a foot; so you do the math! Those dogs especially a pair-will absolutely shred your wood floor. We quit allowing dogs as best we can; I don't want to ask for a 6k deposit, although I wish I had!

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@Kodi Clark If you are concerned about the floors, don't allow the dogs. Just as @Bjorn Ahlblad said, those dogs will ruin the floors in no time. Even one dog will cause damage unless it's a tea cup size dog. The other option is a hefty pet rent per dog on top of a large pet deposit but even then it probably won't be enough to cover the costs. Good luck. 

@Kodi Clark I ran into this same issue after renovating my first duplex I purchased. I spent a lot of extra time and money repairing and refinishing hardwoods throughout this property. I allow pets at all of my rentals, and after one lease the hardwoods were scratched up by pets. Now I only install vinyl plank flooring in all of my apartments, its cheaper, looks nice, waterproof, and very scratch resistant. I would lose thousands of dollars in cash flow every year if I did not allow pets, so for me it comes down to tenant and pet proofing instead. I am also Cincinnati based. 

@Bruce Woodruff No, I am saying the pet fees alone add thousands in cash flow. We have zero economic vacancy here in Cincinnati, Ohio. When I post a new apartment for rent I get thousands of clicks and hundreds of messages within a day or two. 

I personally allow pets in my rentals but i am a dog person!  Depending on how long you plan to keep the properties i would suggest laying LVP overtop the hardwoods and preserving them, which you can easily remove when you go to sell down the road... Good learning lesson though.  in the future i would just go straight for the LVP and refinish them at a later date if needed