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It feels like spring has finally arrived. Here in Boston we have definitely started to get our April showers, which bring with them high expectations for May flowers. Travelers with children in school may have a spring break coming up, but for most of us it’s time to start thinking about summer travel. Whether you’re planning a couple weekend getaways or one long summer vacation, now is a good time to start looking for deals and availability on FlipKey – it’s a great way to stay dry and optimistic on rainy April days!

Summer vacation rental bookings are heating up. According to a New York Times article, bookings in some popular vacation spots are “up twenty percent compared to last year.” If you want to have your choice of vacation rentals, then don’t hesitate to begin planning your summer getaway!

Do you travel with your best friend? The four-legged one, that is. If so, you might be interested in a useful new tool from pethotelsofamerica.com that helps you search for pet-friendly rental cars.

Today, the Key West City Commission will officially oppose a pair of Florida state senate bills that would “essentially remove the ability for municipal governments to regulate short-term vacation rentals,” reports KeysNet.com. The city commission wishes to retain the ability to control short term rentals through licenses and taxes.

Tell us about your summer travel plans! Will you be traveling with pets? Visiting Key West? Where do you dream of visiting when it’s raining at home?

So, you’re trying to get a leg up over the competition by labeling your property as ‘pet-friendly.’ Before you commit to the claim, be sure you and your home are ready for the lovable abuse that an animal brings into the mix.  We’ve included a few quick tips on what to do to make your home ready for furry friends…

Pets, especially puppies and dogs are curious.  Whether it’s what’s hiding behind the cupboards or whizzing past on the street- they want to know what is going on.  Puppy gates on the doors to prohibited areas are a must.  Also, consider investing in a few clamps, so that prying noses can’t get into anything dangerous behind cupboards and in toilets.

Chemicals, medicine and garbage, oh my! Any of these things left splashed on the floor or uncovered is not only fair game to our critters but can be lethal. After your cleaning crew comes through and makes your home nice and shiny, it is important to ensure that any cleaners are thoroughly cleaned up.  One lick of bleach and…well you get it.

Finally, put plants and cords out of reach.  Many common household plants (lilies, azaleas, geraniums…) can cause severe sickness and even death. Really.  Check here to see if your plant poses a threat. Puppies and kittens love to nibble (read: mangle) anything in their sight.  Be sure that electrical cords are tied up or covered with tape.
Don’t forget the fun stuff.  Dogs especially love to play.  Have a Frisbee and a couple tennis balls stashed so that the pups get their fun time on vacation in too.

These are just a few, basic suggestions to get your house ready for guests of all types.  It is important that you list what type of pet-proofing you have on your house so that guests with young animals can plan accordingly.