Pets: most people love them. They’re companions who add a bit of color to life when life can get a bit grey. They’re (usually) cute and cuddly and some people would sooner move to a new house altogether than to lose their little friend or friends. One demographic who are, at least professionally speaking, somewhat less enthused by the prospect of pets is the landlord demographic. For understandable reasons, landlords are wary of animals, their minds filled with thoughts of some giant Great Dane crashing around their property, or cats littering the place with their fur balls. Naturally, the actual threat to the property is somewhat overstated, but it’s still a big problem for someone with their heart set on a rental when the landlord is feeling uneasy about Fido, the new puppy. One solution is to put together a pet resume, a relatively new and quite funny concept, but one which could solve a lot of heartbreak. Since it is a relatively new idea, there are often some doubts as to how to go about writing one, so here are 7 methods for getting yours spot on.
- Provide References
Owners love their pets, that’s obvious. If you like, one could say that they see their pet’s shortcomings through pet-colored glasses. So a particularly gushing statement from an owner won’t really be as persuasive as a more neutral third party. “It’s a funny idea, getting references for an animal, but if you can get someone on record complimenting their behavior, ideally a past landlord who can testify to home being left in good condition or neighbor or someone with some skin in the game, you’ll give yourself a much better shot at securing the property”, writes Larry Winter, pet blogger Top Canadian Writers and StudentWritingServices.
- List The Technical Details
It’s important that you give your landlord a complete picture of your animal, and this means all the technical details as well as all the nice anecdotes about it helping old ladies across the road. For example, if it’s a dog, you need to have it’s ‘dimensions’, it’s breed, sex, whether it is neutered and all of the other black and white factual elements to it. You need to empower the landlord, to convince them that they do understand the situation well enough to sign off on it.
- Include A Photo
There are, potentially, a few very, very specific exceptions to this otherwise vital detail. If you know that your lizard actually has a heart of gold, but a face that only its mother could love, then maybe think twice about letting its appearance play a big part in the resume. Mostly though, pets are cute, that’s part of the appeal of them and it has to be played up to the landlord. Take the cutest possible picture of your animal, in a peaceful moment, preferably not as it is chewing its way through some shoes and use it to play on your landlord’s heartstrings.
- Write Well
This is a piece of advice which would be absolutely applicable to an equivalent human situation. It has to be well written and professional to ensure that your landlord knows you take the whole thing seriously. Unless you know you can get away with it, this also means resisting the temptation of writing it from your dog’s perspective, as funny as that would be. Getting these things right can be tricky, so here are some tools that will help:
- Research What They Want
Knowing exactly what upsets and delights a landlord is a cryptic issue for anyone who isn’t, well, a landlord. So, if you really want to know what they’ll be paying close attention to in their analysis of your resume, then you ought to ask a landlord to tell you. There’s no shame in going out and seeking some council, and it could really help.
- Give Details About Yourself
The effect that a pet will have on a living complex isn’t entirely down to its own behavior. It’s vital that you show that you are a committed, caring and understanding owner, who will clean up any mess and know how to quiet down their barking or intense…meowing, whenever you need to.
- Be Honest
Don’t get kicked out of your apartment by lying about your pet. You will regret it.
So, if you take it seriously, in spite of how funny it really is, and you follow a bit of this advice, you should be well on the way to securing yourself a pet-friendly dream apartment. Just remember what to emphasize and what to avoid. Good luck!