Ever heard of a resume for your pet? Well, according to property management experts it’s slowly but surely becoming a thing in NYC. A pet resume is a great way to speed up the screening process and show the landlord how fantastic your quadruped is. Ideally, you want to have one ready if you’re about to view pet-friendly apartments – because if you find your dream home, you’ll be one step ahead of your competition. Don’t know where to begin? Read on!

Why Landlords May Ask For a Pet Resume

Renting out your place comes with risks. And let’s be honest: letting strangers who own a pet in your property increases the risk for some serious damage. When tenants have pets, landlords may also worry about things such as noise, biting, or disturbing neighbors. A pet resume is a convenient way to show your pet is well-mannered and won’t do any harm. Be prepared and bring your pet’s resume with you, even if the landlord doesn’t request one, as it will show you’re motivated and erases any doubts the landlord might have. 

The Benefits of a Pet Resume

  • It answers all possible questions a landlord might have
  • You don’t need to take your pet with you to an open house
  • It eliminates possible concerns about pet health or pet behavior 
  • It shows you’re serious about the rental application

What Should Be Included In Your Pet’s Resume?

Make sure you include all aspects that show the landlord your pet isn’t going to cause any problems. But stick to the facts! Think about what may be objections from a landlord’s perspective and eliminate these using the resume. Here are the things you should cover:

Basic information: Include general information about your pet such as name, age, sex, weight, size, and breed. Also, include a photo of your pet as that could show a lot of your pet’s personality.

Health information: Spay or neuter status says a lot about the personality of your pet, so make sure to include it on the resume. You should also list all vaccinations or could even ask your vet for a copy of your pet’s vaccination document.

Personality: Try to provide a detailed description of the behavior of your pet by explaining your pet’s traits and character.  

Training information: This part is highly important, as it shows the landlord your pet’s obedience. Mention all training your pet has participated in and don’t leave out any certifications or qualifications.

Your contact details: Obvious, but very important – especially when the landlord gets a bunch of pet resumes, which will likely be the case in the near future!

References: You can ask your pet sitter, previous landlord, or veterinarian to be available for a reference check. Put down their contact information as well just in case the landlord wants to hear any previous experiences.  

So now that you know how to create a pet resume, you need to find a pet-friendly apartment! Click here or call 646.681.5272 with your questions to speak with an agent from Platinum Properties! We’re standing by to help you through every step of the real estate process, whether that’s guiding your rental search, selling or buying a home, or anything in between – for both you and your pet.