Pet friendly homes – What to look for

24 May, 2022

Pet friendly homes – What to look for

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Moving house can be a real challenge for anyone. Pet owners find this more than most. You will need to consider all the pet friendly guidelines people offer and your research suggests. Here are some top tips of what to look for in the new home for you and your family pets.

Finding a pet-friendly home – What to look for

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Large dogs can be a worry – You will need a good outdoor space

When you have a pet, buying a home isn’t just about your needs but your furry friend’s as well. If your pets are a big part of your life, you’re going to want to think about them before committing to a new place. But what exactly does your pet need in a house? While most animals will be happy as long as they’re with their owners, here are a few things to consider before you buy a house:

Most pets love outdoor space

Many homes for sale in Houston come with generous gardens, which is a big bonus for cat and dog owners. If you’re concerned about your pet escaping, you can always put measures in place to keep them secure. This could mean installing an enclosure for an indoor cat or putting up higher fences for bigger dogs.

Always check whether your garden is shared or belongs to you alone, as all your neighbors may not love the idea of animals digging up their flower beds.

Neighborhood attitudes to animals

Some neighborhoods are pet-friendly, with some even having dog parks and special areas where pet owners can meet up and chat. Other neighborhoods frown upon animals and may not take kindly to your dog barking throughout the day. Ask your real estate agent about whether the local area you’re considering has a positive attitude towards pets and whether they can recommend a pet friendly place if not. 

Think of pet safety

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For multiple pets you need to consider many aspects and all their needs

Is your pet getting older? If you have a dog that struggles with stairs or a cat that can’t see as well as it used to, it’s important that your home has accommodations for them. For example, your tired pooch should have a warm, comfortable area downstairs that he can easily access, while your elderly cat might enjoy an enclosed cupboard all to itself.

Animals can easily become injured if they’re struggling to navigate environments that aren’t suited to them.

Practical flooring

While your home’s floors can be changed once you move in, if a place comes with durable floors, it can make moving in a much smoother process with pets. Ideally, you want to choose floors that won’t scratch too easily and aren’t very slippery for your pet’s paws. Good materials include vinyl, cork, tile, and bamboo.

Floors should also be easy to clean, so think twice about buying a house with carpets everywhere, or invest in a powerful vacuum and some specialist cleaning products. 

Pet space

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Some pets naturally spend time outdoors and need access to a garden space. That can help to make it a pet friendly home.

If you have a large dog or a couple of temperamental cats, it’s important to give them the space they need to relax. A house immediately seems smaller when you have pets, especially if you’re always tripping over one another. Not only will you feel like you don’t have enough room, but your pets may be more bothered by a small house than they let on.

While giving your pets an entire room to themselves may be extravagant, make sure your home is spacious enough to keep everyone happy.

How to find pet sitters for when you travel

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Using a trusted housesitting and petsitting network you can connect with pet lovers who will pet sit for free

Depending on the kind of pet you have you will need to find a petsitter and accommodate a pet sitter to live in who will be caring and attentive. Dogs and cats are the most popular pets in our Housesitmatch network. However, we have many other pets that we care for including smaller pets like rabbits, and pocket pets like guinea pigs.

Petsitting and housesitting abroad

We also have horses and donkeys in our network that need love and attention when their owners go away on holiday or business trips. Some of these pets are in properties in the UK where we as a company are based. Yet we have many other pets to care for abroad in housesitting assignments all over the world.

Pet sitters in holiday homes with pets

Find pet sitters well ahead of your trip then you and your pet can relax and enjoy the break

If you have a holiday home abroad where you keep your pets, we can also find pet sitters to help you, no matter where the home. Our housesitting and petsitting network is global with pet lovers and experienced petsitters all over to help you.

At Housesitmatch we can help you to find pet sitters who will travel to your home at their expense. They will live on your property while looking after your pet and pay for their own upkeep. It is a very affordable collaboration that benefits both you and the pet housesitter.

Try a network that offers trusted pet sitters who pet sit for free

The beauty of a trusted housesitting and petsitting network like is that we have thoroughly ID checked all our members for safety.

So every one can see when the checks are clear and complete. We like to offer transparency to build trust within our network.


Pet friendly home – In essence

Buying a house with pets and to accommodate has its difficulties. Yet finding a pet friendly home to buy is still much easier than finding a rental home that allows pets. So making the decision to buy a home with your furry friends the right one. You just have to look for these key features to make your move a comfortable and safe one for both you and your family pets.


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