Figures released today reveal that dog owners are making home buying decisions based on their dogs’ reactions and a property’s pet-friendliness. In fact, four in five pet parents (82%) would not buy their dream home if their dog did not like it.
The research by leading pet sitting and dog walking platform, Rover.com,found that dogs are steering their owners’ purchasing habits. One in seven dog owners actually move home if their dog is not settling into a new environment. Additionally, 64% of owners would only buy a property if the garden is big enough for their dogs and 44% only take the plunge if there are good dog walks and open-spaces nearby. It seems that catering to dog lovers holds the key to a more buoyant property market.
Other important factors dog owners look for are fireplaces, nearby lamp posts, vicinity of trees, long hallways, large front windows and solid backed stairs.
One in four UK households own a dog, and to help them (and their dogs) find their dream home, Rover has partnered with online estate agent Emoov to introduce ‘Doggy Viewing Days.’ With 40% of owners already wishing to take their pooches property shopping, the viewing days should be greeted with boundless enthusiasm.
The nationwide trial will take place on the 29th and 30th September, where owners of breeds of all shapes and sizes can bring their dogs to view properties listed by Emoov, making sure the whole family has their tails wagging before signing on the dotted line. Homeowners looking to sell will be given the choice to opt-out if canine viewings aren’t quite right for them and will be notified by Emoov ahead of any viewings taking place. To ensure the property listed has opted in, simply call Emoov in advance of the viewing to confirm before attending.
From its experience in the UK, Rover knows that the majority of dog owners seek a sitting service when they move into a new home. When owners search for a sitting service safety is one of the most important factors to them, same as for Rover. To sign up, prospective sitters and walkers are taken through Rover’s robust onboarding process before being added to the platform—less than 20% of potential sitters make it through the process. All sitter profiles are hand-reviewed by Rover sitter quality specialists, and all new sitters must pass an identity verification check. Once successfully signed up, sitters and walkers can set their own pricing and availability.
For more information or to sign up either as a walker, sitter or owner, please visit: https://www.rover.com/uk/