A New Lease on Life: You’ll Love Our Rising Rent Quick Fix

Save Money housesittingJust when you thought it couldn’t get any more expensive, your rent goes up … again!

While the major cities are generally at the top of the leader board, demand for rental properties has pushed prices up right around the country.

One bedroom flats in London can command rent anywhere from £850 pcm and well above. Add your annual utilities bills – gas, electricity and sometimes water to those super-sized rent payments, and the chances of saving your hard earned dollars for any big ticket items, let alone a deposit on that dream home of your own, quickly shrink from slim to very, very skinny. Continue reading “A New Lease on Life: You’ll Love Our Rising Rent Quick Fix”

Keeping Your Pet Safe During Festive Periods

Keeping Your Pet Safe

There’s always a lot of activity, noise and fun when it comes to the end of the year celebrations, but this isn’t always a good time for our furry pet pals. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the festive season:

  • ID is Key: Your first and top priority should be identification for your pet if he/she escapes from your property and becomes disoriented and lost. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped over the age of 8 weeks, and although it is not so for cats, there is no better way to ensure that you and your pet will be re-united should they become lost. Make sure puss is properly protected by microchipping her too. Having a collar or ID tag with contact details is also a really necessary for the safety of your pets. Continue reading “Keeping Your Pet Safe During Festive Periods”

5 Tips for Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

It isn’t easy for our canine friends to be away from their owners, so they may experience some separation anxiety when away from their pet-parents. We do have a few tips to help us support our dog pals to be calm when they’re left on their own or with a house and pet sitter.

Create Distance:

Conditioning your pup from a young age can help prevent separation anxiety. You can use a play pen or a crate to create distance for your puppy at home. We know, all you want to do is cuddle and play with your new bundle of fluff but try to resist the temptation to overindulge and use the play pen to contain your pup and prevent over bonding. If your pup cries when you leave the room, resist the urge to go running back, because that will show them that crying isn’t a signal for you to be together. Continue reading “5 Tips for Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs”

House and Pet Sitting: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

The relationship between a home and pet owner and house and pet sitter is meant to be one of mutual benefit. Owners benefit from having personalised care and attention for their home and pets while they’re away, while house and pet sitters enjoy living rent free for a period of time.

Just like any agreement, there is a little give and take both ways and so long as there are reasonable requests asked of the house and pet sitter, both parties should enjoy the experience.

Household Maintenance

Most house and pet sitters are able and willing to do some routine home and garden maintenance, such as keeping the pool clean, watering plants and attending to the repair of any items that break down during their sit. Engaging a house and pet sitter isn’t an opportunity to call in free labour for household odds and ends, but rather, it’s having someone care and maintain your home in your absence to ensure all is well when you return. Sticking to reasonable household duty requests is a must to respect the relationship between both parties. Continue reading “House and Pet Sitting: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship”

House and Pet Sitting as a Lifestyle – What You Need to Know

Living a nomadic lifestyle presents many opportunities to save money, see and do more and meet people and pets from very diverse and interesting backgrounds.

House and pet sitting is your ticket to experiencing some of your life goals and dreams today rather than delaying them for another day, but there are a few things you need to consider before you plunge into a house and pet sitting life.

Must Love Animals: 99% of Mindahome’s house and pet sitting positions involve the care of animals, so being an animal lover is a must. House and pet sitting could involve the care of pets in a city or urban environment, through to caring for farm animals on a rural property. A true affection for all creatures big and small is your biggest advantage when applying for house and pet sitting positions. Continue reading “House and Pet Sitting as a Lifestyle – What You Need to Know”

5 Hacks For Living Big For Less

You don’t have to miss out on life’s little luxuries to save money. Try these 5 hacks to enjoy some of your fancy desires, without spending a fortune.

Live Rent Free

Paying rent is like watching your money burn. It doesn’t help you work towards home ownership and it isn’t the most successful savings strategy. Want to live rent free? Try house and pet sitting around the UK. Whether you’re looking to live near work, near family or wanting to try out different places before you decide to settle down in a particular town, house and pet sitting can allow you to live in other people’s homes, while caring for their pets, without paying for things like utilities and internet. House and pet sitters have saved thousands of pounds every year by choosing this nomadic lifestyle.

Buy, Save and Give Back Too

Gone are the days when charity shops smelt musty and like your grandma’s well worn cardigans. Today, charity shops offer savvy shoppers the chance to grab a bargain of some  impressive high-end brands that will make you look and feel like you should be on a Fashion Week runway. There are a variety of charity shops across the UK in all towns and cities such as Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Shropshire and Weymouth, where you can save money on some of the latest fashions, and you’re also giving back to support worthy charities. Win/win! Continue reading “5 Hacks For Living Big For Less”

5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes

Whether you are house sitting someone else’s pets or at home with your own, many of us share our homes with pets and sometimes, extreme weather conditions mean that our pets may need to stay inside for extended periods.

But that doesn’t mean that poochy smells need to become our home’s new overpowering scent.

When you have one or more fur-friends sharing your home, keeping a pet loving home tidy can be easy by following a few simple tips.

Brush, brush and brush again

Brushing your dog or pet everyday can limit the hair flying around and getting stuck to furniture in your home. Brushing also helps in removing any flaky skin by distributing natural oils through your dog’s coat. Not only will regular brushing save your home and furniture from unruly hair and mess, it will also provide you with some important bonding time with your fur-friend. A DIY methods for removing hair from clothes, is to use tape rolled around your hand with the sticky side on the outside. It’s also great for furniture but otherwise an upholstery tool will do the job too. Continue reading “5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes”

Let Manchester Weave Its Magic Around You

Manchester Art and Culture

Textiles have played such a major role in Manchester’s history the the Victorians nicknamed it “Cottonopolis”. In some Commonwealth countries, “manchester” still refers to household linen items such as towels, pillow cases and sheets. But Manchester, wove its magic to become the world’s first industrialized city and is today famous for its architecture, culture, music, scientific breakthroughs, engineering innovations, and sports. There’s a saying that goes, “What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow”. Pet caring opportunities in Manchester open the door to explore all this great city has to offer, you won’t be disappointed.  There’s a saying that goes, “What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow”

A City of Discoveries

What better place to discover, than a city where discovery is a way of life. The electron, proton and neutron were discovered by scientists who were born or studied in Manchester. The city developed the first true canal in England and the world’s first inter-city passenger railway service. Color blindness and acid rain were first propounded in Manchester which also developed the world’s first standard screw thread system, sniper rifle, industrial estate, stored-program computer, and mass spectrometer. It is the city where the atom was first split. Continue reading “Let Manchester Weave Its Magic Around You”

House Sitters can give Special Care for your Ageing Pet

pet sitter, pet carer, house sitter, house carer,The special relationship that the British have with their pets has long been recognised. 43% of our homes have a pet of one kind or another. Of the 27 million pets, dogs and cats are the most common and the pet population is growing steadily. Other countries that rank highly in the number of pets are Australia, India, South Africa and Thailand rounding out the Top 5.

The love and attention owners give their pets can pose challenges as pets age and owners still have a need to travel. Who can care for an ageing pet the way a loving pet owner does? Well, many owners have found that using the services of a pet sitter, experienced in caring and medicating older animals, has been the perfect solution. A pet carer can have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to problems associated with older pets. Continue reading “House Sitters can give Special Care for your Ageing Pet”

Living it up in Liverpool

house sitting liverpoolDiverse, multi cultural and known as the ‘World capital city of Pop Music’, Liverpool has much on offer for travellers and visitors alike. With its well known musical history, friendly people and a strong sporting identity, many people are unaware of the culture, art, bustling port and many interesting architectural features that are also an important part of Liverpool.

Whether you fancy walking in the footsteps of the Beatles or taking in some of the rich cultural events that happen regularly, Liverpool has plenty to offer. Take a cruise along the River Mersey, wander through Britain’s largest cathedral or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants serving a wide variety of high quality food in Liverpool. Did you know that Liverpool has the largest collection of galleries and museums outside of London? With so much to do you might need more than just a day to explore this fascinating city so if you are looking for a house sitting ‘break’ this could be just the place for you! Continue reading “Living it up in Liverpool”