HooYu helps HouseSitMatch verify house-sitters to build more trust & confidence between sitters & owners.

by Simon Kelman

Leading identity confirmation provider HooYu has partnered with HouseSitMatch to verify the identity of users on its international house and pet sitting service.  

HouseSitMatch caters to a gap in the market for home and pet owners that need house-sitters and pet-sitters when they travel away from home. HouseSitMatch is a resource that offers an international network that matches owners with sitters who have experience of house-sitting, home and pet care.

Trust is a key component of a successful peer-to-peer marketplace, giving its users confidence in using the community. In the case of HouseSitMatch, this is for individuals to feel safe looking after someone else’s pet and home, whilst also giving the homeowner the same level of security.

HouseSitMatch has integrated HooYu to verify the identity of customers using the HouseSitMatch platform. Customers are asked to take a selfie, share their identity from online sources such as LinkedIn or Facebook and take a photo of their identity document.

HooYu verifies the customer’s digital footprint, authenticates their ID document and conducts a biometric facial check comparing a selfie of the customer with the facial image on their ID document. HooYu then examines, compares and cross-references customer identity across these multiple sources to deliver an identity confidence score.

Lamia Walker, Founder of HouseSitMatch commented, "House-sitting is a growing global trend in a world where disposable incomes are not what they once were. We are all finding the need to be more frugal, cutting back where we can and house-sitting offers real benefits. HooYu helps us achieve this by offering trust and safety to our marketplace giving our users additional confidence in knowing that we proactively verify the identity of our members."

HouseSitMatch members are also seeing the benefit of the HooYu integration, with one Home and pet owner, Jackie Lynch-Bloss adding;

“HouseSitMatch has regularly helped me find a housesitter to care for my dog at home in Oxfordshire when I go on holiday. I know they check the sitters carefully before I connect with them. Their introduction of online ID verification for all members inspires even more confidence in their attention to the details that matter to me as a home and pet owner inviting people I don't know to my home. This is fantastically important if you connect to new people online to see that their profile is verified. It just gives me even more confidence." 

David Pope, Director of Marketing at HooYu said, “HouseSitMatch is committed to making the customer journey simple and yet not compromising security for their members. Our partnership helps HouseSitMatch to grow member numbers confidently and new users can enter the world of peer-to-peer marketplaces secure in the knowledge that they know who they’re dealing with.”

If you'd like to find out more about HooYu, contact David Pope at david.pope@hooyu.com.   

Simon Kelman