Now the increasing demands for travel, more and more people who own homes are turning to House sitting directories to take care of their home and pets while they are away. Most families are concerned for the safety and well being of their home and pets and are looking for peace of mind while they travel away from home for extended periods..
While safety is the number one reason why home owners are looking for house sitters, they are finding lots of other additional benefits. First and foremost, the home owner are saved the cost and worry of boarding their pets while they are away. Pets are happier when they stay in their own home environment. Many pet owners report they are not able to enjoy their holiday and feel forced to leave their pets at a kennel. For the individual or family who has to relocate for months at a time, having a house sitter greatly reduces the stress upon a family pet, and the money that is saved from boarding fees can be astounding. A house sitter can see to the many diverse needs of your pet such as feeding, walking, grooming, playing and health monitoring.
People that do have to be away from home for an extended time are finding it is much easier to have a house sitter come and live in their home–rather than renting out their house or imposing on family or friends to come by to tend to the day to day issues. House sitters can do tasks such as checking mail, routine lawn and garden maintenance, general home chores, and more.
Having a house sitter can bring assurance that when you return from your travels you will still find healthy house plants or gardens–and that your prized tropical fish are still alive! Being a house sitter saves home owners the expense of arranging for pool and lawn maintenance while they are away, as well. House sitters are also invaluable if a major problem arises within a home, such as a leaking hot water heater or storm damage.
So, how does one go about becoming a house sitter? The safest way to go through a house sitting directory and become a member. Here you can find home owners which can match their needs with your ability and skills that you you can offer. Standard guidelines for a house sitter generally include taking responsibility of their home, pets and property in exchange for rent free accommodations. Other individual needs can also be added to your house sitting guidelines such as arranging for them to supervise a major home repair while you are away.
There are many individuals who become house sitters because it gives the opportunity to save money on living expenses while giving the freedom to visit a certain location for a short spell, time to play, then continue travelling. House sitters are everyday people just like you, honest, caring and responsible..
When you contact a house-sitting directory you will have access to their data base of registered home owners. Registration for house sitting is free. You privacy is assured, and your personal information will not be given out to any prospective home owner. You alone decide when you are comfortable with a home owner and are open to having him or her know your personal information.
Once you have decided upon a match, you will want to get to know them better and they will you. You will want to find out what what they desire from you when you are living in their home. This is when you can tell them about your experience and fondness or aversion to pets, home maintenance such as a pool, mowing or shovelling snow. This is also when you can get to know the personality and character of your prospective home owner.
You need to assure then that you are an animal lover if they have pets. It would be unreasonable to take on any responsibility of pets for example if you have animal aversions or allergies. You would be signing up to give animals care and “attention” – not just simply feeding them!
When you have chosen the home owner and arrangement you are comfortable with,
you should have a contract drawn up. This contract can be obtained through the house sitting matching service. This contract needs to be as detailed as possible. It should thoroughly contact information. If you are assisting with, any major home project completed, or required to be present when someone comes in to clean your gutters, or replace windows while the home owners are away, you should have all the details included in your contract.
I am a non-smoker, Norwegian female currently based in Sweden moving to New Zealand soon. Your house will be kept clean and neat and your instructions will always be followed.
I mainly work as a freelance translator (self-employed) and can work from anywhere in the world with Internet connection. Love all animals and can take good care of cats, dogs and horses I will cuddle and play with them every day (I have owned cats and horses myself) and also love to be outdoor for various sports like running, bicycling and hiking in mountains. Your pets will have lots of fresh air and exercise with me. Now I am looking for my very first pet-/house-sitting duty – and will perform a perfect job for you!
It is advised that you familiarize yourself with their home and routines. Best to do this while they are there, such operating the kitchen appliances, how to program the alarm system, where to turn off power or water in emergency. This is a great time for to make friends with their pets and to reassure the home owners that you are the right match for them. You can see the routine of their pets throughout the day. This will help tremendously. For instance, if they have a dog that does nothing but sleep all day, you will know this is normal and not a sign of illness. However, if they have a dog that bounces off the ceiling and he or she is laying around in a stupor all day, you will need to know what is out of character for that particular pet and may need permission to seek specialist assistance.
As a house sitter you can offer peace of mind to home owners while they are away from home that is priceless. Using a house sitting matching service is also the safest and speediest route to take when looking for free accommodation. Both the home owner and house sitter benefit by these matching services. The sitters can enjoy being in a new area while saving money for school, travel or even while saving for a home.