Do you want to know more about house sitting? Below are some FAQs that may help.
What is House Sitting?
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Who can be a House Sitter?
What experience do I need to become a House Sitter?
How long does it take to secure a House Sit?
This can vary widely, some homeowners are very efficient and respond to replies within hours, others take day and weeks, and some never reply. We have found that once homeowners have made a shortlist, they like to conduct interviews by Skype quite quickly and make an offer shortly after that. But people being people, some are ditherers and have difficulty making up their mind. We have had homeowners come back to us weeks after the initial contact, more often than not we have already secured bookings and have to decline.
How long are House Sits?
How far in advance should I book a House Sit?
That really depends on how far in advance homeowners advertise, and how early you like to be booked. We have been booked as much as 9 months in advance, and often we have the next 6 months planned. But that is because we want to stay in an area for the medium term. There are a lot of last minute house sits advertised, but you have to be very flexible with your location if you want to work like that. For example, recently we have been focused on house sits in France, so when we see a house sit in the right location and it fits with our dates, we will apply for that house sitting assignment.
What is expected of a House Sitter?
Expectations are dependent on what the homeowner is looking for, and what the house sitter agrees to. Most homeowners are concerned with the well being of their pet, and the security of their home. Pet care may include walking dogs, grooming, feeding, administering medication, nursing, or even tending a tortoise as he awakens from his 6-month hibernation.
Generally, there are other tasks requested which can include watering plants, maintaining pools, mowing lawns, cleaning. Task you would generally do to keep your own home neat and tidy. Anything over and above should be negotiated with the homeowner.
Where can I House Sit?
Where can I find House Sits?
What is the benefit of House Sitting when I travel?
One of the biggest benefits we have had in house sitting while we travel is that house sitting has allowed us to travel often, stay longer and experience more. This is due to our average accommodation costs being so low. Typically, we house sit for 2-6 weeks and in between we travel for a few days to several weeks, depending on our travel plans. The other major benefit from house sitting is we get to live like a local for periods of time. Most times we house sit, we are not in major tourist destinations, and so we get a feel of the ‘real’ location, eat the ‘real’ food and meet the ‘real’ people. Read about some of our House Sits here
What costs are involved to be a House Sitter?
We do see homeowners adverting their sits with the expectation the house sitter will pay for utilities (power, internet etc). This is more the case for longer-term house sits.
We feel that house sitters provide an incredibly valuable service that more than offsets any costs the homeowner may face. As an example, one homeowner previously paid £100 per day for a paid pet sitting service, he was happy for us to use as much hot water as we wanted. Other people who put their pets into catteries or kennels face charges of £15 to £75 per pet per day!