A lucky 13 reasons to use house sitting...
1. The owner selects their own sitter.
As the home and pet owner you can set your own criteria in your search for a sitter. You can interview and screen as you desire to ensure you have the right person in place.
2. Pets stay in their own environment.
You are going away on a trip but your pet can stay in it's own home and routine. This is a massive reduction, for the animal, of stress caused by your absence.
3. Save $$ on boarding costs.
Imagine the cost per day, per pet while you are away of boarding your animals. With a house sitter in place and your pets remaining at home, you will save on what is otherwise a potentially large cost of your trip away.
Not everyone keeps cats and dogs. Do you have animals that would be hard or impossible to board or find care for? There are many house sits which involve horses, various birds such as chickens, reptiles and I've heard of one with lion cubs! Whatever pets you have, chances are there is a sitter who would love to come and spend time with them.
5. Live in security.
Rather than leave your place empty, why not have a house sitter who can provide a physical presence in your home? Imagine having someone there to draw the curtains at night, turn the lights on, keep the mail box empty and prevent all the other tell tale signs of absence. Which leads us to point 6...
6. Keep your insurance company happy.
Many home and content insurance policies include a clause in the event you are absent for a certain length of time. By using a house sitter to occupy your property, these penalties may be avoided. Check with your provider and see how your policy works if you are going away and intend to leave your home empty.
Often a house sitter will be asked to take care of grass cutting, weeding, pruning etc...
9. Watering indoor plants.
Especially useful if you are departing on a longer trip away.
10. Have the mail box emptied.
Avoid one of the tell tales signs of your absence, and get all those pesky third party ads thrown out for you!
Your sitter can vacuum, dust, keep the kitchen clean etc so you can return to your home to find it just as you left it, maybe even a little cleaner!
12. Early detection of problems.
From burst water pipes in winter to failed air-con during the summer, any such failures will be detected early by a house sitter and the repair can get underway...
13. Have a swimming pool?
You'll certainly have plenty of sitters asking to come and take care of your property! But the one you choose can always undertake cleaning and maintenance of the pool, pumps and filters as you require.
That's the list..!
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