Housesitting Tips for Homeowners (based on our experiences)
- Please, please include lots of photos in your ads. Include pictures of your pets with their names, pictures of the home, kitchen, bedroom where the sitters will sleep, and other general common areas of the home.
- If your pets have special needs, include those in the ad. This will save you time if you don’t have to weed out those who are not qualified. If you have a very ill pet, perhaps you might consider delaying your travel plans.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions of any potential sitter. You can do this through the website portal (recommended), email, phone, or some form of video chat. The advantage of having conversations captured through the portal is they are captured for future reference.
- Put together a “resource book” with all of the key information about your home, emergency contacts, detailed care for each pet and what they like or don’t like. If you have time, a list of suggested restaurants, places to see, and things to do in your area.
- If the sitter will be in your home for an extended period (more than a week), they would very much appreciate space to put their clothing and some room in the refrigerator.
We are always available for questions. If you want further information about housesitting you can add a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.