Publié le by NmNomador
Advantages Of Housesitting For Homeowners Over The Holidays
In most parts of the world, the Holidays are the busiest travel days of the year. People want to visit their families or escape winter and take advantage of the fact that most businesses are closed between Christmas and New Year, allowing people to take a week off (or even longer).
For pet owners, that begs the question: What to do with your pets? Nobody wants to kennel their dogs and cats, especially not at Christmas! However, since most people travel by plane, this makes it difficult for them to take their pets with them.
This is why housesitting offers one of the biggest win-win situations over the Holidays. I know plenty of people for example who are leaving New York for the Holidays to see their families, but I also know a lot of people who are dreaming about visiting the Big Apple during the festive period, when prices for accommodation soar - which is why housesitting is a win for both sitters and homeowners during this time of year.
There are more advantages for homeowners though – here are the top five advantages of getting housesitters over the Holidays:
1. Save money
For most people the Holidays are the most expensive time of the year: Gifts need to be bought for family and friends, and traveling over the Holidays is usually pricier, too. Kenneling a pet or paying a pet sitting service can be prohibitively expensive – in New York, overnight pet stays start at $75, which can add a considerable expense to a weeklong trip. Getting a housesitter through Nomador, however, is completely free – and while you may have to cut your trip short when paying a pet sitting service, having a live-in housesitter free of charge allows you as the homeowner to extend your trip over the Holidays without having to worry about high kenneling bills.
2. Peace of mind
Going away for an extended period of time isn’t only an issue for pet owners, but for homeowners in general. Leaving your home, your most valuable asset, unattended for a while, can be nerve-wrecking. What if a pipe freezes? What if there is a power outage? What if there are any other issues? Having a housesitter gives homeowners the peace of mind to truly enjoy their vacation instead of worrying about things that might happen back home in their absence. Most housesitters keep in touch with the homeowners throughout their trip – through text message or email – and receiving the occasional message that everything at home is okay gives homeowners peace of mind.
3. Happy pets
The main reason for most homeowners to get a housesitter are, as already mentioned, pets. Even if finances aren’t an issue, no pet owner likes the thought of having their pet’s routine interrupted, their pet possibly stressed in a kennel, meowing or howling all night long. Especially pets with medical needs or behavioral issues show distress in situations and places they are not familiar with, which makes it harder for owners to leave for a longer period of time. Getting experienced pet sitters to look after them keeps your pets happy and again, gives you peace of mind as well when leaving them for a longer period of time
Sure, as a homeowner you can turn on your alarm when you leave and make sure all your windows and doors are locked, but thieves are smart and know how to work their way around these things. Having a housesitter provides greater security – knowing that somebody is in the house, making it look lived in, scaring off potential thieves who might be tempted by a house that clearly looks like nobody is at home.
The other aspect to consider when it comes to security: some insurance companies have clauses that state if a house sits empty for longer than 30 consecutive days the insurance becomes null and void.
5. Home maintenance
Depending on the size of your house and your property, a housesitter can help you leave for an extended period of time without having to worry that your home is not being taken care of. Some houses have large backyards which need gardening work, leaves have to be swept up, a pool cleaned, snow shoveled. Even if a family member agrees to feed your cat every day while you’re away, they might not have time to take care of your home in addition to that.
Again – a housesitter takes care of all these issues for you, enabling you to travel longer and worry-free.
Dani Heinrich is the vagabonding writer and photographer behind GlobetrotterGirls.com.
Dani, originally from Germany, left her home country in 2006 and has been nomadic since 2010, when she quit her corporate job to travel the world. Dani is an avid housesitter who has cared for cats, dogs, birds and fish in Asia, South America, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Mexico. With the motto ‘One Globe. No Regrets’, Dani has visited over 60 countries on four continents and has no plans to stop globetrotting any time soon.