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Common misconceptions in House-Sitting
To potential housesitters, the job sometimes sounds like a dreamy way to live and travel around the world. All housesits are for huge, spacious mansions with giant pools and cute little puppies, right? Housesitters just get to lay by their huge inground pools and sip Mai Tais delivered by their personal pool boys, right?
To homeowners, the process of connecting with a housesitter can sometimes seem all too easy or all too frightening. Your house is sure to get trashed by the hoards of people that are automatically allowed to swarm your property, right? And you just need to find someone to look after your property, and that’s the end of it, right?
What do all of these scenarios have in common? They are all common misconceptions associated with housesitting. Homeowners, properties, pets, responsibilities and housesitters come in all shapes and sizes, and tackling some of these misconceptions will help improve the experience for everyone involved.
Here are some common misconceptions about housesitting.
Misconception #1: All Properties are Luxury Properties
All housesitting opportunities are not the same as the sprawling mansion in California or the gorgeous Victorian castle in England as seen in the movie, “The Holiday.” Properties come in all shapes and sizes. Homeowners must be thorough in their description of their properties to ensure that the right housesitter is matched to the right situation.
Properties can be small loft apartments in downtown cities or sprawling farms in the countryside. Every place is different and finding something that matches the housesitter’s expectations is important. If the housesitter is looking for a relaxed, lounging style getaway, then perhaps an inner city small apartment isn’t the right fit.
Misconception #2: Housesitting is simply an exchange of services a place to stay for pet-sitting and house-care
The housesitting community is just that, a community. The purpose of finding a real person to stay with your pets or in your home has many perks besides just being free or convenient. This person can ensure your pets are properly taken care of, shown love and affection, and that your house is well-kept and ready for your return.
Treating the experience with more care and concern leads to more enjoyable experiences for both parties. Homeowners, especially for longer stays, should consider penciling in time prior to their departure to show the housesitter around their community and neighborhood. Showing the person who will be watching your house where to find the nearest grocery store, hospital, and favorite restaurants adds a more personal touch to the experience, thus making the housesitter feel more appreciated and more like a guest.
Homeowners should also consider putting together a home book with clear directions in case a fuse blows, a gas leak occurs, finicky bits about the house and anything else that may come up during the stay to ease the housesitter’s mind and help them feel prepared. This also helps to eliminate unwanted distractions during the homeowner’s travels.
Housesitters should treat the home and pets as if they are guests. If you are planning to approach a home sit as just a free place to stay, maybe this isn’t the right accommodation option for you. Regular tidying, extra time spent with pets, and altogether keeping the property as if you were watching your grandparents’ home is essential!
Misconception #3: You can accept or demand payment in addition to housesitting and/or petsitting
This practice is widely discouraged, especially on the Nomador platform. Housesitting is meant to be an exchange of services -- accommodations in exchange for taking care of a home, garden or pet. Paid housesitting experiences often create different feeling altogether. With the exchange of money comes higher expectations of all parties involved and unnecessary added stress. It is oftentimes, also, illegal in many countries or cities to “hire” someone without the proper work contracts and paperwork.
Misconception #4: Once your housesit is finished, you never speak to each other again
Housesitting, for many, has sparked great, lasting friendships and recurring housesits. Homeowners that welcome housesitters as guests and with open arms, are more likely to open the doors of community and conversation in the long-term.
On the other side, housesitters that treat properties like their own and who take that extra step in ensuring the homeowner returns to their home happily and with little to no stress are more likely to be accepted back again.
The housesitting network is vast and making connections through successful exchanges and experiences can help you to expand your housesitting community both as a homeowner and as a housesitter.
Megan is a girl that shouldn’t travel. She’s gluten free, falls off motorcyles, gets bit by stray dogs and yet she’s still been traveling the world for 3 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She’s a full time freelancer and digital nomad and chronicles her stories at Forks And Footprints and Twenty-SomethingTravel.com.