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Frequently-Asked Questions About House-Sitting
House-sitting seems like a dream for both the traveler and the homeowner. House-sitters get to stay in someone else’s house for free or just to play with their adorable pets. Homeowners are able to travel without the added financial burden or stress from having to pay for pet care or leaving their homes unattended while they are away.
To help you to be better informed when deciding if house-sitting is right for you as a homeowner or house-sitter, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about house-sitting.
What is expected of a house-sitter?
A house-sitter should treat the home like it was their parents’ or grandparents’ home. This means leaving it as good or better than when they arrived. Simple things like cleaning up after they prepare a meal, giving the house a weekly cleaning, and washing the linens at the end of the stay so the homeowner arrives to clean bedding and towels can improve the experience for both the homeowner and house-sitter.
House-sitters should respect the wishes of the homeowners when it comes to instructions for their pets, homes and actions. They should clarify any directions prior to the homeowner leaving so there are no questions or problems while they are away.
What is expected of a homeowner?
Homeowners should welcome house-sitters like they would welcome guests. Having the house prepared with fresh linens, towels, basic kitchen necessities like butter and salt & pepper will help to ease the house-sitter in and make them feel welcomed. If the stay is longer than a week or two, consider making introductions to some of the people the house-sitter may interact with like the neighbors or a friendly face at the dog park to make them feel more comfortable within the community.
A homeowner should consider showing a house-sitter around the area in which you live, or at the very least writing down a quick guide to where the supermarket, good restaurants, and other places of note are. Nomador recommends homeowners put together a Home-Book that includes these locations around town and very clear instructions for various home related troubleshooting that may occur, so house-sitters have all the necessary information in one easy to find place.
Can house-sitters invite friends or family into the home?
House-sitters should always assume no. Some homeowners may make exceptions, but no matter the situation, house-sitters should always seek permission from the homeowner prior to inviting any friends or family to visit or stay at the home with them.
Similar to this question is whether a house-sitter can bring their own pet to a house-sit. Again, this needs to be explicitly asked and decided upon prior to agreeing to any house-sitting agreement.
Is house-sitting paid?
No, generally not. The true spirit of house-sitting is that of a free exchange of services, each party benefiting from the exchange: Free accommodation is provided in exchange for the loving care of the home, pets, garden.
Do you have to stay in the house the whole time?
All house-sitters are expected to stay overnight in the homes they are caring for. The amount of time during the day the house-sitter is expected to stay at the actual home will depend on each particular house sit. House-sitters and home and pet owners should set clear guidelines for expectations of how much time the house-sitter will need to spend in the house. This will be determined on a number of factors, including pet care requirements, the community, and the homeowner’s preferences. It is very important that clear expectations are set before the house-sit begins.
How can you trust who is watching your house/pet/garden etc.?
On Nomador, Trust Profiles are essential to the construction of Trust between homeowners and house-sitters. These profiles allow both homeowners and house-sitters to add information about themselves, photos and most importantly allows other members of the house-sitting community to leave reviews and endorsements. For further reading: Selecting the right house-sitter and Finding the right house-sit.
Hopefully these questions and answers will help to clarify what is expected of both the house-sitter and homeowner. Above all else, the important thing to remember is that communication is the key to a positive experience. Both parties should ask as many questions as necessary and share as many details about the house-sit as possible so that everyone is well informed and can go into the experience prepared. By keeping following these recommendations both house-sitter and homeowner can have a great experience with house-sitting.
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.