COULD I BECOME A HOUSE SITTER
What is house sitting and what’s involved if i become a house sitter? House sitting means taking care of someone’s home, garden, possessions and often their pets whilst they are away from the property. The house sitter lives in and cares for the home as if it was their own, receiving free accommodation and often, free utilities. Sometimes, they may earn a small income, especially if pet care is required.
House sitters and house sitting jobs come in many shapes and sizes. When you become a house sitter, some homeowners want nothing more than for you to collect the mail and water the house plants. Others require you to care for a number of pets, tend to a vegetable garden, and possibly oversee tradespeople in their home. For these reasons, my number one tip is to get as much detail as possible about a house sit, and be truthful about whether it is really a good match for you. An ocean view home in San Diego during the winter months might at first seem highly appealing, but caring for three large energetic dogs who require long walks twice daily, with one dog requiring daily diabetes shots, another with bowel problems, and suddenly you may want to reconsider!
ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE IN LIFE?
Some say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. How does that sit with you? Regardless, take an honest look in the mirror and figure out exactly why you want to become a house sitter, what you are prepared to accept as work in the house and yard, and where you are prepared to spend some time. House sitting is not a good match for everyone! Answer the questions below to decide if you could become a house sitter.
- Am I comfortable looking after a cat? A dog? Chickens? Other animals or pets? How many of each?
- What type of accommodation is minimal for my comfort (one bedroom? two bathrooms? A deck?)
- What’s the shortest time period I would accept? The longest?
- Am I prepared to accept only a rural location? An urban location? Another country?
- How will I get to the house sit? Fly? Drive?
- Will they have a car I can use? What will be the limits of its usage?
- Will I be alone or with a partner?
- Am I open to living in a home that may be untidy, cluttered or dirty?
- Am I able to have family or friends to stay? Where will they sleep?
- Will I have to stay at the home every night of the house sit?
- How will I be if I don’t like the home? The location? The pets?
- Will I charge for my services?