Rules House Sitters | Proper House Sitting Etiquette
We have guidelines we go by when doing our house sit
This process should have started with the interview process and especially the “Skype Conversation”. You need to know what the home owner’s EXPECTATIONS are. You need to know what these are and follow them! Proper communication equals a successful house sit for both parties. There is When you search for your house sits, you will be surprised on what kind of animals are out there that people will want you to watch. There are Rules House Sitters and Proper House Sitting Etiquette. By the way, we get most of our House Sits from Trusted House Sitters.
A week before the sit I send the Home Owners an Email
I remind them that the sit is quickly coming up and we will be coming to see their pets (by name of course) and give them a date and time of arrival. I also mention the date and time that we are scheduled to leave. To double check, I state their address and phone number. (at this time, I check that their phone number is in my phone). I end with, “We can’t wait to meet you and the pets”.
The first important thing is to show up on time
If it is convenient with the home owner, I usually schedule my arrival around three in the afternoon. That way, I get there before dark and don’t get lost (yes, it happens!) Of course if they need you to show up at another time, we certainly do that. I also have their phone number in my phone so I can easily call them if I am delayed.
When arriving at their home
When we first arrive at the home, we don’t worry about our luggage and things right away. We want to meet the pets we will be taking care of when we first get there. We think that meeting the animals first show the home owners where our true priorities are. The PETS! After that, we might view the home and let them show us where we are going to be staying during the sit. It seems like after the house tour, we are normally asked to sit for a drink or snack and talk about things. Once, everything has settled down then I bring in the luggage.
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Have everything written down
Some owners are really good and will have a detailed list of everything you will need to know. You need to sit down and look at this with the home owners in case you need clarification or need to add some details. If they don’t have a ready made list, you need to get a piece of paper and get things written down! You don’t want to have to be scrambling for the vet’s information when the home owners are thousand of miles away! Make sure you have the internet password!
The home owners are now gone now what?
We have found that there is an adjustment period for the pets when their “mommy and daddy” leave the house. And even worse, they have two strangers in their space! This is the time to spend time with the animals and bond with them. After all, the animals are the main priority. If they are not, you should not be doing this! Relax and have some fun with them.
You are now responsible for someone’s biggest investment
You have to realize that not only have people entrusted you with their pets, but you are now responsible for their homes. I want to say, treat it like it was your own, but that is not true. Treat it like you want someone to treat your home!
Do not invite anyone into your temporary home
This is a big rule for us. WE do not invite anyone into the home. I don’t care if they are your best friend or someone you just met. This is just not done unless prior permission has been granted. We did have one sit in the United States before we left for overseas. The purpose of that trip was to spend time with our kids and grand son. We asked before hand if they could come over. The home owner even came up with the idea that our grand son could spend the night.
Our Promise for the Home Owners
We will take care of your pets just as you do and leave the house as clean as when we found it. It is as simple as that. We got out of our way to do things properly.
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