People are customarily unwilling to leave their homes unattended for a pro-longed period of time while they are elsewhere traveling. The thought of burglars or intruders marching into their homes and destroying their property or garden and landscaping while they are gone brings horror to home owners.
Others frequently fret over their mails and newspapers being trashed and not collected in time. That’s why others prefer to hire house sitters to care for their homes and mails to discourage crime. Other than that, house sitting can also help in avoiding extra expenditures like storage and mail forwarding.
House sitting duties normally includes the maintenance of the home and yard. Sitters are usually required to perform light housekeeping tasks to retain a dust and clutter free house. In addition, watering plants, grass and outdoor greenery is expected. If a sitter is in charge over an extended period of time, it is also a requirement to ensure the grass is cut and tress, shrubs and foliage are trimmed and pruned.
Paying utility bills and opening mail that needs urgent attention are also part of the house sitters administrative tasks. Sometimes the resident may ask her to monitor bank account activities, There is a list of contractors often supplied by the house owners to the sitter in case there are unexpected electrical or plumbing repairs. Answering phone calls, messages and greeting visitors are part of the sitter’s job.
Occasionally, a house sitter may be mandated to care for the pets, frequently feeding the pets, such as birds, cats, dogs, fish, hamsters or small reptiles. If the homeowner has a dog she may also be required to take it for a walk in the park or take it outside just to exercise and meet its bodily function needs.
More often than not, a house sitter builds her resume and list if references by providing services for friends and family before seeking work from the general public. Since there is no educational requirement for this position, having a driver’s license may be compulsory when seeking house sitting services.