House sitting looks complicated. Not if you follow these house sitting rules for both the homeowner and house sitter.
Complete a list of requirements before hiring a house sitter.
During selection, choose the right house sitter by creating a correct candidate profile according to your needs. Of course you do not want an out going person if you want your house to be stayed in 24/7.
Create detailed and specific instructions. Including all minor and major house keeping responsibilities. For example: Water the plants every day. Feed the dogs 3 times a day.
Give important details that might be needed by the house sitter. Such as, alarm code, emergency numbers, alternative contact person and vets number if any. If you asked your sitter to forward your mails give your address as well.
It is a good idea to tell people like close relatives, friends and neighbors that you have a house sitter coming in during the time you’ll be away. It avoids unnecessary concerns and embarrassments.
Ideally, try to make a list of your valuables, identifiers and private papers. Put them in a secure place preferably under a locked room.
Provide for your sitters needs. Give a spare key, linen, supplies and storage room for your house sitters’ belongings.
Now for the house sitter this is more of a do’s and don’ts…
House Sitter Rules:
Do not trash the place. Don’t invite your friends over unless permitted.
Don’t use the client’s things, again, not unless you are permitted.
Don’t make long distance calls from the home’s landline. It’s better if you just use your cell phone when making personal calls.
Do not spread out your personal belongings all over the house.
Do not leave the pets unattended. Never leave the pets for a long period of time other than what the owner suggests. You won’t want all the mess they’ll make when you get back.
Contain all your belongings in one room or place.
Treat the home as you would treat your own home.
Introduce yourself to the neighbors, or at least do when someone asks.
Obtain all utility receipts for reimbursements.
Do your responsibility seriously and perform all daily tasks.
Contact owners when there is an emergency or when needed.
House sitting is a marvelous way to provide and generate income. Following these simple house sitting rules for both parties can make it easy like Sunday mornings.