Choosing a Home Sitter

by Benjamin Kerns

Nov 12, 2018

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Tips / Travel

When traveling long-term it’s often a good idea to find a house sitter. Having someone watching over your home can help you feel confident your house and belongings are safe while you’re away and can help deter would-be burglars. Choosing a home sitter can be daunting, so here are some tips to keep in mind.

Use an Agency

House-sitting agencies handle most of the legwork for you. They’ll check references, do background checks, draw up contracts and even keep track of your house sitter while you’re away and report any problems. The only downside is they can be expensive.

 

Use Referrals

Chances are you know at least a couple of people who used house sitters before. Ask them for suggestions on someone to keep an eye on your home. Friends and family typically won’t steer you in the wrong direction, and can provide you with someone you’ll feel comfortable with.

 

Try Acquaintances

When in doubt, go with someone you already know. Family is always a good option as they’re likely to respect your home and belongings, but a friend can be a great go-to as well. Check with your co-workers and neighbors. Remember to always offer money rather than expect freebies.

 

Use Other Travelers

There are plenty of house-sitting websites and apps geared toward travelers. These sights connect fellow travelers, typically for trades. You’ll find someone visiting your city and offer them a place to stay, in exchange for their watchful eyes over your home. Always check the reviews of each house sitter, and chat with them for awhile beforehand before committing.

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