Have you ever met people who don’t want to travel? Have you ever asked them why not? Could it be that they think that it’s not affordable or that they don’t have the free time? These are probably the main reasons people don’t travel. But, you’ll be surprised that people also have One Other Reason not to Travel.
This other reason not to travel is that they feel that they aren’t comfortable leaving their life responsibilities and obligations even for a few days. They get so worried about who will take care of the house, the pets, the mail, the bills, the cars, the plants, the yard work and their list can go on and on and on.
I totally understand where they are coming from. When my husband and I travel for weeks at a time, we have people to take care of our home; we have other people to do banking, bills and mail; we have other people to tend to our business; we have other people to take care of our pets. After setting up all these people we realize that it takes a squad to take care of the things that we have to relinquish while we are away!
It’s a challenge to leave everything up to other people BUT the travel is so worth it.
IF this is you or someone you know and you have the desire to travel, then hire a house sitter.
What Is a House Sitter?
According to ZipRecruiter, “A house sitter stays in or visits a home while the owners are away for an extended period. Some house sitting jobs can be for any amount of time, from one night to several months. Some house sitters may only visit the home in their care during the day to collect mail and ensure the house is in good order for the homeowner’s return. Others stay overnight at the property, watering plants, caring for pets, performing maintenance, and keeping the home in good order.”
My husband and I also have our own house sitting service and this is exactly what we do. Whenever clients need to travel, we take care of whatever needs to be done while they are away.
Why Hire a House Sitter?
Here are just a few reasons to hire a house sitter:
- YOU deserve to travel. No more excuses. Your house sitter will work for you to make sure that life is just fine even if you are not physically around.
- Your home won’t look like it’s been vacated or abandoned. This will discourage burglars or vandals from violating your home and belongings. You can have your house sitter collect your mail and or subscriptions, turn lights on at night and off during the day. House sitters can also do light housework and or yard maintenance.
- Your pets will be cared for. You can make arrangements with your house sitter to feed your pets, take them for walks and keep them company.
- Your plants will be cared for. House sitters can water your indoor and outdoor plants whenever they need.
- Your house sitter can give you updates on whatever is going on while you are away. If there is an emergency or anything that requires attention, the house sitter can be your liaison to take care of what needs to be done.
- Coming back from your travels will be more relaxed. House sitters will make sure everything is in order before you return from your travels. It will almost be like you never left.
Who to Hire as a House Sitter?
Hiring a house sitter is a daunting task especially for first-timers. After all, you are, in a sense, surrendering your entire life to another person for a period of time. This is something that isn’t easily done or taken lightly. You definitely need to check for references. Do your due diligence.
Friends and Family: It is always a great idea to check with your friends and family first, at least the ones you know you can trust and feel comfortable being in your home. This might be a more economical alternative if you are on a budget.
Word of Mouth: Ask the people that you know who travel frequently, who house sits for them. If they are comfortable giving you their recommendation, then this is an indicator that the house sitters are trust worthy.
House Sitting Service Companies: You can also check with house sitting service companies in your area. You can also search for house sitting websites online.
What to Expect from a House Sitter?
Make it vividly clear what you expect from your house sitter. Meet with them ahead of time and let them know what these expectations are. House sitting magazine suggests that, “this may include taking care of pets, look after the home and keeping it clean and tidy, organizing occasional maintenance in the event of something going wrong, and generally making sure that everything runs smoothly, just as if the owner was at home.”
Ask the house sitter what they expect from you in return. Get to know your house sitter. Talk to him or her about how you would like things to be done. Take the sitter around your premises so that they are familiar with the whereabouts of everything.
Put everything into a contract where both you and the house sitter agree to all its terms.
You Can Do This
Don’t give in to the other reason not to travel. You can do this! It’s time for you to enjoy your life by giving up some of your life even for just a little while. Hire that house sitter today. There are trust-worthy people to take care of things for you but you just have to find them and make them feel comfortable taking care of your home life while you are away. Then, just maybe this will open up more doors to more future travels.
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