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Old 01-27-2016, 04:05 PM   #1
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Using a Professional House Sitter

Up to now most of our trips have been 2 weeks long or so...not long enough to worry about mail, lawn, keeping house up, ect.
Starting this year we're planning several longer trips, 4-5 weeks long, and next year even longer 2-3 month long runs.
Have any of you out there used a professional house sitter/couple while your out n about. Have found several web sites where singles or couples advertise their availability for house sitting. Usually no money involves as they will be staying/living for free. Better sites give full backrounds on these people and list references for you to contact.
Don't have relitives in our area, and don't want to tie our good neighbors down with having to look after our home, so we're considering a house sitter. Since their living in the house, it would be kept up, and I would have a lawn care take caro of yard, and sitters could forward any important mail.
Just in the thinking stage now, but any input from those of you who have done this would be welcome.

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Old 01-27-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
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Unless you really know the people very well, I personally would not do it. If service is available, hire an agency, possibly a local reality office, to look in on your house periodically, plus maintenance.

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Old 01-27-2016, 06:02 PM   #3
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Unless you really know the people very well, I personally would not do it. If service is available, hire an agency, possibly a local reality office, to look in on your house periodically, plus maintenance.
Not sure I agree with this. House-sitting is a burgeoning business, and there are sites that do a good job of vetting couples who do this. I know of several wonderful couples who housesit and I would 100% trust them to take care of my home.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:09 PM   #4
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Since we have a farm and no longer want to be tied down, we have a house sitter. Her duties include doing chore, taking care of livestock, dogs, cats and house. She is a local person and is known in the community. We found out about her from referrals from friends. We do pay her and it is worth every penny.
We would be very reluctant leaving the lives of our animals and home in the hands of some unknown person/persons.
Ask for referrals from friends, veterinarians or church members. Have the person be responsible for short trips so you can evaluate their responsibility and (sorry to say) honesty.
Good luck. Lynn
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:21 PM   #5
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I'd love to find someone that would stay at the house, take care of our animals and keep the lawn mowed. Right now, I have an Amish kid feeding the horses, a lady that cleans the house come 2-3 times a week to check on the inside cats & house and no one mowing the yard. A good friend and neighbor checks on everything occasionally and gives me updates.
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We do it with someone we know and have confidence in and it works out very well for both of us but we do pay her something.
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Personally, I would ask your neighbor to take a walk-through perhaps once a week and also notify the local police dept. that you'll be gone and let them know which neighbor will be looking at your house and who has a key. Usually, they'll check your house outside. For the yard, hire a landscaping service. I wouldn't have someone staying in the house full-time, especially someone you don't know. Snowbirders leave for six months at a time.

Turn your water off; reset your air or furnace and you're good to go.

When you get home, give your neighbor a nice gift card and bake a huge batch of cookies for the police dept. They'll both appreciate it.

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