You will notice that some house sitters and pet sitters will have a fantastic and complete profile, while others may not. This does not mean that they are not going to be a good house sitter or pet sitter. Some people have a harder time describing themselves and putting the right words on paper. This is where the interview is great to get to know who will be the best match for you and your pets. Most times a Skype or video call for the interview is best. The interview is a great way for you to give valuable information about yourself and let your personality shine. You want to make sure you have the right match and feel comfortable with the person who is going to be staying in your home. Below is a list of the best homeowner interview questions to ask potential house and pet sitters
Questions to ask the potential house sitter:
Start off by asking the potential house sitter and pet sitter to tell you things about themselves. What do they do for work, or in their spare time, or hobbies and activities that they are involved in? You also want to know if they are house sitting or pet sitting by themselves, with a partner, or with their family. You need to know how many people will be in your house and if it is suitable for that number of people.
- How long have you been housesitting and how many house sits have you completed?
- Why did you get into house sitting?
- What interests you about this house sit?
- How much experience do you have with ______________ (kind of pets)?
- What is your daily routine like (what time do you get up in the morning)?
- What separates you from the other applicants?
- Are you available for the entire duration of the sit?
- Do you speak the local language? (If applicable)
- Will you be happy during the assignment? (depends on your location: city, rural, isolated)
- What would happen if you had a family emergency during the assignment?
- What questions do you have for me?
Questions to ask the house sitter’s references
- How long have you known _______ (and _________)?
- What kinds of pets did they care of for you?
- What tasks did they do while sitting for you?
- How did the pets get along with the sitter? Did they appear happy and well taken care of?
- What condition was the home in when you returned?
- Were there any surprises, both good and bad?
- Were the house sitters professional and easy to work with?
- Would you ask them to house sit for you again?
I have completed over 20 house and pet sits and will be writing more about all of them. House sitting and pet sitting has brought me to England, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Spain. You can read more about me here. House sitting has not only brought me to many great countries, cities, and countryside villages, I have also met some amazing people along the way.