How old do you have to be to become a house sitter and pet sitter?

The short answer: The age of a house and pet sitter does not matter. The long answer: There is truly no definitive answer to that. There is no specific age requirement.  It really depends mostly on your experience and your maturity level.  There are lots of pet sitters that are in their twenties and there are numerous pet sitters that now retired in there in their 60s. What it really comes down to is the report that you build up with the homeowner and your experience with the type of pets. Gain Experience To gain experience you can start out……

Dog Sitting in Kenley, England

When I started house and pet sitting I would go to almost any location. I’m still open to most places, but I am a little pickier now. There are specific cities and countries that I want to go to so, they now have priority over others. Also depending on how many housesits I’m doing will be a determining factor. If I’m doing a lot in a short time, I don’t mind ones that out of the city centers and sometimes in the country. However, if I’m scheduled to do several, then I want to be in the city because I’m……

FAQ – Can House Sitters Invite Family Or Friends With Them?

In this week’s FAQ, I get asked often if I can invite friends or family members with me when I’m house sitting somewhere? The short answer: No The long answer: Generally, the answer to this question is no. You can’t be inviting whoever you want to come house sit while you are staying in someone else’s home. With that being said, if you talk to the homeowner and say that you would like to invite somebody to come with you for the entire time or part of the time, they may say that it is fine. For example, if you’re……

How long is a house sit?

How long is a house sit? The short answer: They vary dramatically. The long answer: The truth is, the length of the house sits varies completely. Just as the length of time people go on holiday varies completely. House sits range from one night to over a year, so there really is something for everyone. Keep in mind that house and pet sitting is not the same as being on vacation. Lots of other travelers are very interested in house sitting and pet sitting (because it’s free accommodation) but they hate the thought of being tied down for too long……

Best Homeowner Interview Questions

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……

The Escape Artists – Dog Sitter in Cornwall England

My first time in the Cornwall countryside in England was to be a house sitter and dog sitter. The home was a lovely converted barn in the countryside near the town of Plymouth in the boarding county of Devon. I was there pet sitting for three weeks to take care of two Portuguese water dogs. This was not my first time dog sitting in England. My first house sitting assignment was in Bath, England.     Dog Sitting in Cornwall They were wonderful dogs and had a lot of energy. Every day I would walk with them through pathways in……

Best House Sitter Interview Questions

Dog Sitting in Basingstoke, England

The interview process can, at first, seem a little uncomfortable for every new house sitter. Just remember they are looking for the best fit for their pets and you will be staying in their home if they select you. You will notice that some people post a lot of information in their request for a house sitter and others give just some basic information. Most homeowners like to set up an interview or ‘meeting’ via Skype so you can also see each other. So, depending on the information you have received, here is a list of questions you may want……

Why would someone use a pet sitter instead of a kennel?

In case you missed the FAQ Friday on Youtube you can read the answer here or skip down to the bottom of the page and watch the video. A lot of people ask me why someone would get a house sitter or pet sitter when they can just bring their animals to a kennel and they’ll be taking care of them there.   Why people don’t like to or want to use kennels. 1) A lot of animals don’t like kennels. They get brought there and …. Well, some kennels aren’t great kennels so the animal just sits in a……

FAQ – How can you and the homeowner trust each other?

How does the homeowner know that you’re trustworthy and how do you not know that you’re not getting into an awkward situation? For example, the house sitting and pet sitting that you have agreed to do isn’t exactly what you agreed with. This is a very good question because there is no guarantee that the person is telling the exact truth about the pets and housesit. However, most people are honest and as a pet sitter, you want to be a trusted house sitter. The first thing you need to do is Learn How House Sitting Works. All house and……

Is Pet Sitting Right For You?

People often think that house sitting is a great and inexpensive way to see the world, and generally, it is. But it is not like being on vacation….. you can not come and go as you please, you must be in at night, and you have several responsibilities. You must maintain the schedule of the pets, NOT your schedule. If they are used to being up at 5:30 am, they will be up at 5:30 am. Breakfast is usually at 6:30 am and a half-hour walk at 6:45, then you must be up to continue the routine they have. If……