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6 ways to get ready for a house sit

Before a house sitter begins their stay, we recommend having a conversation to get aligned on expectations. Although it might seem like a lot to go over, it pays off in the long run. Using our house sitter checklist, this will be a breeze.

Before a house sitter begins their stay, we recommend having a conversation to get aligned on expectations. Although it might seem like a lot to go over, it pays off in the long run. Using our house sitter checklist, this will be a breeze.

As experienced house sitters ourselves, we find that this makes our home owners feel more at ease, and able to get into their holiday mood that much faster.

We recommend writing everything down in an email, because then you or the house sitter can easily reference this before, during or after the house sit.


1. Focus on experience

Experience is number 1! If a house sitter has done well before, they'll likely do well again. We recommend asking about experience with pets and past house sits.

Questions to ask:

  • Have you been a house sitter before?
  • How long were the house sits that you completed?
  • Did you house sit for cats or dogs?

2. Power and internet

We advise having a discussion around who will pay for power and internet while you're away. Often, the homeowner will take care of these costs rather than the house sitter. Have this conversation before you leave, to avoid any further issues down the track.

Don't forget to ask:

  • Who pays the internet
  • Who pays the power
  • Are there any other costs?

3. Pet questions

It's sensible to let your house sitter know anything important about your pet before you leave.

These could include:

  • Where the dog lead is kept
  • The number of the local vet
  • What your cat or dog likes to eat

4. House security

It may seem obvious, but setting general expectations on house security is a smart way to ensure that there's no confusion or accidents while you're away. There has been occasions where sitters can't find the key you left them, because the hiding place is simply too good!

You could try:

  • Where is the spare key located
  • What's the alarm code
  • Garage door key location

5. Reference check

When we've interviewed as house sitters, we've found that having a reference always puts a home owner's mind at ease.

Don't forget to ask:

  • Phone number of a reference
  • You could also check out online Facebook profiles if you really wanted!

6. Family friend contact

We recommend that you provide the contact details of a family member or friend that'll be in town while you're away, especially if you're overseas. This will provide an easy way for your house sitter to stay in contact if anything pops up

  • Number of a family member or friend
  • Alternative contact details for yourself i.e. email and a phone number

That's our list!

We strongly recommend that you try these out, and get them in writing. And not just for security reasons, sometimes accidents happen and having a vet's number on hand is a life-saver (truly).

Happy house sitting!

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