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Finding a House and Pet Sitter in Singapore

11/18/2013 8:12:42 AM | by Jamie Hughes

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Why you should hire a house and pet sitter

There are times when you have to leave your home and pets behind; whether you’re going on an important business trip, or heading off on a well-earned holiday. While friends and family are usually willing to pitch in, for longer trips it’s a good idea to hire a house and pet sitter.

 

Leaving your home unoccupied for long periods of time can affect your home insurance policy, so hiring a house sitter to live there is a good way to prevent this from happening. Most house sitters help out around the house: taking phone messages, picking up your mail, and acting as a deterrent to burglars. Pets prefer to be in their own environment, and can get stressed if they have to go to kennels or to someone else’s house to stay for a while. Hiring a live-in house and pet sitter means that your pets don’t have to go anywhere, and they get to stick to their usual routine.

 

When to start looking

It’s a good idea to start looking for your house and pet sitter at least six months before you actually need them. The best sitters get booked up months in advance; especially if they’re coming from abroad. More people are offering their services as house and pet sitters for free, in exchange for accommodation. This means that they will need to book flights: and the sooner you let them know that you need them the better. Even local pet sitters and house sitting companies will fill their schedules up weeks in advance. When it comes to making sure your home and pets are going to be well looked after, it certainly pays to be organised.

 

Where to find house and pet sitters

Word of mouth is always a good resource, so before you sign up for any websites it’s a good idea to speak to friends and family to see if they can recommend any good house and pet sitters to you. While conducting a Google search or looking on Gumtree can get some mixed results, it’s a better idea to look for your house sitter on a dedicated website. Resources like Trusted Housesitters are worth exploring as they show sitter’s references and whether they have police checks.

 

What to look for in your house and pet sitter

Before choosing a house and pet sitter it’s a good idea to write a list of what you’re looking for from them. If your cat has medical problems, then you might want someone who has experience of administering medication to animals. If your dog is a scary breed (such as a German Shepherd) you might want someone who is comfortable and has experience around that type of animal.

 

Don’t be scared of asking too much. When you post an advert on a house sitting website you’ll get lots of replies. Your list of standards will separate the wheat from the chaff, meaning that both you and the house sitter will be happy with the final arrangement.

 

Once you have your list of requirements, it’s time to start sifting through the profiles and applications. If there’s more than one house sitter that fits your specifications, it’s time to check references and conduct an interview. Even if there’s only one house sitter that would be a good match, it’s a good idea to speak to them in person first: rather than over email. If they’re not based in Singapore, arrange a video conversation over Skype or Facetime. It’s good to see who you’re dealing with: it will put you both at rest.

 

Arranging the house sit

Once you’ve chosen the house and pet sitter for you, it’s time to hash out the details. Make sure that you’re both absolutely certain on dates. It’s a good idea for both of you to sign a contract first, to protect both parties. The contract should cover the terms of the house sit: for example how long it will last, who will be at fault if any damage is caused, and so on.

 

 

Resources: http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitters/

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