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Old 03-11-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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We're interested in getting a house sitter for an extended trip but have no experience with this kind of arrangement. We're looking at housesitter.com as possible source of a reliable individual but, as you might appreciate, we're rather leery of this kind of an arrangement. Does any here have an experience with a stranger as house sitter and/or with this outfit (or other similar firms)? We've left the house sit for 3 weeks at time but never as long as we're now contemplating (+2 months). Your insights (other than telling us we're crazy -- we know that) would be greatly appreciated. TIA

P.S. Neighbors are not an option; it's not that kind of neighborhood.
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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We usually use one of our kids if they can, and if not a niece or nephew. We leave them money for food, and give them some pay for their time too.

If family is not an option, you could ask some of your friends for people they may recommend. Most friends would not recommend anyone that they themselves would not trust.

Having a house sitter is a great idea. Not sure what insurance is like around there, but here someone must enter and check out the house every 3 days, or things like water damage from a burst hose are not covered.

I know nothing of house sitting services, but I imagine you could check them out good, and check referrals.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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We use house/pet sitters whenever we're gone for any length of time or visiting somewhere where our pets are not welcome. In the past, we've used friends/family which works out okay but then I met a woman who does this for a living (e.g., she has no real "home" because she's always house/pet sitting ... but stays with her mom when she's not sitting). I was a little hesitant but, after meeting with her a few times, knew she would be fine ... and, to be honest, after three years of using her, she's the best house/pet sitter we've ever had. Plus, every other sitter had a day job so they were gone half the time. This woman is at the house during the day and watching over everyone. Plus, our house always looks "lived in" and the dogs/cats love her (to the point they ignore us when we return). Check out places like Home | HouseSittersAmerica or ask real estate agents (they're a good resource) and get referrals! Do know, however, that house sitters can be pricey ...
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:39 PM   #4
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Here's an article that was in a local paper: House-sitting's swell, but not easy to arrange - SFGate
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Thanks Jim and Jan; appreciate your insights and suggestions.
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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. . . Not sure what insurance is like around there, but here someone must enter and check out the house every 3 days, or things like water damage from a burst hose are not covered.
BTW, Jim, we shut off the water when we'll be gone overnight or longer and would do that if we can't get a sitter. For anything else, the security system will activate. Hoping not to have to bother family and friends.

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Here's an article that was in a local paper: House-sitting's swell, but not easy to arrange - SFGate
P.S.: The links in the article look promising. Thanks again.
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Not bother family and friends... Isn't that what friends and family are for . You know to bother
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It is in the crowd I hang out with, Dave. But to be fair, I allow myself to be taken advantage of by them too.
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Oh don't worry my phone is pretty busy with friends and family too, Sometimes I wish I had chosen a profession that isn't any use to others. I think I would have alot more free time.
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