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The Benefits Of Using House Sitting Services

Updated on April 29, 2013

Having Your Home Looked After For Free While You Are Away

Planning a trip away or a family holiday is one of life’s pleasures, but it does create certain questions that need to be answered before you can lock the door and head off on your adventures. Is the house safe as possible from burglary or damage? What will happen if a pipe bursts? What to do with the pets? Will the dry spell kill off all the plants in the garden? These are common questions we all ask ourselves when we plan time away from our homes. An age old idea has now had a modern twist; house sitting.

Whereas once it would have been asking someone you knew if you were lucky enough to have friends or family who were available to stay in your house or check on it on a regular basis, the new version is having people registered to a house sitting website to look after your home. It's a great idea. The house sitter gets a free holiday in exchange for looking after your home for free. There are several online house sitting services with registered house sitters. House sitters profiles can be reviewed with references from previous house owners, previous experience and security checks, and a relationship between the home owner and a chosen house sitter can be established prior to the time away. These are some distinct advantages, having you house looked after by registered house sitters.

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Your pets can stay in their familiar surroundings and aren't shipped away to a cattery or kennel. Another usual alternative is paying for someone from a company to pay your home regular visits to check everything is ok and feed your pets. Both these options can add considerably to the cost of the holiday and neither is a great option for your loved animals.

The plants can be cared for in a way that weather dictates, being watered when necessary and the lawn cut. It can be a depressing sight to come home and find all of your garden plants have withered and died because the weather forecast for a week of rain couldn't have been more different, as your home area enjoyed a sudden heat wave.

Any problems with the house can be dealt with promptly with minimal risk of damage as a result of being left until your return, giving you peace of mind that you don't return from your holidays facing a disaster.

Your house will be more secure being occupied and with some house insurances only allowing for a certain period of occupancy, this is a great way to avoid that headache if you plan to go away for longer. These house sitting services are a perfect solution for keeping your home looked after for free while you enjoy a worry free holiday or trip away from home.

Have you ever tried house sitting?

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    • profile image 5 years ago

      House sitting jobs are among the most highly-sought after positions,

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      billybuc - you're right - it's a great situation for everyone isn't it? I think it's really taking off now, between friends and as a business.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I once did housesitting for friends; made good money doing it and they were quite happy to have a live-in watching their home and taking care of their animals. It really is a win-win situation. Very good hub!

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      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      It's a great idea isn't it? We are planning to house sit - a great way to see a new place and save money too!

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      tipstoretireearly 6 years ago from New York

      My wife and I would love to house sit. It'd be a wonderful way to experience what it would be like to actually live in different places, rather than merely visit in a generic hotel.

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      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      Isn't it? It solves many problems for both parties (also a great way to have a vacation without paying for accommodation). Thanks Nell!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Its a great idea! You would not believe how many times I have had to put my dog into kennels to go on holiday, or worry about being burgled, so yes its definitely for me! voted up! cheers nell