Step 3: Continue House Sitting
House sitting operates on trust. If you are a trustworthy and responsible house sitter, you will have no problems finding additional sits. Many sites use a rating system where your host can review you as a sitter for other potential homeowners to see (similar to that of Airbnb). Follow these steps to ensure you earn the highest rating possible.
a) Follow Their Pet Care Instructions Carefully:
The pets should be your top priority. Caring for pets should be a huge perk of the job, not a burden. When the homeowner gets home, they will expect to see their pet happy, healthy, and comfortable.
b) Communicate Regularly:
Establish the best way to communicate with your host and update them often. Send pictures of the pets, the garden, the sun set, anything you can to indicate that all is well at their home. If something comes up or you have a question, ask them directly.
c) Leave the Home in Excellent Condition:
The day before the homeowner returns, I spend the whole day cleaning. Take care of the yard, wash all sheets and towels, leave the kitchen spotless - clean to impress!
d) If You Had a Good Time, Leave Your Host a Good Review!
Other house sitters can see these reviews so it is a nice gesture to leave one.
If you make a good impression, there is a good chance your host will reach out to you again in the future. Finding a good house sitter can be time consuming. If you do a good job, you could be invited back next time they travel.
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