Do I Need a House Sitter?by Kathy Green • June 25, 2012
When you leave home for extended periods of time, it is highly recommended that you hire a house sitter to protect your home. There are financial benefits from hiring a house sitter that are outlined below:
Burglars tend to target homes that appear to have no one living in them. Therefore knowing that someone is living in your home during your absence will give you peace of mind. When you consider the cost of hiring a house sitter against the potential loss due to theft and the subsequent rise in your insurance premiums, the cost of hiring a house sitter is a smart choice.
Having a house sitter means that your house can run efficiently while you are absent. A house sitter will take care of a variety of household chores and this will save you time when leaving for your trip. These preparations can include having your mail forwarded, stopping your daily newspaper, cleaning perishables from the refrigerator, arranging a place for your pet to stay while you are away and hiring someone to visit regularly to tend gardens and plants. Alternately you can care for pets and gardens yourself.
There is the chance that while you are away your home might be damaged due to an unforeseen emergency such as a pipe bursting or a storm that leads to a flood. Having someone in the house who can act immediately to the situation, can reduce the damage and be financially beneficial .
Taking your pet with you when you travel can be expensive to you and stressful to the animal. Finding a house sitter that is also competent caring for pets can prove to be very convenient and economically viable. Additionally, your pet will feel a lot more comfortable in their home environment.
Hassle Free Friends and Family
Homeowners, in their absence, often request the assistance of their neighbours and family to take care of their everyday house chores such as watering the plants, getting the mail etc. Sometimes, if you repeatedly ask favours, feelings of resentment may arise. Hiring a house sitter keeps things efficient and businesslike and eliminates the need to burden your friends and family with a list of household activities.
Is it safe to hire a house sitter?
Most house sitting arrangements work out well, but you can increase the chance of success by doing the necessary research on the house sitter before you hire them. A good place to start is to contact the candidate's references.
What happens if there is damage to my house when I return home?
If you discover damage to your home when you return that you feel has been caused by carelessness on the part of the house sitter, you can deduct the repair costs from their security deposit or their wages, if they were being paid. All of these details must be clearly outlined in a contract that both parties have agreed to.