How to Become a House Sitterby Danica T • June 11, 2015
If you’re a reliable individual who would love to experience house sitting, then HouseSItter.com is the place for you! We’ve put together our best tips on how to ensure you secure your first assignment, which will hopefully lead to many more in the future!
1) Love pets. Many house sitters will also have to take care of pets so if you are well prepared to feed, walk and cuddle with adorable pets than this will really be more of a pleasure and not a chore. Although not every homeowner will have a pet, many do so its great to have this skill.
2) Write a good profile. When creating a listing on HouseSitter.com create a personal profile that interested individuals will be looking at. Put yourself in the homeowners shoes and make sure they want to contact you. Good tips are writing a catchy headline, including a photo of yourself, and keeping it short and sweet.
3) Ask for references. Even if you don’t have references from past clients, you can ask for references from past employers, coaches, friends, and community members. Make sure you have someone who can vouch for your responsibility and skills.
4) Be flexibile. All clients will have different needs and will ask of different things from you. Some may need you to house sit for a few nights while others need a more long term solution. The more flexible you are, the more house sitting assignments you will find.
5) Respond quickly. When someone contacts you on HouseSitter.com, make sure to act quickly. You don’t want to miss out on local opportunities!
6) Ask questions. Put together a list of questions you have for the homeowner so you are fully prepared for anything that might come your way. Pet emergencies, transportation, security codes, make sure to go over all of this prior to your start.
7) Provide pet updates. The homeowner will be anxious to know how their pet is doing. You can communicate this by text message, email, or even a quick Skype call.
8) Tidy up. Leave the home just as you have found it. Don’t bother to do a “spring clean” just make sure everything is how the homeowner left it.