How much would you pay for ‘peace of mind’ when you go away? Would you be surprised to hear you can get that ‘peace of mind’ for FREE? Find out how your home, pets and possessions can all be securely cared for while you travel.
Virtually everybody’s most valuable possession is their house and, after immediate family, their pets are their most loved possessions. So, it’s no wonder people who should be enjoying a much-needed, well-earned break spend time worrying about the security of their home and the well-being of their pets.
Using a trustworthy, reliable house sitter to care for your most valuable and most loved possessions makes holidays much more relaxing and far more enjoyable.
Nearly all home insurance in the UK is invalidated if the home is left unoccupied for any period exceeding 30 days, so most homeowners will pay a significant additional premium to provide additional cover. But that in itself doesn’t make the home any safer.
How burglars know your house is empty
Burglars and squatters are well able to read the signs flagging up the news that a home is unoccupied.
- No car in the drive.
- Nobody coming and going
- Curtains not drawn at night or opened in the morning
- No lights on at night
- Mail piling up behind the letterbox (easy to see by peering through the letterbox)
- Refuse not put out on collection day or bins not taken in after collection day
- Lawns not mowed
The worry of someone invading your home or, even worse, occupying your home illegally during an absence, can be removed by having a trustworthy, reliable house sitter present.
Protection from burst pipes or worse!
There are always risks in leaving a home empty, even from accidental damage. We recently looked after a house in Somerset where the owners had a large, beautifully equipped office, utility room and workshop in the garden. Whilst doing some laundry on the second day of our 3 week stay, my wife, Lynn, noticed water pooling out from under the toilet door and, on investigating, I discovered a seal had gone on the water supply pipe to the toilet cistern and was leaking continuously.
It was a simple problem to resolve but I dread to think of the damage that could have been caused if it had been left leaking for 3 full weeks. Having house sitters present enables many potential problems to be nipped in the bud or, like burst pipes, avoided entirely.
Home sweet home!
Engaging a house sitter to care for the home and garden during an absence makes the return home something to look forward to. An overgrown garden, dusty house and dead house plants can all be easily avoided by using a house sitter. Like most house sitters, we ensure lawns are mowed, flower beds, hanging baskets, trophy plants and troughs watered, greenhouses opened and closed as necessary.
In addition, the house is always regularly and carefully cleaned during our stay, indoor plants are cared for, mail is collected and any issues arising are dealt with. Ensuring the homeowner returns to a safe, clean, well maintained house and garden enables the holiday to finish on a high note.
Are your pets really happy in a kennel or cattery?
For homeowners with pets, all the above benefits are available plus many more. Deep down, no homeowner truly believes their much loved dog or cat enjoys being kennelled or put in a cattery. Dogs are social creatures who crave company, enjoy familiar surroundings, sights and smell, and having their regular exercise and feeding regimes maintained.
Choosing a dog-loving house sitter can provide all this and is surely preferable to putting your dog into solitary confinement, in a concrete-floored caged area from which they are let out twice a day, often for a comparatively short period of exercise.
Cats are particularly territorial and do not react well when taken from their usual environment. Whilst cats may not be as overtly social as dogs, they do still crave human company and most will ‘talk’ to you and come for a stroke or a fuss, albeit at a time of their choosing.
Best of all, homeowners not only get someone in situ who will feed, groom, exercise and care for their pets in their own home as if they were their own but generally, the service is provided absolutely free of charge, whereas kennels or catteries can cost a small fortune. Choosing the right house and pet sitter is key but most have detailed profiles, a variety of references, varied experience of sitting and some will have developed their own blog or website.
In our case, we developed our own personal house and pet sitting website (www.HouseSittingAndPetSitting.com) to show the range of houses and pets we have looked after, and to offer as much reassurance to homeowners as we can.
For homeowners, knowing their house, garden and pets are being carefully cared for removes many worries, and for pet owners, removing the guilt associated with consigning their pets to kennels or catteries makes the holiday considerably more pleasurable.
As I implied at the start, most people would pay a fair sum for ‘peace of mind’, yet a well-chosen house or pet sitter can provide total ‘peace of mind’ for FREE!