It would be nice if all your responsibilities went on hold when you went out of town, but unfortunately they go on. Pets and plants need to be cared for and your mail and newspapers need to come in. As a frequent traveler, I have become very routine with my house sitter system. Here it is!
Finding a House Sitter
Most people are very willing to house sit – it’s a change of pace for them, it’s usually not very difficult or time consuming, and they get paid. This is especially true for older teenagers and young adults. If you ask around, and still have trouble finding a house sitter, there are websites to find one such as www.housecarers.com, www.trustedhousesitters.com, www.care.com, and www.housesittersamerica.com. I would use one of these before finding someone on Craigslist or a friend of a friend of a friend.
Preparing for Your House Sitter
It’s nice to prepare the house for the person caring for it. You don’t want them to have to search for food and clean towels. Use the printable at the end of this post for the complete preparation list, but you’ll want to keep in mind that it’s good to start preparing about a week ahead of time.
As you already know, keep these in your Family Notebook, and modify if you’d like.
Preparing for the House Sitter Checklist (in Word): Preparing for the House Sitter
Preparing for the House Sitter Checklist (in pdf): Preparing for House Sitter
Important Phone Numbers for the House Sitter (in Excel): Important Phone Numbers – House Sitters
Important Phone Numbers for the House Sitter (in pdf): Important Phone Numbers – House Sitters
Important Information for the House Sitter (in Excel): Information for House Sitters
Important Information for the House Sitter (in pdf): Information for House Sitters