Miscommunication can be caused by so many different things
The road sign in the picture is, to my mind, a classic.
In Wales all road signs must be in both English and Welsh so when officials were putting up a new road sign they emailed the details to the official translation service, they thought the reply was what they needed, and the sign was painted and put up.
Unfortunately, the e-mail response to Swansea council actually said in Welsh: “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated”.
The notice went up and all seemed well – until Welsh speakers began pointing out the embarrassing error.
Good intentions and officials who thought that they had done a good job but sadly a sign that carried absolutely the wrong message to the Welsh drivers.
Working as we do in the area of House Sitting we realise just how easily people can misunderstand a message. As a result at Christian House Sitters we try our best to build in a lot of safety nets so that nobody is either misled or confused.
All our home owners are asked a lot of specific questions about the house for which they want a sitter. Questions ranging from the number of available bedrooms down to the kitchen appliances and the availability of TV, phone line and internet access. We also ask owners to supply a picture of the house.
We also encourage both owners and sitters to have everything put down in writing before they house sit is agreed. (We even provide a draft template to make this easy).
In our experience these steps lead to much greater clarity for the potential sitters. Sitters know what is being offered and what will be expected from them before they agree to take on the house sit.
Being clear before finalising a house sit means that both parties feel secure, happy and benefit from the arrangement.
The Sitters enjoy their rent-free vacation without any nasty surprises and the Owners have their home and pets looked after free of charge by happy sitters.
If you are interested in having someone look after your home and pets while you are away please register as an owner. Remember it will not cost you anything.
If you would like to have a rent-free vacation (we have homes available all over the world) then register as a Sitter
God bless you,