I often get contacted by people asking perfectly reasonable questions about Christian House Sitters. Many of the questions begin with the phrase “Why don’t you….”
So I thought I would try to answer some of the most common questions in this blog post as that may help you understand what Christian House Sitters do and do not offer.
Question 1. Why don’t you arrange house swaps or house exchanges?
Answer. I know that there are some excellent web sites around that do offer this service and we could easily have done so but after careful and prayerful consideration we decided not to offer it because we feel it is too restrictive.
It greatly limits the available choices for our members. We have found that it is better not to limit yourself to a direct swap. You can have someone look after your house and you in turn can find a house to look after without it necessarily being a direct swap.
So for example someone in America may want to visit the UK, a home owner in the UK may want to go to France and there may be a member in France keen to visit Australia finally there could be someone in Australia wanting to go to the USA. If we were working on an exchange or swap basis we could not help any of these people but with our system they can all be satisfied.
Naturally people who register with us, as both a sitter and an owner, can mention in their profile that they would be interested in a direct swap. This will be displayed with their details. But they would not be restricted to a swap. They would have much more flexibility.
Question 2. Why don’t you have as many houses available as some of the secular house sitting websites?
Answer. There are a couple of reasons.
Firstly our pool of potential members is naturally smaller as we only accept people who are members of a recognised Christian church.
But that is not the only reason. I have been doing some research. In fact in order to do the research I ended up having to join a few secular sites. I discovered that most of the houses shown on their sites are not actually available. This is because many of these sites do not remove any listing until the end of the available period.
We on the other hand ask our members to inform us as soon as a house is taken and we then immediately remove the listing. This saves our sitters the frustration of applying for houses that are no longer available. To be honest occasionally owners do forget to inform us. But as soon as a sitter lets us know that they are not getting a reply from an owner or that the owner has replied saying the house has been taken we investigate and if the house has been taken we remove that listing.
Finally our houses are made available for vacations purposes. Through my research into some of the secular sites I was astounded to see that a lot are not vacation offers but simply a way of trying to get free labour.
Another said ” Nightwatch the hotel do some gardening, some cleaning, sometimes making breakfast, welcoming clients. Check in clients. In spring and summer we have our own staff which you will be ‘ working’ with. In winter you will be alone, working with us.”
To my way of thinking these are not vacations. They are job opportunities and for jobs with no wages.
Our listings are for a genuine vacation!
Question 3. Why can’t I see the list of available houses before I register?
Answer. This seems a very reasonable question and it is something we could very easily arrange but we believe it would be wrong because it would encourage people to join because they have seen somewhere that meets their requirements. They could then register, wait while we process their application which can take up to 12 hours although it is usually quicker than that, they would then be notified how to login and apply for houses. By this time the house they saw may well have been taken. Some houses go very quickly. Others don’t but houses in popular places can be snapped up fast. We would rather have people pray about joining and if they feel it is God’s will for them they can then trust that God will make the right house, in the right place and at the right time available during their 12 months of membership. Our experience is that the vast majority of our sitters find a suitable house and in fact it is not unusual for sitters to have 3 or 4 different vacations in a year. One of our members took a year off to travel around the world. He and his wife found suitable houses in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, America, Canada, France, England and Wales.
During the entire 12 months they only had 2 periods without somewhere to stay rent-free. The first was a week and the second 11 days.
I hope these help you to understand why there are some things that we don’t do even though at first glance they seem so reasonable.
If you would like to find out more about what we do offer then why not visit our website. CLICK HERE.
While you are on the site please take some time to read the following pages.
A Brief Summery,
House Sitting Explained
Other pages you may find really interesting are:
Then if you still have questions please feel free to ask.
I look forward to welcoming you as a House Owner, a House Sitter or both.
God bless you,
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