Advice to Home Owners looking for a Housesitters

AdviceIn my last blog post I gave some top tips for House Sitters and promised to follow-up with advice for those who are wanting a sitter.

The most important thing to remember is that you need to be very clear about what you are offering and what you want in return before agreeing a house sit.

We advise you to give at least the following basic information to your House Sitters. A description of the  available accommodation including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the kitchen facilities such as microwave, cooker etc, any heating facilities such as central heating, open fire etc., your laundry facilities, the availability of a phone, computer access and TV.

Make sure that the sitter knows exactly what you are expecting from them If you have animals be sure that they are used to and comfortable with animals. Tell them what is needed such as not leaving the animals for longer than a certain period, walking dogs etc.

Always check references before agreeing to accept a sitter.

At Christian House Sitters we strongly advise that all arrangements are put down in writing and signed by both parties. Our website contains a general draft agreement that you can adapt.

When the sitter arrives please leave them with information about local facilities such as your church, your doctor, the nearest hospital, public transport and your emergency contact number. If they will be looking after your pets don’t forget to leave the details about your vet.

If you leave food please make it very clear to the Sitters if you expect them to use it or to use and then replace it.

We highly recommend that House Sitters arrive at least a day before the Home Owner departs in order to get to know the home and animals.

House sitting is a real blessing to both owners and sitters when it is planned and arranged correctly. If you have any questions you can probably find the answer on our website. See the FAQ page, The House Sitting Explained page, The Suggested Agreement page, and the Advice to Sitters page. You can also contact us via the contact page and we will always do our best to reply promptly and to answer your questions.

God bless you,
Ray

www.christian-housesitters.com

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TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE SITTERS

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NOTE: We will be posting tips for Owners in a few days time so don’t feel left out

Running Christian House Sitters I have noticed that some of our sitters get loads of house sits while others do not seem to get any or at best very few. This started me wondering why.  I believe the following tips will help you become a successful house sitter.

Your Profile is probably the most important factor. We all know how important first impressions are in every area of life. When you apply for a house sit the first thing the owner receives is a copy of your profile. If it looks interesting you have a chance but if it is empty or lacking good information they are much more likely to consider another applicant.

So what should be in your profile?

First tell the truth! This may sound obvious but, for example, pretending to love animals when you are not keen on them is unfair to you, the owner and the pets. You may get this house sit but you will never get a decent reference from the owner for your future sits.

Tell the owners about yourself, your interests, your experience as a  house sitter (if you have any) how you feel about looking after animals etc. This information helps the owner to decide which potential sitter will fit in best with their needs.

Be ready to provide good references. We advise our owners to ask for 2 references and we suggest that one of those should be from a leader in your church. Tell the people you have given as a reference that you have used their name. It is very unlikely that you will get the house if your references do not reply to the owner.

Before you agree to the house sit it is very important that you have conversation is with the owners during which you find out exactly what they are expecting from you and what they are offering. That way, there are no nasty surprises either party. Hopefully the owners will have listed all their requirements and the details of the property accurately when they joined but it is still worth confirming everything.

If you are going to be looking after animals please find out from the owners what they expect you to do. For example it may be important not to leave the animals alone for more than a set number of hours. You do not want to find this out after you have arrived. It is far better to know before you agree to the house sit.

We strongly recommend that you ask the owners to write down exactly what is expected of you. This may include things such as looking after animals, watering the pot plants, taking in the mail or taking telephone messages, etc.

Please make a point of arranging your arrival and departure time with the owners before the house sit. Plan your journey carefully as it is obviously important to the owners to be able to leave for their holiday on time and it is very inconvenient if you arrive late.

Remember the owners have been kind enough to allow you the use of their property while they are away so treat it with respect. When they come back, they will expect to find that the house is clean and well looked after.

Sadly, accidents do happen, and occasionally there may be a breakage. When that happens, it is your responsibility. And we would expect you to inform the owners as soon as possible and to arrange to either repair or replace the damaged item.

It is always thoughtful and appreciated when a house sitter prepares a meal for the returning family. Remember they have no doubt had a long journey and the last thing they feel like doing on arriving home is preparing a meal.

Discuss with the owners how they feel about you using any supplies that they have left in the house. Do not simply assume that they have been there for your benefit. The owners may will be expecting to use those products when they return. If you do use anything naturally, it is good manners to replace it. In the same way you are expected to cover the cost of telephone calls which you make during their absence.

When you are sitting do a good job. These small things make an enormous difference and will be remembered when you use that owner as a reference for future sits. There is no better reference than a satisfied owner.

Housesitting is a wonderful way to enjoy your holiday without having the expense of renting accommodation but it is important to prepare correctly.

That will mean that you have the very best holiday and your home owners benefit from having you there as well.

If you have any questions or comments please either leave them here or contact me via the contact form on www.Christian-housesitters.com

God bless you,

Ray

www.christian-housesitters.com

To Staycation or to Vacation?

Road signI have just been reading a report on research into the benefits of what people now call a Staycation.

In my younger days we just said we could not afford a vacation so were staying at home. But Staycation gives it a nice name.

The research I was reading was published in a press release today by prnewswire.

To my mind the most interesting part is as follows:

As families try to squeeze in one last-minute getaway, they have to choose between staying close to home or taking one last out-of-town trip for the summer. However, this raises the question: do travelers really get a full, unplugged vacation experience that leaves them relaxed and recharged if they don’t select an out-of-town destination?

A survey by CheapCaribbean.com, the number one U.S. provider of beach vacations dedicated to the Caribbean and Mexico, has found the answer is often a resounding “no.”

While much has been made about “staycations” in recent years, the survey data showed that 66 percent of U.S. consumers say they’d rather really get away than enjoy a “staycation” close to home during the summer. Many consumers feel that vacations taken further away from home are superior to staycations for overall benefits (68 percent) and happiness (66 percent).

 Additionally, only 39 percent feel like they can unplug and recharge or avoid distractions while on a “staycation.” “Vacationing away from our usual surroundings help us take a break, have fun and bond with our families; not to mention, recharge and, in turn, perform better at every day and work tasks upon return,” …….

I am inclined to agree. We are all familiar with the saying that a change is as good as a holiday. Well think how much better it is when we combine them. A holiday with a change to somewhere new and different.

Sadly with the world economy in a mess many people feel that they have no choice. They simply can’t afford to go away.

We may be able to help you afford that vacation!

Christian House Sitters helps you find rent-free accommodation all over the world, and if you are worried about leaving your home and pets then we can also offer a free service to find someone suitable to look after them. This will not cost anything as I mentioned it is FREE,

So before you decide you can’t afford that break have a look at our website. Then if you have any questions contact me and I will do my best to help.

God bless you,

Ray

www.Christian-housesitters.com

Flying Fun or Funny Flying

I have an interest in travel and in vacations. After all that is what we provide for people through Christian House Sitters. Knowing this and that I was originally from South Africa a friend kindly sent me an article about Kulula Airlines. I had a good laugh then decided to check if it was true. According to Snopes it is actually true
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Kulula palneKulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg. Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

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On a flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”

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On landing, the stewardess said, “Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”

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From a Kulula employee: ” Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”

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“As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses..”

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“Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive.”

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From the pilot during his welcome message: “Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”

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Heard on a Kulula flight. “Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.”

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You may not fly with Kulula for your next vacation but wherever and however you travel do remember that Christian House Sitters can help.

We operate worldwide providing rent-free vacations for our registered sitters and reliable people to look after the homes and pets of our registered owners.

We are not a business but a ministry and all the income goes to look after and feed children at a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya

You can read all about us on our website.
God bless you,

Ray
http://www.christian-housesitters.com/

 

 

Explaining the basics of House Sitting with CHS

Have you ever noticed that things you think are simple and obvious are sometimes difficult for others to understand?Puzzled Man

I was under the impression that Christian House Sitters was a very simple concept that everyone would immediately understand. I was wrong.

So if anyone is still confused here is a short, simple summary of what we do.

Who can Join? Any Christian who belongs to a recognised Christian Church. People can register as a House Sitters, a Home Owners or as Both.

If you register as an owner we find a  house sitter to move into your home while you are  away on holiday. They look after your home and pets for you and  in return they receive a rent free holiday in your home. So the house owner saves money by not having to pay anyone to look after their home and pets.They have the security of knowing that their home and pets are being looked after by a responsible Christian.

If you register as a sitter you get to travel and stay rent free in lovely homes rather than an expensive and often characterless hotel room.

People ask about safety. Naturally one has to take precautions. We strongly advise all home owners to get two references before entering into any agreement. As this is a Christian site and all members must list their church connection we suggest one of the reference should be obtained from their church leaders. We also include a general outline of an agreement for both parties to sign.

So what actually happens? Well if you register as an owner we list your house details (without the specific address) on the restricted section of our website that can only be viewed by registered sitters. We also email all registered sitters drawing their attention to the listing.

Sitters then decide which houses they are interested in and click an enquiry button. That automatically sends the owners their details and their profile info. Then it is over to the owner to make contact and decide which application they like best, check references and arrange the sit.

What does this all cost? Registration as an owner is free.  Registration as a sitter is only £25 per year. All of which goes to supporting a Christian Children’s Home in Kenya. The cost of running the service is covered by my wife and I as a service.

Were do we have sitters and houses? All over the world.

If you have any questions let me know or have a look at our  website.

God bless you,

Ray

http://www.christian-housesitters.com/

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