Traveling can be fun and exciting, but leaving your house unattended while you explore the world means your house is vulnerable to burglary and vandalism. In some cases, leaving your house empty for too long could also void your insurance coverage.
The simple way to prevent these problems is to hire a house sitter, but giving someone the keys to your home is a big deal. You don’t want to come home to find that an unreliable house sitter has taken advantage of your trust and stolen or damaged your property.
If you need someone to stay in your house, check on your plants, pick up your mail, walk your dog, or make sure your pipes don’t freeze, use the following tips to find a reliable house sitter.
Talk To People You Already Know
Is there someone you already know and trust who’d be willing to watch your house? If you have a sibling, nephew at a nearby college, or friend in the area, ask them about watching your house for you. Someone you have a personal relationship with will be motivated to take good care of your home, and you already know them, so you’ll know if they are honest and reliable.
Ask For Recommendations
Have your coworkers or friends used a house sitter, website, or specific company in the past? Ask people in your network for recommendations.
Meet Them Ahead Of Time
In many cases, you can contact a house sitter online. If you go with this option, schedule a time to meet in person before you leave so you can get to know each other a little bit and establish some trust. This will also give you the opportunity to answer any questions they have about taking care of your home. Show them where to turn off the water in an emergency, make rules about who they can have over while you’re gone, tell them what you’d like them to do with your mail, answer their questions about your pets, and give them the tools they’ll need to do a good job.