As a homeowner, you get free (or low-cost) security and other benefits while the housesitter receives, among other things, a free or cheap place to live. But you may be asking yourself, “Can house sitters be trusted? And how can I assure I have a reliable person?” After all, our home is often the biggest investment of our lives and we wouldn’t leave it with just anyone. First of all, let’s look at what kind of people house sit. You may have wondered about this and it is certainly a primary concern. House sitters tend to fall into two main categories: people in transition and retired persons or travelers. People in Transition It is not uncommon for people moving through various changes in life to require temporary housing. This could be due to a change in schools, a period following graduating while looking for a job, a marital separation necessitating a move; a job transfer. Sometimes, people want to check out an area before deciding to relocate. Writers wanting a retreat, RV’ers needing a break from the road, vacationers, and academics on sabbatical are but a few of the many groups constantly in transition. These are usually intelligent and productive people who are simply in an “in between” time on their journey. Most are highly motivated people looking to move on in their lives in productive ways, any of whom may serve your house sitting needs well. Travelers “Travelers” is a big category, as these can range from young people back-packing around the world to retired people enjoying the “golden years.” The latter is discussed below. Here, I wanted to say something about “young” travelers. I have known many people who have traveled the world with little more than a back pack. At first glance, this may seem a bit scary to a homeowner. When looking for a stable person to watch over your possessions, a backpacker may not elicit a particularly positive response. And certainly not all back packers are appropriate. However, it’s also good to look at why these people travel and how they travel. Many back packers are people in their thirties. These are creative, independent people who have accepted the challenge to find ways to both work and play according to their own unique vision of what life should be. They often have their own businesses, which they can do several months on and several months off, or they have work they take with them wherever they go (stock traders, massage therapists, yoga teachers, etc.) They are not necessarily drop-outs, druggies, or whatever other negative label we may conjure. One of the good things about this group is that they tend to be strong and healthy and can often be contracted for heavier work while you’re away. Having said that, however, I would certainly heed a good screening system when using young travelers. Retired Persons Let’s face it: once we’ve been “chained” to a job, a desk, or other lifestyle for a few decades, we deserve some adventure. And, today, more retired people than any time in history are selling their homes and hitting the road. Among their strategies, these people are buying RV’s, taking jobs as park attendants, and house sitting to see the world and supplement income. Retired, semi-retired, and older self-employed people present many advantages to the home owner. First, they are often former home owners themselves. As such, they have a deeper appreciation of the investment involved than a younger person may. They have also seen their share of broken pipes, leaky toilets, septic tank back ups, pest incursions, bad tenants, security issues and the like. This experience, combined with their broad life experience in general, enables this group to respond to unexpected situations with a wealth of knowledge and confidence that may be lacking in someone with less experience. Just make sure, in hiring a retired person, that their health is good enough to do what is required. But this is usually the case, since unhealthy and frail people don’t ordinarily choose to galavant about. Thank you for reading my house sitting blog. In my next post, I’ll discuss how to locate and interview prospective house sitters.
Part of the Family!
Ashandra-Aah has has become our regular pet-sitter and part of the family. My husband and I highly recommend Ashandra-Aah and hope she considers returning to our home should we travel again. M. Olmstead, Portland, OR
It was obvious that Ashandra-Aah took pride in caring for our home and our cats ,who had become quite attached to her... We were extremely pleased with her care of our possessions and have had her back several times. If she house-sits for you, we are absolutely sure that you will be more than pleased with her work. P. G., Prescott, AZ
A woman of considerable talents!
One of the best sitters we've ever had! This is a woman of considerable talents. You will not regret choosing her to care for your house and animals. L.M., Texas
I feel very fortunate!
I feel very fortunate to have met this woman who offered her outstanding services to me. I am honored to know Ashandra-Aah, both as a reliable house sitter and as the trusted friend she has become over the years. She is a creative individual who lives by honesty and ethical strength. She can be counted on to stand by her word and to get the job done! M. Anderson, southern Mexico
I HIGHLY recommend her as a companion for your pet(s) and a trustworthy caretaker for your home and property! Penny G., AZ
I would recommend having Ashandra-Aah housesit for you and I think she would be an especially good fit for a household with cats, dogs, or other small animals. L.M., Portland, OR
Good care of geriatric dog...
Ashandra cared for my geriatric golden retriever for a month while we left the country Oct 2017. All was in very good order upon our return. Clean and tidy. My kitchen is vegetarian and cleaning is chemical free. I was very fortunate to find Ashandra-Aah as she understood my preferences and was a good fit for my needs. I would not hesitate to call upon her again. S. Long, Pt. Townsend, WA
Our cat just loved her!
Our cat just loved her and she was great about sending weekly updates and photos. We returned to a home that was cleaner than when we left and a contented, healthy cat. Margy O., Tucson, AZ
Ashandra-Aah updated us regularly with reports and pictures of the pets. When we returned, we found the house in perfect order and the dogs well cared for and happy. L. Nueman, Portland, OR
Willing and Efficient!
Our kitty has special health issues and she took excellent care of him, taking him back and forth to the vet whenever required. Our house is an old one and also requires considerable attention, which Ashandra-Aah gave willingly and efficiently. M.M., Texas
Took to challenges like a trooper!
The cats were and are quite a handful as they require daily medication and have some spraying issues. She took to these challenges like a real trooper. The house is also quite large, but she kept it spotless and ensured that I would not have to clean anything upon my arrival home. T.L., TN
Responsible and Caring...
She is a very responsible and caring person. She is intelligent and able to solve problems that may come up. When she has stayed here she has kept the house clean and orderly, and when we returned the cats were very relaxed... S. Govdich, AZ
While my husband and I were deployed to Afghanistan she lived in our house and took care of 3 cats, fish, and multiple house plants for the year. Ashandra-Aah was an excellent house sitter and I would be happy to have her in my home again. She fulfilled her duties to the letter and kept us well informed. Sgt. Lopez, Nashville, TN
Found my house in pristine condition
I traveled for one month in Guatemala and, upon my return, found my house in pristine condition. My two dogs and cat were also well cared for and had obviously received consistent attention. M.L.A., Oakland, CA
Caring and Dedicated!
You couldn't pick a more caring and dedicated person to take care of your pets and property -- with Tender Loving Care -- than Ashandra-Aah. Phyllis S., Fairfax, CA
The Best by a Goodly Margin!
You've been a fine house-sitter! We both agree! The best, by a goodly margin, than any we've had. Your ability to roll with the various stresses has not only impressed me, but truly helped me. Thanks…. And somehow you remain cheery! J.V., Arkansas
Best of the six!
It is our pleasure to recommend Ashandra-Aah for any position in estate management or house-sitting. She did a wonderful job of caring for our house and land over the last year and a half, and we feel we have gotten to know her well. We found Ashandra-Aah to be honest, dependable, and easy to work with. She is the best of the six house-sitters we have had. We recommend her without reservations. M. Vollertson, Harrison, AR