Tips for selecting a house sitter
Reader question: We have a chance to take a six-month trip to Australia. We have always cared for our home ourselves. We have several pets, yard work, maintenance items and other responsibilities. Is a fulltime house sitter a good idea? Monty’s answer: The internet has allowed the advance of this business model. Many options impact the service. The popularity of your location, the size of your home, your expectations, your budget and more.
8 important considerations
• Vetting the individual or individuals is the No. 1 factor. Homesitters are often a couple that comes as a package. Personal habits such as allowing visitors, automobile usage, groceries for them and the pets, the care of your pets, routines, food portions, variety and timing of meals, exercise, and other house rules need to be communicated and understood.
• Insurance is a critical component. Remember to includes coverage if operating your vehicle is part of the agreement.
• Remember to include responsibilities around the exterior and interior maintenance such as lawn care, snow removal, changing filters, floor care, and more, in the house rules.
• List the contractors you use should a need arise outside ordinary wear and tear.
• Communication between you and the house sitter are necessary. A method that works for both of you should be established and honored by both parties during the engagement.
• Pre-plan execution of financial matters you normally handle at home. What will come in the mail? How will the utility bills be handled? Can we pay them in advance?
• Security and oversight are also available today with real-time cameras that can be operated remotely from around the world.
• Secure a written agreement to describe and deal with all the terms and conditions of the engagement. Send questions to Richard Montgomery at DearMonty. com.