Just as every owner will have a unique house sitting opportunity to offer, every sitter will have a unique set of skills, past experiences, and motivations to house and pet sit .
Start by setting out your expectations in your listing. The more detail you can give here, the better equipped potential sitters will be when considering whether they feel they are a suitable candidate.
What Information Should I Include in My Listing?
You should include as much detail as possible about you, your home, your pets and your surrounding area (the attractions and facilities available) and about what your expectations or requirements are of your house sitter and your House sit. Getting the information in your listing means that you will attract the right kind of house sitters who will be most suitable for your needs for you to then choose from.
Regardless of your requirements, your ideal sitter will;
- Send a tailored application email that resonates with you
It is likely that you will start to receive inquires once your listing has been published on our website so keep an eye out for those that really strike a chord.
- Show an interest in your pets and the details of your listing
You will be able to tell whether the sitter has taken the time to read and consider the various aspects of your sit because they will have made reference to your pets by name or highlighted why they are a good fit for the role as your sitter.
- Respond to your messages in a timely and professional manner
Conscientious sitters will manage their inquiries and respond to you with answers to your questions, and often send questions of their own in a bid to find out more information about the opportunity you have listed.
- Provide you with evidence that they are suitable for the role.
In some circumstances it is not vital that a sitter have experience in the tasks you may require them to take on; there are many sitters who relish the opportunity to have new experiences. However, regardless of their level of experience sitter should provide you with evidence that they are able to take on the responsibilities you have outlined.
- Engage you in a conversation about your listing and be open to any questions you may have
The conversations you have with potential sitters should quickly highlight whether or not they are suitable for the role. Ask them as many questions as you feel you need to and encourage them to do the same.
- Be warm, open, and honest about their motivations to sit for you, and put you at ease when talking to them
Within their inquiry a sitter should set out their own expectations regarding the experience they hope to have whilst house sitting. This should align with the opportunity you are offering and you should feel comfortable throughout your communications.