Pet Sitters, House Sitters, Pet Care
Professional house sitters give peace of mind to absent homeowners. Service vary by sitter, but include watering plants, feeding and playing with pets, picking up mail and newspapers and giving the house a lived-in look that will help deter intruders.
Begin interviewing early so you’ll be confident with your decision. House sitters usually get booked up well ahead of the summer and holiday season so plan accordingly.
- Interview candidates: Interview the sitter in person. Can he/she provide written proof that he/she has commercial liability insurance (to cover accidents and negligence) and is bonded (to protect against theft).
- Check references: Check animal and house sitter reviews on Angie's List and call the sitters’ other clients and references. For pet sitters, see if they are in an accrediting organization such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
- Pet interaction: Does your pet seem comfortable with the sitter?
- Fees & services: Inquire about costs.
Before you leave home:
- List of contacts: Leave a clear, written list of contacts including how to reach you, your veterinarian and a neighbor with a spare key.
- Written instructions: Leave plenty of pet food and prescriptions with instructions on feeding times, etc.