Don’t leave your home after the person who cleans is present. Being aware of this at home is not the same as “knowing” this at a foreign location. Instead of taking a break and exploring or letting the cleaners in, they will be eager to share information with you, but not get their work done quickly.
Make Pictures Of Everything!
Pets and rooms, everything. This way, you’ll be able to return it to the owners in as excellent — or even better than the day you first were there. It is your responsibility to treat the home with respect and dignity from the beginning.
If something goes bad, which they usually can, make sure you keep emergency contact information in your possession, for homeowner and the doctor as well as the vet. Be sure to are aware of what is the “911” alternative for each country you’re traveling to. Also, ask a friend or neighbor of the owner near by for immediate assistance.
There are times when things happen, and that’s normal. Be completely transparent with your homeowners about any issues that may arise.
Think about what you’ll say to Customs officers at the frontier. If you have an international house-sitting job Customs might consider you to be a house-sitter “work” which will require an employment visa. You should not be a liar to a customs official However, you could declare that you’re staying with family members. Keep the homeowner’s phone number in your pocket. A few customs official may contact you to verify your address.
Communication is the key to success.
Find out the type and frequency of communications people who live there prefer. We ultimately chose an email following an incident that took place the same day, which we weren’t able to clarify the issue prior to it. The homeowner responded by stating “top scores” and even provided an explanation of some of the issues we’d encountered.
Know Your Way
Provide actual directions and an address for the residence prior to when the sitting day arrives. It was a error made by the inability to connect to the internet during prior to the week of our sit. I did not realize there wasn’t “four minutes away” that would translate to that when you’re in Dublin traffic, it would take seven hours.
Plan Your Time
You can arrange your travel highlights into chunks in time. You’d like to visit this region around the globe. Have you got a checklist of things you would like to visit? Sort them out by their importance. Separate them by the amount of time they will need. Do they require an hour? An afternoon? A full day? Do you have time to complete household chores before and after exploring.
Be clear about what you’re permitted to consume. Our house owners have traditionally allowed our guests to “help ourselves” to any food item within the refrigerator. We would throw away fruits or vegetables as they was rotten if we weren’t capable of eating it. We swapped almost everything we consumed or consumed with a different product of the same manufacturer. Avoid drinking the brand’s wines or alcohol. It can be extremely important to the recipient.
Be aware of your limits
Be confident about your abilities to complete the tasks given. I’ll admit that I have an inclination to be optimistic. I was not sure that four horses, dogs and five hens, as well as an rooster, and two ducks was excessive. The good thing was that we were only just two people. It took us until the third day of the trip before we could really get ourselves set to the schedule of the animals.
We found out that animals possess “special” magic abilities. They’re in front of your eyes the next, but out which they’re not supposed become the following. In advance, ask the pet’s owners what they should be watching out for in each pet. There is a possibility that one pet can unlock doors that are locked. Another one appears to be able to teleport to another part of the home. A hen might be counted twice, so it’s not necessary to have all of them inside the chicken coop for the night. (I’m just saying that). …).
Away from Sweet Sorrow
You’ll be amazed by how much you’ll never want to go away. You may not “know” the people you meet but you are familiar with them. You’ve lived with their precious things and pets that they’ve accumulated over the years with passion. You share a common passion for traveling, whether to work or for pleasure. A lot of people stay contact after the sit is over. They might even call you to follow up. We certainly hope they do.