Should I....Hire a House Sitter?
First, we’ll admit without hesitation that we’ve hired house sitters in the past and they’ve mostly worked out. There was that time when the house sitter was away from our home more than there and another time when our dogs apparently weren’t let outside more than 1 or 2 times during the week, but it was pretty nice not having to worry about our home or our dogs while we were on vacation. Oh, and we saved on the kennel costs for sure! But, there are some things you need to know before you decide if a house sitter is right for you.
About House Sitting
In most cases, a house sitter is someone without any specific training who is willing to live in your home for as long as you need them to. They make themselves at home while you’re away and make use of all of your belongings and utilities while you’re not there (did we emphasize “all” enough?). Most often, house sitters are someone you know and that means that they often aren’t insured, bonded, or accredited, but hopefully someone you trust. If they’re not someone you trust, you’ll want to check them out as best you can and we definitely recommend checking references and online resources, including sites that will help you avoid bringing someone into your home with a questionable past or someone that may put you, your home, and your neighborhood reputation at risk. Be sure you’ve accepted the realities that the house sitter will most likely not be insured (meaning your insurance covers that “oops”), that they could make a costly mistake, or that they could have some friends join them while there staying in your home (hey, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”). After all, they have been given permission to “live” in your home while you’re not there.
About the Home Watch Alternative
A home watch professional, on the other hand, is often a better choice if you don’t have pets that need daily care or don't need someone physically living in your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Home watch professionals are often trained and prepared to look for and deal with the most common issues that arise while you’re not there, including plumbing and electrical issues, safety and security concerns, rodent, water, or storm damage and other problems. The equipment list included in this article gives you an idea of what we're prepared to handle. This is different from a house sitter that may call you or try to solve a problem as best they know how when or after the problem arises. Home watch professionals visit dozens of homes each week – they’ve seen it before and pride themselves on preventing a problem before it occurs as well as responding effectively if something does happen.
Another key difference is price vs service value. One fairly prominent house sitter website and blog recently answered the question “how much should I pay my house sitter?” According to the site, prices vary by region but range between $34 and $66 per day and overnight house sitting and any additional services can be more. This adds up quickly, with weekly base costs ranging from $238 to as much as $462 a week, compared to under $100 for a weekly, thorough professional home watch visit, which far exceeds what a house sitter will provide and does so with experience, professionalism, accountability. With our home watch services and pricing, even adding in the cost of our professional house cleaning would cost less than house sitting and we’re not using your stuff! Think about the value you're getting with home watch vs house sitting and think about what you really need.
The last point to be made in answering this question is about “who” is in your home.
With home watch services from Point to Point Home Services, you’ll have an experienced, bonded and insured home watch professional who has passed a national background check, provides you with a full report after each visit, and wears a body camera at all times while in your home. We’ll even leave our shoes at the door to keep your home clean and we’ll bring in your mail and water your house plants for free!
The Bottom Line...
In closing, there are times when a house sitter IS what you need, especially when you have pets that need daily care or when you absolutely must have someone in your home at all times of the day and night. But if that doesn’t describe your needs, you're likely much better off selecting an accredited professional home watch services company and you’ll likely save a lot of money at the same time.
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