I don’t know about you but when I go out of town, I like to hire out house sitting services instead of asking a friend, relative or neighbor to do it. I don’t know why that is. I guess I was raised on that old motto: “You get what you pay for.” So if you don’t pay anyone to watch your home, they’ll treat it like garbage. But if you do pay someone, they will take extra special care to make sure that everything is like it was, sometimes even better!
When you begin a search of house sitting services the first thing you must find out is if the company that you hire out to is licensed and bonded. Just like a plumber or a roofer, house sitters must be bonded in case something goes wrong while they watch your house. Plus, this really helps reduce the number of possible fraudulent companies that may just rob you. Another thing you should do is look up online if the company has any discrepancies with former customers and read up as to what they are. It’s very important to read what it is, and not just toss a companies name out because you see a tiny red flag. Remember that there are some customers who just like to start problems no matter what, so check if that was one of them.
Most of the time, you’ll be able to view profiles online of possible house sitters. Read through these carefully. Look at the age of the sitter. A lot of retired people like to house sit to earn a little extra money now and then, so some of them may not be able to take care of the house if you have pet Dobermans. Also, not every sitter can handle pets due to allergy concerns or something else, so if you have pets, make sure that the sitter you chose can handle pets. If you really, really want to be safe you could perform a criminal background search online with the name that the agency has given you for the sitter. This is totally legal, but it does cost money.
As you can see searching for house sitting services can be a cautious game to play, but if you know how to play the system, then you should feel safe leaving a stranger in the house. Good luck.
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