Not every housesit is the same. Not every homeowner is well-prepared when we arrive at their doorstep and sometimes we are ill-prepared, too. Some have their doors as wide open as their trustful hearts and don’t want any written agreements. Should we ask for it, anyway? We didn’t up to now and had luckily no bad experiences. But, and there is a big BUT, we’ve never had an emergency up to now either.
Although we ourselves are not too fond of too detailed regulations, we are convinced, that there are some points, which must be agreed on to avoid trouble. Just go through each of the following points with the homeowner and write the answers down thoroughly. The checklist is a compilation, which might be not complete. Please write to us to add on, if you see miss-outs. Have fun with your housesits and we wish you good travels.
Name, Address, Tel. / Cell, email of the homeowner (home and holiday address’s) and the house sitters
House Sitting Dates: Confirm dates and time of the house sitting assignment.
House and Garden
An agreement, if, how much and wherefore the homeowner’s car may be used. Add the name of the house sitters to your motor vehicle insurance policy. Following papers/copies are needed:
Write down the mileage in the beginning and at the end (signed by both). Take some pictures of the state of the car as taken over or make a sketch of existing bumps and scratches.
|Supporting tools for house sitters
o Map marked with essential places like grocery stores, animal supply, vet, MP, local hospital, hardware stores, post office and dump.
o Calendar with the garbage collection dates
o Manuals and warranties of important machines and electronic equipment
o Wi-Fi passwords and contact information for cable and wireless company
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