Finding A House Sitter – Do You Go Local or Abroad?

Finding housesitters is easy enough. There are enough membership websites and advertisements to cover that. However finding the right one for you can be a very different story. What about where the house sitter originates from? Does that matter? Are you looking for a local, or someone from overseas perhaps? Regardless of where your house sitter comes from, you need to find the right person and fit for you. From a personal perspective, it is the quality of the person, not the place, that ultimately determines a good housesitter in my opinion.

Lets look at some of the opportunities that might come with choosing a local or a traveller from overseas to house sit or to pet sit a dog for you:

The Local:

There is a lot to be said about getting a local to look after your home and property.

For example they are familiar with;

  • The local area.
  • They know how to find and access goods and services.
  • Public transport and navigating and accessing the local infrastructure
  • They have their own support systems if required.
  • They understand you in a cultural sense – that is, there is no lost in translation directives for the house sitting assignment – something that can and does happen in cross cultural assignments.
  • The references and testimonials are most likely local and therefore more easily contactable and tangible – you have a much better opportunity to know them and do your due diligence.
  • The local might be more familiar with your breed of dog.
  • There is more accountability with a local generally speaking – that is, they live locally and therefore have a reputation to uphold and maintain locally. A traveller need not concern themselves with that as they may never return.
  • A good local can be a regular go to person for future house sits with you – a traveller most likely will there for one stay.
  • Locals know the weather better and may be in a better position to look after your garden than someone who is not familiar with your locality, or not familiar with looking after gardens for example.

The Traveller:

  • A person travelling may provide new and different perspectives and ways to look after your property.
  • They may provide an opportunity for you to travel to their country and stay or housesit for them in return.
  • It gives you the home owner an opportunity to help out someone on their travels.
  • This person may have certain skills that add value to the house sitting assignment.
  • This person might also bring/add something to the quality of the neighbourhood and the community simply by being the person they are.
  • Has this person taken the time to build up a body of work, or a demonstration of their experiences? For example a website or online presence, or a tangible demonstration or proof that supports who they are and where they have been?
  • A traveller may be more inclined to promise a lot from afar as they seek to secure a holiday stay – promises from afar don’t equal a demonstrated track record and proven local presence.

Clearly there are benefits in choosing both. As mentioned earlier, the quality of the person is the main concern. That said, in a house sitting sense where the traveller is looking after the house (as opposed to a traveller for example staying with you and you all enjoying that cross cultural exchange) by themselves, the local house sitter may provide considerably more advantages and benefits for you.

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To add a bit of perspective to the last sentence, I have been fortunate enough to look after peoples properties (independently and in association and relationship with them) both in Tasmania, and throughout Ireland, Wales and England. Its important to see the obvious difference between the value of someone staying with you – and someone simply looking after your home. For that reason, the local house sitter certainly does seem to have a few more comparative advantages to that of the traveller.

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