Have you ever considered hiring a house-sitter? There are a number of benefits to having one in your home, especially if you’re away traveling or on holiday.
1. On the practical side of things, it helps with insurance. Many people don’t realize that after a certain period of time – usually around 30 days – an unoccupied home isn’t covered by your insurance company so having a house-sitter ensures that your home remains insured no matter how long you’re away for.
2. If your home is unoccupied and you are burgled, your insurance premiums are likely to increase, so as well as the emotional impact, you are faced with the prospect of it costing you even more money.
3. Having a house-sitter not only helps maintain your insurance policy but just by being there, reduces the chances of being burgled or the property being damaged, leaving you with peace of mind that your home is secure while you are away.
4. There are many benefits for pet owners too. Often people are reluctant to leave their pets in catteries or kennels. They can be expensive and the upheaval of being in an unfamiliar environment can be stressful for the pets. While you can ask friends or neighbors to pop in and feed the cat or take the dog for a walk, pets can feel distressed by being left alone for long periods of time. Some even get separation anxiety. Having someone in the house can help pets feel safe and secure even if you’re not there and you are reassured that someone is looking after them properly and can deal with any problems if they occur.
5. If you have a larger property, having a house-sitter can help to maintain your property and your land while you’re away. If you’re away for a month and have a large garden, you can be reassured that it will be maintained in your absence and there won’t be a big maintenance job to deal with on your return.
6. House-sitters can also help you stay connected to your home. When you get back from holiday, the last thing you need is post piled up by the letter box (also a sign to burglars that the property is empty) and notifications that you have packages waiting for you at the Post Office. Having someone staying in your property, opening the door to visitors and taking messages for you, gives you peace of mind that things are being managed in your absence. You can request updates from your sitter or if you prefer not to be bothered, nominate someone else as a point of contact.