What would a house sitter want you to know before you place your home and pets in their hands? Here's a list of info you should share with any potential house or pet sitters you hire in the future.
Establish your pet and house routine with your sitter. Not only do pets prefer being fed and exercised on a routine, keeping them on schedule can help allay any tummy troubles and behavioral issues.
Let your sitter know who might drop by the house. Let them know if a friend will be coming in the middle of the week to grab something or if you expect packages and where they usually get delivered.
Explain all the tech stuff very clearly, but then also consider what to do in tech emergencies. Like if a rainstorm knocks out power and messes with the internet, cable and security systems — let your sitter know where the router is in case they need to reset it. And make sure the sitter knows your alarm system password in case they set it off and the security company calls.
Let your neighbors know there will be someone new and leave an extra key with them.
Explain any house quirks you can think of. Does the washer overflow if you put it on a certain cycle or a door in the house stick sometimes?
What are some unusual or particularly helpful things you've discovered you have to tell house and pet sitters before you leave on vacation? Anything you've learned from mistakes in the past?
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