House and Pet Sitting: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

The relationship between a home and pet owner and house and pet sitter is meant to be one of mutual benefit. Owners benefit from having personalised care and attention for their home and pets while they’re away, while house and pet sitters enjoy living rent free for a period of time.

Just like any agreement, there is a little give and take both ways and so long as there are reasonable requests asked of the house and pet sitter, both parties should enjoy the experience.

Household Maintenance

Most house and pet sitters are able and willing to do some routine home and garden maintenance, such as keeping the pool clean, watering plants and attending to the repair of any items that break down during their sit. Engaging a house and pet sitter isn’t an opportunity to call in free labour for household odds and ends, but rather, it’s having someone care and maintain your home in your absence to ensure all is well when you return. Sticking to reasonable household duty requests is a must to respect the relationship between both parties. Continue reading “House and Pet Sitting: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship”

Prepared Pet Care: What You Need to Tell the Pet Sitter

Our pet’s are a member of the family. But if you’ve had unexpected travel plans pop up, or your fur-kid simply can’t travel with you, a live-in pet sitter is the easiest – and most affordable –  form of pet care while you’re away.

Just like us, our pets have their own unique personalities, nuances and routines that make them special. So if you want your pet sitter to truly embrace the role of ‘fill in pet-parent’, then you need to give them as much information as possible about your pet, home and routines, to ensure a smooth experience for everyone. Continue reading “Prepared Pet Care: What You Need to Tell the Pet Sitter”

Show Your Pet You Care with These 5 Tips

Research has shown that over 90% of UK pet owners say that owning a pet makes them feel happy and 88% feel that pet ownership improves their overall quality of life.

So we all agree that our pets give us the love and attention we’re all looking for, but have we ever stopped to think whether we show as much affection in return? Continue reading “Show Your Pet You Care with These 5 Tips”

5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes

Whether you are house sitting someone else’s pets or at home with your own, many of us share our homes with pets and sometimes, extreme weather conditions mean that our pets may need to stay inside for extended periods.

But that doesn’t mean that poochy smells need to become our home’s new overpowering scent.

When you have one or more fur-friends sharing your home, keeping a pet loving home tidy can be easy by following a few simple tips.

Brush, brush and brush again

Brushing your dog or pet everyday can limit the hair flying around and getting stuck to furniture in your home. Brushing also helps in removing any flaky skin by distributing natural oils through your dog’s coat. Not only will regular brushing save your home and furniture from unruly hair and mess, it will also provide you with some important bonding time with your fur-friend. A DIY methods for removing hair from clothes, is to use tape rolled around your hand with the sticky side on the outside. It’s also great for furniture but otherwise an upholstery tool will do the job too. Continue reading “5 Cleaning Tips for Pet Loving Homes”

Discover Bristol – A City the River Built

Bristol, Avon River, House Carer,If your house sitting assignment or holiday is in Bristol, you are staying in England’s sixth largest city which is built around the River Avon. This connection to the sea has propelled the progress of Bristol through the years, making it South West England’s centre of education, employment and culture today. In the 14th century, the city was a centre of shipbuilding and manufacturing, making it the second most important port in the country and the jump off point for expeditions to the east, west, across the Atlantic and to North America.

The ships turned Bristol into a focal point of smuggling and the slave trade, and at one time more than half a million people were carried from Africa on 2,000 ships fitted out at Bristol to live as slaves in the Americas. With the advent of air travel Bristol became a natural base for aircraft manufacturers who set up their factories in the city. The aerospace industry together with electronics and creative media industries continue to be a dominant factor in the economy of Bristol. It also welcomes almost 10 million foreign tourists every year making it the UK’s seventh most popular destination. Continue reading “Discover Bristol – A City the River Built”

House Sitters can give Special Care for your Ageing Pet

pet sitter, pet carer, house sitter, house carer,The special relationship that the British have with their pets has long been recognised. 43% of our homes have a pet of one kind or another. Of the 27 million pets, dogs and cats are the most common and the pet population is growing steadily. Other countries that rank highly in the number of pets are Australia, India, South Africa and Thailand rounding out the Top 5.

The love and attention owners give their pets can pose challenges as pets age and owners still have a need to travel. Who can care for an ageing pet the way a loving pet owner does? Well, many owners have found that using the services of a pet sitter, experienced in caring and medicating older animals, has been the perfect solution. A pet carer can have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to problems associated with older pets. Continue reading “House Sitters can give Special Care for your Ageing Pet”

Peace and tranquillity for a House Sitter in The Lake District, Cumbria

The Lake District for House SittersNestled among fells, hills and the most beautiful scenery you can ever imagine, is the Lake District in Cumbria. Comprising 885 square miles and containing 2 of the deepest and longest lakes in all of England, Cumbria is a county of great beauty that attracts many writers, artists and visitors each year. It is the perfect place for house sitting for those seeking tranquillity and a break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Scafell Pike, which is at 978 metres, the highest mountain in England lies in what is now known as the Lake District National Park.

The Lake District is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country but is the home to the towns of Keswick, Windermere and Ambleside, in which all modern amenities can be found. Many visitors to the area come for the sheer beauty, peace and relaxation that can be found in abundance. Walking, climbing, watersports and many other activities are available during the warmer months, however the Lake district is known to be the Dampest part of the country and the weather be somewhat changeable. Continue reading “Peace and tranquillity for a House Sitter in The Lake District, Cumbria”

Good Reasons Why You Should Use a House Sitter

Leaving? but who's looking after me? I know! a pet and house sitter! Why you should use a house sitter is a matter of practicality and common sense. When you need to leave your home, you have a limited number of options. You can just turn off the utilities and lock up the place, informing the police to look in once in a while. This, however, is not an option if you have a pet that needs regular feeding and care, or if you have a lawn or garden that needs tending. If you plan to be away for a while, you’ll also need to make special arrangements with the utility companies and devise ways to have your mail forwarded to you.

Another option is to ask relatives or close friends to drop by regularly and take care of all these tasks for you. If they have jobs or other duties, this might be an imposition. If you don’t have any relatives or friends nearby, a good alternative is to get a house sitter. Using a house sitter to take care of your home while you’re away has very distinct advantages.

First of all, you can specify the qualifications you need from your house sitter. A house sitting service will let you choose a male or female house sitter, one of a certain age and with certain house sitting experience especially in areas like pet care. You can avail of the services of a house sitter only for as long as you need one. Continue reading “Good Reasons Why You Should Use a House Sitter”

How to Select a House Sitter the Right Way

Get to know the candidates when selecting a house sitterThere’s a right way and a wrong way to select a house sitter. Picking a house sitter can be rather confusing the first time around, especially because there’s a lot of emotion involved in leaving your home in a stranger’s hands. Fortunately Mindahome has simplified the process and made it much easier to find good house sitting talent.

The first step is to register with Mindahome. You’ll be asked to provide basic information about yourself, your home and your house sitting requirements. For home owners, registering won’t cost you anything. Continue reading “How to Select a House Sitter the Right Way”

Solve a Holiday Dilemma with House Sitting

Tasks to be taken care of before the house sitter arrivesA holiday can be very frustrating for some people because it hits you from two sides. On the one hand, you have to prepare for the things to come: visas, vaccinations, airline tickets, hotel accommodations, inland transport and a host of other things to attend to. On the other end, you have to look after what you’re leaving behind: securing the home, taking care of the dog, watering the lawn, paying the bills and the myriad things that go into managing a home. House sitting can help you get rid of half of the problem.

House sitting means arranging for someone to look after your home while you’re off on a holiday. In so doing, you’re solving half of the problem and giving yourself more time to spend on making your holiday an enjoyable one. All you need to do is register your home with a reputable company that provides a house sitting service such as Mindahome.co.uk. You’ll need to provide basic information about yourself, your home and your house sitting requirements. Registration is usually free of charge and doesn’t take long to complete. Continue reading “Solve a Holiday Dilemma with House Sitting”