5 Hacks For Living Big For Less

You don’t have to miss out on life’s little luxuries to save money. Try these 5 hacks to enjoy some of your fancy desires, without spending a fortune.

Live Rent Free

Paying rent is like watching your money burn. It doesn’t help you work towards home ownership and it isn’t the most successful savings strategy. Want to live rent free? Try house and pet sitting around the UK. Whether you’re looking to live near work, near family or wanting to try out different places before you decide to settle down in a particular town, house and pet sitting can allow you to live in other people’s homes, while caring for their pets, without paying for things like utilities and internet. House and pet sitters have saved thousands of pounds every year by choosing this nomadic lifestyle.

Buy, Save and Give Back Too

Gone are the days when charity shops smelt musty and like your grandma’s well worn cardigans. Today, charity shops offer savvy shoppers the chance to grab a bargain of some  impressive high-end brands that will make you look and feel like you should be on a Fashion Week runway. There are a variety of charity shops across the UK in all towns and cities such as Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Shropshire and Weymouth, where you can save money on some of the latest fashions, and you’re also giving back to support worthy charities. Win/win! Continue reading “5 Hacks For Living Big For Less”

Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist

The most popular house and pet sitters actively engage through their house and pet sitting service. Details are kept up to date and recent references and experience are listed.

If you want to be a successful house and pet sitter, follow these tips for a monthly review of your profile to make your listing more attractive to potential home and pet owners.

1. Be Professional
Get into the mindset of potential home and pet owners searching for sitters. First impressions count and your profile photo is the first thing they see about what you have to offer. They are entrusting their beloved pets and home with you and want to find someone who will respect their most valued possessions. Your profile and supporting photos should show you enjoying the company of animals and professional- style photos with your full face in focus. Continue reading “Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist”

A Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye

There are loads of bonuses to caring for or owning a pet, and of course, many responsibilities as well. Pets should enjoy a safe, loving environment, a good diet, and be given regular health checks.

They should also be suitably cared for when their owners are away on holiday. While a reputable kennel or cattery can provide a solution, many owners prefer to have their pets cared for in their own home environment where they are familiar with their own smells, toys and sounds.

Another awesome option is to engage a live-in pet sitter through a service such as Mindahome, one of the UK’s most trusted house and pet sitting websites. Knowing that pets are receiving loving care in their own environment is an obvious win-win for both pet and owner. But how about you, the pet sitter? Continue reading “A Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye”

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”

Why be a House Sitter

Why be a house sitter is not a question many people ask themselves. House sitting is an emerging trend and still not a very common one. Nevertheless, it offers unique opportunities for many groups of people whose life styles fit the requirements of the job. House sitting means accepting a contract to take care of someone else’s house for a specified period of time. Sometimes you are paid for your services dependant on the work required to be performed. There are very few prerequisites for a house sitter. There are no gender, age, educational or nationality restrictions. As long as the client is satisfied that you can do the job required, you can be a house sitter. This makes house sitting ideal for persons like retirees, self-employed people or even those with disabilities. Continue reading “Why be a House Sitter”

How To Write a Good House Sitter’s Profile

Take the time to write a good house sitters profileA house sitter’s profile is a job application form with a difference. It’s the first step in getting a job as a house sitter so that, like any application letter, it needs to be done right and provide the employer with all the basic information about yourself. But, unlike the usual application form, a house sitter’s profile gives you the chance to tell the employer what kind of a person you are and why you are the best choice for the job.

The job of a house sitter combines the responsibilities of a house cleaner, security guard, gardener, pet owner, personal assistant and much more. It also requires a sense of responsibility that a homeowner can rely on to take care of one of the most valuable possessions he has. The profile, therefore, must convince the homeowner that you not only have the technical qualifications for the job but also the maturity and reliability to discharge your obligations. Continue reading “How To Write a Good House Sitter’s Profile”

Find Out How to Become a House Sitter

house sitters walking a dog

If you’re looking for a career change, or even just a career interruption, find out how to become a house sitter. A house sitter is a person who takes care of a home while the homeowner is away. It’s an activity that has arisen in the last couple of years because of increased mobility in society and the fact that friends or relatives are no longer readily available to look after unoccupied homes. Homeowners who have to leave their homes unattended because of a holiday or a protracted job assignment elsewhere can now resort to hiring the services of a house sitter.

House sitting services vary and range from a simple clean-and-secure arrangement, to a full-service contract that includes taking care of pets, tending gardens, undertaking home repair, forwarding mail and paying bills. This rather flexible and broad arrangement has opened up employment opportunities for different sorts of people like retirees, part-timers, employees on sabbatical leave or those in between jobs. If you think these kinds of activities are up your alley, then you should find out how to become a house sitter.

The first step in becoming a house sitter is to register with a company that provides house sitting services such as Mindahome. You need to pay an upfront annual fee to be included in their pool of house sitters. Registration will require that you provide information about yourself, your background, past experience and other data that a prospective homeowner will need. Continue reading “Find Out How to Become a House Sitter”