Beamish Open Air Museum takes House Sitters back in Time

House sitters visit Beamish Open Air MuseumRetrace age old paths and take more than a leaf out of the history books with a visit to Beamish Open Air Museum when House Sitting in the North East of England. This vibrant and lively museum, situated in picturesque County Durham, is only 12 miles North West of historic Durham City and 8 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne. Set in 300 acres of varying and beautiful terrain you will find yourself transported back to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times for a life sized and interactive experience.

Beamish Open Air Museum opened in 1972 and has received many awards over the years. Their attention to detail and passion to preserve typical scenes from everyday life in the past is astounding. The 300 acre site has a mixture of relocated, original and replica buildings, artifacts, working vehicles and equipment. All sections of the museum have been painstakingly restored and brought back to life to help educate and enthral visitors to the centre. Continue reading “Beamish Open Air Museum takes House Sitters back in Time”

House Sitters Head to Alnwick Castle for a Taste of Britain at its Best

If you’re lucky enough to be House Sitting in the North East of England, Alnwick Castle is a great place for a day out.   Set in the Northumberland countryside, first glimpses may appear foreboding but, as one of Europe’s largest inhabited castles and home to the Duke of Northumberland for the last 700 years, it’s still very much a living castle.  It’s most certainly a castle which is full of surprises.  Behind its fearsome stone walls lie lavish State Rooms for you to explore filled with an awe inspiring collection of art and furniture belonging to the Percy family.

Today it’s more than just a private family home and visitor attraction; it’s also the centre of a large business enterprise which includes property management and development, leisure, heritage and tourism together with farming, forestry and minerals. Continue reading “House Sitters Head to Alnwick Castle for a Taste of Britain at its Best”

House Sitters Discover the Magic of Historical York

Look for house sitting opportunities in Historical YorkWhen you choose to housesit in York you’ll be totally spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing. Yorkshire is not only the largest county in England but it has stunning scenery, a fascinating history, vibrant cities and quaint villages galore and is home to the ancient walled city of York, the traditional county town of Yorkshire. A compact city with a history that stretches right back to Roman times, it’s a fascinating and diverse place to spend some time. And even if you’re not a history buff, by House Sitting in York you’re in an ideal location to explore beautiful countryside, shop at some of the country’s most exclusive shops outside of London or even go on a daytrip to the seaside.

Known for its magnificent cathedral, quaint cobbled streets, amazing architecture and a wealth of visitor attractions York will definitely keep you entertained, no matter how long you choose to stay. With literally hundreds of museums, historic buildings, shops, restaurants and bars within its walls you’ll never be short of things to do. Continue reading “House Sitters Discover the Magic of Historical York”

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”

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 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”

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”

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”

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”