Well I will explain a little bit about it. We are often away, especially weekends and we have two small Tenterfield Terriers that need to be cared for.
We live in an apartment on the 18th level of a condo on the west coast of Singapore. They need to go OUTSIDE for a walk, a wee and of course 'other business'. We need someone here to help with this process!
I place an advertisment in two on-line house sitting sites:
Asking if anyone is coming to Singapore for a holiday or are they passing thru Singapore and wanting to stay a few extra days. If and when people reply to the ad, we make contact via the private email system that the two sites offer.
We then ask what they are expecting or offering and we exchange emails for a bit and then decide out of the few that are interested, who we may accept.
Sometimes there is more than one person.... that is up to the home owner entirely. We prefer two people though. All quite simple.
Or, we go into the sites and browse around looking for someone that fits our criteria.
Either way, we make contact and if we both agree with what the other offers....then we go ahead and make arrangements with our travel plans knowing that we have someone coming in to take care of Pokey and Oscar.
We do not pay anyone. We offer free accommodation only.
The sitter gets to stay in Singapore (for free) on a bit of a holiday and we get to go away with peace of mind knowing the boys are being cared for.
We have had many wonderful sitters stay here. Can't possibly go thru them all, but we have used sitters for over 10 years now and in all that time have had only ONE sitter that I would not have back again.
We have had people that are traveling from Australia to the UK via Singapore and wanted to stay a few extra days, others that live on a yacht and need to 'spread out a bit' for a few days, some are here on business and want to save the cost of a hotel, one lady from Venice wanted to get away from the cold weather last Christmas..... and the list goes on.....
a few things to be aware of:
You save money!
- the majority of house sitters work for free.
- save a bundle on pet care fees as in pet walkers.
- No kennel or cattery fee's
- find the perfect person by searching the database of either website for sitter available adverts
- create your own sitter wanted advert and have house sitters contact you through a blank form
- create/edit/show/hide your advert instantly
- set up an email alert on these sites – find out immediately when new house sitters become available in your area
- taking care of your dog, cat, bird etc.
- remain anonymous until you choose to reveal your identity
- work with fully informed house sitters
- download the plain-English house sitting agreement and Before you go! checklists
- someone is in your home while you are away.
- collecting mail
- watering plants
Singapore also has a TOURIST PASS for one day or up to five days.
We also make sure there is fruit juice, bread and cereals in the refrigerator and cupboards for the sitters so they won't go hungry on the first day!
We have a sitter arriving tonight from Queensland, Maureen will be here until April 21st. Already I have the fruit juice, milk, yoghurt etc in the fridge. The EziLink card is on the shelf in her bedroom along with a list of things she may need to know about being here also regarding the dogs. Where the Vet is located, how to get the train, places to visit while here, where the best shopping is, all that sort of thing plus our emergency contact details.
The day Maureen departs, we have two delightful sitters arriving from New Zealand by the name of Tracy and Della. They are on their way back to Europe, so are staying here for a couple of weeks and departing the first week of May.
Now Tracy and Della have a couple of websites. one on their travels and one for their 'professional life' as sitters:
so if you are anywhere in Europe reading this blog, bookmark the above as one day you might have the need of a sitter!
I hope this blog helps a bit if you are considering what do when next you go on holidays.
any questions about house sitting, just ask ..... it is understandable to be concerned using sitters for the first time.