From Housesitter to Homeowner
In fact, if a cruel twist of life hadn’t turned us into semi-traveler instead of full time nomads, we might even have had a few new ones lined up right now. But, the cruel twist won out, and now instead of being permanently on the road, we actually have our own home. (Oh, and some cats. Because a home isn’t a home without feline companions.)
But of course, we still find ourselves on the road a lot, and when my Mom isn’t able to care for the fur babies, then outside help is needed. For the very first time, while we are in Europe we found ourselves in need of housesitters.
The Other Side
We know that the world is good. And after careful vetting, we knew that we would find someone who would be as trustworthy. We KNEW that.
Learning to take our own advice
Which is the first thing we tell people in our housesitting ebook (from the perspective of a housesitter, of course). Another piece of advice that we give in that book is to sign up for more than one website in order to increase the odds of finding the perfect match. Because we live in a relatively unknown corner of Alberta, we knew that getting people interested in the sit might be a little more difficult.
Enter Housesitters Canada – a site totally dedicated to sits within our own borders. Within one day we had a solid application, and within a day after that, an agreement with a qualified sitter. Most importantly, the spark was there.
Prepping for our leaving, and her arrival
“You’re not going to do that to me, are you?”
Damn. The polite (pushover?) Canadians in us forced our stay. As did the sweet dog, who we became attached to quickly. We had no other immediate options and so spent a whole day scrubbing the place from top to bottom. We made it comfortable – comfortable enough, anyway, for our two month stay – but that experience really made us think twice about our approach to housesitting going forward. Not only did a homeowner have to trust us with their home and pets, but we had to have confidence that we would enjoy the stay as well.
In turn, we didn’t want our housesitter to feel the least bit uncomfortable. We did as we tell all others to do – we cleared out space in our closet and dresser, we left the fridge stocked with food, we made sure she had everything she would need to enjoy her stay. We booked maids to come the afternoon that she was to arrive. (We did, however, leave her with two complete babies for cats who need a lot of love because that’s what they are used to getting from us. I won’t apologize for that though.)
During the sit
She promised me in our last email exchange that I am not bothering her.
But I wonder.
All will be well, right?
Yet somehow, even as weird vagabonds, people let us into their homes. They had faith in us. They had confidence that they would return to an intact house and happy pets.
And I do have that too.
I am sure that I will arrive home to a well-kept home. That the kitties are being well loved. That I’ve done everything in my power to make sure that our housesitter is happy with her stay.
I am sure of all of that. And that in our next time of need, I’m sure I’ll feel a little more comfortable with it, too.
how to do it
If you’ve never housesat before, consider it for your future travels. Not only do you get to stay in a new place with no accommodation cost, but the experience overall is more enriching. Meet locals, enjoy the love of pets, and stay with all the comforts of home around you. We wrote an ebook about it, and the cost of the ebook is easily made up with subscription discounts!