We speak to expert house sitter and owner of HouseSit Match Lamia Walker to get the low down on why home owners in France should consider house sitters for all sorts of reasons.
How can house sitters benefit home owners in France?
Minimise stress for pets: If you’re a pet owner, when you’re on holiday, keeping pets to their routines in their own home when you go away minimises their anxiety. It will also reduce your worry too, knowing your beloved extended family member is well taken care of.
Keep your home secure: When you’re on holiday and your home is empty, your property may be more vulnerable. Hosting housesitters means your home is occupied and better protected.
Ensure your insurance is validated on long holidays: Some of us like to long holidays or leave property empty for long periods. Beware, many insurance companies will not uphold your insurance if the property is empty for longer than 30 days. House sitters in your home means your insurance remains valid.
What can I expect of a house sitter?
Pet care. This is a flexible arrangement agreed between homeowners and house sitters.
Home care. House sitters will at the very least keep your home clean and tidy.
Garden care. You might want your house sitters to care for their gardens, watering indoor plants and outdoor plants.
Pool care. Swimming pools need a watchful eye and homeowners can expect sitters to maintain the pool cleaning and monitor PH levels
Do I have to pay for a house sitter?
Usually nothing. House sitters generally pay their own travel costs to get to your home and buy their own food. They offer their services as house sitters and pet sitters entirely for free, in exchange for free accommodation – it’s a win win!
How do I know I can trust a house sitter?
Can I speak to a potential house sitter before they arrive to make sure I like them?
Yes, a house sitting company should it, it’s good to chat to all the applicants before you commit to any of them. It is important that you build a relationship in order to get to know them and be comfortable that they will suit your situation and housesit assignment.
What sort of people do house sitting?
A wide range of house sitters from diverse backgrounds. Most of them fall into one of these categories:
Retired professionals. Retired and semi-retired singles and couples who enjoy working holidays like house sitting to make the most of travelling opportunities on a fixed budget.
Pet lovers. People who like pet sitting and house sitting while they discover a new country and location.
Living like locals. Some people love to travel by living in real homes and neighbourhoods for a more authentic experience. House sitting can help them achieve this goal.
Full time house sitters. Some people travel full time around the world, taking their work with them. They will need good Wi-Fi to undertake a housesit assignment.
Lamia Walker Founder and CEO of HouseSitMatch