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Harrogate housesitting for an Akita

Harrogate housesitting

When experienced housesitters Mike and Diane aka Travelloafers chose to apply for a Harrogate housesitting assignment on HouseSitMatch describing a resident ‘large dog’ that they’d be required to care for, they had no idea the fun that was in store for them. Read their blog to find out what happened when they met Rex!  HOUSESITTING TYRONAUSAURUS REX! When considering a ...

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Homeowners Housesitting – Top 10 Tips – Preparing an Empty Home

Character home - homeowner top tips for housesitting

  For homeowners housesitting can provide an excellent safe guard, especially for an empty property that is vacant for a period of time. In some cases this is unavoidable but creates a risky situation with opportunities for burglary and vandals with no guard in place. Housesitters can offer a solution to prevent any unwanted visitors or harm inflected to a ...

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Selling property – Top tips for selling your home

Selling property is a challenge, the process can be slow. There are ways to speed up the process. Check out the top tips and trending marketing techniques available from experienced estate agents and realtors. If your property remains unsold, security for homeowners can become a major issue, especially when an empty unsold property sits vulnerable in a rural setting. Circumstances ...

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Homeowners: How to improve property value

Homeowners welly boots planted

Homeowners can enhance the value of a home If as homeowners you are considering putting your home on the market, there are plenty of measures you can take to enhance the value. Yet while some ideas will add instant appeal and saleability, others can result in you spending huge sums for very little return. Here, we take a look at ...

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Catsitters Tale by homeowner Teresa

Catsitters provide a critical service to many of our homeowners. One homeowner in particular, finds finding cat-sitters through HouseSitMatch an invaluable service. Homeowner Teresa lives in Spain and loves and rescues cats, consequently, she regularly needs catsitters to help her care for her own pets and the cats she has rescued herself. She has long been a lover of cats and ...

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Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maples

Bright Acer leaves coloured red and yellow

Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maple Trees Housesitting gardens is a personal pleasure that is becoming important to me. I am a homeowner and a housesitter, and a self-confessed lover of Acers, or Japanese Maple trees. It goes without saying that I am passionate about colour in my own garden and have several Acers dotted around either in pots or planted in ...

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The Price of Oil in Winter vs Housesitter Costs

Housesitter costs vs the Price of Oil

Consider the price of oil in Winter vs housesitter costs Weighing up any housesitter costs you might incur vs the price of oil and just turning up your heating when you leave the house empty to go on holiday is important. The question of rising and falling oil prices and the impact of heating your home in a cold climate ...

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Marbella Housesitting – the Solution

Marbella housesitting villa

Whether living in your native country or abroad in a holiday destination like Marbella in Spain it goes without saying that as a pet owner you will worry about pet care when you want to travel. In a city like Marbella housesitting and finding good pet sitters can be more challenging for an expat because you are away from your ...

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Mrs Beeton – Tips for perfect housesitting!

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What can Mrs Beeton teach us about housesitting? An ambitious legacy Written in 1861, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management has long been seen as a stalwart of advice for the occupation of housekeeping. Despite beginning to write the book when she was only 21, having no real experience, and borrowing (read copying) extensive material from other female writers at ...

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David the Dogman debates – housesitting solution or kennels

housesitting solution

The housesitting solution becomes the right solution for some pet owners in the most unexpected ways. ‘David the Dogman‘ dog trainer with some 50 years experience shares his story of Boy Boy one of his favourite dogs.  He explains how he chose him, trained him and how when he was left at a kennels he nearly died of gastric torsion. ...

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Housesit Match has been a perfect fit for us

One of our Housesit Match homeowners very kindly sent us a blog describing how she believes our housesitting platform has been a good fit or ‘match’ for her and her husband and their pets. So as a way to share her Housesit story, and perhaps encourage other home and pet owners to step forward and ask us to help them, ...

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Expat homeowner: housesitting helps at home

housesitting helps one homeowner in Durham

From time to time we ask our homeowners what drove them to seek a housesitter, and how does housesitting help them manage their property.  A new expat homeowner recently joined HouseSitMatch looking for a long term sitter (10 months) to housesit near Durham in the UK. And, as we usually do, we approached the owner to ask if we can ...

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Pet travel – HouseSitMatch Vet’s 3 Top Tips

Pet travel

Our HouseSitMatch Veterinary consultant Dr Matthew Bayliss BVSc MRCVS helps us to understand current advice for pet travel from and into the UK. Let’s face it, even through we may prefer to have housesitters in our home taking care of our pets while we are away, sometimes you just have to take your pets with you! And with so many ...

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Preparing for a House Sitter – 5 Top tips

It makes no difference if it’s your first house sitter or your tenth, packing for a trip abroad and preparing for a house sitter to care for your home and pets while you’re away can be overwhelming. When preparing for a house sitter it is worth considering what kind of information you should provide, how much detail you need to ...

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Retired professionals catsit in Palomares, Spain

A pan of Spanish Paella at the beach with a glass of white wine

Housesitting is rapidly becoming popular among Retired professionals looking for ways to enjoy retirement, discover active holidays and new locations by living in housesits within a community. Bob and Shirley Hesner are Retired professionals who have traveled for much of their professional careers moving every few years. Latterly they ran their own businesses online and after caring for a friend’s ...

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Housesitters help keep pets safe at home & save money!

Housesitting reduces pet stress

People who have pets are often fearful leaving them to go on holiday or work trips.  I was after an unfortunate incident when my Spaniel lost his voice and nearly starved pining in a kennels. The idea of having Housesitters help care for pets in our home came later. We were much happier once we started asking for housesitters help ...

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House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

handshake representing a housesitting agreement as in the House-sitting Guide

House-Sitting Cardinal Rules This is my House-Sitting Guide – I like to say that I have three Cardinal rules as a house-sitter : 1- Cherish the animals 2- Care for the property like it is your own 3- Clean and protect the car if you are given access to the vehicle. Best practice House-Sitting Rules Of course I also go ...

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Our pets chose us and our unusual cave home in Spain

Modern dining room in 2016

Our pets chose us and our unusual home We have pets, or rather we have been adopted by a number of pets,  four cats and one dog to be precise. All of them chose us and our home to share their lives. We love our pets, but actually we were quite surprised to have been so especially singled out by ...

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Looking for a dog..?

Three yorkshire terrier puppies sitting next to a tea cup to demonstrate how small they can be

How to Find the Perfect Dog for Your Family A dog make fantastic companions for children. If you get a young dog, they can grow up together and form a lifelong bond. A dog brings many benefits to a family. Studies show that owning a pet helps to build confidence, teaches children how to be responsible and is good for ...

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Guidelines for a successful pet sitting

pet sitting day care

Pet sitting top tips Are you looking for a pet sitting gig? Or are you expecting to be apart from your pet for quite some time? Jordan Walker, the lead content curator of Coops and Cages, shares how both employers and contractors can make the whole ordeal easy on each other. People can be very attached to their pets. In ...

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Homemaking – Gifts ideas for the homeowner

Top 4 holiday gift ideas for the homeowner It’s a well know truism that freshly ground coffee can make a home smell more like ‘home’, or the scent of freshly cut and squeezed fruit and vegetables can stimulate even the most exhausted taste buds. No wonder that kitchen appliances help us draw out our nesting instincts and are ever popular ...

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Why Homeowners Choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting

What are the Unique Benefits? – why do homeowners choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting… Making housesitting arrangements from a homeowner’s perspective can be a very economical and safe way to care for your pets and property, but not without challenges. More and more homeowners choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting for a number of reasons. From a housesitter’s perspective the HouseSitMatch platform offers an excellent ...

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Long Term Housesitting near Kiev – Part 2

Looking up at a laden apricot tree with fruit fully ripened

House-sitter and independent traveler Edward accepts a Long term house-sitting near Kiev. The owner is selling her home and emigrating to Montenegro, she needed someone to live in the house until it is sold. This blog describes Edward’s arrival in the Ukraine, meeting his homeowner Tina. He continues his ‘sharing economy’ story by telling us how Tina introduces him to the ...

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Second Home abroad Minus the Stress – Here’s How

Stunning Mediterranean villa with pool in Marbella Spain housesitting

Buying a second home abroad makes a good nest egg Many of us dream of buying a second home abroad, somewhere warm and sunny, an investment property like a Mediterranean villa perhaps on the South coast of Spain. But how do make that dream a reality and who can you trust to help you identify the best location, the best property ...

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Housesitters keep your holiday home ‘safe as houses’

Pretty Waterside cottage in Devon made of wood

Find Housesitters to keep your holiday home safe Owning a holiday home has many benefits. One of the best things about keeping a second home in a place where you love to visit, is being able to holiday with all your home comforts in a much-loved location. But how do you keep your holiday home safe? Housesitters, or home-sitters as ...

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House-Sitting

Pet-sitter playing with six small dogs

What is House-Sitting? Our HouseSit Match Definition of ‘House-Sitting’ House-sitting is a mutually beneficial arrangement between two parties – most usually taking place between a homeowner and a house-sitter – enabling the owner to leave their property and pets in the care of the sitter for an agreed period of time. The house-sitter in exchange gains free accommodation. The arrangement ...

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Pet Lover SonnyB Needs Pet-Sitters in Turkey

Home-owner in Turkey seeks Pet-sitters who love Living Like Locals Have you ever been on holiday somewhere where the scenery simply took your breath away, the holiday atmosphere was authentic, fun and relaxing? So much so in fact that you simply felt you wanted to move there straight away? Well that’s what happened to Sonia, she simply fell in love ...

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Pet Friendly House-Sitters enjoy holiday in Spain

Housesitting, Swimming Pool

Need house-sitters? We have a large selection of experienced and trustworthy pet-sitters registered on HouseSitMatch, the friendly network for homeowners and housesitters. Read about one family who travel as part time pet-sitters as a way to see the world affordably on holiday… Pet-Loving House-sitters Enjoy a Family Friendly Holiday in Spain House-sitters who like pet-sitting can find many options during ...

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