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Planning Your Holiday Home and Pet Care

Christmas is but a memory and before we know it the Easter Bunny will be knocking on the door! I can’t believe how fast the time flies! Have you got any travel plans for the Easter break? I am off to the Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales, Australia for a week, which I am very much looking forward to.

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Making sure your house insurance is valid

I spent last weekend mapping out my work and holiday travel plans just for the first six months of the year and realise I am going to be away quite a lot so will need a house-sitter to come and look after my dog. But ensuring Cleo is happy in her own environment and saving on kennelling fees are not the only reasons a house-sitter comes in very handy. Insurance companies like having houses occupied for the reasons they outline below:

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  • Aviva – Director of Policy
    “Most home insurance policies become invalid after a period of 30 days of in-occupancy. A house-sitter resident during an extended absence will validate the insurance policy.”
  • Churchill – Marketing Director
    “You must always inform the insurance provider of your house-sitting plans, this is especially recommended if your absence from home is to be longer than two weeks. It is important to keep your insurer fully updated of your plans to ensure your policy fully covers you in your absence”.
  • Hiscox – Director of Claims
    “We have many clients who take extended absences from their homes especially during holiday seasons. It is always preferable that a property is occupied if at all possible. If the owner is away for an extended period it is recommended that the insurance company is kept aware of all the plans and details for security of the property.”

Making sure your house insurance is not invalidated by no-one being in the your home while you are away is another very valid reason why you should consider having a house-sitter look after your pets, home and garden in your absence. Register now to take advantage of our soft-launch phase FREE registration offer.

Lamia Walker
Hi, I am Lamia, founder of HouseSit Match. After years of corporate travel and stressing about home and pet care when away from home, I decided to build a solution, online. Now I run HouseSit Match an online network where we help to match home and pet-owners with house-sitters and pet-sitters in a friendly social way! Helping our members combines my passions for pets, travel, marketing and I meet fabulous new people every day!

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