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Resident house-sitters Keep the Home Safer – When Selling Your Property

Keep your empty home safer with resident house-sitters

There is no doubt that an empty home is an invitation for burglars. Resident house-sitters, however, can keep your home much safer. The home-sitters keep your home occupied and maintain a presence, they keep the lights on and the garden maintained on your property. Selecting experienced and checked sitters to stay in your home to protect your property is a wise and secure choice and will minimise the risk of burglary.

When trying to sell our last home we tried to manage the exchange date as carefully as possible, and yet like many people we found that as the date approached our buyer fell out of the chain because of their buyer and so on. Fortunately our property was in a sought after location and another buyer came along within a couple of weeks.

A home encircled by resident house-sitters protective hands

The tricky part to the exchange, however, was that the new buyer could not move in for five weeks until after our original moving date. And yet we were already committed to moving elsewhere, more to the point the removal men, utilities changeover and various other bookings had already been made. That meant our old house would stand empty for a month. Needless to say our ecstatic delight at having found a buyer so quickly came crashing down to reality when we realised all the risks we would be taking in leaving our home empty until the new family could move in. What to do? We were not happy and neither was our insurer – it appeared they would not insure our house if it stood empty for more than four weeks!  So we began to think that resident house-sitters might be our solution.

Our solution came in the form of a friend who said she did house-sitting and would house-sit for us until we were ready to hand over the keys to the new owners. Many homeowners, more than you would think, find themselves in this situation in the UK. We are fairly reliant on the chain working smoothly enabling us to hand over keys and access to properties in a synchronised fashion, when in reality it rarely does. Resident house-sitters are far more prevalent than one might at first imagine.

Chitlington, West Sussex
Fish pond, Chitlington

House-sitting was our solution

Resident house-sitters can prove to be a marvellous solution. They are often people who are happy to move from property to property, caring for homes and pets in the owners absence. And there are online agencies like HouseSit Match that allow you to choose from a range of police checked sitters from across the UK and in establishing a relationship online you can ensure they have the availability and references you would be happy with. We also allow you to find a sitter that has the specific skills you might like to make sure your home looks well cared for in you absence e.g. gardening. You need to know that your resident house-sitters is comfortable managing the size of lawn or height of hedges in your property to ensure the house and grounds look well cared for once you are no longer there. There is nothing like wildly overgrown garden to give away the owners absence.

An occupied house is less of a risk

In addition to making sure your home is occupied, it is important to make sure looks occupied. Resident house-sitters can be a great help making the appearance of a home with lights going on and off, people walking in and out making it look more naturally occupied. There are additional ways to manage the appearance of your home in your absence. The Royal Mail have a KEEPSAFE SERVICE which you might find useful depending on the length of your absence or indeed if you need to wait to transfer your post to a new location. It only takes five days to set up and the Royal Mail keeps your post for up to 66 days!

HouseSit Match offers a comprehensive online house-sitting service, offering homeowners access to resident house-sitters from across the whole of the UK (and even Australia). The site also allows sitters to highlight the fact that they have a current police check, and to select which gardening and even pet caring skills they are happy to promote. This makes it easier for homeowners to find the sitter that best matches their requirements.

Lamia Walker
Founder – HouseSit Match


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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