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Homeowners: How to improve property value

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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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Preparing for housesitters – Top Tips

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Welcome your Housesitters Having new visitors in our homes can make some of us a little nervous, and puts a little steam into our dusting and vacuuming routines before they arrive. Preparing your home for housesitters can also inspire some people to go the extra mile to prepare their home for a guest, a newcomer, and this is not a ...

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David the Dogman debates – housesitting solution or kennels

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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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Housesitting Ile de France and losing myself in the country

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It’s long been an ambition of mine to find the right housesitting opportunity and lose myself in the French countryside. This September I escaped home obligations for a short while and tried housesitting Ile de France.  This peaceful rich agricultural landscape is in the heart of the Brie and Champagne region of North Central France. A housesitting assignment came up with ...

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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

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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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House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

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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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Guidelines for a successful pet sitting

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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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Second Home abroad Minus the Stress – Here’s How

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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’

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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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Housesitters and Expats – A language coach can optimise your travel!

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Language coach optimises travel – Listen up House-sitters and Ex-pats! When travelling abroad for extended periods, as in the case of house-sitters and ex-pats, a little language coaching can go a long way.  A language coach gives you the tools for practical everyday activities, and it liberates you in a foreign country, encouraging a sense of participation. Learning to engage ...

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Sam and Pete need long-term house-sitters – But why..?

Need long term pet-sitters because you are travelling away from home or because you are volunteering abroad? Why not find registered and trustworthy house and pet-sitters to live in your home and care for your pets in your absence? Long-term house-sitters are needed for a volunteering couple – Sam and Pete From time to time we are asked by people ...

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Top Tips Help You Prepare for a Dog-Sitter / House-Sitter

How to prepare for the dog-sitter or house-sitter who will care for your dogs Before inviting a new dog-sitter or house-sitter to come into your home to care for your canine pals, there are several important steps you need to take prepare both your home and your pets. We have worked together with both Sainsburys Bank and Claire Williams a ...

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TOP TIPS – Building the Homeowner & House-Sitter Relationship

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Never underestimate the importance of building a relationship as early as possible between house-sitter and homeowner, even before you speak to each other. One of the things you learn when you are house-sitting or indeed seeking and recruiting house minders to help you care for pets or property is the importance of building trust between each each other. For some ...

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TOP TIPS – Homeowner’s Brief to a House-Sitter

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The most important thing for me is that you (the house-sitter) are genuine, honest and totally being yourself, with no airs and graces. All I care about is that you are comfortable with yourself and respect my home and pets. I enjoy reading house-sitter profiles and finding out about people, so tell me about yourself and your interests. Once I ...

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Top Tips – A Homeowner’s Brief for a Pet-Sitter

Top Tips: From HouseSit Match homeowner Sarah on briefing a pet-sitter… Housesitting is a serious business. And when pets are involved the brief for the house-sitter becomes a vital part of the whole exercise. When choosing a house or pet minder it is really important to consider the level of experience you need in the sitter. In my case as ...

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Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

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Fancy HouseSitMatch house-sitting..? Since starting the HouseSitMatch network I have heard some fabulous stories about people who when house-sitting with HouseSitMatch have collaborated through our site to solve their travel, as well as their pet-sit and home care challenges. The aim of this blog is to share some of those stories and describe some examples of house-sitting with HouseSitMatch. New ...

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House-Sitting – To Pay or Not To Pay

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Should homeowners pay for house-sitting..? As a house-sitter you may be curious about various aspects of your new potential house-sitting assignment… What will the pets be like, will there be a garden to tend, how big is the property you must care for while the owners are away. Naturally, you may also be wondering if there is a paid recompense ...

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House-sitting tips – To prepare for the house-sitter

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Top 10 Homeowner house-siting tips If you are anything like me getting ready for a holiday is more about preparing the house for your absence rather than packing a holiday case not unlike cleaning before the cleaner comes! Moreover, preparing for a live-in house-sitter more especially a new resident house-sitter can be a little more complicated because you are preparing to ...

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The Difference between house-sitting and house swapping

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House-sitting and house swapping – what is the difference..? Whenever I talk about HouseSit Match, people seem to jump immediately to the conclusion that house-sitting and house swapping are the same things, which they are not  but you can make house-sitting work just like a house swap. How? Read on… House-sitting and house swapping – the difference A house swap is ...

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Planning Your Holiday Home and Pet Care

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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 ...

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We’re Off On Holiday But Who’s Looking After The Dog?

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It’s Christmas time, one of my favourite times of the year but this Christmas seems to have leapt upon me with little or no warning it seems. One minute you are tut-tutting over the shops putting out their festive wares in October and the next, theres only a few days to go before the turkey is on the table and ...

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The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

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Their house is rambling, big enough to accommodate the three Lovejoy children. Holidays are not something they take often so when the opportunity arises, they’re off and they make the most of it by going away for months at a time. The family spoilt Siamese cat knows when they are making to leave him on his own so does what ...

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