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Qualities of a Good House Sitter

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In previous posts, we’ve covered what house sitting is and some of the benefits of becoming a housesitter.  We’re now going to look at a some of the qualities that make for a good house sitter.


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As a house sitter, the care of the garden, pets and any other jobs agreed upon by you and the homeowners during their absence will rest on your shoulders.  The owners want someone who is capable of dealing with routine issues like a sink backing up, as well as major problems such as the heating system breaking down.

They also want someone who understands that their pets are members of the family.  It’s not enough to feed and water them.  You’ll need to exercise them and give them extra hugs and cuddles to help ease the stress of missing their family.  If the pet becomes ill, it’s you who’ll need to take him to the veterinarian and provide any after care.

Very few homeowners are likely to just ‘leave you to it’.  Review with the owners any contact details they provide to ensure they are accurate.  Make sure you understand when the owners wish to be contacted. Some may want daily phone calls or emails; even if all you have to say is, ‘Everything’s fine.  Enjoy yourselves’.  Others may only wish to be contacted if there is a dire problem that desperately requires their attention.


When you agree to house sit for someone, it is not unreasonable for the homeowners to expect you to see the job through.  Their main reason for engaging a house sitter is because they want someone who will oversee the property and give their home the ‘lived in’ look that makes burglars give their house a miss. And they want that house sitter for the entire time they are away.  If you’ve agreed to a six-month house sit, you shouldn’t bail out half-way through because you got a better offer elsewhere or you just don’t want to do it any more. This kind of cavalier attitude will seriously cut down on your chances of getting another assignment.

If you must leave the job due to circumstances beyond your control, you should make arrangements for someone else to takeover and let the homeowners know of the change.  It really is the least you can do.


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Get this one quality right and the rest should fall into place.  Respect isn’t just about saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.  It’s about showing consideration for the homeowners and their property.

While their residence will be your new home for a bit, it doesn’t make it OK to redecorate it to your liking.  The homeowners have every right to expect to find their home in the same or better condition as when they left it.  Every stick of furniture and accessories are in its place for a reason so don’t move anything out of its place unless it’s really in your way.  Make sure, however, you put everything back as it was before the owners’ return.

If the homeowners have chosen you and only you to house sit, don’t move your family, friends, pets and/or current lover in without their knowledge or consent.  Not only is this an abuse of trust and highly unprofessional, it could be viewed as a breach of contract and you could be sued.  As long as you treat the residence as you would want your own home to be treated, you shouldn’t have any problems.

If you feel you possess these basic qualities and would make a good house sitter, check out now to find out more.



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