Want to know the worst house sitting experience we’ve ever had?

The keys were handed over, and there was a quick tour pointing out the obvious.

Um, eat whatever you want. Here’s the dog food. One cup morning and night should do it. Pot plants? Yeah, once a week should do it. Here’s the car keys in case you need them.

Dates were clear, but there was no clarity about arrival time… leading to the next door neighbour needing to jump over to feed a howling dog in the afternoon of return.

The interesting part about this story?

That was our house!

We feel sorry for that house sitter now

(Jo, if you’re reading this, we’ve learned our lesson!)

The moral of the story is that if you’re welcoming a house sitter into your home, a little time upfront will save you in the long run. It’ll make everyone’s experience more enjoyable.

Some things are about communication, others are about preparation.

Since we’ve had a few more house sitters and house sits under our belts, we’ve come up with 23 things every home owner should do to prepare for a house sitter. There are some things you should get a start on earlier in the piece, others can’t really be done until the last minute.

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