How house sitters can help home owners in France

We speak to expert house sitter and owner of HouseSit Match Lamia Walker to get the low down on why home owners in France should consider house sitters for all sorts of reasons.

How can house sitters benefit home owners in France?

Minimise stress for pets: If you’re a pet owner, when you’re on holiday, keeping pets to their routines in their own home when you go away minimises their anxiety. It will also reduce your worry too, knowing your beloved extended family member is well taken care of.

Keep your home secure: When you’re on holiday and your home is empty, your property may be more vulnerable. Hosting housesitters means your home is occupied and better protected.

Ensure your insurance is validated on long holidays: Some of us like to long holidays or leave property empty for long periods. Beware, many insurance companies will not uphold your insurance if the property is empty for longer than 30 days. House sitters in your home means your insurance remains valid.

What can I expect of a house sitter?

Pet care. This is a flexible arrangement agreed between homeowners and house sitters.

Home care. House sitters will at the very least keep your home clean and tidy.

Garden care. You might want your house sitters to care for their gardens, watering indoor plants and outdoor plants.

Pool care. Swimming pools need a watchful eye and homeowners can expect sitters to maintain the pool cleaning and monitor PH levels

Do I have to pay for a house sitter?

Nothing, our house sitters don’t charge. The HouseSitMatch house sitters pay their own travel costs to get to your home and buy their own food. They offer their services as house sitters and pet sitters entirely for free, in exchange for free accommodation – it’s a win win!

How do I know I can trust a house sitter?

We are a small managed network and we are very thorough in managing our network closely to ensure the best possible experience for all our members. I can be involved if homeowners request a level of Premium service.

We ID check all our members. We insist that members go through our ID check procedures online, to verify their identity. Once validated this status is displayed on their profile.

We background and police check all our house sitters. We ensure support for all our members by delivering a level of transparency about the reputation of our housesitters. The status of the check is displayed on their profile.

Can I speak to a potential house sitter before they arrive to make sure I like them?

Yes, we encourage it, we want you to chat to all the applicants before you commit to any of them. It is important that you build a relationship in order to get to know them and be comfortable that they will suit your situation and housesit assignment.

We have a private messaging system like Livechat that is active between members on our site. Housesitters can share documents (e.g. letters of reference; professional references) and the transfer of information is instant, so it is like a real conversation if you are both online at the same time.

What sort of people do house sitting?

We have a wide range of house sitters from diverse backgrounds. Most of them fall into one of these categories:

Retired professionals. We have many retired and semi-retired singles and couples who enjoy working holidays like house sitting to make the most of travelling opportunities on a fixed budget.

Pet lovers. we have pet lovers who like petsitting and housesitting while they discover a new country and location.

Living like locals. Some of our members love to travel by living in real homes and neighbourhoods for a more authentic experience. House sitting can help them achieve this goal.

Full time house sitters. Some of our members travel full time around the world, taking their work with them. They will need good Wi-Fi to undertake a housesit assignment.

Lamia Walker Founder and CEO of HouseSitMatch: www.housesitmatch.com join up to HouseSitMatch and get 50% off with this Discount Coupon Code: SUPERB50 – applies to Home Owners and House Sitters.

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