Homesit Blog - House sitting

Burglaries

Mar 30, 2017

Having a house sitter helps prevent burglaries while you travel

With domestic burglaries sharply up in recent years around NZ, having a responsible live-in house sitter while you're away is a strong deterrent to burglars, who are expert at spotting empty houses as they case the neighbourhood streets.

Contact us at www.homesit.co.nz if you're looking for peace of mind while you're away this Easter or over months ahead - our sitters are pre-checked, interviewed and all have pet-care experience, multiple references and police clearances.  


With a sitter living-in, mail is collected, lights are on at night and curtains opened/closed - life's seen to be going on as normal at your place while you need to be away.  There are no give-away signs that people are absent and your home's an easy target.  You’ll also have alerted your insurer that you have a sitter looking after your home and pets and have locked or hidden away any precious valuables.

Don’t let this be your traumatic burglary story to come home to after a holiday or business trip - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11823192&ref=NZH_fb.

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A "Pro" job - well done!

Jun 19, 2016

“Everything was wonderful with both Manie and Helen.  Manie was a kind guy and walked the dogs heaps, which was the star treatment for them as with the kids, they often get a bit neglected with walks, instead we just throw the ball a few times. ;)

Helen went over and above the call of duty doing a bit of cleaning for us and even sorted out our painters who decided to (of course!) turn up unannounced whilst we were away.  She handled it all like a pro and we came home to an almost painted-home.  She was amazing.

As were you Teri, with poor Manie having to rush home you stepped right up to find a replacement immediately – thanks so much for that.  All the stress was taken away completely. x

Nicole, 2016

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Above & beyond

Jun 17, 2016

“Everything was wonderful with both Manie and Helen.  Manie was a kind guy and walked the dogs heaps, which was the star treatment for them as with the kids, they often get a bit neglected with walks, instead we just throw the ball a few times. ;)

 

Helen went over and above the call of duty doing a bit of cleaning for us and even sorted out our painters who decided to (of course!) turn up unannounced whilst we were away.  She handled it all like a pro and we came home to an almost painted-home.  She was amazing.

 

As were you Teri, with poor Manie having to rush home you stepped right up to find a replacement immediately – thanks so much for that.  All the stress was taken away completely. x

Nicole Snook, 2016

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A great service

Jun 15, 2016

We recently had to find a house sitter to look after our house and two very spoilt Siamese cats while we travelled to Australia for our son’s wedding.  It was the first time that we had used a house sitting service and we were really a bit nervous about the whole thing and didn’t know what to expect.

Thankfully Homesit were recommended to us by friends and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience from go to whoa. Teri was great from first email contact and came to the house to have a chat and get a feel for who we were and what our needs were.

From there she recommended a couple of sitters and we chose Sheri to have an interview/chat with her.  We were very happy with her personality, maturity, approach and professionalism, she came with good references and was an obvious choice for our house sit.  Once we had decided, Teri was great in sorting out all the logistics.

Whilst we were away Sheri sent us updates and pics of our cats which was very reassuring.  On returning home from our 8 days away, the house was spotless, we had two very happy cats and some lovely Daffodils on the bench.

All in all, it was a great experience and we couldn’t recommend the team at Homesit any higher.

Regards

John and Angie

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Keep your pet safe

Apr 21, 2016

With earthquakes around the quake-prone Pacific 'rim of fire' this month in Japan and Equador causing massive damage, casualties and tragic loss of life, it's timely to run through your emergency checklist again.

 

Could you get through for several days while the situation stabilises - and are your much-loved pets part of your home and family planning? Pets are as frightened as you are in a quake or other disaster and cats and dogs often simply bolt out of instinct and get lost, sometimes for good.

In our earthquake-prone country, this site and its pet emergency guides are an excellent resource. And not just for quakes either, storms or floods are other examples of emergencies when you have to think quickly and take decisive steps for your pets as part of your family.

http://protectyourpet.worldanimalprotection.org.nz/

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Christmas Greetings

Dec 24, 2015

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from all of us at Homesit !
A sincere thank you to home- and pet-owners who’ve called on us for house sitting and pet sitting in 2015. It’s genuinely been our pleasure to step up and help.
And a huge THANK YOU and shout-out to all of our fantastic house sitters right around New Zealand!  Your kind and responsible care and support in capably looking after home-owners’s much-loved pets, homes, animals and lifestyle blocks is so very much appreciated.
Have a great summer break, wherever you’re spending it, and here’s to 2016 and doing it all again !

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Morning visits

Dec 3, 2015

Today started out as a New Zealand native bird kind of day… house sitting in the South Island and waking up in the country this morning to a Pukeko strolling by in the garden.

 

Then just minutes later a visit from one of the local Weka birds. He or she would have boldly come inside if I'd opened my bedroom door a bit wider, they're such curious birds and cheeky as anything.

 

For years they've been gone from this part of the South Island but in the past 2-3 years they're back...ruining the gardens for frustrated gardeners and generally being a nuisance, but providing comic entertainment for the rest of us.

 

The two cats here know to leave them well alone with those long sharp beaks, plus they’re bigger than the cats too, so they’re not silly enough to try anything brave or foolish.

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Cat Lounge Cafe

Nov 24, 2015

The Cat Lounge's 'thank you' wall is up and we're tickled to see our Homesit Auckland named up there as a founder supporter of New Zealand's first cat cafe!

We're pet people at Homesit - 95% of our house sits are all about caring for animals and we know that not everyone gets to have a pet at home or spend as much time with pets as our sitters do.  So we wanted to support the cafe (www.thecatlounge.co.nz) to get started up on Auckland's north shore and what it's setting out to do.

Good luck to them and we'll be making a booking to drop in ourselves soon to meet the cats and people.

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Pets out shopping

Nov 7, 2015

What do you think about this as dog-owners or dog-lovers? Is it congrats to this shopping centre for kick-starting this concept here (Ikea are trialing it in a few overseas locations) or do you try never to take your dog out shopping and would much rather leave them at home?

Some people's canine friends accompany them everywhere and they'll be happy to see secure tethering facilities with shade/rain cover and water for their pups while they run into a shop for a few minutes. Others may worry about dog theft or incidents with children or other members of the public wanting to interact with the dogs, or believe in never taking their dogs to a retail precinct.

Is New Zealand a friendly and honest enough country that this could work well here?

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Pet-sit personals

Oct 30, 2015

Hello we're Stanley and Bonnie and we need a pet sitter to look after us over Christmas and New Year. We live in a nice split-level house in Point Chevalier in Auckland and our people will be gone from Dec 23 - 5 January so we'll be having Christmas with you.

 

We've put up this pic of us looking insanely cute to help you decide. 

As you can see we're so tiny we're hardly any trouble at all. We don't need long walks. Plus we have nice personalities and will look even cuter in your holiday snaps and selfies.

Email teri@homesit.co.nz if you might be our pet-sitter, she is trying to find us a sitter right now so we know we'll be looked after. She tells us there's also some other really nice pet and house sits right around Auckland and Wellington and the rest of the country this summer, if someone has already volunteered to be our pet-sitter, and to just email info@homesit.co.nz to find out more.

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Scientific proof your cat doesn't love you!

Sep 8, 2015

New Zealand cat lovers might go into a mass panic reading this - but read on:

…But before cat lovers start despairing about their aloof house guests, animal behaviourists say they should actually take the finding as a compliment. If cats stick around, it means they really want to be there. Cat expert Celia Haddon, author of Cats Behaving Badly and How To Read Your Cat's Mind, said owners should not feel that their pets do not love them.”

"This study shows that cats do not need their humans to feel safe, they don't depend on us, they look after themselves…But in a way that's a real compliment. Cats won't live in an unhappy home, they'll just walk out.  Cats don't depend on other cats. So they are not going to depend on their owners. But it doesn't meant that they don't want to be around their owners. This shows that they really do."

#CeliaHaddon #CatsBehavingBadly #How To Read Your Cat's Mind

 

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House sitting - US style!

Sep 3, 2015

Over in the US, some of the house sitter ads on the huge online classified site Craigslist can be very funny, scary for home and pet owners to read...and just plain odd.  When we read some of them, our hearts sink fast imagining those people looking after your home and pets while you're away.

But hey, this fireman will bring his fire truck along - now how much safer could you be if your house caught fire while you were away? And he would have had lots of practice rescuing anxious pets too, excellent:

Housesitting Services Available Immediately

Craigslist

Retired 60+ Firefighter with truck who will house sit and can repair and maintain your home while you are away.

And here's a few more for fun...and for reasons we think to use reputable sitters and services:

House sitting - w4m

Craigslist

I'm house s.itting for 9a few days7 and I want8 some company.8 I'm sweet 7and petite2. Have beautiful2 lips and 8green eyes and an 4amazing body ...

Hey she really sounds like an animal lover who won't have visitors over!

but wait there's more...

bored house sitting - m4w

Craigslist

9863 I am house sitting with not cable or internet and need some distraction. This is for texting mainly, maybe meet if you would like for drink if...

or

32

Craigslist

i am stuck house sitting, looking for a sexy female to join me, or maybe even a couple.. i have lots of drinks and 420 :) compensation is no problem if ...

Don't know about you, but we'd just say NO :)  We'll keep sharing some funny ones we find though...


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Christmas Holidays

Aug 27, 2015

Christas is just around the corner - book now!

Christmas and New Year house sits are steadily coming onto our books in recent weeks, with both home and pet-owners and our best house sitters looking to organise and confirm bookings now or in weeks ahead.

 

In Auckland, holiday summer sits include looking after a wee dog in New Windsor (email teri@homesit.co.nz) and a northern beaches assignment up in Browns Bay (with a little swimming pool) - email richard@homesit.co.nz to inquire.

 

In Christchurch we have holiday season sits available in nice homes and good locations in Sydenham (right by the Heathcote river), Redcliffs and Belfast...looking after a solo cat, dog, and family of dog/cat/2 x rabbits respectively. Email info@homesitchristchurch.co.nz to find out more.

 

Both the best sits and our top house sitters get snapped up early, so if you're planning on sitting over the holidays, our advice is to plan 2-3 months ahead rather than be stranded at the last minute.

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Its raining - lets go away!

Aug 20, 2015

It’s raining cats and dogs!  We have October house sits in several different Auckland suburbs coming up soon, looking to fill these promptly in weeks ahead.

Assignments include looking after three cats in Laingholm from 1-8 October, an 8 year old spaniel in Onehunga from 6 Oct - 9 November who likes a daily walk and a weekend swim, a friendly springer spaniel poodle cross in Manurewa from 11 - 28 Oct.; and two cats - one shy, one social - in Green Bay from 11 -24 Oct.

Interested in any of these bookings?  Either message us here on Facebook, follow up with your branch manager in either west, central or south Auckland, or email info@homesit.co.nz to ask for more details.

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Country living - Homesit style!

Jul 23, 2015

We regularly have lifestyle block and farm sits on our books...take a rural New Zealand house sitting break and get to know a new district and your new animal friends of the hooved and feathered kind.

Enjoy the country air, free range eggs and feeding goats, sheep, horses, alpacas and cows before you have to reluctantly turn around and head back to the big city.

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What kind of people House sit?

Jul 18, 2015

It is a question we get asked a lot, so today we’re kicking off our “What kind of people house sit?” mini-series with a snapshot of some of our house sitters and why they’ve chosen to sit.

We’ll post up several more over coming days to share their stories. And no, they’re not all the cliche of nomadic overseas travelers living the glamour life or 20-somethings trying to save to get into the property market...just a few of them! Our sitters are someone like you or your family and friends, who have decided to house sit with Homesit for a range of reasons.

Why house sit? As a starting point, they are responsible and mature, trustworthy people who love animals. Most of our sitters are locals and Kiwis. Some have returned from overseas and are now deciding where to live and work, others are between jobs or moving to a new area for work. Some are saving for a mortgage, renovating, or have sold their property and are waiting to move into a new home.

They may be retired and wanting to see more of the country. Parents and grandparents take house sits to visit with their children in other parts of the country. Overseas visitors want to live like locals rather than tourists, as well as to slice back on accommodation costs.

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House sitting in Parnell - Fog takes over Auckland CBD

Jul 7, 2015


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Why Home Owners choose Homesit

Jun 29, 2015

Homesit organised an excellent gentleman to  stay in our house and look after it and our dog for eight weeks this year and we couldn’t have been happier with  this arrangement. Not only was the house extra neat and tidy but the dog was a happy fellow, as though we had never been away. There were goodies in the fridge and flowers in the vases and even the outside deck looked as though it had had a spring clean. It was lovely to come home to.I can’t praise this Sitter enough as he is kind and considerate and he kept in touch with us the whole time. Total peace of mind is how I would describe this experience. If we ever go away for this length of time again we hope he will come and sit for us as we would have great difficulty finding anyone better.

Glynne Pask

Max Ritchie

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Fantastic lifestyle House-sit - Beach front living!

Jun 22, 2015

 

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Get to know the locals

Jun 15, 2015

Working from home at a house sit today and watching workmen put up scaffolding on the neighbour's house...it occurs to me that often tradies and other workers around the neighbourhood are my daily company in new suburbs and districts.

And that some of those top blokes have been happy to help me (as a solo gal) to lift something or do other little helpful things if they noticed, though they didn't have to and there wasn't any reward in it for them to lend a hand.

They're really friendly and easy to chat with as you come and go doing your daily things or taking a break from staring at your computer screen.  I met the neighbours too yesterday and we cheerfully worked out how to work in with each other in the shared driveway over the weeks I'm here, had a brief chat about work.

It's that kind of easy local contact that's nice about pet sitting in New Zealand, we're friendly people most of us and happy to say hi to a stranger in the 'hood. You don't feel too isolated working and living on your own during the housesit and  really do get to see the best of the local people area you're staying in.

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What Home Owners think !

Jun 7, 2015

"Before leaving on our trip, we had to take our cat Muriel to the vet and you went above and beyond the call of duty by keeping in contact with the vet and emailing us to let us know all was well. Both Muriel and the house were in fabulous shape on our return. Can't thank you enough for the peace of mind you gave us. Would definitely use your services again and would have no reservations in recommending Homesit.  Rod and Susie"

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Pros and Cons

May 17, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Housesitting vs. Air BnB, Hotels and Short-term Rentals

New travel accommodation choices make your holiday budget go further


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Why Home owners use Sitters

Apr 28, 2015

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Tips for Sitters

Apr 19, 2015

What do I take to my house sit? Some insider tips for house sitters.

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Security

Apr 17, 2015

Safety and Security Tips While on a House-sit

Make sure in case of an emergency that someone knows where you are

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Home owners

Apr 9, 2015

What do Home owners look for in a house sitter?

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Take a Country Break on Homesit - House sit a lifestyle block

Mar 21, 2015

 

Take a rural house sit in another region and see new parts of the country, living like the locals do.

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New House sits this week

Mar 19, 2015

From north to south, some very different new house sits this week!

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New House Sits around New Zealand this week

Mar 12, 2015

Where would you like to house sit in New Zealand this year?  New autumn and winter house and pet sits coming on board around the country.

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What do I discuss with a house sitter in advance? Tips for Home Owners

Feb 28, 2015

 

As a home and pet owner preparing for a trip away from home for business travel or a personal break, there’s always a lot to do in advance, but never enough hours it seems to cover everything on your action list!

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Your home's safety and security is our priority

Feb 16, 2015

These poor people. The safety and security of our clients' homes and much-loved pets is always our top priority.

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Unexpected pet tricks - cats mowing the lawn?

Feb 12, 2015

We don't always think of our pets as very useful on the domestic front, but sometimes they surprise us and help out at the same time.

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What kind of people house sit? We answer home owners' most-asked questions.

Feb 5, 2015

 

As New Zealand's leading house sitting service with more than 26 years of experience, over the years we have found that most prospective home owners and clients (as well as our house sitters!) want to ask us many of the same questions.

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Thank you

Jan 7, 2015

We appreciate this thanks and feedback from a happy daily pet visit client in Auckland.

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This week's new pets - matching kittens!

Jan 5, 2015

It's a new year and some new pets are just getting to know their new owners and pets....

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Safety and security for our house sitters

Nov 15, 2014

Homesit is determined that you are safe while doing sits for us. That’s why we take great care when making sits available for our house and pet sitters.

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Police Checks and References

Oct 20, 2014

Rapidly escalating house prices and many overseas New Zealanders choosing to return in 2013 and 2014 are among other factors that have seen a surge in people offering to do home sitting.

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