Escaping for vacation means finding a new home away from home, at least temporarily. However, you still have to make sure your own home sweet home is taken care of during your vacation. This house sitting instructions printable will help you and your housesitter by covering all the information they might need to care for your home while you’re away.
As a college student, one of my sources of extra income was the occasional house sitting job for some family friends. I suggest looking to your friends and family for responsible young adults who might want to get out of their parents’ home and earn a little extra cash. Our pastor’s daughters are kept pretty busy with many of the church members hiring them for house sitting.
Payment for house sitting can vary, especially if pets are involved. Just discuss with who you want to hire what they feel is fair and decide what you think the peace of mind is worth to your family. I would estimate that a good rule of thumb is around $10/day but also consider if you are supplying food. If pets are involved, people often pay around what the cost is for boarding at a local vet or kennel.
Help your home feel more welcoming for your house sitter by stocking up on some of their favorite foods and making sure they have fresh linens. You can also point out the thermostat, in case they want to adjust the temperature for their comfort. This house sitting instructions printable is an easy way for them to make sure they don’t forget a task and have your contact information at the ready.
This post is part of our #ReadGo2014 Summer Reading Challenge PETS week. Keryn at Walking on Travels shared a great post about traveling with a dog. Do your pets stay home while you travel or join along on your adventures?