3 house sitting blunders to avoid

Done correctly, house sitting can be a rewarding and lucrative job. By reducing rent, providing extra pocket money and allowing an extended stay in an inviting home, house sitting is ideal for students, people on the move and those looking to pick up extra work that's low-key and stress-free. But there's more to house sitting than meets the eye, and a few gaffes could cost you your job and your reputation as a great house sitter. Next time you're house sitting, avoid these three blunders.

3 house sitting blunders to avoid

1. Don't be a slob

  • House sitting can create a dangerous illusion of home. After all, many house sitters settle in for extended stays and have the run of the entire house.
  • But if you're planning on letting your hair down when it comes to cleanliness, think twice: there's nothing more alienating than returning home from a long trip only to find that the house sitter has left piles of dirty dishes, unfolded towels and unclean surfaces.
  • In fact, the rude awakening of a homeowner returning to a messy house is often enough to make sure you won't be invited again.
  • Instead of letting loose, be conscientious while you are house sitting. It's a respectful gesture and, besides, you never know when your hosts will return.

2. Don't invite overnight guests

  • What your hosts don't know can't hurt them, right? Wrong. When it comes to inviting guests to your house sitting gig, you could be in messy territory indeed.
  • Not only does having overnight guests stretch your hosts' hospitality, but it can put them in a legal bind should something happen to the visitor during their stay.
  • Avoid this awkward scenario by postponing overnight visits until you're back in your own home.

3. Don't be unclear

  • Many a seemingly simple house sitting gig has turned sour due to mismatched expectations.
  • After all, success is in the eye of the beholder, and your hosts will only want to pay you and recommend your services to others if they feel that their expectations have been met.
  • In order to avoid leaving a bad taste in each other's mouth, strive to be as clear as possible before the gig begins.
  • Ask your hosts for information and don't be afraid to ask them to clarify their wishes regarding duties, policies, and the ins and outs of their home.
  • A clear understanding of your duties will help you relax and make your services even more rewarding for your hosts.
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