Preparing your Home for your House Sitter: - Handover, Walkthrough, Checklist, Tips

House sitting can be a great way to take care of your home while you’re away, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure the house sit goes smoothly for both sides.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your home is taken care of and that you have a positive experience with house sitting. Have you ever done a house sit? What tips would you add?

Prepare your home for your housesitter, and make a checklist for your handover


Unknown said...

Hi Ian,
Since we've been house-sitting for a number of years, I'd like to add a couple of comments to your checklist.
There is a lot of information for the house-sitters to absorb and remember about your pets and home, so the more detailed, the better, in the instructions. There are a few things that we've found to be important to us, that you didn't mention:
1) Help the housesitters log-in to your computer network and have the password written down, so they can also log-in with their phones or tablets.
2) It's helpful to be able to use the homeowners' printer and show them where the extra paper is located. We probably don't print more than 10-15 pages, but sometimes you need a printer.
3) Our biggest hang-up is always the TV and using their remote. We need written instructions please! Everybody's remote is different. Light touch or hold it down for 3 seconds are not obvious unless you use it everyday.
bfgood2willsit4u (Bobbie & Fred)