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Things to Know about Letting Someone House Sit for You While Abroad

If you are planning a fantastic trip abroad for a long period of time, then you may not want to leave your house unattended or uninhabited for the duration of your trip. In this case, it may be a good idea to hire a reliable house sitter to stay in your home while you are gone. This is an excellent way to make sure your property is taken care of and is not burglarized during your international trip. However, there is information that you should share with your house sitter to make sure the process goes as smooth as possible. Follow this guide to direct your conversation with the house sitter you choose to stay in your home.

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Information Booklet

Prepare a booklet of information that provides detailed and step-by-step instructions for taking care of your house. For example, you may need to let your house sitter know how to set the house alarm, when to water your garden, and how to turn the lights off in every room. There are quirks to every home, so your booklet is a great place to explain those quirks. For example, if your house basement tends to flood a little when it rains a lot, you need to let your house sitter know so that he or she is not surprised and let the house sitter know how to remedy the situation. On the front page of your booklet, type up a detailed list of emergency contact information for you and close friends or family members in case your house sitter cannot get in touch with you. Once you have prepared the booklet, sit down with your house sitter and go over each detailed page. If your house sitter has any questions, then add those answers to the booklet. If your house sitter will also be taking care of pets while you are gone, you will need to include detailed information about what to feed them, when to feed them, when to walk them, and where to locate their food and grooming tools.


Buying Insurance

It also is important to plan for the times when something may go terribly wrong. That’s why you should make sure you have homeowner’s insurance that covers fires, floods, and other emergency situations. If you are abroad and something goes wrong, then homeowner’s insurance can step in while you are away. An insurance plan begins working whether you are home or not, so visit to learn more about the benefits of getting a policy on your home before you head abroad.


With a little planning and a little common sense, you can select someone who is trustworthy and responsible to watch your home while you are abroad. It always is good to make sure that your house sitter knows exactly how to reach you in times of emergency and is going to be a quiet person who will not ask strangers to your home. Keep these tips in mind when searching for a house sitter, and go on your trip with peace of mind.


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