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  • Pet and House Sit Service was launched to provide a sought-after service for the South West (UK) where homeowners can locate a reliable pet and house sitter and the sitter can achieve their financial and pet caring objectives.

    How does it work? 

      1. The first step is done, you've found a pet and house sitter in your area who suits your needs.
      2. The second step is to contact me to see if I'm available for the required dates and arrange a meeting to get to know each other.
      3. The third step is to make precise agreements on what is expected of me.

    Your pets, home and possessions will be well looked after throughout the assignment, house rules kept as you would do.

    All instructions agreed between us will be carried out to the letter for the entire time you’re away – regardless of how long – your pets, home, possessions and garden will be looked after properly. Please see my Endorsements.

    In a nutshell; There are many reasons why you might need a pet and/or house sitter. Most often, you will need somebody to care for your pets and/or home while you are travelling, be it a business trip or for  pleasure; you might be in hospital, on an extended family visit or have to be away for any other reason.

  • If you cannot be there for that important delivery or for a vital trademan’s visit arrange for me to drop by. I will wait in, supervise the delivery or visit entirely to your instructions and either secure the property and leave; or wait until your return to hand over.

    A minimum booking period of 1 hour plus mileage applies. If you're going to be delayed for any reason, please let me know, I'll be happy to stay on till your return.

  • Peace of mind - plain and simple!

      1. You'll be using a house sitter who agrees to and understands your specific requirements. Your pets are cared for in their own home which, although they'd rather have you around and no upheaval or change, is so much less distressing for them than kennels or catteries. Your pet's routines, boundaries and limitations are continued without disruption.
      2. In the unthinkable event of your pet becoming ill, I will take immediate action and get them to your chosen vet quickly and calmly. You will be notified of any problems in a timely manner so the best course of action can be taken.
      3. Your possessions are looked after. Your house plants are cared for and some light gardening (if req) will be done.
      4. Avoid becoming a crime statistic by deterring a potential burglar - you'll have the added security of me living in your home - curtains opening and closing/lights going on and off at irregular times. No post, parcels, milk or newspapers leaving a tell-tale sign that the house is empty. I'm also there to allow any expected tradesman entry to the home and keep an eye on things whilst they're there...
      5. No financial shocks as you'll know the assignment fee up front - other than recompense for items bought or vet's fees etc. should they arise which will have had your prior consent .
      6. Obviate imposing on your family and friends as there will be no reason to request repeated sporadic visits to care for your pets and home.
    7. Complete peace of mind that your pets and home are being cared for just as you would do while you're away. No disappointment when you return - you'll come back to happy pets and your home the way you left it.

  • Rent Free Accommodation in exchange for house sitting/pet care is one way to go, but if you want a proper job done, (in my opinion) you'd be better off paying for it. A paid sitter has only your pets and home on his/her mind, they know they're not there to go gallivanting all over the town or countryside and they're not going to be inviting family or friends around whilst working for you and are often more dedicated.

    Most pet and house sitters charge for their services including a travelling fee: especially if there are a lot of extra duties or the home is some distance away. This is negotiated between the sitter and homeowner and needs to be discussed in detail at the initial meeting.

  • It boils down to just a few simple questions.

      1.. Consider your requirements: How long you need cover and what you'd like done during the sit.
      2. Will they be tempted to go out gallivanting of an evening?
      3. Can you entrust your them to care for your loved ones and most valuable assets?
      4. Would they walk your dog EVERY day come rain or shine?
      5. Would they wash the dog and dry him if he'd been rolling around in the mud (or worse)?
      6. Would they keep your home clean and tidy?
      7. Would they do as good a job as a professional? Freebies aren't always best especially when it's to the possible detriment of your most treasured possessions.
      8. Would they stay in your house for the entire time you're away? Keeping potential burglars away all day every day?
      9. Would they feel a bit 'put upon' if it's more often than a one-off?
    10. Are they willing to agree to most/all reasonable requests?

  • Trust is a HUGE part of pet and house sitting. For added security, I’ll be in your home for at least 21 hrs a day – with lights going on and off, curtains opening and closing at irregular intervals and no tell-tale post, parcels, milk or newspapers left on the doorstep.

    Your pets and home will be well looked after, house rules kept as you would do and your pets extremely well cared for throughout the assignment.

    I’m extremely trustworthy, honest and diligent. All instructions agreed between us will be carried out to the letter for the entire time you’re away – be it a day, a weekend, a fortnight, a month or more – your pets, home, possessions and garden will be looked after to the best of my ability. Please see my Endorsements

  • I have a simple rates system which is laid out on my Rates page.
  • As the homeowner, you should carefully consider your personal requirements and expectations. It is your responsibility to explain your criteria clearly and agree the terms in a written contract.

    Every situation is unique; however, I have included the USUAL standards of a general contract for your review. You can add and remove points to fit your requirements.

    The homeowner expects the house sitter to:
      1. Accept total responsibility of caring for your pets, home, possessions, gardens.
      2. Maintain a standard of care for your pets and home no less than your own.
      3. Take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of your pets, home and contents at all times.

    Tasks usually performed during a pet and house sitting assignment:
      1. Pet care - dog walking, bathing/drying, feeding, love, cuddles and play etc.
      2. Vet/doggy parlour visits and giving necessary medications.
      3. Readdressing and forwarding mail, emails or other important documents.
      4. Keep you appraised of any/all goings on each day by phone, email or text.
      5.Light housework.
      6. Light gardening.
      7. Putting the bins out.

    Other jobs can be accommodated, there's no harm in asking!

  • I have an Example Agreement which you're welcome to use as a template for your own specific agreement.  Our agreement should include specific detailed instructions for the tasks you require performed and the duration of the assignment... The following are a few pointers...

     1. Your desired dates.
     2. Precise instructions for pet care, feeding times, exercise schedule, vet/doggy parlour visits, medication dosing - how much and when.
     3. Where in the house they're allowed to go, and other general pet rules.
     4. Where your dog is usually walked, how often/how long, where they usually sleep
     5. Instructions for houseplant care, fertiliser, watering schedule, etc.
     6. Instructions for lawn and garden care, if required, and the location of equipment used for these purposes.
     7. Instructions for mail collecting, handling and forwarding.
     8. Guidelines for visitors, reporting damages and emergencies and a list of phone numbers and addresses for the above.
     9. A clear, readily available list of your usual vet, electrician, plumber, TV/aerial man etc.

  • It's best to let me know your required dates as soon as possible. I'd hate for you to be disappointed should you find that I'm unavailable when you submit your booking!

    For a quick head's up, please check the calendar at the top of the Booking Form. For other enquiries before making your booking, please use my Contact Me page.

    Making a booking with Pet and House Sit Service signifies that you, as the home owner, have decided your criteria and have supplied this information to me via the web site Contact Me page.  

  • Unfortunately, I have found that I must do. The sooner you cancel your booking, thereby allowing the possibility of another booking taking its place, the less you'll pay.

    Cancellations MUST be sent in writing. Use the Contact Me page.

    If you cancel:
    4 weeks or more before the start of the assignment you pay no cancellation fee.
    Between 3 and 4 weeks you'll be liable for only 25% of the total fee.
    Between 2 and 3 weeks you'll be liable for only 33% of the total fee.
    Between 1 and 2 weeks you'll be liable for the entire total fee.

  • YES, of course!

    I use your information for core business purposes only and never pass this information on to any third party. You have the right under the Data Protection Act to have a copy of any information held on you.

    I protect my computer system from unauthorised access using up to date firewall, anti-virus and malware etc technology and for added security, as soon as I have the information needed for your assignment I remove the information to a separate backup hard drive NOT linked to the internet and, using an intensive deletion programme, erase all your personal data from my networked computer.

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I look forward to meeting you and your pets in the near future

 
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ęSue Cornish 2017

 

 

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