HOUSE SITTING

Whether you are visiting family, on vacation or on a work trip, you want a piece of mind that your property is safe and being taken care of when you are not home. We help take that worry away knowing that we have everything under control.  Your home will be well taken care of as if it was our own.

We can stop by your property on a daily basis to make sure that everything is top order.

Contact us for additional details.

ADVANTAGES OF HOUSE SITTER

Insurance

On the practical side of things, it helps with insurance. Many people don't realize that after a certain period of time – usually around 30 days - an unoccupied home isn't covered by your insurance company so having a house sitter ensures that your home remains insured no matter how long you're away.

Burglary

If your home is unoccupied and you are burgled, your insurance premiums are likely to increase, so as well as the emotional impact, you are faced with the prospect of it costing you even more money.

Damages

Having a house-sitter not only helps maintain your insurance policy but just by being there, reduces the chances of being burgled or the property being damaged, leaving you with peace of mind that your home is secure while you are away.

Maintenance

If you have a larger property, having a house-sitter can help to maintain your property and your land while you're away. If you're away for a month and have a large garden, you can be reassured that it will be maintained in your absence and there won't be a big maintenance job to deal with on your return.

Stay Connected

House-sitters can also help you stay connected to your home. When you get back from vacation, the last thing you need is mail piled up by the mailbox (also a sign to burglars that the property is empty) and notifications that you have packages waiting for you at the Post Office.  You can request updates from your sitter or if you prefer not to be bothered, nominate someone else as a point of contact.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  What is the cost of hiring a House Sitter?

 

Watchtower Property Management will consider the requirements of the assignment and request a fee based on those requirements. All fees related to each house sitting assignment, including travel expenses, should be discussed with the homeowner during the initial interview.

 

Q:  How long is the average house sitting assignment?

 

Each assignment is unique to each homeowners' needs, and therefore there is no average duration. A homeowner may require a sitter for as short as a weekend, up to a year or longer.

 

Q:  Does the House Sitter Stay in my home?

 

A house sitter will stay overnight in your home if you want them to. However, house sitters can also be hired to perform simple services such as gathering mail and papers, turning lights on and off, moving a car in the driveway, and taking trash containers to the curb and returning them make a house look occupied.

 

Q:  Does Luxury House Sitting perform background checks on its members?

 

Watchtower Property Management does not currently conduct background checks on our members, as there is currently no completely fail-safe method for detecting such users that can be applied across our entire service. We do however make every possible effort to monitor our service for unusual activity and will investigate any member who exhibits suspicious behavior and remove them if we deem necessary.

 

We also encourage our members to alert us to possible fraudulent activity, by sending an email directly to Watchtower Property Management. Please include as much information as possible, such as the member's name, location and your specific concerns about the member in question.

 

Q:  I am a Home Owner. Do I need to create a written contract for my house sitter to review and sign?

 

As the homeowner, it is your responsibility to protect yourself against damages to your home. After all, a house sitter is a human being and problems may arise, whether their actions be accidental or criminal.

 

We strongly recommend that you create a written contract for your house sitter to review and sign before allowing them to look after your home. Should any problems arise after your engagement with the house sitter, your contract may cover your losses if legal action is necessary to resolve your issue.

 

Q:  I am a House Sitter. Should I sign a written contract that the homeowner has prepared?

 

As the house sitter, it is your responsibility to protect yourself in the arrangement as well. Carefully review the contract before signing it and make sure your best interests are covered in the agreement as well.

 

Q:  What information should I have ready for the House Sitter?

 

As the homeowner, it is your responsibility to provide your house sitter with emergency contact information, and the phone numbers of whom to call in case of "daily emergencies" such as your plumber, your electrician, or your veterinarian.

 

If you want your house sitter to contact you on a regular basis with incident reports, please prepare a contact schedule for them. If your absence will require your house sitter to contact other people (e.g., lawn maintenance and other service providers) please have their contact information available as well.

 

Other things you might want to provide to your house sitter: house keys, alarm system information, car keys, pet care information, etc.

 

Q:  What is your refund policy for House Sitter registration fees?

 

If you are not happy with our service, simply request a refund within 60 days of submitting your payment and we will refund your money immediately.

 

If you have other questions about our company in general, please contact us and we will review your request.

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