House sitting is a great way to earn some extra cash. If you are also caring for a householder’s pets in addition to their home, you should ensure you follow some practical house sitter safety tips.
Put Out Burning Candles
Do you surround yourself with burning candles at home as you relax in the bath? While there is nothing wrong with lighting can candles if you are in the same room and can keep an eye on what is going on, you should exercise caution when you are house sitting. This is particularly important if you are also pet sitting, as a cat or dog can easily take an interest in the candle and knock it over, causing a house fire.
Make Sure the House Always Looks Occupied
There is nothing worse than coming off from holiday to find your home has been broken into and your house sitter did not lift a finger to secure your home. Make sure you carry out your duties diligently to lessen the chances of that happening. If you agreed to stay at the home during the householder’s absence, make sure you do so. Leave a light on, make sure your car is visible in the driveway and make your presence known as soon as you arrive.
Lock the Doors and Windows
Locking doors and windows is such a simple way to keep a householder’s home secure, but it is easy to forget to lock the back gate or leave a window open during summer. Make sure all doors and windows are locked, even when you are at home. Carry out a regular checklist and then go through the home to make sure all windows and doors are locked. Whenever you have to pop out to the shops or run an errand, you should take extra care to ensure the householder’s home is locked up and secure.
Has Sarah “the cleaner” just showed up? Before you allow anyone to enter the householder’s home, you should verify their story as well as their identity. Call the householder and ask them if they really do have a cleaner. Householders sometimes forget to disclose to their house sitters that they have a lady come by every Monday to clean their home. If in doubt, always call to verify. A genuine visitor will not mind having to wait a few minutes until they can be admitted.
House sitters are placed in a position of trust by the householders. Make sure you take steps to keep the home secure during the time you are staying at the property. Carry out simple safety steps and procedures, such as putting out burning candles, keeping the house secure and verifying the identity of anyone who stops by the home.