Andrea Zittel is someone I’ve been researching a lot recently (Taken with instagram)
Reasons to House Sit
If you are nomadic or want to become location independent, house-sitting is a great thing to consider. Why? Here are some reasons:
- If you’re trying to bring in a little extra income, house-sitting can be a great way to do so relatively passively. I have been paid $300 per week to sleep in houses in the past. I was able to continue my day job and merely returned to someone else’s home at night, made sure mail was brought in and plants were watered (someone else’s more luxurious home, by the way).
- Get used to nomadic living. For those of you in transition to making your work mobile, a house-sitting gig can be a great dress rehearsal. By house-sitting you will get a feel for what it takes to live and work from a suitcase, be separated from your regular office and deal with your business away from home. Better yet, your first house-sits will most likely be in your home-town. If disaster strikes, you won’t be far from your own dwelling and you’ll be able to make reparations quickly.
How to Be a Super Sitter
If house-sitting sounds appealing to you you’ll want to be sure your sits are successful. Here are some tips for having a successful sit that will result in great recommendations for your future world sits.
- Make at least one home visit appointment and perhaps 2 with the home owner prior to their departure. During your visit be sure to take a tour of the home, making notes of the owner’s requests for what they would like you to do in their absence. Don’t be shy to ask how things work, what to do in case of malfunctions, etc.
- Be sure during your visit to meet all animals to be cared for. You and the owner should spend some time seeing that the animals are sufficiently at ease with you. Ask the owner about the animals’ normal habits, things that might stress them, eating schedules, cage cleaning, etc. Be sure to make written note of emergency numbers and veterinarians should the animals require attention. Remember the animals will be somewhat stressed at the absence of their owners and presence of a stranger in their home. Do what you can to put everyone at ease by maintaining their daily routines.
- Get good explanations about security systems and any other systems that you will need to manage in their absence. For instance, during one of my house-sits, a workman appeared to wash the cars that were in the garage. I was embarrassed to find out I had no idea where to insert the key in one of their cars in order to get it out of the driveway! The workman didn’t know either.
- Be extremely respectful of the home during your stay. Leave the home in the state it was handed to you or better. Leave the beds with clean sheets, wash and fold towels, etc.
- Keep a log of events during the owner’s absence. They may want to know if friends stopped by, packages were delivered, etc.
- Have a brief meeting with the owner upon their return home. Go over the events during their absence, direct them to any necessary items needing attention and welcome them home! It’s nice to leave a touch such as a bouquet of flowers or some staples in the refrigerator for their return.
- After they have had a chance to settle back in, be sure to ask the owners for a recommendation to be used for other house-sits.
Surprise!! There is a car out there designed for me!!!
We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
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