FAQ

1. How to write your letter to the Home Owner (as a Sitter)

Read the whole listing clearly, and write back to them using their names, the names of their pets, etc..  Be aware that the Home Owners often don’t give their names.

EXAMPLES:

Hello Griffon and Sherlock’s Owners,

It would be a pleasure to take care of your home and spoil your two gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dogs, and your ‘stay indoors pussy cat’, Tamika.  I have had some prior experience with large dogs and many cats like Tamika, so I certainly understand your requirements…

OR

Hello Peter,

I am available from the 8th June, until the 23rd/ 24th July, 2013, and then from the 16th/17th August until the 28th August, 2013.  Do let me know if any of these dates suit you.

My name is Angela and I am based in Melbourne, Australia…

OR

Hello Jack and Jill’s Family,

I arrive in Amsterdam to begin a sit there on the 28th April until the 5th May, 2013.  I’m then off to the U.K. for three already booked sits, in Ferring, Finchley, and then in Hazelgrove/Stockport.

Every Home Owner who considers engaging a House Sitter must take a leap of faith, and the very fact that you love your pets so much attracts me to being a full-time House Sitter every day.  I’m a very committed animal lover and I absolutely love the whole lifestyle package.  I have many Home Owners who will vouch for my trustworthiness and abilities, and I’d be pleased if you checked my Profile and Testimonials.  I also have a Working with Children Check, and a current Criminal Check.

I have been pet and home sitting full-time, since December, 2011.  Throughout my ‘sits’ I’ve been able to see a lot of my country (Australia), and not just tourist sights.  I thrive on getting to experience ‘real’ life in another country, particularly in the U.K. and Europe.  I much prefer to steer clear of the tourist locations and be in a real home…

Kind Regards, Allison Smith (add details)

OR

Dear Home Owner from Darwin,

I have just completed a sit for a Staffie family of a mum, dad and their three month old son, Hero, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  The Staffies spent most of their time either sleeping or playing together – very much like cats.  Just much bigger!  I went back to visit them yesterday, and they all gave me huge hugs and kisses.  I have now been asked to sit for them again next year.  Currently, I’m looking after Bella (a rescued Groodle) and Tieki (a tiny, sweet Pekinese).  They’re absolutely gorgeous.  Their mum comes home tonight.

Please take the time to read my profile and, if you need more information, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Kindest regards, and looking forward to hearing from you,

Francien Daniels-Webb francien21@gmail.com 04155555555

 

2. How to write up an advertisement for your Pet & Home Sitter Listing (as an Owner)

EXAMPLE 1:

Town – Queensland, Australia, Postcode 4999.   Single House Sitter Wanted – 14th October, 2014 to 30th October, 2014.   Animals & Pets that Require Sitting- Dog(s), Fish.    Suitable for Families with Children – No.

Room for Caravan – Yes

Introduction:  We are a couple in our 60′s and require someone to look after our two spoilt dogs who have the run of the house.  We live in a house on a small acreage where the backyard is fenced.

What responsibilities are required of the pet and home sitter? The dogs are house-bound and require feeding each day.  No yard maintenance required.

Features of the property and location (no address given): We are approx. 15minutes from Noosa and Eumundi and have an in-ground swimming pool.  This is a rural property with easy access to beaches and restaurants.

EXAMPLE 2:

Pet Sitter Needed –  for Baxter, the elderly Cocker Spaniel.    Town – Village, VIC 3999, Australia.    Caring House Sitter wanted – June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.    Animals & Pets that Require Sitting – Dog(s), Fish.    Suitable for Families with Children – No

Room for a Caravan- Yes

Introduction:  We are a retired couple going OS for a month.  Baxter is a very happy dog, but a bit of a sook.  We live in a townhouse with a small reserve at the rear.  It’s a very quiet location.  We’d prefer a retired couple as Baxter loves to walk and play ball.

What responsibilities are required of Pet and Home Sitter? There is a very small garden with some basic watering required.

Features of the property and location:  Our home is close to restaurants, and two Taverns that provide regular live music.  Baxter loves the small reserve at the rear of our home.

EXAMPLE 3:

House/Cat Sitter Required for holidays and short breaks.    Town – Melbourne VIC , Australia.    House Sitter wanted – Variable dates required.    Animals & Pets that Require Sitting – Three Cats.    Suitable for Families with Children – No.

Room for a caravan – No

Introduction: We are a couple in our 50s, looking for a House/Cat Sitter to look after our home and three cats for holidays and short-breaks. We are hoping to find someone who is based in, or nearby to, Melbourne, so that we can meet and introduce you to our three much loved moggies – one boy and two girls. Our holiday plans are flexible, but we are hoping to travel early in the new year (January, 2015) for three weeks, and before then we hope to take a few short breaks.

What responsibilities are required of Pet and Home Sitter? We are looking for someone (single, or a couple) to care for our cats, feeding them twice a day, and also keep our home and small garden well maintained and tidy.

 

3. Criminal Check

The majority of Home Owners request and wish to see a Criminal Check.

Please click on link for National Criminal Check for Australia Only.

Please click on link for Verified Credentials for International.

 

4. Pricing

For Home Owners:

After your first twelve month Membership expires, you may continue your Membership with Home Sitters Worldwide, or allow it to end. The cost to you after the first twelve months is only $30.00 per year.  Unless you cancel your Membership by contacting us direct, before the end of the first twelve month offer period, your credit card will be charged to renew your Membership for the following year.

To redeem your 12 months FREE Membership, join Home Sitters Worldwide and complete your subscription.  For the first twelve months you will not be charged anything.  You will note that when you proceed to the Checkout, the Amount Due will appear as $0.00 (i.e. no charge).

For Sitters:

After your first six month Membership expires, you may continue your Membership with Home Sitters Worldwide, or allow it to end.  The cost to you after the first six months is only $79.00 per year.  Unless you cancel your Membership by contacting us direct, before the end of the first six month offer period, your credit card will be charged to renew your Membership for the following year.

To redeem your 6 months FREE Membership, join Home Sitters Worldwide and complete your subscription.  For the first six months you will not be charged anything.  You will note that when you proceed to the Checkout, the Amount Due will appear as $0.00 (i.e. no charge).

 

 

5/ How to CANCEL your Membership

Here are 2 steps in Cancelling your memberships with Paypal or HSW directly:

To CANCEL your membership

1/ Via Paypal
Members are to contact Paypal prior to your membership lapsing. This must be done before the due date, the latest would be 24hrs prior for Paypal to process your request.

Here is how to cancel your payment via Paypal:

‘How do I cancel an automatic payment I have with a merchant?
Then click Update beside My preapproved payments to find your payment. Select the payment , and then click Cancel’

2/ Via HSW
Members must contact HSW within 1 week of your membership rolling over. This gives us time to cancel your membership with Paypal and on the HSW website.

If you do not follow these steps in cancelling your membership HSW will not be able to refund your payment.