Housesitters keep your holiday home ‘safe as houses’

30 Jul, 2015

Housesitters keep your holiday home ‘safe as houses’

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Find Housesitters to keep your holiday home safe

Owning a holiday home has many benefits. One of the best things about keeping a second home in a place where you love to visit, is being able to holiday with all your home comforts in a much-loved location. But how do you keep your holiday home safe? Housesitters, or home-sitters as some people call them, are a great solution.

In a popular holiday region such as the beautiful English countryside in the Western counties of Devon and Cornwall, there are a very large number of holiday homes left abandoned and empty at the end of each holiday season.  Ever considered that you might need house-sitters? Left empty they are vulnerable to attack and burglary. Most homeowners today take precautions and find suitable housesitters to take care of their property in their absence. This is essential if the owners are absent for weeks or often months at a time. Reliable long term house-sitters can be much in demand.

Cornish coastal home - house-sitters love beach locations    View of the sea from a Cornish housesit

If you own any property you understand the many risks to security, particularly when your property is vacant for part of the year.  In Devon and Cornwall many villages stand empty and desolate missing not only the summer or holiday tourists but also the owners of second homes who desert their country idylls to return to work and the daily grind in their commutable cities.

Here we suggest a few tips that can help you maintain your property and keep it safe when you are not there:

Install security precautions and find suitable housesitters

The first thing to protect your home is to ensure all openings such as windows and doors are secure in your absence. Unoccupied properties are very vulnerable to intruders such as squatters, vandals and burglars. Maybe one of the most obvious precautions when leaving any property unguarded for a period of time is to fit your home with a good security alarm. New technology over the years has created some brilliant alarm systems that allow you to set it so you are immediately alerted to potential intruders however far away you are. However, another deterrent is to install motion sensor lighting, these care activated only when motion is detected. Security cameras are also easily fitted and their footage viewable and recordable virtually with affordable camera equipment. These options offer security and a basic level of protection.

However, a bright light at night will not just divert any intruder away, and a camera is easily detected by seasoned burglars and can be disconnected by an experienced hand.  Though most burglaries take place on the lower level floor, make sure even if you own a flat, that any entrances are sturdy and can still offer some protection from burglaries.  The very presence of housesitters in your property is an off-putting signal to any potential intruder.

If your home is on the beach with few present neighbours you are even more vulnerable.

A view of Plaidy Beach Cornwall, where we have house-sitters

 Plaidy Beach in Cornwall, UK

Use housesitters – the human burglar alarm

House-sitters can offer you a great peace of mind, knowing that a responsible and experienced individual that you have selected yourself is looking after your holiday home whilst you are not there. Not only can a house-sitter deter any intruder, they can also help maintain the property whilst you are is away in and can be the first line of defence against inclement weather.

When a property is unoccupied for a long periods of time many complications can occur, problems such as mould on walls, mouse infestations, frozen pipes in cold winters and radiator leaks and worse still – floods! House-sitters can protect your home or at least mitigate any serious conditions against these eventualities’, as they are on site, and can keep the house safe and secure and also well maintained. Having house-sitters look after your property by keeping your heating running while you are away can help prevent the onset of mould which can be a serious challenge to remove once set. Resident housesitters and also stem or stop any leaking or frozen water pipes causing long term serious damage. Also they can make sure your property is cleared of any food waste and residue and so minimising the chance of rodent infestation.

Finding suitable house-sitters to keep your holiday home safe and secure can also benefit you by minimising the cost of otherwise expensive insurance policies for homes that stand empty for the larger portion of the year. As many homeowner policies don’t extend coverage to homes unoccupied for more than 30 days, using a house-sitter can help reduce these costs.

Long term house-sitters can also make contributions towards the running costs of your holiday property which can make the whole proposition more affordable. If you are leaving pets at the property, then house-sitters double up as pet-sitters saving you even more in kennel fees. The housesitters themselves will save a great deal of money as you are giving them free accommodation in exchange for the care of your home and pets. It’s a win-win deal!

Therefore not only are you profiting by using housesitters they are too, by caring for your holiday home rent free, allowing them to enjoy the beautiful area you so love to holiday in.

New to housesitters and housesitting?

If you have never used housesitters before and you are new to house-sitting, the idea of having someone in your home without you there can initially feel a little daunting. We suggest a few tips to make this easier. When searching for housesitters, go to a reputable housesitting platoform, look at their profile, check out their experience and online reputation, the more experience house-sitting they have the better. Take a closer look at their profile, their professional lives, their interests and hobbies and the pictures and statuses they have shared on the site and elsewhere. This will help you become familiar with the person and feel more confident leaving your home in their care. Also police and reference checks are a great way to help give you peace of mind, and these can always be asked for. Most people also ask to speak to the housesitters as a way of getting to know them, a Skype or telephone call can help you ask more direct questions, and receive more fluid answers face to face!

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Pretty waterside cottages are lovely, but a concern in wintry weather if you’re absent

Get to know your neighbours and introduce your housesitters to them

We also suggest that getting to know your neighbours, this can keep your holiday home safe and secure, assuming your neighbours are resident year round. Becoming friendly with a few locals who live close to you can be invaluable. Not only can they make a quick call if anything seems amiss whilst you’re away, but you can also make some great new friends in the process!

Keep your holiday home safe this year whilst you are away, by using these tips and registering on HouseSit Match to find housesitters. Ensure your property is kept secure and well maintained with our experienced pool of housesitters ready to look after your home.

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