Resident house-sitters Keep the Home Safer

11 Oct, 2023

Resident house-sitters Keep the Home Safer

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If you are a homeowner and travel away from home usually leaving a vacant property, consider finding resident house-sitters to keep your home safe. House sitters don’t have to cost a fortune, in fact you can find free housesitters when join a housesitting and petsitting network like Read on to learn more

Keep your vacant home safer with resident house-sitters

pet owners interviewing a pet sitter
Finding resident house-sitters can help you if you want to care for your home and pets while you’re away

Photo by Jenny Kaye

There is no doubt that an empty home is an invitation for burglars. However, having checked resident house-sitters will keep your home much safer. The home-sitters keep your property occupied and maintain a presence. They keep the lights on and the garden looking loved. Selecting experienced and checked sitters to stay in your home to protect your property is a wise and secure choice.

It certainly minimises the risk of burglary and opportunist thieves.

When trying to sell our last home we tried to manage the exchange date as carefully as possible, and yet like many people we found that as the date approached our buyer fell out of the chain because of their buyer and so on. Fortunately our property was in a sought after location and another buyer came along within a couple of weeks.

house-sitter keeping an empty property safe
Housesitters occupy your home to ward off intruders in your absence

Photo by Lamia Walker

The tricky part to the exchange, however, was that the new buyer could not move in for five weeks until after our original moving date. And yet we were already committed to moving elsewhere. More to the point the removal men, utilities changeover and various other bookings had already been made. That meant our old house would stand empty for a month.

Someone mentioned resident house-sitters

Needless to say our ecstatic delight at having found a buyer so quickly came crashing down to reality. We suddenly realised the risks of leaving our home empty until the new family could move in. What to do? We were not happy and neither was our insurer. It appeared they would not insure our house if it stood empty for more than four weeks!

So we began to think that resident house-sitters might be our solution.

Our solution came in the form of a friend who said she did housesitting and would house-sit for us until we were ready to hand over the keys to the new owners. Many homeowners, more than you would think, find themselves in this situation in the UK.

a house that had resident house-sitters in Chitlington, West Sussex
This house in West Sussex had resident house-sitters to keep it secure and well maintained when the owners were away on a long holiday

We are fairly reliant on the chain working smoothly enabling us to hand over keys and access to properties in a synchronised fashion, when in reality it rarely does. Reliable housesitters are far more prevalent than one might at first imagine.

The Fish pond at the house in Chitlington West Sussex
The house sits on a large property with several acres of land and a fish pond, so there are no near neighbours to sound an alarm

House-sitting was our solution

Reliable resident house-sitters are a marvellous solution. They are often people who are happy to move from property to property. They care for homes and pets in the owners absence. And there are online agencies like HouseSit Match that allow you to choose from a range of police checked sitters from across the UK and beyond.

You register, build a profile then post an advert for your dates. All address and contact details are hidden. You begin by establishing a relationship online with applicants to your advert so you can ensure they have the availability and references you would be happy with.

We encourage you to find resident house-sitters with the skills like gardening you want to ensure your home is well cared for. You need to know that your resident house-sitters are comfortable managing the size of lawn or height of hedges in your property as well as the pets. There is nothing like wildly overgrown garden to give away the owners absence.

A resident house-sitter playing with the pets
If you have pets for the sitter to care for make sure they meet before you leave

Photo by Jenny Kaye

Keeping a vacant property safe

Having a house sitter stay at your home will make your property less of a target to burglars chancing for a quick opportunity in an empty home. House sitters give your home the look of still being lived in and ensure that there is someone in your home during the hours of the day when a crime is most likely.

There are many responsibilities for house sitters when they are in your home, such as checking for break-ins, plumbing, roof leaks, and any other potential problems that could occur while you’re on your trip.

If you are planning an extended trip away from home then you need long term house sitters. Taking this step will definitely help you prevent thieves from taking advantage of your unprotected home.

A house with resident house-sitters is less exposed to risk

In addition to making sure your home is occupied, it is important to make sure looks occupied. Resident house-sitters can be a great help making the appearance of an occupied home. they can keep lights going on and off, demonstrate people walking in and out making it look more naturally occupied.

There are additional ways to manage the appearance of your home in your absence. The Royal Mail have a KEEPSAFE SERVICE which you might find useful depending on the length of your absence or indeed if you need to wait to transfer your post to a new location. It only takes five days to set up and the Royal Mail keeps your post for up to 66 days!

HouseSit Match offers a comprehensive online house-sitting service, offering homeowners access to resident house-sitters from across the whole of the UK (and even Australia). The site also allows sitters to highlight the fact that they have a current police check. And they an select which gardening and even pet caring skills they are happy to promote.

This makes it easier for homeowners to find the sitter that best matches their requirements.

Lamia Walker
Founder – HouseSit Match

To become a house sitter yourself and find house sitting jobs follow this link HOUSE-SITTER REGISTRATION

To Register as a Homeowner yourself follow this link HOMEOWNER REGISTRATION

When and why you might say ‘I need resident house-sitters’

In general, getting a house sitter is an excellent option for many reasons, as they will step into your shoes and look after everything at home while you’re away. Your plants will be watered, your mail will be attended to, and your sitter may even be willing to do a few extra things, like cut your grass, if your trip is longer than the usual summer holiday.

Most importantly your pets will be cared for in their own home.

housesitting trust
Living in a rural situation will make you say ‘I need a house sitter’ especially with pets.

And house sitters from HouseSit Match are free!

An added extra is that home sitters through a house sitting platform like Housesit Match do not charge you extra for the jobs they complete and ensure that your home is not an invitation for burglars looking for unattended houses. There are many online websites with a catalog of house sitters ready to go to work, each with varying skills and abilities for all properties and pets.

Travel with the added peace and comfort of knowing your home is safe and sound. You no longer have to panic and say ‘ I need a house sitter ‘ you will know what to do.

Further reading about housesitting and trusted long-term house-sitters

At Housesit Match we like to share useful blogs and practical advice to help you answer that question about why might I need resident house-sitters. Our recommended content is about housesitters, housesitting and pet sitting. We hope you find this small selection of our blogs on house sitters and house sitting in London useful.

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