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House-sitting is a booming trend, especially in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Recently it has hit the radar in the U.S. and Canada, and like most trends, it’s drawing people who haven’t given it much thought. But it will serve you better if you stop and give some consideration to the factors at play.
House-sitting is not new. For generations people have asked their family members and neighbors to ‘keep an eye on the place’ while they traveled. What is accelerating the trend is technology. No longer restricted to finding someone local, websites are matching homeowners with housesitters worldwide.
This peer-to-peer model is part of the “sharing economy” used by business models as Uber, AirBNB, Zipcar and the multitude of dating sites. Technology has opened up a world of possibilities.
So why would Americans be so far behind in this trend? The primary reason may surprise you. The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation. European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year, with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. How does that play into your vacation planning?
Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the world is even larger if we include legally mandated paid holidays, where the United States offers none, but most of the rest of the world’s richest countries offer at least six paid holidays per year.
The bottom line? Americans just don’t have the same amount of vacation time to travel as their counterparts in other industrialized nations. Ouch!
Another reason is the sheer size of the North American continent and the long driving distances between cities and ‘want to see’ attractions. Getting away for a la few days to visit family or friends when they live in another state—or the opposite coast—requires time, planning and money. Flying helps cut down the travel time but takes a bigger bite out of the budget. We’re more apt to stay put and satisfy ourselves with a ‘stay-cation’.
In contrast, a car trip from London to Paris or Amsterdam is easily done in six hours or less. Travel planning is often more spontaneous, less onerous and certainly less expensive.
Despite the obstacles, housesitting in the U.S. and Canada is becoming increasingly popular. There are several reasons but the biggest driving force is focused on one demographic: the baby boomers. Housesitting—and pet sitting—has quickly become a fashionable way for the boomers to explore the ‘want to see’ places on their bucket lists.
Housesitting is a win-win situation for both the housesitters and the homeowner. While most of the attention is on the perks of being a housesitter, there are several benefits for homeowners as well.
To begin with, housesitting offers a useful convenience. You don’t have to depend on family or friends – or an expensive housesitting agency – to keep an eye on your home and pets. Using a professional, live-in housesitter can be a big relief reliever.
Here are the top five benefits of having a housesitter.
1. You can take a longer vacation
Owning a house comes with many responsibilities. You can’t just vacate your home and fly off to utopia. You have bills to pay, pets to take care of and a big old house to keep safe and sound. Be it a week in the wilderness or a month at an island resort, you can travel the world for as long as you want without having to worry. You have a housesitter taking care of your home and pets. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.
2. You’ll enjoy a stress-free getaway
Vacations are to be enjoyed. If your house is left empty – an insurance company’s no-no – you’ll constantly worry and fret over what might happen. However, you can put that burden on the housesitter and relax. If something goes wrong, your housesitter will deal with it.
3. Your pets will be happier
If you’re going on a two or three day vacation, it’s fine to request a neighbor or friend to look after your pets. However, with a longer duration, it’s not okay to put that kind of responsibility on your friends or family. Most pets aren’t fond of big changes. They are less likely to feel abandoned if they are living in their own homes. Their lifestyle isn’t disrupted and they quickly accommodate the new ‘owner’. Housesitters won’t just feed your pets, they’ll play with them, walk them and do their best to make them feel loved.
4. Your house will be secure
A home that looks lived in is much less likely to attract attention. An empty house will an unkempt lawn and garden can attract thieves, burglars and other problems such as vandalism and rodents. There will be no one around to monitor such things as alarms and smoke detectors, plumbing breaks or the impact of nasty weather. Additionally, most insurance companies will not allow a house to be vacant for more than 72 hours without someone checking in. Is it really worth leaving your most prized possession unattended?
5. You save money
A housesitter saves you a lot of money. You won’t get behind paying your bills, your garden will get looked after, you won’t have to pay a petsitter to tend daily to your pets, and you don’t have to rush back home if there’s a small emergency. Housesitters will happily take care of those things for you. It’s their job!
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