Step-by-step Guide for Home Owners

  1. Plan ahead – give yourself plenty of time to find the right sitter, and be flexible with dates if you can.
  2. Browse the listings of available sitters and register with Kindred Spirits House Sit or Swap to list your property so that potential sitters have the opportunity to contact you.
  3. Make sure you load good clear photos of your home, and any companion animals that need to be cared for.
  4. Write a detailed description of your home, nearby facilities and attractions, and what is expected of the sitter. See our ‘Writing a Great Listing‘ tips.
  5. Once you are registered you can get in touch with registered sitters direct, or wait to be contacted.
  6. Look out for our fortnightly newsletter listing newly registered sitters.
  7. Once you find someone who is interested in sitting your home, get to know them – exchange messages via the site’s internal messaging system intially to protect your privay. When you are ready to go further, exchange names and direct email addresses or phone numbers. Talk on the phone, Skype or video phone so that you can ‘meet’ them in advance. If they are local or in the area, you may be able to meet them in person.
  8. Ask to see a police check. Check references from previous sits or swaps or rental accommodation – checking by phone is best. If this is their first time, obtain work references and call the workplaces to verify the information given. Ask them to scan and send you photo ID – such as a drivers licence – that has their home address.
  9. Provide clear dot point written instructions on caring for your companion animals and garden, and go over these in person if possible, or by phone.
  10. If you would like to, you can make a written agreement with the sitter. This way there is a common understanding of the responsibilities of both parties. This can include, particularly for longer term sits or swaps, who is responsible for utilities bills and responsibilities if you are loaning a car. See our FAQ for more information.