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While the home owner is away everything continues in the property as usual (that's where you come in!). The house sitter funds all their own day-to-day requirements while on assignment and generally agrees to replace everything of the home owner's that they consume. Before the house sitting assignment begins, both parties need to sit down and spell out who is responsible for which bills. Generally, any vet bills and costs of maintaining the property should remain with the owner, while the sitter takes care of their share of utility bills. A security deposit may also be required by the home owner to insure against any damages. This is negotiable but shouldn't be more than the cost of a month's rent for a similar property in the area. How do I advertise my house sitting services? 30) to create their own sitter available advert which is online and searchable 24 hours per day. Home owners then search the website's database and contact house sitters directly. You can also personally respond to any sitter wanted adverts on the site.
In the second model, the website only serves as an advert for the business which is conducted by the administrators 'behind the scenes'. 95 or more for the whole package) the business owner agrees to include the house sitter's advert in either an email or printed mailing list which is then posted out to an unspecified number of home owners. There may also be the option of paying to receive a list of sitter wanted adverts by email or post. This second type of service may seem less transparent than the first - you don't actually know if your advert has been sent out or how many home owners may have seen it. However, if the site seems well established and has many testimonials from satisfied customers then it should be worth the initial investment. What should I look for in a good house sitting website? 95 per year) to list with a website that is well-designed and informative, with good usability and a logical navigation structure. The website should be easy to find through a search engine.
What should I avoid in a house sitting website? If a website is very badly made and difficult to navigate it's very likely that home owners will be staying away from the service in droves. 95) but offer no guarantee of satisfaction. If a website seems cagey about just how many of their house sitter members are being offered house sitting assignments and hides how they operate their business give them a wide berth. Often these websites are just selling the dream of rent-free accommodation, which never materialises for their disappointed members. How do I get started as a house sitter? Once you've got your advert online you'll need to prepare yourself for any eventuality (house sitting is like that). If you're not that confident with pets you may want to get cosy with a few of your friends' cats and dogs to prepare you for the inevitable pet sitting duties that accompany house sitting assignments. What are my chances of being offered a house sitting assignment? There are many factors that influence your chances of being chosen for an assignment. Best of luck with your house sitting. House sitting memberships on MindMyHouse are currently free and will always be the cheapest available on the Internet.
I’ve never been on a cruise and I have to say it is not a top priority for me, although I have always been curious about the experience. We had been saving money for my son’s wedding this summer but when it was called off, well….we couldn’t do something sensible with the money. We booked a 7 day Alaska cruise. We flew to Vancouver, BC where we met my twin sons. Alex flew in from Dayton OH and Dan flew in from Beijing. Booking was easy through our on line travel agent .We opted for the dining plan that allows seating anywhere and anytime in the dining room. We booked three shore excursions online. At the advice of our travel agent and friends we booked excursions offered by the Cruise line, to eliminate the fear of being left behind at one of the ports. The selection and price range was extensive. We selected excursions that were low cost, fit our mutual interests, and provided a little higher activity level. 10/ea) headed for the cruise ship docks.
The ship set sail at 4:30 but we were allowed to board at 2:00. The boarding process was easy and well organized but I did feel sort of like a sheep as we were herded through customs and the checkin. We chose Celebrity Cruises on their ship named the Century. Our travel agent suggested that Celebrity was a top rated line and were known for their service. The Century was a smaller ship in comparison to the typical Caribbean cruise ship, having a capacity of about 1800 passengers. We opted to upgrade from a state room with just a windowed port hole to a family state room with a balcony. Ours was on the 8th deck at the back of the ship. I think the side would have been preferable. The trip took us from Vancouver through the inside passage to Hubbard Glacier and back, with stops at Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau and Ketchikan. The stateroom was comfortable. It had full size bed, a pull out couch and a bunk.