5 easy steps to becoming a homesitter
Posted on 17 May, 2022
We’re seeing a huge surge in demand for our homesitting services as pet ownership rose during lockdown and more people are planning to go abroad this year after most travel restrictions have been lifted.
People increasingly don’t want to leave their dog or cat in kennels or catteries and want someone to stay in their home to look after their pets when they go on holiday.
Also, many kennels and catteries closed down during the pandemic, so even those who would opt for this option can’t find a space.
We therefore need to recruit more homesitters in time for the busy summer season.
For anyone thinking this could be the ideal role for them, we’ve outlined the five easy steps to joining our team which could see you heading off on your first assignment in the next few weeks.
1. Decision time
Homesitters move in and care for our client’s properties and pets while they are away. There are many benefits to this flexible, part-time role such as spending time with pets, exploring new parts of the UK and boosting income.
While we have no age limits, our homesitters are mainly in their 50s to early 70s having retired from a wide range of occupations. Before making a decision and applying we advise you read our website so you find out more about what home and pet sitting offers, our rules and requirements and the responsibilities involved.
2. Fill in the online application
If you like the sound of the role, then fill in the online application here. It’s important to tell us as much about yourself - and your partner if you wish to homesit as a couple. As well answering some general questions, tell us why you want to be a homesitter and the skills and experiences you can bring to the role. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
3. Interview time
We invite all prospective homesitters (and their partners) to an interview at our head office in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire to meet our team. This gives us time to get to know you and you to get to know us and ensure the role is right for you.
During the interview, we will discuss your pet ownership history, affinity for animals and pet-care skills, and the types of sits that you’d like to do – as it’s vital we understand our homesitters’ preferences so that we can match them to assignments they will enjoy.
4. Background checks
All of our homesitters undergo an extensive and rigorous screening process. We will carry out a thorough background check, covering the last 20 years, and take employment and character references from previous employers and people of professional or social standing. We pride ourselves on the excellent service we give our clients, so need to ensure our homesitters can deliver our high standards. We will let you know if you’ve been successful after completing all these checks.
5. Congratulations – now it’s time for your first assignment!
Welcome to the team! The final step to becoming a homesitter is to take on your first assignment. We take very comprehensive briefs from clients about their homes and pets, so we can give prospective homesitters full details when offering an assignment.
Our homesitters are free to choose both the number and type of homesits they undertake. It’s also a requirement that all homesitters meet the client before the homesit takes place to ensure that this is the right sit for them.
For anyone interested in the role, take a read of our Become a Homesitter leaflet to find out everything you need to know.