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We surveyed our homesitters to find out what they enjoy and value most about their job, as well as the top benefits they gain from home and pet sitting.
Press Release - Home and pet sitting provides outlet for retirees seeking adventures says new research
Three quarters of the home and pet sitters surveyed by the company were female and most were aged 65 and above. In fact, 95% of homesitters are aged over 55 – making it a popular choice of flexible working for retired people.
We would love a dog of our own, but we travel too much. However, since becoming homesitters, we get our ‘dog fix’ every winter and all the assignments we do involve looking after dogs.
These long sits are usually when a property is going through probate, renovations, construction work and/or changes of ownership, just like in John’s situation, they want to make sure the property stays safe and secure, and squatters don't move in.
Homesitters Limited is featured on Katzenworld, in a story titled "Caring for cats on medication."
Keeping busy in retirement can also be key to keeping happy and healthy. According to Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, working longer could improve the health of people in their 50s, 60s and 70s.
I am not doing home sitting for financial gain – it’s more of a pastime and it pays quite modestly, but there are some good benefits.
Our homesitters are prepared for all eventualities and no homesit is ever the same. Some though are more unusual than others and can involve looking after unfamiliar animals or doing something unexpected – such as working at a hedgehog sanctuary!
I love the variety the role offers. I have stayed in lots of different types of homes including farmhouses in the Surrey and Sussex countryside, multi-million pound homes in London, as well as average semi-detached homes.