Freebie Sitter or Professional Sitter? A hot trending topic, for sure.
“In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.” – Kathleen Norris
In the case of a “free” sitter, both the Homeowner (HO) and the House Sitter (HS) pay an amorphous online agency a subscription merely to be listed on their books – there is no checking on the sitters’ credentials beforehand, the HS is NOT required to be insured and, once the HO and HS have been brought together, the agency neatly steps out of the picture. In the event of any dispute or other difficulties between the parties, the agency is “MIA”.
On the other hand, in the professional (i.e. paid) house and pet sitting scenario, the agency – such as ourselves at House and Home Sitters Ltd – enters into a formal agreement with the HO to provide a sitter/sitter couple to take professional care of the HO’s home and (if applicable) pets while away, so House and Home Sitters is the intermediary between the parties, representing them both, and it has a vested interest in ensuring each HS it appoints is indeed the right person, since – much like any bank or insurance company – its very name and reputation are wholly dependent on the people providing the services.
Each of the more than 200 sitters at House and Home Sitters has been carefully screened, background-checked, thoroughly vetted, references contacted, and individually personally interviewed in-depth to ensure they meet our high ethical and service standards. There is no signup fee for HOs or HSs. Not all HS applicants are approved; in fact, many are rejected as they do not meet our stringent criteria. The HS is a subcontractor of House and Home Sitters Ltd and has a contractual obligation. Unlike the freebie HS, all our sitters are insured, committed, dependable and have 24/7 head office backup when on assignment.
We think so. Would you want any Tom, !!!! or Harry moving into your home? Always remember the old adage about the bitterness of poor quality remembered long after the sweetness of low (or no) cost. Of course, there are many good sitters among those on the “freebie” sites – but sadly there are those free sitters who fabricate or get their family and mates to place their initial “reviews” on the freebie site, as it’s the only way they can get started as sitters – and they have no real passion for house (or pet) sitting in the first place. Most importantly, what happens when there’s a dispute or problem? What is their sense of responsibility or ability to provide compensation? How reliable, neat, organised, respectful of privacy, service-oriented, committed and competent will they be? We believe there is a good reason why increasingly HOs prefer to employ professional sitters from companies such as ours. They know from life experience that invariably we get what we pay for, that in business, as in sport, the professionals rule. Consider this: which is the easier house and pet sitting business model, if choosing between the two described? Clearly, from a business point of view, the former one, i.e. where the agency takes your money then leaves you to fend for yourself – while at House and Home Sitters we remain involved before, during and after each assignment; a lot more responsibility and effort than in the case of the “freebie” site. Hands down, we at House and Home Sitters provide a premium service at the best and most reasonable rates available in the paid house and pet sitting marketplace. And we’re small enough to provide the personal touch valued by our HO clients.
Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?
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