52, IT technician
We are an Aussie couple currently residing on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, Andrew (52) and Carolyn (52) and we are new to house sitting as full timers. However, we house sat for a friend a number of years ago for 3 weeks, while they went overseas. We also took care of their small dog. We have also looked after a cat and dog of a friend, but this was at our property, but they settled in very quickly.
Andrew is a keen photographer, loves rugby league and most sports. Carolyn's passions are travel, reading and cooking. We attend our local Baptist church, and have been on the kids programs, youth programs, and hospitality roster.
We love animals, Carolyn is partial to cats and Andrew is partial to dogs, but we do love all furry friends. We have owned a few dogs, cats and birds over the years. Mostly German shepherds and moggy cats. Emma was one of our favourite German shepherds, who bred one litter, and that was a highlight, to have 13 puppies running around the place. We no longer have any pets as we travel each year and purchased a unit 3 years ago. However, we do miss them, and we see house sitting as a way to still have the joy of pets, with this type of lifestyle.
We have now sold our unit and plan to travel for a few years, and work remotely. Carolyn is a bookkeeper, specialising in the administration of Self-Managed Superannuation funds, and will continue this work remotely as we travel. Andrew is an IT technician, and a keen photographer. As we travel, Andrew will be working on his photographer/travel business.
We like our food, and are not keen on hitting the gym, but we healthy, love to hike, and take in beautiful scenery and Andrew photographs it. We love to take the dogs for a walk, and Carolyn loves to sit with a cat on her lap and read a good book.
We see house sitting as a way to have new experiences and meet new people, and become part of the neighbourhood. We understand, what a worry it can be to leave your house unattended while you are overseas, and know it will be a comfort for our hosts to know that we are there to look after their home and care and love their pets.
Together we have raised, cared for, and loved dogs and cats, and Carolyn grew up with chickens, ducks and rabbits. We are open to most animals, but reptiles are not our thing.
Andrew used to have his own handyman business and we have renovated numerous houses, so we have the skills and common sense, for home maintenance. We would treat your home even better than our own, as we appreciate the decision to have a stranger come into your own and we want you to feel comfortable while you are away, and to know that you can come back to your home with fresh bed linen, and nothing to worry about, but to unpack. The respect and care of your property is of utmost importance to us, and we value for your feedback.
We have purchased new homes and old homes, and rented the same, we know how to make them sparkling clean. Hygiene and cleanliness is extremely important to us. We don't mind mess, so we don't expect you to change your property for us, just know it will be well looked after and clean.
We are more than happy to transport you to and from airports, train stations and the like, and Andrew was once a driving instructor, so is a careful driver. We can both drive manual and automatic cars, if needed, but we have our own car.
As we are new at this we only have a few references (that are to come), but we are happy that they will satisfy any concerns you may have. We have police checks, and we are non-smokers, non-drinkers, and prefer the quiet life.
We have more photos and videos on our social media pages, that we hope you will peruse to get a better idea about us.
We hope to be chatting with you soon, so we can get to know each other.