Happy, Helpful, Respectful.
We are honest, respectful, caring house and pet sitters. We had owned our own home for a long time and understand how important it is to find the right people to entrust your home, and, just as importantly, your pets with. We understand communication is key while you are away and you can expect clear, detailed, friendly, regular contact so you can be confident your pets are happy and content and your home and property is safe and well maintained.
We are relocating from a small town in Maine, in the far Northeast of the USA. We have become quite enamoured with Tasmania. We are currently on a 6 month house sit in Longford.
Over the past four years we have been coming back to Australia each summer and house sitting. We often sit again and again for the same people who welcome us back and are happy to provide references for us and have become friends along the way. We have also been working part time cleaning and doing maintenance for vacation rentals. With that experience behind us you can be assured you will find your home just as clean, if not cleaner than you left it.
We have been living and working together for many years and are quite resourceful when it comes to fixing any problems that may arise. Do know that small problems will be corrected immediately so they don't become big problems by the time you return from weeks or even months away. We are happy to weed your gardens and mow your lawns. After living in a climate that is buried snow for a considerable part of the year it is a real treat to be able to mow the lawn in January!
We don't have a caravan. We are currently looking for a liveaboard boat and would like to find a house sit down around the Hobart area, Kettering or Cygnet for the spring (anytime, for any period from September to December).
Between now and then we will be taking a trip back to Maine for about a month to meet the new grandbabies that are on the way, but those dates are flexible at this point.
We are healthy, active and non-smoking. We love to hike. We walk every morning and most evenings. So if you have a canine buddy (or buddies) with a lot of energy, needing plenty of exercise, we'd thoroughly enjoy taking them on a daily trot or waddle depending on their size, age, health and stamina.
We are comfortable with high needs pets, medications etc., and big dogs. We also appreciate it is quite an upheaval for an animal to have their humans gone and we will provide them with plenty of love, affection and attention as they get used to the change.
We carefully consider the location, duration and responsibilities of a listed house sit before making contact and especially before accepting. That way you can be assured a solid commitment is made if we do come to an agreement with you. If, at all possible, we like to arrange a time to meet beforehand or arrive a few days early and stay nearby so we can visit with you and discuss the individual nuances of the home and property and the needs of the pets before you go away.
We tend towards longer house sits of a month or more which gives us an opportunity to really immerse ourselves in the fabric of your community, occasionally picking up a bit of work to cover our groceries and tid bits.
We have both U.S.A. and Australian Background checks which we are happy to provide upon request. We also have references.
Feel free to contact us if you would to discuss your needs as a house owner.
Denise and Jimmy