Heather the happy house sitter
Hello! I have recently relocated back to the sunny north, after three years of living in Melbourne. I'm leaving English Language teaching behind and I'm freelance writing, building an online business, and studying a permaculture design course, so the opportunity to live in new areas and look after your home/ animals is perfect at this time.
*Update: I stopped the permi course as the teaching was terrible! :( I'm now helping to care for my 93-year-old mum and house sitting has become like respite for me (and her, probably! Haha!) ;) :) :D
Prior to my recent relocation, I lived on my own for about 15 years, so I am more than used to looking after a house and garden as though it is my own.
I am: mature, solo, experienced, reliable, an animal lover, honest, trustworthy and I have great references. I also work from home, am good-humoured and quiet.
I'm an ex-high school teacher, so I'm organised, responsible, reliable and keep a calm head in an emergency.
I volunteered at the RSPCA in Brisbane for over seven years and have a wealth of experience regarding animal behaviour and training. I have worked with everyone from cats and dogs to chickens and horses.
I love gardening and am more than happy to look after your garden while you're away. I also studied Agriculture and Animal Husbandry for five years at school, and did Science as part of my teaching degree (minor), so I have a pretty good understand of how things work! ;) :D
Through my teaching work I have a current Blue Card/ Working With Children Check (i.e. police check).
Below are some of the references I've collected during my 'free-range' (i.e. non-website) house sits:
"Heather has sat house for us twice. She is a kind hearted and loving individual and it shows with our pets, who feel comfortable with her, especially our Cleo who is not outgoing. Heather is trustworthy, conscientious, and you would never even know she had been in your home, as it is in perfect order on your arrival home from your travels, which is such a blessing.
I highly recommend Heather and trust her implicitly with my home and my pets. Good luck Heather in all you do you, you are an angel. Cheers, Sharon." (2 weeks; October 2020)
"Heather has been the best and most reliable house sitter for us. We always know we can trust her to look after our home and gardens whether for short term or long. I have recommended her to others and would not hesitate to recommend Heather again. Jan." (4 weeks; July 2020)
"We were lucky enough to secure Heather's time for a second house sit last month. Every interaction with Heather before, during and after the house sit was great- clear and prompt communications. Heather yet again cared for our dog and house beautifully, and for us - knowing everything on the home front was taken care of so efficiently in our absence this made our trip even more enjoyable. Also coming home to a happy dog and an immaculate house with some fresh milk in the fridge supplied for our return was a real treat!
I'd highly recommend Heather if you're looking for a reliable and caring house and dog sitter, and I am happy to chat to anyone who would like further information.
Lisa Napier." (December 2019; 2 weeks.)
'Heather has house sat our house and our two beautiful cats on multiple occasions. The house was perfectly looked after and the cats were happy and content and well fed on our return. We have used Heather for our house sitting over the years for both short and long term house sits and have always returned to a happy home. Thanks Heather! From Kaye Stuart.'
'Heather has house sat for us numerous times and we always feel at ease knowing she is there looking after house and garden. I highly recommend Heather to be trustworthy and reliable and I know she is an animal lover. Our cat loves her too!' Jan (Aug - Sept 2019)
"We have had Heather house sitting our property on two extended occasions and I have no hesitation in saying she is a great house sitter - she is wonderful at keeping lines of communication open, especially sending very cute photos of our dog! Her care of Bucky, our little Jack Russell, was exemplary. The house and garden were well cared for and I would have no hesitation in recommending her for any house or pet sitting.
Jen Bayley." (April - June 2019)
"We had Heather back for another house sit in Feb and March 2019 and once again Heather did a great job for us. We were able to enjoy our time away knowing with confidence that our beloved dog 'Truff' would be well looked after and our house and garden clean and tidy on our return. Heather is a caring and reliable house sitter and we would highly recommend her. T & M."
"Heather continues to be our wonderful favourite house sitter. We had her back again during the summer holidays. It was so nice to come home to the house feeling great and happy animals and plants. We put this down to Heather's kind and considerate nature as well as her intuition and empathy, which means she always goes above and beyond our expectations. Thanks Heather, we look forward to having you again. Jo T. x," Melbourne. January 2019.
"Heather recently house sat for us for 4 weeks in November 2018.
We have never used a house sitter before to look after our house & dog while travelling but we were extremely happy with Heather for the care and attention she gave to our home & dog.
Heather provided us with regular updates and photos via text messages regarding the home front and the dog. Heather did contact us with a concern about the dog but we were able to sort this out on the phone. This gave us peace of mind to know our dog was happy and being well cared for.
We came home to a happy & healthy dog and a lovely clean house.
We have booked Heather again for a 2 month period in 2019.
We would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone for house sitting jobs in the future.
Great job Heather. Thanks, Trish & Mike." November 2018.
"Heather was kind enough to meet with Ron and I before we even decided to use her as a house-sitter. Being old-school we were kind of nervous and unsure. Upon meeting Heather, who right away makes you feel comfortable and reassured, we knew she was someone we could trust with our home and our cats.
We were gone for 3 weeks and we came home to happy cats, an amazingly clean home and the garden that was weed-free and happy as well. We would never even know that Heather had even been in our home because she certainly never left even a footprint.
We would highly recommend her for house-sitting and pet sitting and hope we will be able to get her back again on the next occasion we need to be away for. Thank you so much Heather. Safe travels and happy life!! Warmly, Sharon and Ron." October 4, 2018.
"When we left to go overseas it felt really good to know that Heather would be there to look after our home and our cat Pippi as she is amazing with animals. It was lovely to receive little updates & photos from Heather while we were away, just to to keep us in the loop about how Pippi was doing.
When we came home from our holiday and long tiring flight it was lovely to find our home super clean and clear and with a very happy and chilled out Pippi.
I highly recommend Heather as your next house/ pet sitter simply because she's awesome both as a person and a sitter!" Annica. August 2018.
"Heather has house-sat for us a number of times in the past few years and has looked after our cat. We can always count on Heather to arrive when she says she will and spend lots of time around the house. Our garden gets watered and weeded, and she takes excellent care of our cat. She is quiet and responsible and we always come home to a clean & tidy house and one content cat.
Heather is our favourite house sitter and I would not hesitate to recommend her. Janet, house-owner and pet lover. (phone number on request)
"Heather house-sat for us for a full month December 2017-January 2018 while we were away in Europe. We were hesitant to have a house-sitter as we hadn't had one before, usually relying on our old babysitter to come in and feed our cat while we're away on shorter trips. We were also hesitant to have someone stay as our cat is, to put it mildly, "spirited". She also has some medical problems that can flare up from time to time. We needn't have worried. Heather did an amazing job of looking after both our home and our cat. When our cat's medical problems did flare up (of course it did!), she dealt with it all very easily and gave us plenty of updates on how everything was going with medication and so on. All in all, the cat was royally spoiled and I'm pretty sure she didn't want us to return! Heather also kept our home in great condition and picked up the mail with no problems, let the cleaner in etc. We live in a body corporate situation and all the neighbours were very happy with her during her stay. I can highly recommend Heather to anyone who is thinking about having her house-sit their home and look after their animals.
"We would like to provide a reference for Heather who very kindly house sat for us for eight weeks in 2017. We met Heather some weeks prior to leaving on our holiday and immediately felt our house and garden would be in safe hands, and we were right. She was a breath of fresh air.
Our house and garden were extremely well looked after by Heather who emailed us every few weeks providing updates on the garden and including photographs, which were most appreciated. The garden was in perfect condition upon our return; well-watered and otherwise maintained. It was a pleasure to come home to and to realise that we would not have to spend weeks nursing it back to normal. Our area is extremely sandy and the ground does not retain water well and I believe Heather was out every night watering the front garden to keep it alive during a drought. Needless to say the inside of our home was kept as perfectly as the outside - no problems at all.
Heather won the hearts of our neighbours, not only with her friendliness, but also with her love of gardening. I believe Heather loves animals, but on this occasion our property was pet- free.
I would strongly recommend Heather to any person/ family who has need of a good, honest and reliable house sitter. Please do not hesitate to contact us (contact details on request) should you wish further details. Yours sincerely, David and Jan."
"I've known Heather for over four years and recently also had the pleasure of having her house sit for me. During this time Heather cared for my animals (cat and chickens) as well as my gardens (during the midst of summer). I found Heather to be very respectful and considerate during her stay and on my return found the house immaculate and animals and gardens happy and healthy. I give my full recommendation of Heather and look forward to having her house sit for me again. Jo (contact details on request)"
"I highly recommend Heather as a house sitter. She house sat for me in September 2016, looking after Meesha (my dog) and Sammy (my cat) for four weeks. During this time her actions saved Sammy's life. By diligently doing tick checks, Heather found a paralysis tick on Sammy. She immediately took him to the vet and then looked after him, keeping him inside for ten days. If she hadn't found the tick Sammy would have died. When I came home from my holiday I found Meesha and Sammy happy and well. My cabin was tidier and cleaner than I had left it. I strongly recommend Heather as your house sitter. Please feel free to call me. Susan (contact details on request)."
"Heather has done house-sitting for us at our place on a number of occasions. She also looked after our two cats, Tom and Ziggy. She has always looked after our house, possessions and pets very well, with no problems whatsoever. I heartily recommend her for any future house-sitting. You are welcome to discuss this with me further if you wish.
Sincerely, Timothy (contact details on request)