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House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s)
Preferred Locations
  • QLD: Brisbane, South Eastern, Western  
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  • 2019: 17Jan-16Jul
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Large animal experience

53, Accountant

47, Software Developer

We are two professionals, who decided in early 2009 to leave Australia behind and see the world on motorbikes. Since then we've travelled through much of SE Asia, before returning to Australia in late 2012. Wanting to see more of our own country, we decided to head for outback Queensland, where we've been working on a sheep/cattle station for more than a year now.

Ann is a 53 year old accountant and Lucas a 47 year old software developer. Since leaving Australia Lucas has continued to write software, write for the blog, and work on his other passion - photography.

Why we want to house sit -
Travelling has always been a big part of our lives. And of course we both enjoy experiencing new people, places and cultures, but since embarking on our latest journey we've also discovered the positives of just staying put for a while. As we have no ties, few possessions, and a modest but steady income, it occurred to us that house sitting might really suit our lifestyle.

We are currently in the process of selling a motel in western Queensland, which is due to settle in February. From then onwards we are looking for some temporary accommodation before deciding on a new direction.

Qualifications -
Ann is a qualified accountant, and practiced for many years at a city accounting firm. Her previous positions include administration, secretarial, nursing and domestic work.

Lucas is a qualified software developer, and has been responsible for developing and maintaining large financial systems. Previous positions include IT Helpdesk, and work as a gardener, landscaper, and maintenance person.

Experience - The experience of leaving behind all our possessions, friends, family and job security, for life on the road has taught us a great deal about ourselves and what we are capable of. For example, during our travels throughout SE Asia, we have undertaken most of the major repairs and maintenance of the motorcycles ourselves, often in difficult conditions.

This self-reliance extends to all the little issues that inevitably crop up with a house, including small indoor repairs and maintenance, maintenance of the garden and care of any animals. Recently we have also gained experience on a larger property, with larger animals and larger issues, including maintaining feed and water during drought conditions. The list is pretty comprehensive, and includes everything from shoveling dirt, mustering, stock work, fencing, operating heavy machinery, to fixing windmills.

We are both keen gardeners, Lucas having many years work experience with large properties and equipment, so would appreciate any opportunity to spend time in your garden. We have also lived in two houses with swimming pools, so have experience maintaining both salt water and chlorine pools.

Being former home owners ourselves both in the UK and Australia, we fully understand the need to respect and treat your property as if it were our own.

Animals -
Our experience with small domestic animals includes dogs, cats, chickens and geese. We also have extensive experience with larger animals including horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas and pigs.

Ann has previously completed obedience training with large dogs, and has comprehensive experience with horses, including show jumping and harness racing.

Being an active couple, we both enjoy regular long walks, so would welcome the company of your dogs.

Previous assignments -
House sit 1 week, Edens Landing, QLD. Looking after 2 dogs and several chooks. Maintaining a suburban home.

House sit 1 month, Kingscliff, NSW. Looking after an elderly dog. House and yard maintenance.

House sit 3 months, Wellington Point, Brisbane. House and yard maintenance.

House sit 2 months, Glen Innes, NSW. Looking after 2 dogs and several chooks. House and yard maintenance.

Wwoofing/HelpX 18 months, Tambo, Australia.
Jackarooing on an outback sheep / cattle station.

House sit 1 month, Bangkok, Thailand. Inner city apartment. Security presence.

House sit 3 months, St. Amand Le Petit, France Looking after house sheep and dogs in the winter months, felling trees for next winter.

House sit 1 1/2 years Sungai Petani, Malaysia Responsibility for a large family home, including upkeep of the garden, indoor cleaning and maintenance, supervision of contractors and domestic staff, mail collection, and general security.

House sit 3 weeks, Brisbane, Australia Responsibility for a suburban home, including interior upkeep, general garden maintenance, and mail collection, we also returned to this property to look after their home while they were in Canada for 6 weeks.

Our preferences -
We're up for anything really, but would prefer somewhere rural, or at least quiet - the local night life doesn't interest us much these days. We're also avid skype users, so if you're interested we'd love to meet with you face to face.

Reviews (19)
We had the best holiday thanks to Lucas & Ann. This was the longest break away we have ever had from our small acreage property and we really appreciated it. They are very genuine, nice people who went above and beyond to care for our horses and dogs, watered the gardens, mowed the lawns , kept the house perfect and even found time to clean the stains from our coffee cups !! They also kept in touch while we were away. We have every faith in their ability to manage any potential situation ... MORE
 
CECELIA (kingsholme QLD, Nov 2018)
Ann and Lucas are gems. Their communication, reliability and commitment to our home and pets was outstanding. We have a small acreage property with a dog, cats, chooks and ducks and each and every one of our animals had a splendid and safe time while we were away. In fact they probably had a better time with Ann and Lucas! Our home was spotless and sparkling on our arrival back with all the laundry done. Thanks to Ann and Lucas we were able to have a stress free and relaxed holiday and that is ... MORE
 
DIANNAH (Priestdale QLD, Nov 2018)
No rating Ann and Lucas looked after our ten year old nervous toy poodle Shirlee and our large three level house for seven weeks whilst we were overseas. When we returned, Shirlee behaved as if we had never gone away and the house was even cleaner than when we had left. Even my houseplants were thriving and the pool was beautifully blue. I would totally recommend Lucas and Ann as Housesitters. They proved to be a very reliable and responsible couple.
NINA (Jindalee QLD, May 2018)
No rating We had Ann and Lucas houe sit for us recently. They were very good we had no problems at all and our house was left in a very neat, tidy and clean condition. We would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending to others. Thank you Lucas and Anne you made our holiday stress free knowing our house was being well looked after.
VICKI (Wurtulla QLD, Jan 2018)
No rating Thanks Lucas and Ann for your flexibility and care looking after our house and dog. We were at ease while away comfortable in the knowledge that our home and cherished pet were being well card for. Highly recommend.
WILL (Greenslopes QLD, Jan 2018)
No rating We hadn't been away for years due to having multiple animals. Ann and Lucas stepped in and they were superb in coping with dogs, horses, chickens, cat, garden, lawns, pool and house! The dogs went running every day and had a great time and all the other animals were flourishing when we returned after 7 weeks away. The house was clean and tidy and the lawns freshly mowed. We would thoroughly recommend them to look after your house and animals.
MANDY (Moggill QLD, Oct 2017)
No rating Lucas and Ann looked after our house including a cat, dog and fish for 5 weeks in September 2017. We found them to be very reliable and always responded quickly to our emails while we were away. The house was in great shape and the animals well cared for when we returned. I would highly recommend them.
RUTH (Yeronga, Brisbane QLD, Aug 2017)
No rating Ann & Lucas were our first experience of using house sitters and we couldn't have chosen better! They are an easy-going couple, very responsible and reliable and their extensive prior experience of house sitting (and dog training!) gave us complete peace of mind for our 4-week family trip away, knowing that the dogs would be in capable hands and the house/pool well looked after. Whilst we were away, they provided the occasional text update on how the dogs were doing (out jogging with Ann every ... MORE
SHONA & NICK (Sherwood QLD, Jun 2017)
No rating Ann and Lucas were polite, punctual and handed the house back in a better condition than they received it. They gave regular email updates throughout the 2 months we were away and If we ever go away again i hope we can have Ann and Lucas look after our dogs and the house again. We can not think of one negative thing about our experience with Ann and Lucas, they are lovely, caring people and we are so appreciative of the care and attention they gave our dogs, and the beautiful clean home we ... MORE
BENJAMIN CAVANAGH (Mcdowall QLD, Mar 2017)
No rating Thanks Ann and Lucas. We arrived home, very tired, to a clean house and our bed made. Our horses and cattle had been well fed and watered, and my potplants and vegies all thriving. You are great houesitters.
GEORGIE (Hunchy QLD, Feb 2017)
No rating It was great having Ann & Lucas take care of our home and our golden retriever. She was a happy girl when we came back. We felt very safe leaving our property to Ann & Lucas and they are a great couple to have around, very respectful and very knowledgeable in a broad array of areas. Thanks again guys!
JOHANNES (Amamoor QLD, Feb 2017)
No rating Great house sitters! They looked after our place in Brisbane for approx. 8 weeks, and everything went well. The house was immaculately clean upon our return, our three dogs happy and well. They even took care of certain mail forwarding routines. Highly recommended!
CHRIS (Moorooka QLD, Nov 2016)
No rating Lucas & Ann, house sat for us whilst we had a wonderful trip to Europe, Lucas & Anne did a great job in caring for our home and animals, considering the unusual cold and wet conditions. When we arrived home our home and gardens were in excellent condition, and we would recommend these good honest people for any future house sits.
DAVID & JULIE (Holbrook NSW, Jun 2016)
No rating Ann & Lucas arrived 2 days before us departing for 2 months and we felt very confident that they could adequately care for our home which on our return was obviously the case. They managed to keep plants alive on our tank water through an unusually dry time, planted vegetable seeds & seedlings and covered up pants to protect from hungry possums. Our chooks were healthy & happy. I would strongly recommend Ann & Lucas for any house sits in the future & would be happy to have them mind our house ... MORE
LYN (Grafton NSW, Mar 2016)
No rating We had dinner with Ann and Lucas the night before we went away for two weeks. We really liked them and felt reassured they would look after our house and three dogs while we were away. We returned to a lovely clean house and happy dogs and cows. They were so good with the dogs that they are better behaved than before we left!! I would recommend them to anyone and hope very much to see them again one day.
SHARRON (Stony Chute NSW, Feb 2016)
No rating Ann and Lucas house and cat sat for us this year for a month. My husband and I found them to be very honest, friendly reliable couple, and willing to help out in any way. Our house was very clean, yard was mowed plants all healthy on our return, Gismo our 15 year old cat was well taken care of ,and loved all there attention. We have no hesitation in recommending Ann and Lucas for any house sit.. Irene & Ian Wellington Point QLD
IRENE (Wellington Point QLD, Jan 2016)
No rating Excellent, trustworthy house sitters. We were able to completely relax on our vacation knowing our home and pets were being cared for by Ann & Lucas. They emailed us with updates which was excellent. We returned to happy pets and a spotless home. We would love to have them house sit for us again.
JACQUI (Edens Landing, QLD, Sep 2014)
No rating Ann and Lucas were fantastic, our two dogs never looked better on our return after 6 weeks, the garden raked up and tidy after our 4 girls (chooks) tried to dismantle it, the house a pleasure to walk into on our return, and a beautiful dinner for our first night home. We highly recommend Ann and Lucas for future house sits, anywhere, they were subjected to minus temperatures while in Glen Innes, and still wore a smile!
JOHN AND SKYE MCKENNY (Glen Innes, NSW, Aug 2014)
No rating We would highly recommend Ann and Lucas to anyone looking for a housesitter. We had them take exceptionally good care of our home and garden for 10 weeks. We arrived home to a spotlessly clean house and happy plants. We would definitely ask them back when we travel again.
CHRISTINE (Wellington Point, QLD, Jun 2014)
 
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