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Silver (12mths)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 0 - 1 week, 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals
Preferred Locations
  • NSW: Sydney (Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Lower North Shore, Northern Beaches, Northern Suburbs, St George, Sutherland, Sydney City, Upper North Shore)   QLD: South Eastern (Gold Coast & Hinterland)  

Nomadic Animal Lovers

37, Freelance Web Content Writer

37, Gardener

We are Layla & Grant. We're experienced House-Sitters and Pet-Sitters. (If you are re-booking your trip due to travel restrictions potentially being lessened, let us know).
We are both 37, we work from home and have been house sitting in Sydney for a year now. We moved to Australia last year, from New Zealand.

(Note- We are not tourists/travellers, we have travelled in the past, but we live here now permanently (Grant is half Kiwi and I'm on a partner visa).
So you can rest assured, we take all our house sitting assignments seriously and commit to them.
We lead a quiet lifestyle, we work from home and do not use house sitting as a free holiday home, as can be the view of some house sitters).

**We were featured in the Sydney Daily Telegraph in a feature story about our international House Sitter life***.
Please contact us for the link.

***We're full-time house sitters and we're currently house sitting all over Sydney.
We do a lot of repeat house sits and a lot from this website.
If you're unsure of our availability, just ask us, as there are two of us, we can quite often do overlaps or house sit separately. ***

We are both huge animal lovers and we both work from home, so your pets will never feel lonely or neglected whilst you are away, because we will always give them heaps of attention!

We lead a fairly quiet lifestyle, mostly we explore the local areas and hang out with the pets we look after.
We always include the pets in our daily activities as much as we can, so they don't feel too lonely whilst you're away.

We have owned and cared for Dogs & Cats, Kittens & Puppies, Hamsters, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Exotic Turtles, Tropical Fish, Stick Leaf Insects, Chickens, Hedgehogs and Goats too.

We have lots of experience with taking care of many pets, mostly dogs & cats in particular.
Including puppies, dogs with anxiety &, dogs with bad recall, rescue dogs, rescue or "wild" cats, kittens, young very active dogs, elderly dogs with arthritis or severe illness and also pedigree cats and dogs.

We can also administer basic medications, such as tablets, ear or eye drops, administering allergy creams/pills and have cared for dogs who are terminally ill and who have had surgery.
We have successfully handled medical situations involving a dogs' claw splitting (requiring removal) and also a situation in which another dog had seizures.

We handled all these situations calmly and with experience and all pets were just fine.

Currently I work from home as an online Freelance Web Content Writer and Grant assists me with Freelance work often, plus he is also a Gardener and sometimes picks up part time gardening work.
Which means he's great with garden care and pool maintenance.

When we're not working, we both like; travel, culture, beaches, hiking, dog walking, movies and exploring local areas.


WHY WE WANT TO HOUSE SIT.

House-sitting assignments are a brilliant way for us to see the regions and local areas of a country.

I (Layla) am a Web Content Writer and Travel Blogger, and Grant used to teach Outdoor Pursuits so travelling is our passion.
It's also a chance for us to immerse ourselves in the city/area so we can see the country/city as a local resident does - not just as a tourist does.

Grant is half Kiwi, and we are planning to live here permanently in Australia. So by house-sitting we get to explore the country and where in it, we might like to live.

And it's the perfect opportunity for us to save money, so we can use it to set ourselves up here in Australia.

Plus we can have that "pet fix" we love, we can't have our own pets until we settle somewhere, so it suits our current lifestyle.


OUR EXPERIENCE

We are very responsible, clean and respectful of people's belongings, their living space and privacy.
We understand this is your house you're trusting us with and we treat it as we'd want our property treated.

We're both very flexible and resourceful individuals, so we always endeavour to resolve any house maintenance problems whilst you're away and have it clean, tidy how you left it and happy pets, for you when you return home.

We are both non-smokers. We have both house-shared in various countries, both lived in a help exchange environment and we also have 5 years house-sitting/pet-sitting experience around the world.

We are also on Mind a Home, Kiwi House Sitters and the global site Trusted House Sitters. Just search for our names if you'd like to see more references.


THE PREVIOUS HOUSE-SITS WE'VE COMPLETED.

***Edgecliff, Sydney NSW - 1 x Corgi/Kelpie Cross Dog - House - 2 weeks.***

***Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW - 2 x Terrier Cross Dogs - Apartment - 2 weeks.***

***Randwick, Sydney NSW - 2 x Schnauzers (1 x elderly) - Apartment - 1 month.***

***Mosman, Sydney NSW - 3 x Cats (Siamese ) - House - 1 month.***

***Balmain, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Siberian Husky ) - House - 1 month.***

***Greenwich, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Italian Lagotta - 9 month old Puppy ), 1 x Cat - (Burmese), 6 x Chickens, 2 x Ducks, 1 x Beehive - House with lifestyle block - 1 week.***

***Lane Cove, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Collie cross ) - House - 1 month.***

***Kensington, Sydney NSW - 2 x Dogs (King Charles Cavalier/Kelpie cross ) - Villa/Gated Property large House - 2 months.***

***Manly, Sydney NSW - 1 x Cat (Pedigree Cornish Rex ) - Apartment - 1 week.***

***Leichhardt, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Staff Bull Terrier X) Puppy age - Cottage - 3 weeks.***

***Drummoyne, Sydney NSW - 1 x Dog (Whippet mix) Elderly with cancer - Apartment - 1 week.***

***Parramatta, NSW, Australia - 2 x Dogs (Both Terrier mixes) and 1 x Cat - Townhouse - 7 weeks.***

***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 4 months ***

***Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1 x Cat - 1 week***

***Koh Lanta, Thailand - 1 x Dog (Labrador) - 1 month***

***Bangkok, Thailand - 2 x Dogs (Fox Terriers) - 1 month***

***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 2 weeks ***

***Omanu Beach, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (Kelpie X) - 1 week***

***Papamoa, Tauranga, NZ - 2 x Cats - Town house - 1 month***

***Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ - 1 x Dog (Shar-Pei - Town House (brand new build) - 1 month***

***Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (English Bull Terrier/Greyhound X) - 1 month - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile)..***

***Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand - 1 x Dog, (Terrier/Westie X), 1 x Cat - House - 1 month - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile)..***

***Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand - 2 x Cats - House - 3 days - (Reference/endorsement available to view on profile).***
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***Perth, Western Australia - 1 x Dog (Japanese Spitz) - House - 3 weeks.***

***Beachhaven, Auckland, New Zealand - 2 x Dogs (Fox Terrier & Jack Russell) 1 x Kitten & 1 x Cat, 5 x Chickens - House - multiple duration's.(Reference/Endorsement available to view on profile).***

***Glendowie, Auckland, New Zealand - 1 x Dog (Labrador) & 1 x Cat - House - multiple duration's. (Reference/Endorsement available to view on profile).***
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*** Perth, Western Australia - 1 x Dog (Labradoodle) in a Townhouse - 8 weeks duration plus other multiple sits. (Reference available to view on profile).***

***Perth, Western Australia - 3 x Cats (Domestic Rescue cats -Apartment - multiple sits. (Reference available to view on profile).


HELPFUL INFORMATION

We maintain communication with the owners whilst they're away - including weekly check-ins by phone, text or email as well as when any issues/queries may arise.

We ask for your local vets details so we can always contact them quickly in the unlikely event that we'd need to.
I also have a close friend who is a vet, who will always help us out if we need it.

We have created a House Sitting checklist we give to Homeowners, so they can leave us a few instructions on their pets and their property 'specifics'.

Things like:
* Where you or your dog like going for walks
*Directions to nearby parks, beaches etc.
*Pets favourite toys
*Special diet, treats or foods allowed/not allowed
*Where your pet sleeps
*Home appliance specifics
*Rubbish & recycling day
*Mail collection and who to contact if mail 'looks important' or needs signature
*Any family members or friends that live nearby that could help out in an emergency

Having this information to hand, ensures your pets have minimal disruption to their normal lives, whilst you're away.
It also ensures your property is tended to, clean and as you left it, when you arrive home.

Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further details, photos or more references.

Hope to speak with you soon :)

Layla & Grant

Reviews (19)
Layla and Grant are fantastic. Totally trustworthy and going above and beyond what I required. Friendly, flexible, honest, problem-solvers who cared as much as I do about my home, garden and pets. 10 stars and a toast!
 
JEN (Sydney NSW, Jan 2019 - 1 week 5 days)
Thanks Jen! Love to you and Obie
This was the first time we had used a house sitter, and we could not have been happier with the result. Grant and Layla were wonderful - they did all that we asked of them, and more. As soon as we interviewed them we realised that they would be a wonderful choice. They were attentive, responsible and conscientious. From my experience with them I unreservedly recommend them.
 
RICHARD (Edgecliff NSW, Feb 2020 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Layla and Grant are the perfect pet sitters. They look after our 3 babies (2 dogs and 1 cat) as if they were their own pets. They were so happy with Layla and Grant, so attached to them, also Lola (dog) who is a little distrustful without us. They went out a lot of time with them. They stay at home until we arrive after 9 pm even when we said to them they could left before. The house was perfectly clean. They are a very nice couple and if we need a pet sitter of course we will ask them! 100% ... MORE
 
CATALINA (Darlinghurst NSW, Jan 2020 - 2 weeks)
Aw thank you Catalina! :) We loved looking after your babies, we got so attached to them too. They were some of the friendliest pets int he world! We would love to always come look after them in the future :)
Could not have asked for better sitters. Happy dog & cats, clean house, excellent attitude and communication. Lovely people - highly recommend.
 
LEA (Summer Hill NSW, Jan 2020 - 1 week)
I can highly recommend Layla and Grant. We have two dogs, one is an oldie, who needed extra consideration, and they took great care of them. They also left our apartment clean and tidy
 
LISA (Randwick NSW, Dec 2019 - 4 weeks)
Layla and Grant were such a lovely couple! Our pets were very well looked after and had been exercised lots. Our place was sparkling clean upon returning home and communication was great! Would definitely recommend :)
 
MICHELLE (Brookvale NSW, Dec 2019 - 4 days)
This is the first time we've asked Layla and Grant to sit for us. They looked after our house and pets as if they were their own. We would recommend them to anyone looking for responsible house sitters who care about what they do.
 
ROSE (Mosman NSW, Oct 2019 - Four weeks.)
Layla and Drew were sensational sitters. They took wonderful care of the puppy, cat and chickens and were fabulous communicators. I would have them back any time.
 
KATE (Greenwich NSW, Sep 2019 - 1 week 1 day)
Layla and Grant we fabulous pet and house sitters. Our pooch was super happy and clearly well taken cared of. On return from our overseas trip the house had been cleaned, milk and bread waiting for us. We are incredibly grateful to Layla and Grant and would not hesitate to recommend them.
 
TERINA (Erskineville NSW, Apr 2019 - 2 weeks 1 day)
We had Layla and Grant house sit for a week recently. As a first timer with a spoilt older dog I was very nervous leaving him with strangers. Layla and Grant were a great choice. They work from home, they love walking, and the house was spotless when we arrived home. It was great to get photos and updates while away. I would highly recommend! Thanks again!
 
LARISSA (Lane Cove NSW, Mar 2019)
We've never had a pet sitter before and were nervous about both someone we didn't know living in our house and also the kind of care they would provide for Arnie. We need not have been nervous because Layla and Grant were fantastic. We came back to a well kept house and a well looked after cat. Their communication throughout our trip was great sending updates each day. We would definitely recommend Layla and Grant and will have them back then next time we plan a holiday.
 
REBECCA (Balgowlah NSW, Feb 2019 - 1 week 1 day)
Thanks you guys are awesome. And you're welcome. Happy to always come back :) L & G
Layla and Grant were great. Prompt communication and keen to meet up and go through everything needed. Layla staying in contact with questions on making Blue comfortable and making sure they did everything required. They were clean and tidy and very easy to deal with. Fully recommended. :)
 
DAN (Drummoyne NSW, Jan 2019 - 4 days)
No rating There are some people you meet that you get a great vibe from instantly. Layla and Grant were those people. They made us feel that everything would be taken care of while we were away and they didn't disappoint. Their love of animals was very apparent. We would highly recommend them to take care of your fur babies and property.
DEB AND BRENDON (Mount Maunganui North Island, Jan 2018 - 3 days) From Kiwi House Sitters
No rating Layla and Grant house sat for us for a month over Christmas. They both enjoy animals and our dog obviously liked them too. They are great communicators and we would certainly have them back.
KERRYN (Otumoetai North Island, Dec 2017 - 4 weeks) From Kiwi House Sitters
Layla and Grant were absolutely great! They're great people and there love for dogs and animals were obvious. I fully trusted that Suki was in great hands the whole time, they sent us photos and updates regularly and she was so well looked after and happy. They were great at communicating and left the house clean and tidy. Have no hesitation highly recommending them to anyone. Thanks so much again, we greatly appreciate the amazing job you did.
 
NATALIE, DAN + SUKI (Mt Maunganui North Island, Jun 2017 - 4 weeks) From Kiwi House Sitters
No rating Layla and Grant are very easy going and friendly. After meeting themI had no hesitation in inviting them to come and stay with us before we went away. Benson was taken with them immediately and loved going for walks and just hanging out with them. We got text updates while we were away which was great. When we returned the house was clean and tidy and my washing was even done. I would be more than happy to recommend Grant and Layla as your housesitter :-)
DEBBIE (Matamata North Island, May 2017 - 3 weeks) From Kiwi House Sitters
No rating Layla and Grant looked after our cats for 4 days in April 2017. Everything was great. The cats were good and they left the house in immaculate condition. I would recommend them as house sitters with no hesitation.
STEVEN (Freemans Bay North Island, Apr 2017 - 3 days) From Kiwi House Sitters
No rating Layla and Grant were absolutely fantastic!!!! Both created a wonderful connection with my pets and their passion and love for animals is highly apparent. They went above and beyond to care for my cat and dog and looked after my home impeccably.I returned home to happy, settled pets and sparkling home. I cannot recommend them highly enough as a team!!
ROB (Glendowie North Island, Aug 2016 - 6 days) From Kiwi House Sitters
No rating Thanks Layla & Grant, you made a great impression on the dogs and looked after our home really well. Everything was clean and tidy and without fuss. Would have you back anytime so keep in touch :-)
HEATHER (Beach Haven North Island, Aug 2016 - 3 days) From Kiwi House Sitters
 
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