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House Sitting in New York

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at:
Published May 17th 2011

House sitting is exactly what it sounds like. The owners of a home hire someone to come live in their house for the period of time they will be away. This can be as short as a week or two or even as long as one or more years.

House sitting is a good way to make extra money, and can be very popular with college students or retired people. For college students, it gives them a place to live other than a dorm or apartment, while retired people may enjoy getting to live in a different place every once in a while, especially if it's in a different neighborhood or area of New York City that they normally would not frequent.

If you're looking for house sitters, we've provided information that can help you with that. You can learn what services are offered as well as who to contact. If you are interested in becoming a house sitter, we've provided information on how to get your name out there so people will know you're available.

Sitter Network

This service offers both short- and long-term house-sitting services. However, their sitters don't just "sit"; rather, they can perform housecleaning duties and maintain the grounds and property if you wish. This service also provides house sitters to realty companies who need to keep vacant homes occupied until such time as they sell. This is often necessary to prevent theft and vandalism from occurring while the home is unoccupied.

Home Helper Agency

This is another service that offers more than just house-sitting. Homeowners can request that pets that will be left behind be walked, fed, and generally cared for, as well as house and grounds maintenance be performed. Home Helper Agency house sitters provide their own food, toiletry items, and other necessities; the homeowners do not have to worry about doing that for them.

In addition, Home Helper Agency can provide "drop-in" services. These are exactly what they sound like—no one remains in the home during the homeowners' absence; rather, they go over at specific times to check on the property, care for pets, water plants, take in mail, and perform other similar duties.

Urban Animal NYC

This service provides both house-sitting and pet sitting. Many people are unable to carry their pets with them for extended trips, or pets simply do not do well traveling, so they leave them at home in the care of a competent house and pet sitter.

Urban Animal NYC will provide someone for daytime house and pet sitting duties and someone to stay overnight to act as a companion to the pet and help keep the house safe. This way, homeowners can travel with no worries about anything.

House Carers
This is an advertising service for people wishing to work as house sitters. Homeowners can browse entries that describe the person or persons looking for house-sitting jobs. The information includes "hints" to their ages ("I am a college student…" or "We are a retired couple…") as well as the person's availability and contact information.

Homeowners who use this service can actually learn a little bit about a house sitter before setting up a personal meeting. This enables them to have a list of questions ready as well as a springboard for discussing which duties are and aren't included.
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Why? Because sometimes we need a housesitter
When: Whenever you need
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on the service
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