As a couple, we provide a house-sitting service within the United States, and at some point, Europe as well. Compensation for these services is based upon location and type of responsibilities. If you are interested in our service, please continue to read below.
Who Are We?: We are John and Yvette. Married since 1989 and former home-owners, owning a home and small farm from 1991 until 2016. We have experience with dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, horses and other animals. We've raised our own food and always strived to be self sufficient when it came to owning a home and over 30 acres of land. Both of us come from varied backgrounds. Yvette has worked in the food & restaurant industry (28+Years) as a manager. She's also very experienced with gardening and animals of almost every size. She has raised and bred chickens for eggs. John is a former pilot and spent several years with Air Force in aircraft maintenance. He also owned and operated a very successful lawn care company with dozens of satisfied clients. He is very mechanically oriented and has also developed this blog as well as a YouTube channel documenting our travels.
House Sitting Experience: We have always helped out friends and neighbors in the past, watching over their homes and pets in times of need. In 2016, we decided to sell our home and buy an expedition vehicle and explore the Untied States. In 2017 we incorporated house-sitting into this mode of exploration as it has allowed us a limited income to help offset our exploration costs. But, it has become more than that. It allowed us to reconnect with pets and "exercise" our skills as homeowners as well as homesteading. In 2018, we were able to house sit at thirteen different homes in five states. Click HERE for testimonials! (References available upon request)
Responsibilities: While house-sitting, we have had a variety of responsibilities. Everything from looking after pets and basic home security to farm animals and chores around the farm. We've monitored and maintained homes that were off the grid, and made repairs to older homes as needed.
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Taking care of chickens or checking on the fresh water supply of an off-grid home are just some of things we can do.
If you would like us to house sit for you, please contact us through the link below. Be sure to include a brief paragraph as to when (begin and end dates) and where the house sit is. Also, a concise description of some of the responsibilities that you are expecting. We will then be in contact with you to discuss further details and an estimate of compensation.
You may contact us HERE.
Testimonials from our clients...
"When weather delayed our return home Yvette and John went well beyond being flexible on their departure date. They not only took good care of our dog Max but us as well...not wanting us to try and travel on icy roads. The communication between us was great...we were never concerned about our dog or our home. We hope they are available to housesit for us again."
"Words can not express how fortunate we were to have Yvette and John look after our two horses, one donkey, two dogs and two cats. Right when we first met, we felt very comfortable with them. We wish we could of spent more time to get to know them. They are wonderful people and they did an outstanding job taking care of our animals and home. Communication was great from start to finish. They gave us daily reports of the animals. They took the dogs on long hikes (which they love so much to do). They even cleaned the horse manure from the corral. Unfortunately, my older dog became ill and she could not have been in better hands. They took the finest care of her until we got home. My house was tidy and clean, and honestly could not even tell that they had stayed here. Not only did we come home to well taken care of animals, a clean and tidy house, they also made a delicious meal which was perfect to eat after a long day of traveling. I highly recommend John and Yvette to house sit for you. I hope that we cross paths again and that they will be able to sit for us in the future. Thank you , Yvette and John!"
Ava- Rye, CO
".... I could not have been more pleased. Beginning with the pre-sit communication, Yvette made me feel comfortable with choosing to have her and John come into my home. Knowing I had a very early morning flight, Yvette and John arrived the day before my departure and Yvette graciously got up and drove me to the airport for that early flight. They provided great communication during their sit, including updates and pictures via text messaging. John was comfortable giving my dog, Josie, an injection and contacted me immediately when they noticed her frequently scratching her ear during a walk. It was probably just an irritant and since John and Yvette were comfortable flushing her ear, it probably saved me a future trip to the vet for an ear infection. Yvette retrieved me from the airport and I returned home to a clean house, dinner and very happy, contented dog. Besides the great care they provided my sweet girl, I had an opportunity to get to know them a little and it was my pleasure. I hope John and Yvette will return in the future for another sit."
"It was such a pleasure to meet Yvette and John. From the time I first spoke with them on the phone to the day I finally said good-bye everything went very smoothly. They arrived right on time and left my home spotless and in great condition. They are obviously dog lovers and my two dogs picked up on that immediately. They got along very well and obviously had a wonderful time while I was gone. I was so happy to know that my dogs were in good hands, and to arrive back to a clean and happy home. Thanks Yvette and John!"
Rob Columbia, SC
"I can't say enough wonderful things about Yvette and John! This was my first time using House Sitters and I couldn't be happier. Yvette and John cared for the boys (cats) and the house as their own and helped my separation anxiety by sending me daily texts and photo updates. Upon our return, the cats were calm and happy and the house was immaculate and as we left it- and in some places better than we left it! They also left a detailed check out report for the week which was a super nice touch. I am so happy our paths crossed and would have them back in the blink of an eye. I hope our paths cross again soon!"