Selecting a House Sitter
Posted June 7, 2011
So you have decided to hire a house sitter. What's the next step?
Step 1: Register Your Home
Become a registered member of www.luxuryhousesitting.com. Then add your home, which enables house sitters to view and apply for your house sitting assignment.
Step 2: Review House Sitter Profiles
Congratulations! Now that you're a registered member, take some time to review the profiles of house sitters that are looking for a house sitting assignment in your area. Select a few candidates that you feel may be a good match for your house sitting assignment.
Step 3: Interview Candidates
Now it's time to interview candidates! This is an important step in finding the perfect house sitter. If the candidate lives in your area, it's always a good idea to set up a face-to-face interview. If they don't live close-by, a thorough phone interview can also give you some good information on which to base your decision.
It is important for you to feel comfortable communicating with the person whom you ultimately hire. Remember, you are entrusting your home, belongings, and possibly pets to this person. Here are a few questions you can use to help you make your decision.
Step 4: Request General Background Information
It is a good idea to find out about the candidate's background, criminal history, and education. Sometimes these types of questions may be awkward to ask during the interview itself. Thus, you may find it easier to create a short application form for the candidate to fill out. This application form should include questions such as:
Step 5: Obtain Official Criminal Backgroud Report
Before officially offering a candidate the house sitting assignment, it is a good idea to run a criminal background check. There are many agencies and websites that you can use to request a background check. Typically, all you need is their social security number in order to run the background check. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 80 percent of employers run routine background checks. So don't be shy!
Step 6: Call References
Call references they have provided. It is preferable to speak to other homeowners who have used the house sitter, or previous supervisors from other places of work. Reference checking is essential to verify a potential house sitter's background and to give you added assurance that the intuitive sense that you have about a house sitter is well-founded.
Be sure to advise the person from whom the reference is sought of your objectives. Identify yourself and let them know that you are considering the candidate for employment as a house sitter. Let them know that you'd like to gain their perspective on their previous employment with the candidate.
Here are a few questions you could ask references about the potential house sitter.
Step 7: Make it Official with a Contract
When you think you've found the right person for the job, be very upfront about the terms of the house sitting agreement, the services they will perform while house sitting, and compensation or payment you expect from them. It may be useful to write a contract stating these terms and have both parties sign it.