I am a very mindful, responsible, capable, non-smoking, 42-year old guy who has many attributes that a homeowner will likely find desirable.
I have a 4-year college degree in art, along with a 2-year course at a tech school where I studied wood products technology. To make a long story short, I do several different things for work, but the easiest way to describe my range of skills is to call myself a general contractor with a specialty in fine woodworking, carpentry, and furniture making. Any homeowner can rest assured knowing I have a broad knowledge of home mechanical systems including electrical, plumbing, and structural.
I have much experience with high responsibility positions at various companies--lead roles; the one doing the organizing and delegating, along with doing the labor itself. I also had a successful business doing fine craft shows and working with galleries.
I can provide a portfolio of various projects (art, furniture, and homes I've built) I worked on to show examples of my awareness of details. I try to bring the same standard of quality to everything I do in life, including house sitting.
I value a neat, clean, orderly home environment, one that provides a calming sense of space rather than allowing clutter to build up, which not only clutters up the house but the mind as well. I assure you your home will be well cared for.
Right now I'm in the process of finishing up a non-fiction book. I have saved up enough money to allocate myself the time to focus on my book to bring it through to a published work. I won't need to be doing jobs while I house sit. This means I don't mind being a bit of a homebody to care for your home while I work on my laptop. I would think of it as a writing retreat.
I have cared for several people's homes in different areas in Michigan and in the Virgin Islands, and in Maine. I never thought to collect references though as I was not trying to be a listed as a formal house sitter so I only have 1 listed here. If I asked every person I sat for over the years for references, I'd have a big list to show you. They would provide excellent endorsements. I totally understand that people wish to see references. I would too.
I always leave a home in the same or better condition I find it in. And I can easily manage any sort of home mechanical issue should one arrive, along with yard maintenance. I hope my skills and personal profile will convince you of my responsible, mindful, professional, and trustworthy nature.