House Sitter   Ben Sanford

House Sitter Ben Sanford

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Location:   Falls Church, Virginia

Age:   73

Experience:   4 yr 10 mo

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About Ben Sanford:

My wife and I are both professionals, having retired from the U.S. Government.  I was a systems engineer and my wife was a systems analyst.  She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. For the past seven years, I served on the Board of Directors for our 58-home community.  We are both fit, non-smokers in our 60s. 


We have traveled extensively; my wife has been to 30 countries.  We typically rent an apartment for our vacation stays, and years ago, we house sat for friends in Pujols-le-Haut, France.  More recently we house sat in Scotland for almost 3 months, and formed a friendship with the owners of that home.  We love Europe, particularly France, Switzerland, and the British Isles.


We have lived in the same home for over 30 years, and have what we believe to be better-than-average knowledge of potential household problems and how to solve them.  Over the years, we have done the necessary household maintenance, including minor repairs, landscaping, and a major kitchen renovation.

We are more than happy to care for your pets.  At least twice each year, we care for one of three different neighbors' pets while the neighbors are away on vacation.  We are partial to cats, in particular.  We had two adorable cats of our own, both of whom lived to the age of 17 before departing for kitty heaven. 

We are a very reliable couple, and you can rest assured that we will treat your home and your pets as if they were our own.  

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When we were going away for three months, Ben and Shari were amongst 14 applicants. I chose them because their email appealed to me and it was absolutely the right decision. Not only did they take care of the house and carry out minor repairs but we came back to find the garden beautifully groomed, the house probably tidier than when we left and the biggest bonus is that they kept us updated on how things were, what they were doing,and out of it all has blossomed a friendship even though we haven't met. I can't recommend them highly enough! It was so reassuring to know our home was in safe hands and they get top marks for their care and thoughtfulness. Marjorie Falconer

Reviewed Jul 20, 2016 by homeowner in Ardrossan, Scotland

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Marjorie Falconer

Homeowner in Ardrossan, Scotland

My husband and I completed a long-term assignment where we cared for the home and garden of a delightful couple in Scotland. Marjorie will be happy to provide a reference and on the condition and cleanliness of their home and garden upon returning. The Falconers were very happy to have chosen us , and we have formed a lasting friendship . Please feel free to contact Marjorie at

Date of Service Mar 19, 2016

Carol & Don Hagerling

Homeowner in Falls Church, Virginia

Every year, when our friends and neighbors go on a cruise, we take care of their home as well as visit with and feed their kitties at least twice each day. They will be happy to give you a more detailed description of our help while they have been away from home. You may contact them directly at

Date of Service Nov 1, 2015