We are a quiet, low-key non-smoking happily married couple who practice meditation and yoga for healthy living. We love the outdoors, travel and great conversations and work hard at being compassionate and conscientious people. We take house sitting seriously and understand that you need people on whom you can trust and depend.
We can provide you references and a background check to give you peace of mind that we are trustworthy and peaceful people.
Laura has a degree in biology and spent the first part of her career helping others in the fields of social services and health education/outreach. For the past 7 years, she has been an on-site operations manager and hotel manager for vacation rental properties and inns in New York, Vermont and Maine, providing all day-to-day management of the business including building/facility management, home owner management, staff management, guest management, and marketing. She has extensive customer service and organizational skills. She enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, crocheting and jigsaw puzzles. She is very passionate about organic gardening and landscaping, so rest assured that your garden and house plants will be lovingly tended.
Jason has a degree in Graphic Design and has experience in scenic painting and set construction. He has been Laura's right hand man and assists with management issues and tackles any property maintenance needs. He enjoys reading, hiking and meditation. We have been married for 22 wonderful years.
Laura's job allows her to work remotely anywhere that she can access the internet. We love experiencing new places and spaces and prefer long term assignments of at least 6 months where we can settle in for a while. Caring for your cute, cuddly and playful companions is the icing on the cake!
We have previous experience house/pet sitting in the United States., New Zealand and Italy. Our last assignment was for a professional couple in Maine who sailed the Caribbean every winter for 6 months. We took care of their mountain home and adorable 3 cats for 6 months every year, for 4 years. We are true animal lovers and are very experienced with caring for pets from as small as Chihuahuas and kittens to Rottweilers and German Shepherds. Besides pet sitting, Jason has raised 9 cats and 3 dogs. Laura has raised 8 cats and 2 dogs. We prefer to spend most of our time at home reading and gardening, so we will be available to spend quality time with your animals and give them heaps of attention and affection.
We have extensive experience with home maintenance and will calmly and intelligently handle any emergencies which might arise while you are away. In addition to the professional facilities management we've done overseeing contractors like carpenters, electricians and plumbers, we have personally done light plumbing, light carpentry, fixture replacement, installing tile, installing insulation, and painting the exterior and the interior of the home for previous house sits. We are handy and resourceful people. Additionally, we've done regular yard maintenance (tractor mowing, edging, weeding, veg/flower gardening and mulching) as well as shoveling snow/snow blowing in the winter and using power saws/tools for tree trimming.
We like clean and organized spaces and keep ours that way, so you can rest easy knowing your home is ready for showing at any time.
We have the experience and the compassion that you are looking for, so relax and enjoy the peace of mind that your furry family members and your home are being cared for just like you would care for them.