House Sitter   Bonnie Riggan


House Sitter Bonnie Riggan

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Location:   Iowa City, Iowa

Age:   52

Experience:   2 mo

Rank:   star star star rate this sitter

About Bonnie Riggan:

Hello. I'm a 52-yr-old woman from the USA. I lived in Mérida, Yucatán for 5 months (Nov 2021 - April 2022).  It gave me my first taste of long-term travel and I am hooked. 

I have done 4 housesits in Mexico since May 2022, one in Colorado, USA, and am currently housesitting outside of Medellin, Colombia for a month and then I'm off to boat sit on a catamaran in Cartegena. I will be available from February 1 - December 31, 2023. I will prefer to stay in Mexico as much as possible but am open to traveling anywhere in the world for the right sit. I prefer sits that are one-month or more.

 I am single, skilled, and responsible. I speak intermediate Spanish and understand spoken Spanish fluently.

Housesitting allows me the flexibility of visiting various countries instead of having to settle in one place. I love taking care of other people's homes as it gives them the same freedom-- to go explore or visit family while knowing their home is being cared for by someone who is diligent and who cares about doing a good job protecting their property and pets.

EXPERIENCE

I am currently at my 6th housesit. While most days as a housesitter are not noteworthy (as we all hope will be the case!), I have had a few experiences requiring thoughtful action to resolve the situation - from sick pets to a front door security problem - things do happen and I feel confident handling these situations.

Housing- I have extensive experience as a landlord, having owned and managed several investment properties for 25 years. I know how to take care of homes, manage tenants and guests, keep an eye on the various systems that make a home run, and make minor repairs.

Pets- I have had dogs, a cat, chickens, ducks and goats. The daily needs of pets and livestock are understood and I very much enjoy the routine of caring for and playing with pets. Twice each year I pet sit for a woman who fosters basset hounds. Sometimes it is 2 sometimes it is 5 hounds. Often, because they are rescue/fosters they have special medical or social/behavioral needs.

Garden- I have been a vegetable farmer for 7 years. I would love to take care of a garden, landscape, or house plants. I can identify many plant diseases and pest problems and know how to remedy them with organic solutions.

REFERENCES

I added 3 references to my profile and can provide more as some of my housesits were done through personal referrals and not via one of the online services so there is no written review. I have a number of references who would be happy to chat with you so you can feel confident choosing me to care for your property and pets.

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References 3

Rise And Rick Upon Request

Homeowner in Louisville, Colorado

I couldn’t have asked for a better housesitter than Bonnie. I came home to a house that was cleaner than when I left it. She took incredible care of my dog and my chickens, house, yard. She left a few thoughtful little gifts to welcome me home, and she planted some greens for me after asking if I’d like her to. She was grateful for the sit, and she gave back tenfold. I would recommend her without reservation, and I hope to have her return to do another sit for me in the future.


Date of Service Sep 1, 2022

Keith And Jan Upon Request

Homeowner in Ixtlahuacan De Los Membrillos, Mexico

Bonnie sat for our three pups and took great care of our home. Excellent communication. Able to problem solve and the dogs were happy and healthy upon our return. Highly recommend.


Date of Service Jun 20, 2022

Brad And Joy Upon Request

Homeowner in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

Bonnie did a fabulous job as a house sitter for us. We didn’t have any pets, but we did have plants on our roof that needed tending to, as well as a tall schefflera tree in our house. I had already departed when Bonnie arrived so my husband showed her the plants and what needed to be done while we were away. She was an excellent communicator about any issues that came up while we were gone. And when we came back home, she had left us some little treats, candies and handmade soaps. Very thoughtful. We highly recommend Bonnie!


Date of Service May 20, 2022