About Tara (and richard)
Hi! My name is Tara, an Aussie empty-nester who is now travelling the world, slowly, one housesit at a time. Now my daughter is off to university in Australia, I am travelling full time. I'm a writer (both fictional and travel blogger) and photographer. I was a homeowner in the U.S. for 20+ years. In 2012, my husband and I sold everything and...
Hi! My name is Tara, an Aussie empty-nester who is now travelling the world, slowly, one housesit at a time. Now my daughter is off to university in Australia, I am travelling full time. I'm a writer (both fictional and travel blogger) and photographer. I was a homeowner in the U.S. for 20+ years. In 2012, my husband and I sold everything and moved (home) to Australia so my daughter could experience her Aussie heritage. We are now what is considered 'digital nomads' where our home base is wherever our daughter is, otherwise it's wherever we are at the moment. I travel both with my husband, and sometimes without.
Why I want to house sit
I'm slowly travelling the world, one housesit at a time.
As full-time travellers, we like to 'give back' as it were and allow others to travel without having to worry about their house and pets. We know how challenging that is, having had a house and pets of our own in our ‘former life’ (before full-time travel).
Since we travel full time, we like the idea of being somewhere for more than a day or two, to immerse myself in the areas I stay. We also like the idea of slow travel, having a bed to sleep in for a while, one that isn’t a campervan or an Airbnb somewhere. We like to be somewhere where we can write and work without having to do all that at a picnic table or in a coffee shop.
Most of all we love getting our pet fix. Having had animals all our lives, it's was a hard adjustment not having pets when we moved (back) to Australia. There’s nothing better than walking a dog, tossing a ball or a frisbee, having a cat crash on your lap, or goats follow you around a paddock. We love that and this is our way to get our pet fix as we go.
House sitting relevant info:
I am an ex-homeowner (20 + years) of a few houses and when I moved to Australia, rented a house in Sydney from 2013-2017. In March 2017 I began travelling full time, now that my 'nest' is empty. I have a reputation for being fastidiously clean, very responsible and extremely reliable. I have been the pet owner of cats, dogs, fish, aquatic frog, chickens, cows, sheep and geese, all of which were very spoiled. I look forward to treating your home with the utmost respect and spoil your pets as if they were my own.
You will note that many of these references include my husband, Richard. In November 2017, we decided to travel separately.
Review by Clare (South Hobart, Tasmania) - through Mindahome Australia
South Hobart, 11 December 2017
To Any Prospective Person Requiring The Services of a House Sitter,
Rich and Tara housesat for us for two weeks in November 2017. The household was four fur "kids" (beagle, springer terrier, terrier and cairn terrier). Also to feed and water our four minature goats and numerous chickens.
The adoration that the four fur kids showed to Tara and Rich on our return was unmistakable. Also their description of the personalities was second to none.
I recommend Tara and Rich to any prospective person requiring the services of a house sitter. In fact, I have asked them to housesit again for me in the near future.
P.S. Home baked cookies and flowers upon our arrival home was an added plus!
Review by Sally (Augusta, Western Australia - October, 2017) - through Trusted Housesitters
It was with a great deal of confidence that Peter and I set off for a much needed holiday in France and the UK in August 2017. We entrusted Caesar, our two and a half year old energetic weimaraner to Tara and Rich for three and a half weeks in our home in Augusta, Western Australia. We had been emailing for several weeks prior to our arrangement but had not met until the day before we left. Tara and Rich arrived promptly in the afternoon and we steadily went through Caesars daily routine and pointed out his (my) little quirks etc. Notes were carefully jotted down as we went through everything. It was love at first sight for Caesar and Rich and we suspect Tara enjoyed his company too, we were delighted. He was given his usual walks plus a few bonus ones we understand - lucky boy. His beloved frisbee was presented at every opportunity along with other toys and never disappointed. Regular updates and pictures were sent to avoid any anxious moments. We found our home as fresh and clean as when we left on our arrival home and the garden energetically flowering and productive. Tara had baked a wonderful vegetarian lasagna for our dinner together which enabled us to unwind and debrief before they departed the following day. Peter and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tara and Rich as totally honest and reliable house and pet sitters and would certainly invite them again were they available. We wish them well with their journey onward travelling the world in this way. A delightful and interesting couple who will be welcome in our home at anytime in the future. Thank you Tara and Rich a job well done!
Review by Lindsay (Drysdale, Victoria)
As soon as we met Tara and Richard we realised that we had chosen the right people to look after our animals and home for eight weeks. They listened to our instructions and made notes.
We had only been away for a couple of days when our opinions were confirmed. We received a very positive email, with pictures of our dogs. They continued to keep us informed for the entire time. If they had any problems with anything they contacted us. Generally they solved problems themselves.
On our return the house was spotless and all animals looking very well.
I could not recommend any couple more confidently than Tara and Richard
If you would like to speak with us, we can be contacted on 0412 615 190
Kaye Clancy and Lindsay Wright.
Review by Jenny (Loch Sport, Victoria)
Amazingly wonderful couple. I left Tara and Richard in charge of my 2 cats, 1 who is very demanding. I got photos of the cats from them while I was away, they were very happy. I really recommend Tara and Richard to everyone as they were wonderful with my cats, my property was beautifully clean when I returned and the fridge was full of essentials including a beautiful home cooked lasagne, that was so, so, tasty. I recommend Tara and Richard they are a 10 star pet and home minders.
Jenny Dale 0413 182 367
Review by Glenys (Bowral, N.S.W.)
Richard and Tara Marlow house sat for me in March & April 2017. I have a large lawn and garden that needed to be maintained. I found both Richard and Tara to be very honest and reliable and friendly, they took great care of my home and garden. I would not hesitate to recommend them, and I hope to have them house sit for me again in the future.
Glenys Lillendal 0428 227 720
House in Epping N.S.W. - Gary Yeung
My name is Gary Yeung and I manage the property at 5 Rawson Street, Epping, NSW 2121 on behalf of the landlord Ms Jun Shen since mid 2013. Tara Marlow and Richard Marlow were the first group of tenant that moved in to 5 Rawson Street from 1/7/13 to 21/4/14.
The Marlow always pay their rent on time. They keep the premises and the garden in good condition and I have no issues with them when I did my periodic inspection. They are very pleasant couple. They had also vacated the property and handed over the keys to us in accordance with the terms of the Lease. I understand that they are planning to house-sitting for others and I am sure that they will look after the places well.
Should you need to contact me personally, please email my personal email address email@example.com or call me on 0414 637761.
House in Westleigh, N.S.W. - Alex Mees
It is with pleasure that I write this reference for Tra, Richard and their daughter Natalie who I have now known for approximately two years. I was the property manager for the home they were leasing at 90 Duneba Drive, Westleigh. Richard and Tara were model tenants - rent was paid monthly and always on time, the property is extremely well presented and maintained (including the pool and gardens) and they also took it upon themselves to complete minor maintenance jobs at their own cost.
Richard and Tara were extremely personably and friendly. It was a delight visiting the property and communicating with them and I was always greeted with a smile and a cuppa.
As a property manager and landlord myself, I highly recommend recommend the Marlows and for any property and know that they will look after it as if it were their own.
If you have any further questions or would like to speak to me, please contact me on 0422 988 586
Reference by Lisa Neal
I have known Tara and Richard Marlow for the past 10 years on a social basis and they have been guests in my house a number of times, when they have holidayed in Australia. Overseas guests are always fun to have visit, but sometimes this can put a strain on routines. Not so in the case of Tara and Rich Marlow. They have proved to be unobtrusive and helpful when they stay.
They are both responsible in their attitude as guests, and their attention to care when it comes to cleanliness and respect for property is top notch. Rich is a wonder in the garden and Tara’s baking was a treat to return home to after a day at work. I believe this comes from their own experience as proud home owners, appreciating the work required to first become a homeowner and the care required to maintain a property. I would not hesitate to recommend them as housesitters, as I am confident that the house would be well cared for in the owner’s absence.
0403 925 999
Reference by Ewa Kalman (Chicago)
It is my pleasure to provide a character reference for Tara and Rich Marlow.
I have known Tara and Rich for several years both professionally and personally as all three of us worked for Apple. Tara and I worked very closely together on the same business team. The positions we held were deadline-driven and demanded great attention to detail. Over the time we worked together in our respective stressful jobs, we became good friends. During the course of our friendship, it was my privilege to attend their wedding and, just last year, to stay with them in Sydney for a week where they were the best of hosts.
Tara and Rich are people of great integrity, responsible, reliable and kind. I would want to have them as my next door neighbors.
Should you wish to contact me directly for further or additional information please do so using the contact information below.
Ewa M. Kalman
Mount Prospect, IL, USA (suburb of Chicago)
Reference by Angela Garwood
Angela is happy to provide a reference to anyone needing one via email or phone
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