I am a highly experienced, full time house sitter with extensive housesitting, professional property management and international experience. Having housesat full time for a year now, I take my housesitting lifestyle very seriously, treating it as an exchange of trust, confidence and care. For me, housesitting is an opportunity t...
I am a highly experienced, full time house sitter with extensive housesitting, professional property management and international experience. Having housesat full time for a year now, I take my housesitting lifestyle very seriously, treating it as an exchange of trust, confidence and care. For me, housesitting is an opportunity to experience life in different settings, at different paces. Each assignment is unique and I am grateful for the chance to get to know both my clients and their pets in the environment that suits them best: their home.
The last year of housesitting full time has been an incredible journey for me, taking me across the globe (Africa, Asia) and back home for the holidays (North America). The highlights have been all the wonderful people I've had the pleasure to meet along the way as well as the special souls in their lives, their pets. I've enjoyed structuring my days around the rhythms of these amazing creatures while learning to cope with the inevitable unexpected occurrences that come with each housesit. More often than not, these moments have become my fondest memories.
I have over ten years of experience living and working in over ten countries across six continents. Opening your home and trusting your pets' welfare to just anyone is a giant leap of faith; I know this personally from my experience as property manager. As a mature, organized, reliable woman with discerning standards I take my housesitting responsibilities seriously and professionally.
Why I want to house sit
I have found that I thrive on change and love the opportunity to live "like a local" in a place rather than to experience it as a tourist. I truly enjoy exploring and discovering new places authentically and at a slower pace as opposed to just visiting. I also prefer living in a home environment and have found that the best way to get to know a place is to have responsibilities that give a rhythm to my days; I relish the opportunity to care for your home and pets. As my current career situation has allowed me to become more global and mobile I've chosen not to take on the responsibility of pets yet I truly enjoy the connection I have with animals and miss it when I don't have it. I bring a depth of knowledge as well as the ability to adapt and problem solve in ever changing environments.
Professional property management experience including luxury estates, personal valet, staff supervision and event coordination (I worked as a client liaison with Honeydew Napa Valley, a luxury estate management company in the heart of California's wine country, as well as independently for several small businesses).
Have been responsible for home and pets sits from as brief as a weekend, to as long as a year. Most recently, I spent a couple months with a trio of two dogs and a cat. Accommodating the unique personalities and relationships in this group was truly a wonderful experience.
After many years in client relations, I understand the needs of property owners and enjoy the challenge of adapting our skill sets to new and differing circumstances.
Having owned and operated an organic winery, I keenly understand what's necessary to manage and operate a property from the inside out.
I am acutely aware of presentation, organization and detail; I have been told that I often return houses in better condition than they were found.
I prefer to tidily maintain each home as if it's my own and treat every assignment with the same standards and discernment I employ in my own life.
Having managed multilingual, multicultural staff, I am comfortable delegating, handling and taking responsibility for all aspects of my house sitting assignments.
I am a non-smokers who lives a clean lifestyle.
I understand that pets (like us!) thrive on routine and make it my priority to maintain each pet's daily activities as if their owners never left.
Having managed small businesses, I bring excellent communication and technology skills to each assignment
I am happy communicating with clients via email, Skype, or any other medium they prefer, often sending photos and updates while they're away.
I am an attentive problem solvers who strive to adapt to each home and pet sitting situation, honoring its uniqueness and enjoying what I learn in the process.
I understand the unpredictable nature of unforeseen events, both with homes and pets, and am always prepared to act swiftly, conscientiously and with discernment.
I like to know that you feel secure having me care for your home and pets and will do whatever necessary to ensure this relationship.
I relish the opportunity to connect with animals both big and small. When I find myself missing this connection, I often volunteer at local animal shelters and rescue organizations.
I understand pet care is a big responsibility and am prepared to do whatever necessary to ensure your pet's welfare.
Having grown up in a small town, I appreciate coming home to and caring for a home as opposed to the anonymity of a hotel.
Working for many homeowners over the years has made me an exemplary custodian of other peoples' possessions. I have long-term commitments to several clients and always look forward to returning to homes and pets year after year. Our happiest moments are when we're reunited with pets with which we've shared an incredible bond.
I have broad experience with pet ownership large and small including dogs, cats, chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep, cows, horses and llamas. I appreciate, honor and value the way animals enrich my life.
I have tended to gardens both small (backyard) and large (vineyards) and are comfortable with all facets of basic external home maintenance.
While I am happy doing any and all requisite housework and duties, I know my limitations and am comfortable taking direction from homeowners as to their specific needs.
I am a competent, clear thinking multi-tasker who enjoys the challenge of problem solving under unique, varied circumstances.
I've endured the heat of the Middle East, the humidity of Southeast Asia, yet grew up in stunning beauty of California's wine country.
Although English is my mother tongue, I am equally comfortable in Spanish.
I am an adventurous, adaptable and curious traveler.
I look forward to connecting with you and exploring your home and pet sitting needs!