By ‘real work’ I assume you mean being traditionally employed. I see you mentioned two types of people: Those who don’t seem to work at all, and those who may work remotely. My post speaks to the latter type of person.
If you feel more comfortable choosing sitters who currently work, and perhaps only sit part time or are taking an extended vacation, or are retired, that is your prerogative. I recall seeing a post on the forum once by one of the moderators who said the average sitter on THS only sits 30 days a year so I imagine the bulk of them do ‘real work,’ but even a lot of these people may still have remote jobs.
My husband and I are full time sitters who have been working remotely at our own businesses for over a decade and have over 70 reviews on here. We take our responsibilities as house sitters extremely seriously and not to brag, but anyone who lands us will be extremely lucky because we do a really good job.
I’m not posting this because I am offended by your insinuation that people who aren’t traditionally employed or don’t work a lot of hours are more likely to be irresponsible not take their role as a sitter seriously, or just generally have a less desirable overall character. But just to illustrate a point that you seem to be making a very broad assumption that could affect your ability to find sitters in the future. These days especially many people work remote jobs.
Homeowners are free to establish whatever criteria they wish for choosing their sitters. And if you have these sorts of ideas about remote workers or people that don’t seem to work at all–but aren’t retirement age–you don’t have to choose them.
The only thing I would say about this preference is if you feel the need to question people more closely about all of this, they may find it off putting. If I had a HO who had reservations about choosing someone like my husband and I, and they asked me a lot of questions about our lifestyle and working habits, especially after seeing all our experience and positive reviews, I wouldn’t do a sit for them. And I would feel the same way even if I was their more ‘ideal’ candidate employment and lifestyle wise.
I like things to be smooth and easy, and feeling like I was in a position where I needed to defend my choices or convince the HO of anything isn’t smooth and easy. My reviews speak for themselves. I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing a sit for people who might not feel fully comfortable with me.
I am sorry you haven’t had good experiences and again, you are free to choose whichever sorts of sitters you like. You need to do what makes you feel most comfortable.