This is new for us and our first HO sit posting. Since this sit is for a long period of time, do you allow sitters to have other guests in your home during their stay? What kind of rules have you put around it if you do allow them to invite family or friends to come during their house sit stint?
We have family in England and Scotland.
We always ask can they call in for lunch coffee etc.
Several occasions the HO has suggested they can stay over
Without us asking.
Very kind of them.
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I’ve always said to sitters that they can have friends/family come over to visit/lunch/dinner. I said no parties, no large gatherings, no smoking and any guest must be 100% respectful of the pets.
To be honest, I hadn’t thought about overnight stays as I assumed any guests would be local to the house and not need an overnight stay. If anyone was going to stay overnight, then I would deem them to be part of the sitter application and therefore would want to know who they were. I would expect to be told about it prior to accepting the sit. If I was asked after the sit was agreed upon, then unless full information was given to me, I would refuse.
Totally sounds reasonable. The applicants have only asked for their immediate family members to come out for Christmas (mother or adult kids, etc.). So they are not local to our home. Thank you!
So far, we’ve always met friends at a nearby pub, park, or restaurant and it’s not a problem for us. We’ve had a few HOs tell us we are welcome to have family come to stay, even over night. We haven’t taken them up on the offer yet.
Regardless, I think it’s totally up to you, and if you’re new to THS, you might be more comfortable asking that no one else come into the house at first.
Great question! On our very first week long local sit we were told by the homeowners that no one was allowed in the house other than us. We did a number of local sits in the city where our disabled son lives an hour away from our home. Our second sit was during the Thanksgiving weekend and I asked the HO if we could have our son for dinner and she graciously agreed. On the next few sits I asked if our son could join us for dinner and they agreed and some of the homeowners graciously offered for him to spend the night which we so appreciated. It was always something I dreaded asking though and feel it’s totally up to how comfortable the homeowner feels.
As a HO I allowed my sitters’ son to stay overnight but it was not a good idea as I came home to find bedding had not been washed and doona was hidden in my linen cupboard and not on the bed.
As a sitter I have asked prior to a sit whether I could have guests visit during the day. HO have agreed to this.
I often ask if my mum can come and stay for two or three days when we are sitting, the answer has always been yes.
I only ask after we have been accepted as it’s really not a deal breaker. If we were to be told no, that’s absolutely fine, and we’d still want the sit. I can usually tell whether it will be ok after ‘meeting’ the HO
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I had one HO, after she learned one of the reasons I’d applied was because my 24-yo daughter worked and lived nearby in Wash DC, tell me that I should feel free to have her visit and even stay over, which was a lovely gesture as while I’d have asked if she could visit, I would never have asked if she could stay over. It turned out well for the sit as the cat completely fell in love with my daughter and clearly preferred her to me!
As HO we state in our Welcome Guide that we do not allow guests unless it has been discussed with us prior to the sit. We don’t like a lot of people coming to our house and we vet the sitter, not others. There are plenty of places nearby where they could meet someone, but we prefer to only have the sitter in our home while we are away.
I thought this was the normal approach when sitting & would never even think of asking an owner if it was ok.
as sitters always included as part of our discussion with HOs is whether we can have guests over.We are fine with whatever the answer is: yes, no, or only during the day. And we are sure to let the HOs know that we are happy with whatever the answer is. It’s simply one more piece of information that is useful to have
I wouldn’t like other people than the agreed on pet sitters in my home and would expect to be asked beforehand whether any visits of ‚outsiders‘ were planned during the stay.
As an owner I prefer if there is going to be a visitor the sitter ask first as I have a pet that gets stressed by small children. I also want to make sure they are non smokers. I have only had one occasion where sitter asked if her grandson could say and I agreed it would be fine as he was older. It ended up that he didn’t come. I am cautious regarding who stays so wouldn’t want any additional folks that I haven’t spoken too. Just me…
Great question @5247! I’ve only asked a homeowner if I could have a guest once. I was on a month long sit down the road from my cousin, so asked if it would be all right to have her in for a cup of tea, etc. The homeowner had no problem with it, and it turned out my cousins dog and the dog I was sitting became great friends so we enjoyed loads of walks & cups of tea together. I was so grateful to the HO for this, my cousin and I live about 3500 miles away from each other so it was such a treat to have that time together.
I don’t think I would have asked about any guest that wasn’t a family member, or for an overnight stay. Not sure I would feel comfortable asking and wouldn’t want to put the homeowner in an awkward position if they were uncomfortable with the idea.
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As an owner yes I do accept friends or relatives in my home as long I’m asked BEFORE, when applying.
It’s not a criteria to decline anybody. We welcomed 4 norwegians (only one girl was pet sitting officially) with another organization
I just want to know who they are, how old (adults ? kids ? ) how many (not more than 2 guests, sleeping in the same bed, or only one in the guest room)
I never say we have 2 convertible sofas in the living, I don’t want the house being occupied by 6 people
I 'll ask their identity for my insurance. As I do for the sitters.
My neighbours always know who I welcome, i always introduce them to our sitters,so they would be surprised to see more people and would warn me
I do accept guests but I would be furious to learn strangers are in my home (people I’ve never been aware of their presence)
It’s a question of trust.