Do you apply for more than one sit at a time?

I saw someone post a comment that made me wonder - sitters - do you sometimes apply for more than one sit with similar overlapping dates? If so, how do you handle the process? We did it once when we had applied for a sit and after 4-5 days, had had no response at all so we applied for another sit that came up. When we were accepted for the 2nd sit right away, we cancelled our application for the first with a message saying we had just accepted another sit.

As had been mentioned before, some HO don’t respond right away and we don’t have the luxury of waiting a couple of weeks between each application. I’m wondering what the proper etiquette is?

2 Likes

Yes indeed if I find 2 or more that interest me, but I always commit to the first one who makes an offer following the normal communication process.

I don’t think I have ever had a situation where this has disappointed a HO as most have other suitable applicants in line, it seems that most HO create a shortlist of maybe 2 or 3 applicants to invite. Others sometimes make their decisions straight away during a videochat.

3 Likes

That sounds like us as well.

Also, I always take notes during the video chat. I have the word “yes” and “no” and "maybe) written on a piece of paper that hubby and I can both see. During the interview, we will point to one of the words to see if we’re on the same page in case we get invited right at the moment.

If we are undecided (so far never), we will tell them we will talk and get back to them in a few hours.

2 Likes

Understandably, the HO looking for a sitter for the first time are generally the ones that need a bit of hand holding and guidance through the process, I always allow extra time for them to respond.

I have had some first timers immediately ask me to sit, in those cases I accept the offer but encourage them to have a cool off for 24/48 hours and if they still feel the same then great, if they change their mind after its no problem for me - none have done that so far I’m happy to say :smiley:

3 Likes

Hello,
No I am not applying for 2 sites with common dates. I wait patiently for the answer😉

2 Likes

I wish we had that luxury. But when it can sometimes be a two week wait from application date to acceptance, we can’t afford the time. We don’t like to book our flights until we have our sits nailed down and we are usually attempting to line up 2-3 sits in a row.

That being said, we have yet to leave any house sit in the lurch with our application. Only once, early on, we didn’t cancel an application (not realizing we could) and a home owner contacted us 3 weeks later to see if we were interested and we had to tell her we’d just accepted another sit.

2 Likes

When the button to accept a sitter first came in, it didn’t have an option for the sitter to accept first and we we once awoke to find we had a sit in Italy all lined up without ever having even talked to the woman. We declined it.

2 Likes

We apply to everything that sounds interesting even if the dates overlap. We proceed according to the motto first come, first served. But we also communicate this in every application. Those who do not read applications or don’t respond within a reasonable time are just out of luck. We do not waste our chances to wait for someone who maybe will not react. The HOs that take care of their applicants don’t have a problem with that either. We do not write an application every day. So there is always enough time for the HO to decide. But if a HO needs weeks to choose, he/she should not be surprised if someone else snatches the sitter away. Some HO forgets that it is a two-way give and take and have to learn the hard way.

5 Likes