@Itchyfeet Thank you, Itchyfeet. I feel like honesty is best. If a sitter doesn’t like my sit for any particular reason, my feelings won’t be hurt. I would rather they tell the truth, so I know not to have them on my potential list
How extremely frustrating for you! Unfortunately, I think some people skim listings or read them and think they can convince a HO that they meet the minimum requirements that a HO is seeking, even if they don’t.
The same goes for HOs that don’t read a housesitter’s profile thoroughly. Our profile clearly states that we are an American couple, how many sits we have completed, and how many and what type animals we have cared for. I can’t tell you how many times we have gotten on a video call with a HO and they say, quite surprisingly, “Oh you’re Americans”, because of our accents, and find the number of sits and animals we’ve cared for quite surprising. It’s all there in black and white! Some people just don’t read !
I cannot count the number of times that I have re-read a listing, and it’s only then that I’ve remembered why it isn’t suitable for some reason. The ability to hide from future searches and sit listings would be incredibly helpful.
Right? Especially the long ones with a ton of info (which I like to see tbh.)
Does anyone know how to manage availability for the purpose of crossing off dates you will not be available? I will be assisting a family member for a month (non Trusted House Sitter related) and want to make sure anyone searching for me to be their sitter knows that I will not be available to sit at some point, so they can save time and not have to ask if I’d like to sit.
Hope this makes sense, and I appreciate anyone or persons willing to assist me on this!
Thank You THS Community!
The calendar shows you as unavailable as a default.
If you have sits booked, they are automatically shown as crossed off dates.
You can add date ranges under Manage Availability to show you are “available”. They will show on your calendar in green.
We have ours set up but we still get invites for sits outside of our dates so some home owners are not aware of how it works.
Excellent, as always. Being full time “elsewhere”, I have started changing my location to where I am or where I will be. Because I am now doing more independent arrangements, some very long term (which is super exciting) I have indicated on my headline and in my profile my “non-availability”.
My home and pet sitting adventures have taken a very interesting new path but more on that later
@Jasmine please read the most recent post by@Petermac 1 day ago as he explains how the calendar works. In short for your situation your calendar default is that you are unavailable (shown as white) until you manually input your available dates (shown as green)
Absolutely agree. I have just wasted hours and hours reading profiles and sending individual invitations only to receive responses saying sorry we are not available. I know that at least some of these are genuine as they have asked to be invited to any future dates we might have along with lovely comments.
I finally found someone I liked who actually had green dotes, but it wasn’t easy.
Surely, when you apply your dates in the search, only those with green dots for those dates should appear.
70 sent invites/messages to sitters later, I found someone who could do my sit. But yes, much time wasted as there should only be sitters with green availability when you do the search.
It’s pretty ridiculous that this is happening.
As has been mentioned somewhere above, I might have Green dates but am actually not available for some of that because I’m either sitting for a friend not via THS or doing other things.
@Maggie58 and @Catin88 Please keep in mind that not all sitters use the calendar. There are conversations on the forum where many feel the calendar is not user friendly. Sitters have a wide range of lifestyles and formats for being a THS member; what works for one doesn’t for another. As well, some people are more detail-oriented than others.
Bottom line is that your best bet is to only take notice of the dates that have a black line through them, as you know those are THS confirmed sits. Don’t discount those whose calendars are all white (supposedly unavailable) as it just might mean they don’t keep their calendar current, for whatever reason.
Yes, that’s exactly why I sent 70 messages/invites to sitters. Some of those were green availability and the rest were white. I sent messages to the ones in white for the exact reasons you pointed out lol
Yes, I’d like to second your (3) third point. Listings often say “prefer a single sitter”, whereas we travel as a couple, … I’d love to “hide” those, for example.
Hi, when i search for sitters and put in the dates i am finding very few people have filled in the dates they are available.
Is this because they are not available or because they just have not updated when they are available?
@dew1later You will see many posts and conversations on the forum about the calendar. You can view these by searching ‘calendar’ using the spyglass search option. Bottom line is, because the calendar is not used consistently (and sometimes not at all) you are best to only consider the dates marked with a black line through them as the sitter being unavailable, as they are confirmed THS sits.
There is also a detailed explanation of the Sitter availability calendar that you may find helpful.
I think many of the problems arising from the non use of the calendar is that it is simply not highlighted on the site in a positive way or even labelled calendar so it is often missed by both sitters and HO’s. I have ‘manage availability’ way down the dashboard and that passes by many people - and me on occasions.! If the web manager strengthens the focus, eg, ‘important! please check availability on calendar’ then it may be better used but inevitably not by everyone so it will always cause some issues.
As a newbie sitter, this thread has been immensely helpful. Before finding this, I used the Help function. The Help function was useful in that it told me where to go to edit the calendar. But first try, I was unaware that I was adding available dates, not unavailable dates.
A little more explanation on the help or on the app page “Add available dates” would make it clearer and possibly encourage more calendar use.
Hi @Kelker Thank you for your comments. I will certainly pass this on to our product team to make this a bit more clearer.