Need Help With Your Owner Listing?

Creating a thorough owner listing with plenty of pictures and information is key to securing the perfect sitter for your home and pet.

Of course, it can be hard to know how to get started. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide for your reference, so that when you’re creating your owner listing, you know exactly what it takes to get your listing to stand out to potential sitters…


Great to see you posting this on the forum @Angela-HeadOfCommunity and not just relying on owners, especially new ones, to read the blog on the website.

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Thank you for this! In section number 6, I think it is best NOT to put the number of days of the sit in the TITLE of the listing. This would need to be changed each time. You might want to edit that. In the section about “Home and Location,” it would be nice to suggest that people who live in cities state the AREA within the city where they live. For example, in San Francisco, it might say, we live in “Noe Valley” or “Outer Sunset.” Even in the medium sized city where I grew up, there are many different areas, each with a unique personality. This might be important to sitters, and owners don’t always think to include this information.

@PVGemini The way I read #6, it’s in agreement with you.

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Yes, that is what it says in #6, but after that, also in #6, this example is given as a suggestion:

Trusted tip: Stuck for inspiration? Keep it short and to the point by simply stating how many and what pets they’ll be caring for, and where. For example, ‘Pet sitter needed for 10 nights for three cats in New York City’.

I am choosing to respond to this post, how to create the perfect owner listing, so that it will once more be visible. The sage advice in that blog post, if overlooked, can often result in sits not being filled.

Sitters repeatedly support the content of that blog post. Many sitters say that when a listing is inadequate in its content, they will not apply and ask for further information. :thinking:

Some listings have titles that show dates (unnecessary anyway) that are from months, and sometimes years ago. Or the title refers to Christmas and the sit is in September. Some sitters will not even click on the listing to read those. Yet another missed opportunity for an owner. A simple edit to create an inviting listing title can make a world of difference. :grinning:

Owners, please take the time to review your listing, including (and especially) if it is not your first time listing. It’s no longer acceptable to list without core photos - exterior, pet(s), and interior ones that include living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom that the sitter will be using. As for listing details, generally speaking, more is better. :slightly_smiling_face:

Many sitters are reading listings every day. Please don’t give them any reason to pass yours by. :worried:

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Hey there fellow Sitter’s.
How many photos should I put up of my house ? Inside and outside ? How many photos of my cat ? Thankyou in advance . This is my first time advertising for a sitter .

Inside photos should be bright (use a phone setting to increase brightness of photos if necessary) uncluttered, and show the sitters’ bedroom, bathroom, living areas and kitchen.

Outside photos are important if it has attractive features (pool, patio, etc) and/or if there is any gardening or other outside work (pool maintenance, snow shoveling, gardening, etc).

One or two photos of the cat are enough.

Some sitters think that photos of local scenery or tourist attractions are redundant, but I like to see them.

Good luck