New Owners to THS needing advice

Hello! We are in Galena, IL and are new to Housesitters. We posted our first sit and had a great applicant in 2 days. I am a little nervous about it, but met them on video chat and they come with excellent reviews. My question is has anyone asked for a sitter for just one night? There may be times we need this. I would look for sitters nearby ofcourse. Mary Y.

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Hello @Charlize1 and welcome to the community forum and to TrustedHousesitters. I don’t remember your question having been asked on the forum before, so I’ll be interested to see any responses from our members.

As a sitter for many years with THS, I’ve never done a one-night sit. However, provided it’s structured so as to make sure it’s worthwhile for the sitter, the pet(s), and you, it can work. The reasons sitters choose sits are so varied that it’s difficult to say who you are likely to attract. Certainly someone local looking to get their first review might be interested. Also someone needing a short visit to your area for some reason perhaps.

The important part is to focus on creating a quality listing. You may want to embed your listing in your forum username/profile so that forum members can view it.

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Hi @Charlize1 and welcome to THS and the Forum.
I have done a one-night sit, back home in Scotland - 3 dogs and 2 rabbits!

The family were travelling across Scotland for a function, So it was early Friday until Saturday evening. It’s the kind of thing you might find a regular local sitter will do. I really enjoyed just being somewhere different for the day, and the dogs were great fun.
I have also done a few sits of 2 or 3 nights, in Singapore, and again have really enjoyed the break.

Good luck!

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Matt and I would appreciate a 1-2 day sit when driving between cities/states. It can offer a break in an otherwise long drive. Having animals to love is bonus.

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I have done a one night sit, but honesty, it was when I was new and was going for those five star reviews. So I probably wouldn’t do it often now, but there are always other newbies out there.

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We occasionally have odd nights in between sits and would be more than happy to do one nighters in this case

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I see lots of 1-2 night sits on THS. Generally we look for sits at least 1 week long, as it is a bit of work just moving into a house with our personal items and food, and cleaning on the way out. For a one night sit, I would hope that the Owner does not expect the Sitter to do any cleaning other than washing any dishes that were created in the kitchen and wiping down the kitchen counters if needed. I don’t think the Sitter should have to wash towels and sheets either. Just my opinion. The focus should be on making sure the animals are happy!

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We have never done such short sits and honestly we would just book an AirBnb for one night. The shortest sits we did have been 3-4 nights (usually as a bridge between two longer sits). But if you have a backup plan or don’t really need to travel you can always give it a try and see if anyone is interested. We would only have applied in the very beginning with no reviews and done the sit for a great review. The advice by PVGemini is also great, you could put that info in the listing. It might also help if you are willing to host the sitter for an additional day or two. PS: On Nomador there is the option to stay for one night at a HO’s home but with the owner present and no pet care involved. Not a bad idea actually and a lot of HOs seem to be willing to host (and perhaps the guest will return as a sitter one day, who knows).

Thank you! A lot of great ideas there about a one night sit. I wouldn’t expect any cleaning to be done. We also live in a resort community where nearby sitters may want to take advantage of the amenities for the weekend.