Is there any rule of thumb as to how far ahead of a sit we should post the dates to optimize getting a number of good applications quickly? We’re looking at Christmas, so we’re about six months out right now – is this too soon to post our dates?
If this has been answered before, apologies, and please point me at the answer. I searched a bit and didn’t find an obviously similar post.
I think post now. I am one of the sitters who do this full time and have lots of good reviews. I’m booked out almost entirely until March 2024. Unless you’re in Costa Rica or Panama, then we can talk about January.
Hi @Scott_MP welcome to our community forum and to Trustedhousesitters we hope you will find all the help, support and answers you need here and yes there is a very lengthy conversation about Christmas sits, gosh are we actually talking THAT time of the year already? Here is the link to the conversation which actually runs across two festive seasons, not only do you have the feedback, there’s a YOY comparison … I hope you find it helpful
Hi @Scott_MP, it will also depend on how long your sit will be over Christmas. If it’s for several weeks then advertise soon; but if it’s only for a few days, then sitters might not be so eager to apply yet. Do keep in mind public transport is a real issue if dates are right on Christmas and New Year so sitters who rely on public transport would have difficulty being able to do your sit. Be considerate of your sitters who also want to enjoy their Christmas instead of having to spend it cleaning for the owners’ return the next day!
You can attach your listing to your forum profile for sitters to give you advice if you like.
Glad you’ve posted your listing @Scott_MP. I took a look at it, and you’ve covered all the major topics sitters look for. Your home is beautiful, your descriptions are great, your pictures make it easy for sitters to see themselves temporarily living in your home, and your “career change” dogs sound fantastic.
I’m sure you’ll find a great sitter in no time at all. Happy travels!