Sitter AVAILABILITY Calendar - and how to edit/add/delete dates and location

This is the only calendar I know of where default=unavailable. To me personally, it doesn´t make any sense. I am used to calendars where the default (white) means available and crossed off days (cross) mean unavailable. I haven´t seen the THS calendar yet, but am pretty sure I´d find the presentation of available/unavailable as well colors used very confusing

p.s. why is it that I cannot see my calendar? Because I haven´t added any àvailable` days? There should be some data in it. As I understand the days I am booked are automatically added to the calendar hence I should be able to see it.

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If you preview your profile from your dashboard, (click on the word in your picture) your calendar is at the bottom of your listing. Yours will be all white unless you have any confirmed sits in the future, which will be crossed out ( /. )

As I have said above, the calendar is there for the majority of sitters, who will be mostly unavailable - working, not able to travel, so it is based around that.

@Petermac … found it, thanks
The calendar as it is (without me doing any edits) looks good to me
p.s. (why hide the calendar behind the profile preview? :)) I´d appreciate a link tagged “Calendar” next to Manage Availability

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It’s not so much “hidden”, I think its main use is for an owner to see your availability, so that’s where it is shown - on your profile, but the THS team do read these comments, so you never know…

Hello everyone, I’m new to THS and am looking for a house sitter. The calendar is driving me mad! I put in the dates I need a housesitter for, get loads of people coming up, so my spirits are lifted, but then I go each through them, to find that most do not have any green available dates. Do the filters not work? What can I be doing wrong? Help please! Any shortcuts or tips very gratefully received.

Hi @bee and welcome to the community. Sorry, however, you are experiencing frustration while using the calendar. There’s been a lot of discussion about this over the past few days, with several posts, so I’ve moved your question here. @Petermac has a very good understanding of how this works and provides a great explanation from several perspectives which might provide some insight for you. Most sits are filled by sitters reaching out to home owner listings, so hopefully you’ll get a good mix of inward applications, and some you reach out to.

Don’t forget to update your forum profile and add your listing there too to get some extra exposure. All the best, Vanessa

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This is such a helpful post, thank you @Petermac !
The location especially - I live in Sydney but want to house sit in New York in February. I put it in my intro summary because that’s the only place I could think of!
I didn’t think I could change my location (I guess because of different security checks performed) but will look at that. I’ve already had one local reach out to me but I am not available for any kind of sits until I go on holiday.
I had asked the question as to how HOs would find me if they were looking, and all I really got was that I had to reach out to them.
:slightly_smiling_face::clap:

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Hi @Von I have had a look at your listing and I see you have changed your location and your calendar shows you are available to sit in February next year, so all good!
So glad my post has had a positive result already :tada: :tada: :tada:

I hope you get lucky soon with your sit in New York.
Peter.

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Thanks, @Petermac very good tutorial and you clearly identified the issue. A color change and the adding that under the legend will greatly improve things and it will be relatively easy to implement. It would be really nice if the calendar looked like this

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Thanks for that, I’m sure the THS management read these threads, so maybe…

@Vanessa-ForumCMgr :wink:

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Hi @bee and welcome to the Forum.
This thread is mainly about sitters and the use of the Calendar and as a sitter, I am not exactly sure how the search works (or doesn’t) for owners, however, I hope that some other Forum member-owners may be able to help, for instance @anon39388349

Unfortunately, in my opinion, anyway, there are a high number of sitters who don’t use the calendar, don’t understand how to, or don’t even know it exists - part of the reason for my post - to try to increase the usage of the calendar and explain how easy it is to use, which should help everyone eventually.

There are just over 4000 members on the Forum at this date, which is only a small percentage of the total membership of THS - 5% is a rough guess - but Forum numbers are growing daily, so hopefully, the message will get out there.

The other point to take from the above post is that even if you find a local sitter listed as Available (green) they may not be looking to sit locally, and that is why I have also included the change location details in this post.
I hope you find someone soon, Peter.

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Hi @Petermac @BunnyCat … thank you both and yes the team do look at the forum and these threads constantly they value the incredible amount of member feedback and insights after all you are the ones who use the product and are the very best to feedback the user experiences.

We have a bi weekly Member Feedback meeting, it lasts an hour and members from across the departments are present including Senior Management. A forum update is included and next week we are presenting this very topic with all of your suggestions about the Availability Calendar and so not only will they see it on their daily forum visits, it will be a point of presentation and discussion.

We will feedback any relevant information … thank you

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Thank you @Petermac for tagging me. I just tried to search for available sitters and, as @bee already said, it would certainly drive me crazy, because each profile I clicked, the dates didn’t necessarily show availability for the timeframe I was looking for. So it seems useless to me and very time consuming, especially when sitters don’t update it.
Hopefully the product team will change something about this as they will be looking into this as @Angela-HeadOfCommunity said.
At the moment, the best chance to find a sitter is to create a very good and eye catching listing and to use the boost function.

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We are currently listed in a city where we will no longer be living. In fact we will be exploring a whole country for around 6 months. We have reached that sweet place where we seem to receive an invitation to sit at least once a week and lately every day. How do we let folks know where we are? Can we be nomadic with a region instead of a city?

Hi @JCKC. You can change your location to reflect where you would like to sit. See the instructions in my post from the other day, below the instructions on how to use the calendar, Peter.

Sitter AVAILABILITY Calendar - and how to edit/add/delete dates and location

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Thank you. I finally figured it out and it reflects our new location. But reading your answer led me to others. The forum is great.

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Yes, because i think no one really looks at the availability. Make it a more useful tool that pops up if we have updated it. When searching a sitter it would come up like it was our residence address. I have invitations every week from my home area. I hate telling them I am not there and I think it is bad for THS because the owner feels like they wasted their time researching and inviting me.

Hello Angela, could you put on the list re calendar that the colours referred to constantly don’t look the same for systems using dark modes. I just added an available week but the green doesn’t show up and neither do the crossed-out days.
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Hi @Lauraa, what an excellent point.

I don’t often use the app so have never noticed that.

It does show however how much work has to go into changing something which some may think is just a simple tweak - tests on every type of phone app, browser etc.

Yes @Petermac it’s why I’d suggest just make it possible to hide the calendar for those of us that don’t use it or don’t use it properly.