Sitters Saving Listings

Hi all, I am a new HO to THS and am looking for some advice of how it all works and your advice based on experience. I have advertised a sit for just over 7 days Christmas this year in West London for 1 dog and 2 cats. I am getting emails stating sitters have saved my sitting but when I follow the see who has saved link I can only see two people instead of four, also is it usual for me to contact these sitters or just wait until someone actually applies?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi and welcome :slightly_smiling_face:

It is possible that maybe two people saved and then unsaved your listing, that would account for the four notifications.

As for reaching out thats entirely up to you.
If you like the look of any of the sitters that have saved your listing you have nothing to lose by setting up a videocall while you wait to see if anyone else applies.

I often save sits in one area and if someone gets in touch I would generally do that sit.

There really isn’t a right or wrong way as long as you find a sitter you’re comfortable with.

Val1 Welcome.
Frequently sitters save your listing when they are interested in automatically being notified by the system when you post future dates but they are not available for your current dates. If they are interested in your current dates they would usually apply.

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Hello @Val1
On behalf of the forum team, a warm welcome to the TrustedHousesitter’s community!

As you cannot share a link to your listing in this post, do share a link to your listing on your forum profile for a bit of extra exposure. But the main website is where ALL our members will see your opportunity and be able to apply and message with you.

@Kootenaigirl advice I feel is right on point in regards to your question. I have saved several sits but not applied as I am not available for the current dates but hope that someday I would be available for future dates.

If at any time you need any further help don’t hesitate to reach out to our community here which is full of helpful members who have been through the process themselves and will happily give advice and guidance. And don’t forget our membership support team are always on hand to give assistance.

All the very best,

Kelly & the forum team

Hi @Val1 We often save listings we are potentially interested in. Saving makes it easier to find them again whilst we are considering options and dates/locations etc
Quite frequently hosts contact us because they see we’ve saved them. The advantage for hosts in contacting a sitter who has favourited you is at least you know they are interested and have already looked through your listing. Occasionally we have had hosts see we favourited and they’ve sent a invitation to Sit directly because they like our profile. The moment we confirm a Sit that might clash we unfavourite any relevent sit.
Its all a bit of a juggling act and sometimes you get a lucky match!
If you are struggling to find a sitter I would definitely reach out to anyone whose favourited you - assuming you like their profile! Make sure you show pics on your listing of all the areas a sitter will use especially bedroom/bathroom!!! This comes up all the time!
Good luck!

Hi @Val1,
I have a lot saved and it’s usually an area I’m interested in or an amazing home. I save them when I’m not available for the current dates as I now I’ll get notified of new dates by saving the listing. Hope that helps?

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I sometimes save listings that seem interesting, even if I don’t currently have plans to go there. I then code them with specific keywords (usually locations, date ranges etc.) in my favorites, in order to help me build a trip with multiple sits. Sometimes I also save them because it is a specific animal or breed I am interested in, and would try to create a trip for that. I’m currently looking at a few that have horses, siamese cats, Bassetts and Bernadoodles, just because I’m intrigued by them and haven’t had any experience to date.

Yes, I definitely agree with post. As a new HO who posted a listing, I did reach out to some of the sitters who saved my listing, but did not apply. Some did not respond back at all, but others were quite friendly, and politely explained that they were not available for the dates posted. However, what I did get out of it is a few potential sitters who would be very interested in future sit dates.

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As a HO I found this feature really useful to see who had saved your sitting. There is a feature that enables you to invite the sitter to apply which I was able to make use of.

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Hello @AmandaT welcome to both TrustedHousesitters and the community forum. I’m glad you found us and have jumped right in to contributing to the conversations.
Happy travels!