What a great question. Thanks for asking. The fact that you’re asking, tells me you’d be a good home owner to sit for. I really appreciate when the home owner fills out the House sit guide. It’s a great “go to” when I have a question.
Another really thoughtful thing is when the home owners have a meal with me - either cooking themselves, ordering in, or taking me out to dinner. It’s always nice to be able to get to know them before they leave since you’ll be caring for their little family member, or members.
I’ve had home owners tip me, which is always nice and appreciated. I’ve also had them pay for a month’s membership at their gym. Not everyone does this, or has the ability to do this, but it’s always appreciated. Oh, I did have one home owner bake and leave me cookies! I thought that was so thoughtful.
Having the home neat and organized with closet or drawer space is also always appreciated. Unfortunately, I’ve had month long sits where the host left me NO space to put my clothes.
Also, this is a funny one, but leaving more than 1 roll of toilet paper for a month long sit. Lol. I’ve actually had that happen.
But, what it boils down to, is that you feel appreciated, however that looks or manifests for the home owners. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. You know when the owners appreciate the time and care you take with their pets - after all, we’re all pet lovers here and I know when my little guys were alive, they meant the world to me.
One thing I would mention on the “Don’t do” side, is make sure you let the sitters know, upfront before booking them, if you have indoor cameras. I know this is listed in the guidelines for TH, but I’ve had several owners who didn’t pay attention to that.
Being someone who was stalked when I was in my 20’s, it’s very unsettling to me to feel as if someone can watch me 24/7. Other people it would be fine, but for me, it’s a deal breaker.
I hope this helps.