When do I panic about getting a sitter?

Thank you Therese, for both the kind words about our profile and for boosting our listing. It has been surprising to not get any applicants as we’ve never had this problem before…but then it’s a different travel :earth_americas: world now.
Melanie

Ha Katie, I can see we must be of different generations. I use the word “partner” in the older connotation…“a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate”.
I forget that now days to many it has the more limited meaning of romantic companion or spouse. So, no, pet sitters for us most definitely don’t need to be romantic partners, just partners in a shared endeavor sense!
Melanie

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AKA friends.

Melanie: I am so sorry that this has happened to you just a few weeks away from your trip. I am from New Orleans and visit there frequently, but have already accepted a Thanksgiving sit near my husband’s family in MD this year. Your posting looks great, so hopefully, you will get some wonderful applicants soon. Have you contacted any of the applicants who you declined in the past who may still be interested? Have you thought about inviting local THS sitters who are either just starting out or may be looking for a change of scenery? You can see their availability in their calendars and send them private invites. Just note that not everyone keeps their calendar’s updated because it is a bit of a chore. There are also several housesitting Facebook groups that you can use. One is called Housesitting Cafe and lots of THS members are in that group. Since time is of essence, you also want to talk to neighbors and friends to see if anyone may have a solution for you. Good luck! Lynn

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Lynn,
Thanks so much for these helpful suggestions. I’ve already tried all previous sitters and ones we had to turn down. It’s just everyone already had committed to a sit, or they have Thanksgiving plans. The idea of contacting local sitters is a great one and I’ll get on that as some as I finish this reply! Thanks again and happy pet sitting to you.
Melanie

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Thank you Therese. Boosting the listing did the trick. We had two sitters apply and we picked one, did a Facetime chat, and confirmed the sit tonight! I’m so relieved. THANK YOU for all your help :slight_smile: :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Thank you Angela for all your concern and efforts to help us out. WE FOUND A SITTER! Boosting the listing did the trick. We had two sitters apply and we picked one, did a Facetime chat, and confirmed the sit tonight! I’m so relieved. THANK YOU for all your help. :kissing_heart:

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Lynn, Just wanted to say that your idea to contact local sitters was a great one. I had been in discussions with a local sitter to help us out, when our newly reposted listing went live and we had two applicants…of which we chose and confirmed one tonight. However, if that hadn’t panned out your suggestion would have ultimately worked too. Thanks for the great feedback! :clap:

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@NOmtnClowns This is wonderful news and I can imagine your relief. The power of community in action. Have a wonderful time with your father and enjoy that precious time together :purple_heart:

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That is such brilliant news, thank you for updating everyone and thank you to all of our members who encouraged and supported @NOmtnClowns.

As Vanessa says

“Team work makes the dream work”

Safe and happy travels and enjoy your family time, we have sorely missed that for too long. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Melanie: So glad that you found a sitter! Enjoy your trip.

Lynn

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HI, I live in Cambridge UK and have been looking for a house sitter over Easter. We have a five bed + garden house near to the center that I thought would be popular but have had no enquiries. I have checked the pictures, tried inviting some people who I found out had saved our sit but still nothing. I used the boost option last week. Anyone got any other suggestions? we have two labradoodles who are incredibly easy going. I am getting a bit panicked!

@ACU There is a way to link your house profile to your forum name. (I think it’s in your TH.com dashboard.) That way people on the forum can see if there is anything we can recommend to help strengthen your profile. I will say that it has been challenging for us all over the past two years to find sitters. I live in New Orleans(USA) and pre-covid I couldn’t handle all the sitter requests I would get to each posting. Even now I’m lucky to get one or two. Things are improving, but I think many sitters are still hesitant to travel, especially making plans more than about a month out. Hang in there, someone will apply. Be sure to have quality pictures in your profile of kitchen, bedroom , bath, sitting area that sitters will be using. Clean, uncluttered spaces are best! List all the things there are to do in your area (not everyone knows all that Cambridge has to offer.) Also list easy ways to arrive at your house by train, car bus…whatever. Make your most compelling picture your default photo!!
Good luck!

Hi @ACU I have moved your post to this thread and a similar conversation with some help and advice … as @NOmtnClowns says you can add your listing to your forum profile this will help members to find it this link will show you how: How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile

Hi @ACU I have looked at your listing. I was confused by one statement about your adult children ‘staying at home for the time being’. Will they be travelling with you, or staying elsewhere, as they will not be allowed in the home during the sit? I suggest you make that clearer.

Also, I encourage you to read a recent post, a cluttered space as this type of feedback from sitters can be seen in many threads. Your photos need to display your home looking its best. I suggest you retake the bedroom and kitchen photos, showing a clear bed and countertops. It may seem trivial, but it’s an easy fix that might make all the difference.

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Thank you SOOOOO much Angela
I am slowly getting to grips with this all and so grateful for the amazing help
Allison

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YOu are a star, thank you so much for taking the time to reply
Allison

@ACU I can’t see your listing. Anyway, Which dates?

HI, its March 30-10 April. I am wondering if I have done something wrong with the listing?
Thank you so much for your time in replying
I am going to go back and look
Allison

I can’t open the link from your profile here. I will be trying finding from the website.