When to start worrying about no one applying to housesit?

Yes it works @CambridgeAnnie. Looks a lovely sit with gorgeous kitties. Just sorry I won’t be in England then.

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Thank you so much.

Hi @CambridgeAnnie - Thank you! Good luck and fingers crossed for your trip away!

Thank you so much @Vanessa-ForumCMgr @Angela-HeadOfCommunity and @Snowbird. I am a bit of a technophobe and struggling to work my way around the site! Thanks so much for sorting out my link - so kind of you.
Would you be able to explain how I boost my listing to new again please? I’ve not seen that option at all!

Thank you so much @BunnyCat for helping - it so lovely to know that people out there are willing to take time out of their own busy lives to comment and help others.
Fingers crossed we will get some applicants!

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Your house and dogs look lovely and if I was available I’d apply, which isn’t very helpful I know. I presume you’ve asked all the previous applicants you had first time round? Also, have you tried doing a search for sitters in your area and/or further afield? Always worth spending a bit of time doing that.
Good luck, there’s still plenty of time but I can understand you’d be anxious

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Hi @Michelle-P Have you considered switching out your first photo on your listing? I suggested it to someone else recently and it was effective. When searching, sitters are drawn to listings for various reasons, including a photo of the home (inside or out), the landscape, or the pets. You currently show your home as the first photo, so perhaps switch it out to one or both of your pets instead? This may draw in the sitters who can’t resist an adorable pet photo. :blush:

Hi again @Michelle-P and here are the instructions to boost your listing. Remember it’s only once per set of dates.

  • Go to Dashboard on the drop down menu
  • Select “Manage Dates”
  • You’ll see the option beside each set of dates (if more than one) to “boost these dates”

I’ve popped a screenshot here to help you:

Hope that helps, but if you get stuck at all just shout. All the best, Vanessa

Welcome Michelle, as a sitter I was like to see pictures of the pet, bedroom,restroom/shower and kitchen/living room. Also, if there are reviews,it is is near public transport or if car can be parked in the grounds. The breed type is important to me too and if the dog is good at walking or exercising.

@Snowbird that would be. I cannot resist a cute pet picture. Even when I look through the photos and I know the dates are not going to work or the house isn’t optimal, once I see those pets I want to apply! It takes a lot of self restraint not to apply.

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I’m having this issue as well. So far not one sitter has applied, or even saved my listing!

Hi @Adrian welcome to our community forum thank you for joining, I see you sit is in May which is still a way ahead. Looking at your listing you could add some more images, there are none of the cats.

In the section “Home & Location” give some more information about your home, home entertainment, is there an office to use (many work from home these days) and location, what do you have close by, any shops, amenities (groceries etc.)

Dog walking “90 mins a day” split morning/evening, are the walks close by? What is Mina like/ A little about her personality, easy going, very active … put a sitters hat on, what would you want to know to make this a sit you would apply for. You can also add the link to your listing in your forum profile How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile then other members will find your listing.

We have new members joining every day you could search local sitters and reach out, we advise new members to start locally so they can introduce themselves to the pets and pet families, if convenient.

I hope that all helps and I’m sure there will other snippets of advice from members here on the forum.

Angela and the Team

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I’m not getting any applications for my dates in April … and I don’t know how to check my link

I’m in the same boat as well. Haven’t had any applicants. Have invited probably close to 100 sitters using the search for sitters nearby and so far had declines for all except 9 still waiting to hear back from. We’re going away in 6 weeks and am wondering whether it’s because it’s part way through Easter that is causing the issue. But we can’t change our dates so am starting to panic

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Thank you @Willexcell - will definitely amend our listing to make sure its all covered.

Hi @Snowbird Thats a great idea - thanks so much. Will start taking more photos of Rafa and Ruby and see how we get on. Fingers crossed!

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Hi @Mgilm87408 I’ve added your listing link to your forum profile …

Hi @Sarah71 I know reaching out and getting little response can be disappointing and frustrating.

You can add your listing link to your forum profile that way other members can view and often have good tips and advice for helping create more interest around your listing How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile

I did take a look at your listing and would suggest adding some internal pictures of the areas sitter will be using and relaxing in, they do like to see where they will be staying.

Your description in “About our home” of the rooms etc is great, a couple of pics to support would be perfect, some look at pictures and read afterwards.

You still have time, although I know how much having you pet care in place matters …

We have owners who come to the forum and within a couple of days announce “We have our sitters” … we hope that will be your message too.

Angela and the Team

Did you find a sitter in the end? I’m getting concerned as I have had no applicants for my June sit and usually I get loads. I’m just worried that THS is no longer viable. I’ve messaged several sitters who’s date are showing as free but they all say they are busy. Hope you have had better luck. Ann xx

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Hello @CambridgeAnnie. As you’ll read on the forum, many sitters are not booking as far ahead as before the pandemic. That may be one of the reasons, given your sit is for June.

You may want to consider inviting sitters from your local area who are relatively new to THS. Many sitters who are new to THS are not new to house sitting itself, or new to caring for cats. If you go this route, I’d suggest you not focus on calendar availability, as some sitters choose not to use the calendar on the site. However, those with black lines across your dates will be unavailable as it means they are already booked for a THS sit.

If you have a Standard or Premium membership, you can boost your listing once, which will move it to the front of the listings again.