Hi @Briggyboy99 and welcome to the forum. It’s good to hear that you’ve taken the advice of forum members, as so many members are helpful and we’ve seen success when people act on the suggestions.
One thing that’s currently being mentioned frequently is to make full use of your headline, as a promotional tool, including making sure it’s not showing stale information e.g. ‘Christmas in London’.
Once you post your listing, it’s helpful if you embed it in your forum username/profile. If you’d rather not do that, then perhaps post the location as shown on your listing, and the exact date range, so that forum members can locate it.
After a few days of posting, if you still have not found a suitable sitter, I suggest you direct message Angela and ask her to share it on social media. I’ll add the ‘fine print’ for that below:
We’ve been THS members since 2017 and had nothing but great experiences until the past year. We have a trip coming up in 1.5 weeks, and we’ve had two sitters cancel on us. The first a couple months back, and the second just today. Is this becoming more common recently? We’re worried that we’ll need to cancel our trip now despite planning for it half a year in advance.
Thanks, just updated my profile with the link to my listing. Do I need to close and reopen the dates for people to be notified about the availability, or should it be advertised as it were new since it’s become available again?
I can see the link but I can’t click it. It should not be in black but in green letters, so somehow it looks different than mine or others.
It works, however, if I do copy and paste…
I just looked at your listing. It’s a nice apartment, very tidy and clean and Charlemagne seems to be a very cute little dog.
I agree with @Snowbird to maybe change the headline of the listing but otherwise I think it’s absolutely fine. All essential information is to be found and there’s nothing which would raise a red flag for me (even if I am not a sitter )
@austentalbot I was able to view your listing from your forum profile, so it is active. I’m going to tag @Lucy-Moderator for her to confirm but I think it becomes similar to a new listing. I’m not a homeowner member, so I want to make sure.
I didn’t read your listing, but do suggest that you change your headline. From the search screen, someone can already see that the sit is for a dog in Seattle. Look for what may be a highlight of your sit and create a heading by keeping that in mind. I did notice that you don’t show that a car is essential, so maybe, for example, starting your headline with ‘Walkable …’ will draw in sitters who do not have a vehicle, as most find rental costs prohibitive these days.
@anon39388349 when links become clickable is all related to what features are available to forum members, depending on how long they’ve been on the forum. It’s part of Discourse, which is the platform the forum uses. I only have a basic understanding of that. This member joined very recently.
While I would prefer that the people I sit for didn’t have any of those kinds of charges, only the animal abuse one would actually affect me since I’m not required to spend any time with the people themselves. If the HO has great reviews from previous sitters and I get a good feel about them in the interview, I feel pretty comfortable staying in their home while they’re away.
I’m not a fan of guns, nor the gun culture in the US, but still not sure how/why it would affect me if I was sitting for a family that had guns in the house. I guess if I was taking kids with me, I might ask home owners if they had any guns in the house so I made sure my kids didn’t get near them.
You’re just down the road from me, Austen. I live in Greenwood. It’s a good listing. One issue that may deter sitters is that your dog cannot be left alone for very long. Even running errands might be difficult for a sitter relying on the buses. Seattle housing being so expensive means that many available full-time sitters have (non-remote) jobs. For example, my last sitter cleans houses, but only part-time, and doesn’t have a car. I can see a sit like this being appealing to a sitter like that otherwise. Would you consider hiring a dog walker to take care of the midday walks?
Edited to add–a few years ago when I was a digital nomad, I was based in DC and applied to sits here in the PNW b/c there were so many good ones, and airfares were reasonable. Domestic airfares are erratic right now.