Where have all the sitters gone to?

Hi @Leoandme don’t concern yourself about not being able to link your listing with your forum profile …,

We can do that for you ….

That would be good thanks.

Hi @Leoandme try inviting sitters from your area. There are quite a few sitters near you, some look new, and would probably jump at a local sit to get their sitting journey kick started.

As a sitter with some more time, I have been looking at offers for a few weeks now. As car hire is difficult to even hopeless in some areas and periods, I notice that several sits in wonderful areas in France get no replies. Probably because of the “sitters need car”. I have now applied for 2 additional sits. One is a week in Switzerland, mentioning public transport etc and i know from experience you can get anywhere by bus or train in Switzerland. Another in Germany, where again public transport is mentioned and the use of 2 bicycles. If no one is applying, please try to offer some alternatives to the car. You could also mention you are willing to pick up the sitter at the closest airport or railway station? You could investigate if there are car share options or bike /e-step options.

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Hi all
I find it difficult sometimes to find sitters, we have had some lovely sitters in the past, but struggling to find sitters, anyone else struggling at the mo, maybe as we are demanding mum and dad to our 2 sphynx babies lol

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Hi
Is it just me or are people finding it hard to find sitters at the mo, I must of sent 10 today, saying they ate available on my dates, but just decline, I just want a holiday :blush:
It’s to look after my 2 very spoilt sphynx babies, in July, any help appreciated
Janine x

Hi there, I’ve been a TH member for several years now, and we have had wonderful experiences with the sitters we’ve had. In the past, I would post a sit, and within days I had multiple inquiries and I could sort through them and find the right fit for us. This time around, I’ve had one inquiry that was odd and reluctant to tell me anything about themselves, another inquiry where a woman was using her mother’s profile and she had a young toddler, which I say in my listing is not a good fit for my little chihuahua. Is it just post covid and not enough sitters out there? or is there a problem I’m not aware of ?
Vicki

Hello @vlarrick and welcome to the forum. By joining the forum, you will be able to keep current on what’s happening and how things are trending. As you know, we’ve been through a couple of trying years. Many world events are affecting all those in house-sitting communities; not just TrustedHousesitters.

There’s no simple answer to your last two questions. I’d suggest you read through a relatively recent post on sitter/owner ratios, and in particular, Angela’s excellent tips.

We recommend you add your listing to your forum username/profile. This allows members to view your listing and also give constructive feedback. Sometimes a few tweaks can make all the difference.

There are many posts on watching for ‘red flags’, and I think you’re doing just that in being cautious about the applications you have received. Certainly someone using another person’s profile is not appropriate. When in doubt, connect with membership services or direct message a moderator (click on their username). You’ll find the moderators listed under the About tab.

Once you add your listing to your username, I’ll be happy to try to give you more specific answers.

Francine,
Volunteer Moderator :canada:

:+1::slightly_smiling_face: I thought it would be hard to secure multiple back to back sits in :canada: & the US in the North American ‘fall’ season but not so. First US sits for some very lovely furry folk & their humans.

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Hello, I am a new sitter travelling in the UK this summer and the category ‘sitter needs a car’ is an issue for us internationals, espacially with those rental prices :frowning: I am lucky and could secure 3 sits in July with public transport options…so much fun :heart_eyes:

So dear HOs, if you have any possibility to provide your car or maybe know a local car dealer who rents out cars for an affordable rate, please go for it…it would mean a lot to us who would love to care for your peaceful coutry side homes :house_with_garden::dog2::rooster::smiley_cat::rabbit::red_car::racing_car::blue_car:

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Hello Francine,
Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. I have added my listing link to the community forum profile. Or at least I think I did.
I think my listing is fairly thorough, but I appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Vicki

Has this been going on a while or is it recent for 2022? Last year we posted a sit around Sept/Oct '21 for a month-long Feb '22 sit and after 45 minutes active I had to shut off the listing because we were inundated with REALLY good applicants (well, mostly, a few of the 20+ people never bothered responding to me so they were easily eliminated). It’s took me almost two weeks to whittle down the number of applicants to 3 finalists.

The world is not “post-COVID” unfortunately. Lots of people are getting it for the first time or 2nd, 3rd…

The reasons for there being fewer sitters is detailed in this thread.

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@jaumais There’s no easy answer to your first question. Some locations are more popular than others, and some world factors are as recent as 2022. For example, the invasion of the Ukraine has had an economic ripple effect that is far-reaching. The airline industry is facing complications that are affecting flights and scheduling. That is not an exhaustive list, but rather just some examples.

You haven’t specifically said whether you are facing a different scenario to the one you experienced last fall. If you have a listing that is not receiving the same response, you may want to embed a link to your listing in your forum username/profile..

Hi @vlarrick You did add your listing correctly. I will direct message you shortly. :slightly_smiling_face:

Hi there! I have saved your listing.
I live in another part of Australia but I do get to Sydney and surrounds when I can (due to being massive footy fans). I wish we could help on the occasions you have listed but unfortunately cannot. Plus, we are cat lovers.

Perhaps another time. I do get away quite often so often have a listing.

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We have gotten just one applicant and she backed out. Lots of saves though… How do we get applicants for our house/ pet sit dates? Getting worried we won’t find anyone.

Hi @Murphmag and welcome back to the forum. Sorry your return visit is the result of a member backing out of your sit. As your sit is showing in October you still have plenty of time, and we are noticing that sitters are not booking so far in advance at the moment, preferring to wait closer to dates to ensure that travel restrictions don’t impact sits for either party. In the meantime I wonder if you are reaching out to those who have saved your listing? A personal message often helps in this instance.

You might also benefit from adding your listing to your forum profile - the instructions for that are here:

How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile

This will give you extra exposure among members here in the forum who will likely give you any constructive feedback that might help you attract more sitters for Murphie & Maggie!

All the best, Vanessa

I posted on here about a month ago, had some really helpful suggestions which I have tried to implement as much as I can, but still no interest! Our holiday is in just over a week, so will post on the - within 7 day sits- thread later in the week, and have directly messaged over 60 sitters, but still no joy.
Am starting to despair!

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