Have you ever heard the term ‘house sitting’ and wondered if it was related to – or the same thing as – “home watching”?
As a home watching service, we get that a lot. House sitting definitely is a thing, and there are similarities between the two, but at the end of the day, they are both two different services with different benefits.
Here, we’ll explain how house sitting is different from home watching, and which one most people prefer.
House Sitting Versus Home Watching
Both services involve taking care of a home while the owners are away. But that’s really where the similarities end.
Home watching is when you get someone you trust to watch over your home while you’re gone. They will stop by on a regular basis to check on the home, make sure everything is secure, and take a look at the interior and exterior. This allows them to keep tabs on things like your AC unit, plumbing, electrical, rodents and insects, water leaks, and other issues.
Also, they communicate regularly with the client and arrange any appointments with a contractor, if necessary.
House sitting, by contrast, is when an owner gets someone to actually live in the home while they owner is away. That person, in exchange for living rent-free for a certain period of time, takes care of the home with general maintenance, deters vandals and trespassers by being in the home, and generally assumes responsibility for the upkeep of the home.
Which Should You Choose?
We don’t know about you, but the idea of a stranger living in our home for weeks – if not months –at a time makes us uncomfortable, and that’s the case with many of our clients.
You can have a home watching service take care of your property without them living in the home. You get peace of mind, they get to do their job, and no one has to worry or stress about anything. It’s an ideal arrangement.
Contact us if you want to know more about having a pro watch your home while you’re away.