Staying at someone’s house while they are on vacation—either for free or payment—is a great way to step out of your routine and help a friend. But are you doing everything you can to make sure the process is smooth? Read on to find out three tips that every Colorado house sitter needs to know.
#1: Get Details Ahead of Time
Getting details of what your house sitting stay will include is essential to having a positive experience. Talk to the homeowner and determine what their expectations are of you for while they are gone. Are you supposed to pick up mail, water the plants, feed the dog, or even put the trash cans out on pickup day? Where are extra items kept in the house, such as clean linens and paper products? Are you allowed to have guests or would they prefer that you don’t? What’s the WiFi password? These are all important things to clear ahead of time.
#2: Know What to Do in Case of an Emergency
It is also important that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Ask your host for all pertinent information, such as where the breaker box and utility shutoff valves are located. If you are taking care of pets during your stay, get the number of the owner’s preferred veterinarian. You may also ask for the contact information of a neighbor in case there’s an unexpected incident.
#3: Treat the Place Like You Live There
Another tip for house sitters is to treat the place like you live there. Simply put, if you wouldn’t do it in your own home or wouldn’t want someone else doing it while you were gone, refrain.
Are you the one going out of town? Having proper homeowner’s insurance coverage is important—especially while you are on vacation. Protect your property against unexpected events by getting a no-obligation policy review. Contact our team at Colling Insurance Services, Inc. for more information.