Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist

The benefits of house and pet sitting are many and you only have to listen to the recent reports in the media to learn about how much you can actually save by choosing house and pet sitting as a lifestyle.

Of course, being able to transition from house sit to house sit every few weeks or months can be challenging for some, but if you have the adventurous spirit and your strengths lie in planning and
organisation, then house and pet sitting could be right up your alley.

The best house and pet sitters are active and regularly engage through their house and pet sitting service. If you’re wanting to be successful at house and pet sitting, here are three monthly checks to make your listing more attractive to potential home and pet owners. Continue reading “Your Monthly Make-Over Checklist”

Making Your Pet the #1 Priority

There are a range of reasons why people choose to be a house and pet sitter. Many join for the freedom of living in different locations, travelling the country, meeting new people and furry friends, or saving money by living rent free.

But one thing is for sure – house and pet sitters are animal lovers.

Many house sitters have grown up with animals but aren’t able to own their own, so house and pet sitting gives them the chance to snuggle up with a pet-pal for a while. Others simply enjoy the opportunity to get out and about with a variety of different animal companions.

99% of Mindahome’s house and pet sitting positions involve the care of a pet, so a love of animals is a must. 59% of Mindahome house and pet sitters actually admit that saying goodbye to pets is the hardest things about leaving a house sit.

Here are 3 top tips to making sure your pet is given the star treatment during your next house and pet sit. Continue reading “Making Your Pet the #1 Priority”

A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting

Australians are known for their relaxed and what-you-see-is-what-you-get characteristics, so house and pet sitting across the nation has proven to be a very rewarding and financially beneficial arrangement for many Aussie pet owners, as well as house sitters.

Trust plays an important role in any house and pet sitting agreement and ensuring that both the home and pet owner and the house sitter understand the other party’s expectations, is the key to a fuss-free and enjoyable sit. Continue reading “A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting”

3 Great Reasons to Visit Perth – And They’re Free

House and pet sitting can take you to some amazing places around the country and Perth in Western Australia is definitely one not to be missed. With striking natural beauty, engaging history and a vibrant culture, Perth is a great place to explore on foot or by sea. So while you’re living like a local as a house and pet sitter, take some time to enjoy some of what Perth and its surrounds have to offer.

Natural Beauty

If you’re a nature lover and like to let your feet lead the way, Perth and its surrounding regions have a myriad of walks, parks, beaches and waterfalls to enjoy. Continue reading “3 Great Reasons to Visit Perth – And They’re Free”

Wintering in warmer locations

Mindahome house sitters David and Glenys of Albury have been members since early 2013. They explain how they escape the winter months.

Our names are Glenys and David. We reside in Albury NSW. For the last five years since our retirement we have been house sitting in Queensland to get away from our cold Southern winter in June, July and August. We have made many life long friends along with their pets and also gained some excellent references.

This year our house sitting commenced in May at Nindeeree on the Sunshine Coast between Yandina and Eumundi. This was a lovely home in the Hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. The home was on two acres and had three lovely Border Collies we looked after for seven weeks. We also had our daily chores of looking after the house, garden and pool.

Continue reading “Wintering in warmer locations”

Cat scratching

cat-750259_1920BCat owners, understandably, feel like
ripping their hair out every time they see a new piece of furniture scratched and torn at the paws of their big-eyed feline friend. Although this can be a natural trait for most cats, it is sometimes a learned behaviour that can be addressed.

We contacted our friend and expert animal behavourist, Dr Joanne Righetti from Pet Problems Solved, to give us some tips about how to understand cat scratching and what to do to curb the claws. Continue reading “Cat scratching”

Rural house sitting

We received an email from long time Mindahome house sitters Rick and Tara (members since 2014), describing their experiences house sitting in rural Tasmania back in 2015.

Screen Shot 05-24-17 at 03.43 PM 001Hi Mindahome, your article on rural house sitting was good and from our perspective on our 11th housesit in less than a year we are living rural, almost remote Tasmania.  We have a long housesit here now and love the peace and quiet.

The other advantages we didn’t expect where the friendly communities in the country.  The generosity and even work experience we are gaining.  Hubby has been helping fence paddocks and we moved cattle during one farmers short break.  So not just our homeowner benefits, but we are an extra pair of hands where needed. Learning all the time. Continue reading “Rural house sitting”

Stopovers in Regional NSW That Will Have You Salivating

17.4.2aSome of the best road trips I can remember involve a stopover (or two) at a nice cosy bakery or cafe, where the hospitality is as warm as the coffee.

Travelling the country as a house and pet sitter means that you get to explore more of the country and are able to take the time to stroll through regional towns and villages to get to know some of the lesser known attractions and sights of our beautiful country.

Everyone has their own favourite places across the country to rest their travelled legs and fill their empty stomachs with a good meat pie or coffee. Continue reading “Stopovers in Regional NSW That Will Have You Salivating”

7 tips for keeping your dog cool this summer

wildlife-photography-1551693_1920Summer has hit Australia! So if you’re considering a trip to the beach with your furry friend or a dip in the pool this summer, then check out this post from our friend and PAW by Blackmores ambassador, Dr Katrina Warren, about what to watch out for when keeping your canine companion cool this summer.

Summer is all about swimming. But is it okay to let your dog swim in your pool, and the ocean? And how do you take care of his/her coat and ears if your pooch is a regular dipper?

Taking a dip with your pooch can be oodles of fun, and under the right conditions, it’s quite safe to swim with your dog in a pool or in the ocean. But there a few things you need to consider before you set off for the water with your furry friend: Continue reading “7 tips for keeping your dog cool this summer”

5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives

dog-on-sofa2Preparing to leave our pet in the care of a sitter requires some careful planning and consideration for every eventuality.

Thanks to our friends at Petplan, this post covers some of the things you need to think about before you leave to make sure you, your pet and the pet sitter can rest easy.

You’re going on holiday, and as much as you might like to pack Fido into your luggage and take him with you, it’s simply not an option. So you’ve arranged for a pet sitter to come over to your home and make sure your furry friend is well taken care of and hopefully he won’t even notice you’re gone. To make sure everything goes off without a hitch and that the pet sitter is in the best position to look after your pet, here are five essentials to keep in mind before they arrive. Continue reading “5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives”