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A couple

Age group:

36 to 45


Writer and former teacher

Preferred locations:

QLD Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, Townsville and North West

Reply rating:

5 stars

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A reliable track record of happy homeowners for your peace of mind.

Dear Homeowner,
Our names are Francis and Joanie, a semi retired married couple living as active home buddies. We are currently staying in Townsville. We are non smokers, healthy, kind and considerate. We have no pets or dependent children and have our own transport.

Just like you are, we were proud homeowners. We sold our beloved home and since 2010 we are experienced house/pet sitters.
We have 9 years worth of outstanding housesit references from happy homeowners available to you. Also, clean up to date police checks.

Our referees are our greatest asset. They will be happy to share their experience with us and attest to our word. Please see our REVIEWS BELOW.

In the true spirit of house sitting, our service is FREE.
We understand house/pet sitting as that we maintain conditions and routines with the same care and attention as you do when you are home -- all neat and tidy, and with pride. We keep a constant presence so it is safe. We are there every day and sleep there every night. We collect your snail mail every day and stow it safely.

We are both easily contactable all the time. And we contact you immediately should anything out of the ordinary arises, which it never does. We do send you a detailed weekly email report, keeping you informed on what’s happening in the home front. We are extremely reliable so you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

On your return we greet you with a fresh fruit platter, a smile and happy pet(s). All is as if you never left. We hand over to you a welcoming clean house and maintained outdoors so all that you can do is crash into the clean sheets of your freshly made bed.
All our happy homeowners will attest to this.

If you are in the Townsville area we are available to pop in and meet you in person. Otherwise, we can meet you by video call via Whatsapp or Skype.
We specialise in mid to long term assignments for grey nomads and overseas travelers, and also do some short assignments in between. Please contact us to let us know your particular dates and requirements.

Our referees are our greatest asset. They are more than happy to speak to you and share their positive experience with us.

(Please contact us for their details).

We were the house sitters of choice for Dion and Sandra in Pallarenda Beach this past Christmas 2017 for 5 weeks. On their return they were very happy with us. They are more than happy to share with you their experience with us.
This is their review:

“Francis and Joanie looked after our house, two greyhounds and blue-tongue lizard for 5 weeks over Christmas just gone. They did a wonderful job and the house, gardens and pool were immaculate when we returned. The gardens actually looked
better than before we left! Francis was very thorough with his pre-sit walkthrough and questions, as he's obviously a pro at house sitting. The pets were well cared for, including daily walks. Communication throughout was great, including weekly update emails for peace of mind. We would happily recommend Francis and Joanie to other home owners.”

Homeowner Dion in Pallarenda is happy to chat with you.

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We just finished a 3 month house sit for Bob and Teresa in Balgal Beach in May 2018. They wrote an outstanding review of their experience with us. Bob is happy to chat with you.
This is their review:

“To Whom It May concern,
We had Francis and Joanie look after our house while we were on holidays for 3 months from 27th February to 5th May this year (2018).
Upon our return we found the house in pristine condition, the gardens well groomed and the pool crystal clear.
They are very thorough with their house sitting duties as evidenced by the checklist we went through before leaving, the regular email reports during our absence and the handover upon our return.
We found them to be very honest and reliable and I would have no problem recommending them to others who require house minders.
Kind Regards,
Bob and Teresa”

Homeowner Bob in Balgal Beach is happy to chat with you.

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Neil and Alison were new at house sitting and so naturally somewhat uneasy and unsure of how the process works. We met them on Skype and they became familiarized with us and had a chance to ask some questions.
Theirs is a large property (an amazing 50 acres, about 3 acres of gardens to be mowed and cared for) with a large brand new designer built home and a kitty, chooks and a large vegie patch.

They handed us their house and car keys and off they went on holiday overseas for 5 weeks.
Last year they asked us back to house sit for them.
Neil and Alison are lovely people and will be more than happy to communicate with you. Here's their review:

"This was our first experience with house sitters and we were extremely impressed with Francis and Joanie who proved to be professional, responsible and very easy to deal with. They walked us through the process and gave us excellent guidance regarding preparations we needed to make, communication protocols, contingencies for emergencies, etc. They visited us several weeks before we left on holiday so that they could learn about the tasks involved in caring for our rural property (including looking after a cat, hens and guinea fowl) and to ensure expectations were aligned.
Whilst we were away they provided us with regular reports on how things were going, any problems encountered and how they had been addressed. The reports were thorough and entertaining and we looked forward to receiving them. On our return the house and gardens were immaculate. There was nothing we had needed to do except crash into a comfortable bed beautifully made up with newly washed sheets and get over jet lag.
We would have no hesitation in asking Francis and Joanie to house sit for us again in the future and thoroughly recommend them to others.
Neil and Alison,
Kuranda Queensland."

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Kerry’s main concern is her two lovely cats and her puppy, but specially her oldest cat which is 19 years old!! Kerry is delighted to share with you how much we pampered her babies. Ha ha !
Here's her review:

"To Whom It May Concern,

We went on holidays to visit our daughter and have a holiday in Tasmania. Our two cats and one dog are incredibly special to us - and so we were determined that nothing but the best care would do for them. We also have a flower and veggie garden and wanted someone that could water and maintain it while we were away.

We went through the pet/house sitter sites and found Francis and Joanie's site and after talking to them over the phone, we felt that they could be the ones we were looking for. This was more than confirmed when we met them.
Francis and Joanie also supplied us with a federal police check.

It was obvious from the moment we saw them that they truly love animals, are sincere and trustworthy. We felt at ease with them and could see that they are responsible, descent people. More importantly, the dog and cats took an immediate liking to them.

Francis and Joanie ensured that they had all the medical details for the pets and knew what to do in case of an emergency. We were certain that the pets would be well looked after. They also seemed genuinely concerned about ensuring that the property was well maintained when we were away.

During our time in Tasmania Francis and Joanie kept in contact with us via phone and email, updating us on how our our oldest cat aged 20 was going.

When we arrived home we were so pleased at how Francis and Joanie had left our home- just fabulous and clean and tidy.

We were also happy to find the dog and cats so relaxed and happy when we arrived. The love and care they had received while we were gone was evident. Our dog was well exercised while we were away.
Before leaving they gave us a final update in a typed report.

Our veggie and flower garden looked great thanks to some good watering and care.

Francis and Joanie not only looked after our pets and home, but built their own relationship with each one of them and were very kind and thoughtful towards them.

They are the best pet and house sitters and we highly recommend them.

If you have any enquiries or would just like to discuss the house sit with us, please do not hesitate to contact Kerry.

Yours sincerely,
Kerry and Bob"

Homeowner Kerry is happy to chat with you about us.

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