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Travelling Housesitters

ID: rp7

Name:

Joanna & Paul

Is / are:

A couple

Age group:

46 to 55

Profession:

Accountants

Preferred locations:

NT QLD Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Fitzroy and Central West, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and North West, Wide Bay Burnett (full regions list)

Current bookings:

6 Dec 5 Jan'19

Reply rating:

5 stars

More Information

About us :-

We are both Chartered Accountants from Perth. Paul is semi-retired after selling his accountancy practice a few years ago and Joanna works online. We are both mature professional adults, non smokers, very clean and tidy people, love cooking, taking long walks and travelling.
We have spent the last few years travelling overseas, spending a lot of time in Europe, especially Spain, Portugal and Malta. Paul’s family was originally from Malta, and he still has some family there, so sometimes we stay there for 6 months. Joanna emigrated from the UK to Australia 10 years ago, and she still has her house in the UK, so we often go back there for a visit too.
We do not have too many family ties, Joanna’s family still live in the UK and she has no children. Paul has siblings in Perth Australia and 2 children, but they are grown up and busy with their own lives.
We are very homely, and most of the time when we travel we have stayed in apartments & rental properties rather than hotels so that we can “live like a local” and cook our owns meals.
We now want to spend more time in Australia and in August 2018 we started a road trip in our Volvo 4x4. We are enjoying mixing our travels with the housesitting experience.
We both have police clearance certificates and are happy to provide these on request.

Why we want to housesit:-

We love to travel within Australia and overseas. We have spent large amounts of time, since 2010 in many European destinations. We have found that travelling and staying in any one particular location, whether that be a village, town or city for more than a few weeks, is the best experience anyone can get.
With this in mind, we have decided to do more housesitting because it will give us greater opportunities to live in different locations and explore areas we might not otherwise visit. We will then have the chance to experience living in many different environments, and have pets (even if only for the short term) that we cannot have ourselves whilst living our current lifestyle.
Although we have our own homes, they are rented out and we don’t have any commitments. This means we have the flexibility to be able to housesit, and put all our energy into offering a 5star service and take the best possible care of people’s homes and pets.
Whilst we love travelling we really appreciate the home comforts of being able to cook, see some TV or relax into a lounge chair to read. We find gardening quite therapeutic and get a lot of joy from taking care of animals.
Since we both work from ‘home’ we are available to be around for your pets most of the time if they prefer to have company. Apart from popping to the shops, or going out for the odd dinner we would be at your home.
We have our own car with us, so this means we can easily get out and about to run any errands that you might need us to do.
Being accountants, we have looked after people’s finances for years. Finances are very precious to people, just like your home and pets. We have the mindset to take care of what is most precious to people, and we can be trusted to look after what is most precious to you.

Our experience:-

In June 2014 we looked after a large mansion on 5 acres in the Swan Valley in WA. We had a great time with Mac & Meisha (2 long haired German Shepherds) and a few Alpacas.
In December 2014 we housesat in Spain. We looked after Choco - a German Shepherd, Labrador cross. He was our best 4 legged friend in Spain - and no language barrier! There was no way we could go on our daily walks without him - he would just follow us anyway!! We took care of him and our friend’s property for 3 weeks whilst they were away for Christmas in 2014.
We have also taken care of a couple of friends properties whilst they were overseas. Our friend down in Pemberton WA has a few acres, and we took care of his home, pool, chooks and veggies for several weeks in the summer of 2015 whilst he was away working. In 2016 we looked after a friend’s property in Yunderup, WA for over a month that involved some gardening.
In June / July 2018 we did a couple of WA housesitting jobs, one required general garden maintenance for a very large garden, and with the other we took care of a large number of caged birds .
In September 2018 we housesat in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley and took care of the home, garden and pool along with a Toy Poodle and a cat.
During October and November we based ourselves in Victoria. We caught up with some family and also did a couple of housesits – one involved taking care of veggies on a large 90 acre property and after that we looked after a Kelpie and an Australian Shepherd in Wallan for 2 weeks.
We are now making our way to Sydney to look after a beautiful house in North Shore, with a pool a Maine Coon Cat and some tropical fish.
We find that once we have made contact either by phone or skype, people feel more comfortable and at ease about letting us take care of their precious homes and pets. We like to explain our approach to housesitting and be methodical with the planning by going through our pre-made checklists.
We really hope to hear from you!

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