A house sitter provides loving, full-time, home-based pet-care while you're away.
46, Freelance editor
Veteran home/pet carer, but new to NZ! (Scroll down to the end for excerpts from my reviews on other house-sitting sites:)
I'll be spending 3-4 months in NZ and would love to base myself in one or more areas, combining house sitting with a little local exploring, plus some quiet time at home to work on freelance projects. And having four legged company is definitely the biggest attraction of the job for me, being a lifelong animal lover who in recent years has moved around too much to keep her own pet! Please rest assured that I will care for your home and pets as if they were my own.
A little more background about me.. originally from the UK, I lived and worked for many years in Asia (India/China/Bhutan) before returning to the UK in 2014. For the next 5 years I worked as a live-in carer in various locations around the UK, looking after elderly people, as well as their homes and pets. Getting to know different parts of the country was one of the many enjoyable aspects of this job, as was looking after furry friends, and so when I switched to a digital nomad lifestyle (freelance editing) in 2018, house sitting seemed like an ideal way to keep up these interests. Since then I have done several house sits in the UK and around Europe. (Review excerpts below - full references available on request.)
I'm a quiet and easy going type with little need for entertainment - an evening in with pets is definitely more my idea of fun than a night out on the tiles. I enjoy walking, qigong, reading, photography and cooking. I am honest and reliable, and keep a clean home. Happy to help with light gardening as well.
Apologies for the dearth of profile photos - I am a bit of a camera dodger and despite having cuddled up with numerous cats and dogs over the years, I can only find one bit of photographic evidence!
Please note that I have a hearing impairment (currently awaiting cochlear implant surgery) and don't manage well on the phone, so I prefer to use WhatsApp or email to stay in touch. (Can also do Skype video call with captions or text to get acquainted before the sit.)
Looking forward to meeting you!
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
"Linda was a great house and pet sitter. She looked after our property and car as if they were her own and the cats loved her. We returned to a clean and tidy house and happy pets. We would happily have her sit for us again."
Sian & Ian, Faial, Azores (mindmyhouse.com)
"I immediately had confidence in Linda. She knew very well how to take care of my two cats. The apartment was spotless when I returned. I hope to welcome her again next time and I highly recommend her."
Olivia, Paris (nomador.com)
"We cannot recommend Linda highly enough as a house sitter. She looked after our house very well and was helpful, friendly, cooperative and totally trustworthy throughout. You could not want for a better or more helpful housesitter."
Gill & Dave, Bristol (privately arranged)
Also please see my profile and more recent reviews on Trusted Housesitters - please contact me for the link.