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Platinum (36mths+)
House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Reptile(s), Farm Animals, Horse(s), None
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2021: 29Jul-4Sep

Reliable Respectful Regular Sitters

64, Retired Former Principal

66, Retired Former Engineer

We are a married couple. Sandra is a retired primary school principal and Philip is a retired engineer. We enjoy experiencing the different areas and places in New Zealand and across the globe.

We are a really flexible, easy going and reliable couple who will give you piece of mind that your animals and home is in good hands while you are away.

We have four adult children who live in New Zealand and Melbourne. They are all young professionals who are settled and progressing with their careers. We find that house sitting is a great way to enjoy animals and to live in different places. We are animal lovers and handy around properties. We have had a range of different sorts of animals as part of our family.

Why we want to house sit?

We have found house sitting is a great way to spend time with animals and to be able to live in and explore a variety of places across New Zealand and the world that we wouldn't normally see if we were settled in one place.

What we bring to the assignment / relevant experience?

We are very experienced, responsible, extremely house proud and would look after your home as if it were our own. We have been house sitting since late 2016 and have looked after indoor cats, outdoor cats, large and small dogs, large gardens as well as chickens. The fresh eggs each day were great!

With four children, we believed it was important to build empathy with animals and to the environment and that having pets was an important part of family life. Animals we have had as part of our family over 30 years have included: horses, ponies, goats, dogs, cats, birds, chooks, pigs, sheep and cows. As we are retired we are available to spoil your pets during the day.

Philip is also a great handyman and can assist with any minor maintenance issues that happen while you are away. We currently live in the CBD and enjoy opportunities to have a change of scene. Our own interests include fishing, snorkling, reading, walking, and travelling. We enjoy the bush, the sea and natural environments and also enjoy experiencing different cultures.

We are trusted and reliable:
Sandra has received many national awards and recently received the Queens Service Award, Member of New Zealand Order of Merit for service to the national and international education community. This is an testimony of trust and integrity.

We have excellent New Zealand house sitting references and NZ Police checks.

Reviews (16)
Sandra and Philip were fantastic housesitters. They kept me updated about my pets with regular reports, photos and videos. I knew my animals were in very loving hands. Coming home, the house was sparkling clean (even some windows washed!), the lawns mowed, a meal in the fridge. And most of all, the pets healthy and happy. I would love to have Sandra and Philip again as housesitters and recommend them to anyone!
ELA (PARAU North Island, Jul 2021 - 1 month 1 week)
Sandra and Phil were fantastic. They kept us up to date with the pets and the house regularly. They navigated the installation and use of a new aircon system with ease and good grace and we are so grateful to them. Thankyou for filling our garden with beautiful flowers and for fixing the squeaky doors and for the lovely gifts left for us In the fridge and on our bench on our return. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and will definitely keep in touch :-D
HELENE (Waiaitarua North Island, Jan 2021 - 3 months)
Thank you to you both for looking after the boys. hope to catch up in 2021.
SERGE (Hanmer Springs South Island, Nov 2020 - 2 weeks 2 days)
Highly recommended. We came home to a very tidy house and a happy dog. Thanks so much!
KAT (Upper Moutere South Island, Nov 2020 - 4 days)
Sandra and Phillip took great care of our home, cars and garden. The house was spotlessly clean on our return from holiday. Phillip gave the lawn a mow - very much appreciated. They gave us peace of mind by keeping in regular contact with us. We can highly recommend Sandra and Phillip as they treated our home as their own. We were first time users of house sitter services and were impressed with how easy the process was.
CHRIS AND ANNE (Mairangi Bay , Aug 2019 - 7 weeks)
Sandra and Phil were ideal house sitters. They looked after everything, including our Waiheke water and waste-water systems in addition to our huge garden, not to mention feline Possum. After 4 months we came home to a very contented cat and found a complete winter garden planted with every conceivable vegetable growing. We recommend them highly .
PETER AND FRANCES (Ostend, Waiheke , Mar 2019 - 4 months)
Sandra and Philip took great care of our home, and Philip even mowed the lawn even though we didn't ask him to :) That was greatly appreciated. The house was clean and in great condition when we returned, so rest assured your home will be respected and taken care of in their care. Our dog was also happy and healthy when we returned and we are glad Philip was home to accompany her during the day.
SU-REN (Titirangi North Island, Feb 2019 - 3 weeks)
Sandra and Phillip were brilliant house sitters, I could not recommend them more highly. The whole process was both thorough and easy, the house and cats were very well cared for and we'd love to have them back next time.
SUE (Scotts Landing North Island, Jan 2019 - 1 week 4 days)
Thanks Sandra and Philip for taking such good care of Toby and ensuring he was fit and healthy for our return. I know he got lots of attention and affection and that is all we could ask for. Appreciated also the flexibility you showed when we had a builder come to the house to do some work.
VICKI (Stanmore Bay North Island, Oct 2018 - 1 week 4 days)
No rating Sandra and Phillip were amazing house sitters. They took fantastic care of my cats and my home. Additionally, they went above and beyond by leaving some soup for me after I returned from the UK as they knew I would be jet lagged. I can highly recommend them to anyone looking for someone to take care of their pets and their house.
ASHLEIGH (Stanley Point North Island, Jul 2018 - 4 weeks)
No rating Sandra and Phillip are the consummate professionals. They made this seamless and easy We returned to well cared for pets and a clean home Fully recommend them if you can get a spot in their schedule Many thanks guys
GARY (Beach Haven North Island, May 2018 - 1 week)
No rating I can't thank Sandra and Phil for looking after my house and pets so well. I had no doubt they would take great care of them as the 2 dogs (the boys) took Phil from the first meeting. The dogs and the cats were contented and happy on my return and the house was spotless. I cannot recommend them highly enough and would definitely use them again.
EMMA (Maraetai North Island, Dec 2017 - 6 days)
No rating Sandra and Phillip are great! Recommend them totally. Great animal and property minders. We are having them back.
GAY (Auckland North Island, Jun 2017 - 2 weeks 2 days)
No rating Sandra and Philip looked after our house while we were away to India. They are exceptionally trustworthy and we're lucky to have met them. Our pup Alfie was so well looked after. I'm sure he still misses the regular walks by Philip. Philip and Sandra are more part of our family now than housesitters.
DOLLY (Greenhithe North Island, Mar 2017 - 3 weeks)
No rating I have no hesitation recommending Sandra and Phillip for a house sit. They came and looked after our little dog and cat and both animals seemed very happy in their company. Sandra was very good at providing updates and even photos whilst we were away. The house was left very clean and tidy and we would certainly call on them again.
LYNLEY (Arkles Bay , Mar 2017)
No rating I was delighted when I came home to find my place as clean and tidy as I left it. I also welcomed and valued the updates, including pictures that showed me how happy Rose was in their care - which means the world to me. I thoroughly recommend Sandra & Philip. They approached my house sit with such a warm, professional, no fuss manner, and I felt very happy and content knowing they were there for the short time I was away. I would definitely ask them to sit for me again!
CARO (Herne Bay North Island, Feb 2017 - 3 days)
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