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Tom and Ingrid, experienced house sitters

63, Security consultant

57, Facility manager and Personal Assistant

Tom and Ingrid, experienced house sitters


We are a mature, friendly and semi retired couple, Tom aged 63 and Ingrid 57.

We have the Dutch nationality and we are residents of New Zealand.

After living in the Netherlands we decided to move to New Zealand in 1999 and we lived in North Canterbury for about eight years .
In 2007 we went to Germany, because of a challenging job offer, and we stayed there for approximately six years. We moved on and we lived in several other countries since then, most of the time house sitting. We decided to make a new start in New Zealand again and now we are back.

After starting his career at the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands Tom became a security consultant, being involved in a lot of different projects.
Ingrid has gained experience as a personal assistant and in the area of facility management.

We are honest, reliable and trustworthy people and non-smokers. We are self sufficient, clean and tidy people and like to organise things.

Our mutual hobbies are travelling, sailing, skiing and gardening. Besides that Ingrid likes to read and to practice ballet and yoga.

Apart from Dutch and English we also speak German fluently as well as a bit of Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

What do we bring to the assignment

We take the job of house sitting seriously, we will take care of your home as if it is our own.

It is no problem to take care of practical things as we have a lot of practical skills. We are able to handle emergencies in your absence. When we lived in New Zealand we built our own house with our four hands, which we think explains enough.

We are experienced gardeners in Europe as well as in New Zealand. We tended a lot of gardens and had a lifestyle block of 17 ha with a large garden in Canterbury.

We are happy to take care of your beloved pet(s), we had dogs and cats ourselves and we cared for cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, donkeys, birds, pigs, cattle and sheep during other house-sitting assignments.

Of course we will keep you informed while you are away, for example via e-mail, Whatsapp or Skype.

Why we want to house sit

As we already have experience in house sitting in New Zealand and different countries in Europe, we decided to choose for this possibility again being back in New Zealand.

We like living in different environments and in this way we also have enough time to consider all of our options in New Zealand before settling us again.

As we are experienced travelers around the world ourselves, we know it is difficult to leave your house (and pets) behind, especially for a longer time. We would like to give you the opportunity to be able to relax while being away, knowing that there will be taken well care of everything.


Until now we received quite a few reviews. If required we can send you a total overview of all of them. Eight reviews are published on this website by Jane, John & Gerda, Julie & Bruce, Jennie, Lynn, Mary, Jenny, Val and Morna.

At the website of Mindmyhouse.com you will find four reviews written by Julie, Laerke, Ginnie and James and six other reviews are given personally. These ten reviews are published at the end of this profile description.

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Reviews received privately:

----------------------- Review by Robyn and David

7 July 2015

To whom it may concern

Between 15 March and 17 May, nine weeks, we travelled to Italy and France leaving our 5 acre property, 500 square metre modern contemporary home and nine year old Bichon Frise dog in the care of Tom and Ingrid.

We cannot recommend Tom and Ingrid highly enough. They greatly surpassed our expectations with their kind and loving care of our dog and their meticulous care of the house and garden.

We returned home to an immaculate house and beautifully groomed garden. Not only that but a happy, fit dog and a 'welcome home cake', lunch food in the deep freeze and homemade plum chutney. Our car and lawn mower were sparkling like new, and here were many other tasks they undertook that we had not asked them to do, in other words a tidier property than when we left it.

During our time in Europe emails kept us up to date. Messages and photos from Tom and Ingrid allayed all our concerns meaning we could relax and enjoy our holiday.

Because of illness before we left on our long overdue holiday, we had been very concerned our garden was not up to our usual high standards. Apologetically we left not wishing to burden Tom and Ingrid with any extra duties. However during the nine weeks their faithful custodianship restored and maintained the garden, and our home was sparkling, a wonderful gift for two wary travellers returning home.
We will always be grateful to them for their conscientious, thoughtful and careful sojourn in our North Canterbury home.

We would highly recommend Tom and Ingrid to anyone considering leaving their home in Tom and Ingrid's care. They looked after our place as if it were their own.

Yours faithfully Robyn and David

----------------------- Review by Marco

Reference Tom and Ingrid

In the year 2017 Tom and Ingrid took care of my house and animals during a period of three weeks. I got to know them as remarkable nice and trustworthy persons! On their own initiative I was regularly informed about the situation in and around the house.

They even now and then sent pictures of the animals. Also their interest about how I was doing during my trip, has moved me very much. I was adequately informed about a minor technical problem, with the question what they could do for me to solve the problem.

Coming home, the entire house was neat, also the garden and animals were very well taken care of. Not only concerning feeding, but also the walks and the attention. After returning home, they took a lot of time to discuss all about the period of their stay.

The only disadvantage about Tom and Ingrid is that my dog liked them so much, that he was depressive during the first days after their departure, because he missed them.

When I plan another trip, they are on top of the list to ask to care for my property and animals. We do still have contact and my door will always be open for them!

Marco van der Meer, Arcen.
(please ask for contact details)

----------------------- Review by Phil

During a period in June-July 2017 we took care of a house and two lovely dogs in the neighbourhood of Coimbra in Portugal. The owners of the property told us that they were very satisfied with the way we took care of the house and the dogs. They are more than willing to provide a personal reference.

----------------------- Review by Hans & Jeannine

In oktober 2017 hebben Tom en Ingrid ca. 4 weken voor onze dieren (een papegaai, 2 katten, 3 honden en 2 ezels) gezorgd en op ons huis gepast.

Wij stonden al versteld over de minitieuze manier waarop zij hun oppasperiode bij ons voorbereid hadden. We kregen een checklist waarin echt aan alles gedacht was, niet alleen wat betreft het wel en wee van de dieren, maar ook betreffende verzekeringen, veiligheid, technische details van het huis etc.

Dat gaf ons al een goed gevoel en onze verwachtingen werden zeker niet teleurgesteld. We hebben alleen maar lof voor Tom en Ingrid!
Hun omgang met de dieren was fantastisch. We hebben altijd wat bedenkingen bij de reaktie van onze jongste wat "groot" uitgevallen hond, maar die was binnen de kortste keren beste maatjes met Tom, die hem ook nog best een stukje opvoeding wist bij te brengen!

Jammer genoeg verloren we tijdens hun oppasperiode onze oudste hond, een herder-husky teefje van 12,5 die een gedraaide maag niet overleefde. Tom en Ingrid waren er zelf kapot van. Het was vreselijk dat we toen zelf niet aanwezig konden zijn, maar we hadden de situatie niet beter kunnen aanpakken als Tom en Ingrid dat gedaan hebben. En zij hebben haar in die laatste momenten zeker alle warmte en vriendschap gegeven die ze nodig had.

Ook toen een van onze ezels een koliek kreeg, hebben ze onmiddellijk op de best mogelijke manier gereageerd. Dankzij hun snelle reaktie en ongeloflijke inzet was hij er snel weer bovenop.

Niet alleen de dieren maar ook huis en tuin waren prima verzorgd. En ook de tuinman en onze werkster werden op hun wekelijkse werkdag bij ons heel persoonlijk en hartelijk opgevangen.

Wij zullen Tom en Ingrid altijd dankbaar blijven voor de ongelofelijk deskundige maar ook warme en geengageerde manier waarop zij die vervelende situaties met onze dieren gemeesterd hebben.

We hopen dat ze in toekomst nog vaker kunnen oppassen, maar ook daarbuiten zullen ze als vrienden altijd bij ons welkom blijven.
Jeannine en Hans Veninga, Portugal

----------------------- Review by Sylvia Musch

It was so good to leave my dog and house to Tom and Ingrid. I never expected that I would trust total strangers before I even met them. But I felt very happy when I met them and did not have any concern when leaving. Also because the communication in the time before that was not only friendly, but illustrated that they would take their care very seriously. They did not leave anything to change. That felt very good. And in the end I had a time without worries for dog or house and the dog had a wonderful time.

Sylvia Musch, Ooltgensplaat, the Netherlands, July 2018

----------------------- Review by Eileen

Your communication has been amazing, thank you for that and sending the photos. I'm sure Raski and Amber are going to miss you, having been cared for so lovingly.
You left everything in perfect condition. How fortunate I was to have met you.
I hope you enjoy your next property and are able to find your own perfect piece of property one day.

Oxford, New Zealand, June 2019

Reviews received via the website of mindmyhouse.com:

----------------------- Review by Julie:

Practical, Adaptable and caring Tom and Ingrid

Tom and Ingrid house sat for us, our 2 very big dogs, and 2cats. Our
home is remote and solar powered so finding the right people who could
cope with the challenges this might present, as well as caring for our
larger than normal dogs was a concern. However Tom and Ingrid adapted
to the life style and those challenges whilst ensuring our pets
enjoyed a stress free break from us. Our timid rescued Bonnie, was
apprehensive at first and even a little afraid of the strangers whom
we had welcomed into our home, but within days they had won her round.
A lovely animal loving couple.

* Tidy
* Organised
* Good at pet care
* Reliable
* Kept in contact
* Friendly
* Good in the garden
* Handy around the house

Julie, 11 November 2016

----------------------- Review by Laerke:

Thank you
Ingrid and Tom did a great job taking care of our house and pets. We received regular updates, and when we came back it was to a clean house and happy, well-fed animals. There was even dinner waiting for us - a godsend after a long flight!
* Tidy
* Organised
* Good at pet care
* Kept in contact

Laerke, Denmark, 26 April, 2017

----------------------- Review by Ginnie:

Practical and Very Organised
Ingrid & Tom were great sitters for our two large dogs and two cats - there was obvious mutual admiration between all of them. They were extremely organised and practical. They kept us informed at all times of the animals' well-being. They arrived a day early as requested to familiarise themselves with our routine and were professional, conscientious and organised in all aspects of house and animal care. We wouldn't hesitate to welcome them back as guests or sitters.
* Tidy
* Organised
* Good at pet care
* Reliable
* Kept in contact
Ginnie, Spain, 15 June, 2017

----------------------- Review by James:

Testimonial for Ingrid and Tom
The best thing I can say about Tom and Ingrid is that I don't want them to leave! From my first tentative dealings with them through the website they have been professional, thorough and a pleasure to interact with. As always little hiccups occur with house-sitting but everything was handled with calm and met with a can-do attitude which is so reassuring as a property owner thousands of miles away. Communication was exemplary and I had confidence that they could deal with any problems they encountered. I also took immense satisfaction in how much they both clearly enjoyed the property, the surrounding nature and the town of Xativa. I recommend them unreservedly as potential house-sitters for your property and will miss them very much.
* Organised
* Reliable
* Kept in contact
* Friendly
* Handy around the house

JAMES, United Kingdom, 05 June, 2018

Reviews (9)
Tom & Ingrid have sat for us on two occasions this year. They are a well organised and very professional couple. They were meticulous in their preparation prior to their sit and we were very happy to have them looking after our property & animals. We were kept up to date with any happenings at home, minor repairs taken care of efficiently. We had some urgent mail arrive which we were not expecting when we left. We were immediately informed and the mail was redirected to us. That was a huge ... MORE
MARY (West Eyreton South Island, Jan 2019 - 1 week 5 days)
We had a great experience using Tom and Ingrid as house sitters. Their communication prior to and throughout the house sit was excellent. We came home to a very clean and tidy house and happy cats. Would definitely recommend them.
MORNA (Sydenham South Island, Jul 2020 - 1 week 3 days)
Tom and Ingrid were wonderful sitters. They cared for our elderly cat, who had a dietary crisis and lost weight - through the care she received, she overcame this. They sent photos and were great communicators. We arrived home to a happy cat, lovely clean home and a delicious loaf of home-baked bread. Thank you so very much!
VAL (Redwoodtown South Island, Feb 2020 - 6 weeks)
From the outset, Tom & Ingrid communicated well with a most thorough approach to their housesitting assignment. Their main focus was on minding the two highly energetic Hungarian Vizslas who are not easy and it takes some experienced, passionate dog-lovers to make a success, on both sides,of this assignment. They made an effort to keep us well informed of how things were going while we were overseas. We returned to happy Tom & Ingrid and happy dogs. The house was neat & tidy, lawn mowed ... MORE
JENNY (Upper Moutere South Island, Nov 2019 - 3 weeks)
Tom & Ingrid were just wonderful. Our dog Dusty was spoiled in their care and they sent us lots of pictures of him having fun and playing at the beach. The house was left absolutely spotless and the garden was also much tidier than we left it! They knew we were arriving back late at night with 2 kids so they made sure we had food in the fridge and fresh bread. I honestly can not recommend these guys highly enough.
LYNN (St Albans South Island, Jan 2019 - 1 week 3 days)
Tom and Ingrid were absolutely brilliant house sitters. Their meticulous details were evident from the outset. They worked tirelessly in the garden despite the weather not always cooperating. Both house and garden were left in better condition than they found them! Brucie our cat clearly embraced them, sleeping on their bed. He certainly seemed a happy cat on our return. They kindly took us to the airport and on our return had home made soup and bread ready for us. We would highly recommend Tom ... MORE
JENNIE (Rolleston South Island, Dec 2018 - 3 weeks)
We have "some" experience in house sitting. In this case, looking after the house, the garden and Brucie the cat of Jennie and Kenneth during their trip, was one of the good house-sitting experiences we have ever experienced. They made a trip to a quite remote place on this earth and it was not ... MORE
No rating Tom and Ingrid looked after our very large house and extensive gardens and grounds for 4months, as well as our 6 beef cows and my horse. I cannot thank them enough for all the hard work that they did as the whole place was looking wonderful when I returned. Not only did they deal with the routine running of the property they also expertly dealt with the unexpected emergencies that always manage to occur when one is away. I would certainly unreservedly recommend them if you want exceptionally ... MORE
JANE (Palmerston South Island, Nov 2015)
No rating Tom and Ingrid If you require honest and careful people for a house sit, Julie and I have no hesitation in recommending these two as perfect carers for your house and pets you couldn't do better. During the 7 week sitting, our three sheep and property were well cared for, maintenance was done, gardens planted and looked after, the house was very very clean, the lawns were manicured, the yard was free of leaves and debris, (the area we live in had some substantial storm damage, branches and ... MORE
No rating Tom and Ingrid are the best house sitters you can wish for! They have looked after our house and property if it was their own. We think even better. With our dogs they created a special bond and gave them a top class TLC. We like to thank Tom and Ingrid for all what they have done for us. We wish them all best and hope that they will find their own piece of "dirt" in New Zealand so they can start building their dream house. Ratings? OK: AAA+ John & Gerda Wellsford
JOHN & GERDA (Wellsford, , Jul 2015 - 5 weeks)
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