Graphic Designer and full time housesitter - Lesley Huntley has written some excellent first hand articles on housesitting.
Here is an excerpt:
If you are one of the many home owners that has been the victim of burglary, or you are the owner of a pet with special needs (aren’t they all), or you simply worry what will happen to your home and/or pet in your absence, you know what it is like to be unable to completely relax and enjoy your hard earned holiday.
You may have arrived home to the aftermath of irresponsible relatives who were supposed to be taking care of your home in your absence and haven’t quite lived up to their end of the bargain. You could have forked out hundreds, if not thousands for pet boarding only to be unable to stop worrying about how they are the whole time, or for them to come back different pets, perhaps even with ticks or fleas (or worse).
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Read entire article ....What Better Arrangement for All Involved but Humble House Sitting?
And more great information:
How to Become a House Sitter – in Two Easy Steps.