OUR HOUSE SITTING LIFE
Since deciding, back in 2015, to retire early and start traveling full time we wondered how we would cope being on the road all the time and not having a home base of our own. And then we discovered house sitting.
House sitting has transformed the way we travel, enabling us to explore different parts of the world at a slow pace, integrate with local communities and best of all – spend time with wonderful pets.
The concept of house sitting for home owners is a real game changer as well. We know that for many people they find it very difficult to go traveling when they have much loved pets. The drama around finding a friend or family member to stay or to drop over to check on animals is often too much to bear. Plus, the cost of kenneling pets is usually prohibitive and adds significantly to the travel budget.
As house sitters, we provide valuable services to home & pet owners – two responsible and caring people to care for pets, maintain property and deal with whatever else needs attending to.
OUR HOUSE SITTING REFERENCES
Since starting our house sitting adventures in 2015 we have had the joy and privilege to care for 25 dogs, 19 cats, a chinchilla, tanks of fish and a yard of chooks, in 23 homes, across 5 countries. In some cases, we have continued relationships with home owners whom we now count as friends.
Here is feedback from previous house sits. Each of these references can be verified, and owners’ contact details can be supplied if required.
Sue & Dave spent a week looking after our excitable terrier Alfie.
From the first time we spoke to them, we knew that they would do a great job house sitting for us, and we weren’t wrong.
Alfie was clearly well looked after and the house was really clean and tidy when we got back.
Sue & Dave were really easy to arrange things with, and they made great efforts to make sure that they were fitting in with our plans.
All in all we couldn’t have asked for more…
Perfect house sitters!
Sue & Dave took great care of our property and cat over 2 months or so.
They’re very sociable and good company and made a number of friends during their stay.
They also coped admirably when extremely high winds caused havoc!
We would be pleased to have them sit for us again and are happy to wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone.
We hope to see them again.
FANTASTIC house sitters.
Sue and Dave were the first house sitters we have had and we entrusted them with our beloved ten year old cat and our new puppy.
We couldn’t have found more diligent, responsible and trustworthy people had we interviewed prospective house sitters from a worldwide application list.
Our sorrow is that Sue and Dave live on the other side of the world in Australia and we couldn’t call on them each and every time we wanted to go away.
They cared for our animals like they were their own, kept in contact whilst we were away via text, email and Skype and we returned home to a home cleaner and tidier than we left it.
The care and passion that this couple put into looking after our animals and home could not be surpassed and have made a very difficult house-sit to follow.
Thank you Sue and Dave!
Sue and Dave proved to be professional friendly and reliable.
They cared for my pets and home exceptionally well and paid attention to the details of the care program, and are welcome back any time socially and professionally.
We were away overseas for 4 weeks, leaving our house, pool, gardens, 10-year-old cat and our 1-year-old dog in Sue and Dave’s capable hands.
It was good to know beforehand that they are experienced with home and pool maintenance because as it turns out, there were issues with our dishwasher and pool equipment while we were away. Sue & Dave dealt with both circumstances efficiently and professionally – notifying us and making arrangements for repairs with the proper companies on our behalf.
They also sent us updates on our pets from time to time (as we were missing them). It was reassuring for us to know that our pets were being looked after by genuinely caring people.
We came home to a clean house, the gardens looked great, and our animals were happy and content.
Definitely will be using Sue & Dave again!
Sue & Dave took care of our 2 fur babies (cats) and house for 2 weeks.
They made us feel very comfortable from the start and made a lot of effort to make sure we were.
They kept in touch while we were away sending updates on the cats – one of which can be quite high maintenance and needs daily tablets. They couldn’t administer it the way we usually do but managed to find a way to get the job done without any stress to them or the cats.
We came home to an immaculate house (cleaner than we left it!) and very chilled out cats that didn’t seem bothered in the slightest that we left them (or were home again!)
We would happily recommend Sue and Dave as sitters and have them back again any time.
Sue & Dave looked after my wee cottage, my dog Ruby & kitten Maddi for 5 days.
They were absolutely wonderful, I never worried at all whilst I was away.
It was wonderful to come home to a tidy house and very happy pets.
Sue and Dave house and pet-sat for us for three weeks.
They were so attentive and loving to our two dogs and our cat meaning that we were completely reassured and relaxed about their welfare while we were away.
They sent regular up-dates and photos which were lovely to receive when we were so far away.
They coped with several plumbing emergencies in our absence and the house was clean and tidy on our return.
Sue and Dave are genuinely lovely people who inspire confidence and trust. I would not hesitate to recommend them and hope to use their services again in the future.
The dogs spent several days looking for them after they left so I’m sure they would be happy to see them again too!
Our cat had been ill and was recovering when Dave and Sue arrived – she looked better when we got home.
They sent pics and updates without us asking which was really reassuring.
The house looked great when we got back, and they’d left a note and flowers too!
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others looking for capable, thoughtful and reliable house sitters.
To leave my cats, house and business in such capable hands made my two week break truly perfect and worry-free.
Sue and Dave plan, organise, communicate and care like true friends.
They tackled a more involved house-sit, a guesthouse, effortlessly.
Looking forward to seeing them again at the end of the year.
Sue and Dave house sat our home in Dunedin NZ.
They were excellent and our dog, birds and fish were well cared for.
John & Anne
We had the pleasure of having Dave and Sue look after our house, dog and chinchilla for a week.
Just looking at their references and their travel blog suggested we needed do no more research and asked if they would sit for us which they glad accepted.
I met them at the train station smack on time and although I had just received bad news about our holiday being cancelled, they were absolutely fine if we had to cancel the whole stay. Luckily we found somewhere else and all went as planned.
They are lovely people and kept us fully informed of what was going on at home including pictures of the pets and one with them soaking wet through walking Millie.
We have already said we will give them first refusal on our next trip, that’s how much we liked them.
We came back to a lovely clean house with a bunch of flowers to welcome us home. Also, we had a black bin liner full of fallen leaves, so a little gardening had been done by the looks of it 🙂
So if you are thinking about asking Sue and Dave to house sit for you, think no longer, they are great.
Many thanks you two ,kind regards Paul and Jane
Somehow this review got lost in the wilderness and we are trying to retrieve it.
Sue and Dave are a responsible experienced and capable pair.
We recommend them highly as house sitters.
They looked after our cats and home for a period of 6 weeks.
They communicated clearly and promptly before and during their stay at our place and were quick to understand what we wanted.
They looked after one of our cats who was ill for a few days very reliably, administering medication and taking him to the vet for a check.
They attended to some car maintenance tasks willingly and these tasks were really outside their house sitting brief.
They kept plants watered and paths swept and the house was tidy to return to.
We would not hesitate to ask them again to house sit.
There really isn’t any higher recommendation is there?
Felicity & Ian
For us it was an absolute privilege to have Dave and Sue look after our home and much loved dogs, one of whom is very timid which creates its own problem with strangers.
They kept us informed on a daily basis with photos and texts of obviously happy dogs.
Dave and Sue are lovely, down to earth, genuine caring people.
Our grand daughter was a regular visitor to our home while they were there and enjoyed many games of ‘pick up sticks’ together.
Our home was handed back to us in immaculate condition with a gorgeous dinner waiting for us and flowers on our bed with fresh sheets.
We loved them, they were great, but such a shame they don’t live in our area to house sit at our beck and call.
Thank you Dave and Sue for enabling us to have a worry free holiday 🙂
Tina & Owen
We were extremely lucky ( and so were our dogs) to have Sue and Dave look after our “fur babies” for 2 plus weeks during Nov 2016.
From our initial Skype we felt very comfortable with our choice and this was fully endorsed throughout their sit.
We were impressed by the way they related to our two dogs and we had no hesitation in leaving them in their capable hands.
Their communication prior to, during and post sit was very thorough.
On our arrival home it was clearly evident both dogs and our home had been well cared for.
If you want friendly, trustworthy and responsible sitters we can highly recommend Sue and Dave to others.
Barry and Jane
Sue and Dave looked after our dog Bindi and our home.
They were absolutely fantastic. They sent us messages to update us throughout their stay.
We came home to a very happy dog and a very clean house. Sue even washed the linen for me, very thoughtful.
I hope they will be available next time we need a house sitter.
Thanks so much Sue and Dave
Sue and Dave were beyond fantastic.
When we advertised our house-sit, something stood out about Sue and Dave.
They came with great references and had loads of experience with animals…… and they did not disappoint!
We are so lucky to have found them. Our animals were so well cared for, and this was obvious when we returned home. They were well groomed and all looked so healthy.
Sue and Dave knew i was anxious about leaving the animals due to previous house sitting experience, but they really put my mind at rest.
In the lead up to us going away they stayed in close contact, and while we were away we had regular photo updates of what are beloved fur babies were up to. This for me was exactly what i needed to help me relax on holiday knowing that they were in great hands.
When we returned home not only were the pets in great condition, but the house was so clean and tidy. There were essentials in the fridge, and even a framed photo of the pets from while we were away. It made us feel so comfortable walking back into our own home, all the sheets were washed dried and back on the bed, the house smelled amazing, and it was just lovely.
Previous house sitters we have had just did the bare minimum that is expected but Sue and Dave went above and beyond. We are so grateful.
We wish them all the best for their travels and we hope and pray that they one day want to come back to house sit for us again.
From the moment Sue and Dave contacted me about sitting for Ginger and Astaire I felt they were the right fit.
Both experienced sitters, they seemed genuinely interested in looking after the two rascals and were great at keeping in contact and checking in before the sit.
When we connected in person I was incredibly impressed with how much time and care they took reading the manual and there was no denying how comfortable Astaire and Ginger immediately felt with them.
Two sometimes tricky kitties, they were definitely on their best behaviour with Sue and Dave and I have my suspicions that they may like them better than me 😉 .
I wouldn’t hesitate recommending these two amazing Aussies for a house sit and I’m already in conversations to have them back in Bangkok again soon if it works out.
I highly recommend these two amazing people to care for your precious fur-babies anytime.
Sue and Dave Pearse house sat for us in our home in Richmond.
They were really easy to communicate with and were very willing to work in with our plans.
They looked after our elderly Jack Russell and our cat over a few days whilst we were out of town.
I found Sue great to communicate with and they did a great job of caring for our precious family members for us.
We were able to relax and enjoy our time away as we knew that our animals were being well looked after.
I would recommend them for anyone needing someone great to housesit for them.
While we were away on our holiday, one of our dogs started showing signs of being unwell. Dave and Sue picked up on it right away and got in contact with us. We are lucky that they were so diligent and attentive, otherwise the vet told us that we would have lost our dog Bob. This is a key benefit of having amazing house sitters. If we would have had a friend coming each day to feed and walk the dogs they probably wouldn’t have picked up on the signs until it was too late. Thank you for taking Bob to the vet and then the pet hospital, it truly saved his life.
Dave and Sue did an amazing job, our house and dogs were well cared for and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Thank you, firstly for looking after our house and dogs so well, and secondly for saving Bob’s life.
The difference was coming home to a well looked after house and two happy dogs, as opposed to the scary difference which would have been telling the kids that we lost their favorite dog Bob while we were away.
Wishing you both all the best with your future travels, we would love to have you house sit again, anytime you like.
Colin and I are thrilled with our House sitting experience with Sue & Dave Pearse.
Our home was immaculate on return and our pets loved and happy.
Not only that but we had updates while away via email.
Lovely couple, can’t recommend them enough.
Sue and Dave house sat for us in September 2015.
They are a lovely couple, reliable, trustworthy and paid attention to all the small details.
Our pets loved them and so did we. On our return the house was clean, pets brushed and a lovely vase of hand picked flowers to welcome us.
We thoroughly recommend these two as excellent house sitters.
Dot & Helen