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Susan


  • Melbourne

Hi. my name is Sue and my partners name is Lloyd. We have recently moved from Perth to Melbourne where my 3 daughters and grandson live. I am a retired Teacher Assistant and Lloyd is a retired University Lecturer. I own my own home in Perth so I am used to caring for a home and gardens. We are very neat. houseproud, health conscious, energetic, and most important we both love dogs. We will be housesitting over the next 12 months until we sell up and buy a place in Melbourne. I have always owned dogs and my last companion was a beautiful cocker spaniel who was with me for 14 years. As we are retired we would be around the house a lot of the time to take your dog for walks, keep him company, and give him lots of cuddles. I am happy to chat on the phone and answer any questions you may have. Cheers Sue

Jessica


  • ACT, NSW

Paul and Robyn


  • Melbourne

Hi just updating details. We are coming to Melbourne and are available 20 - 28th July 2017. Ideally like to be in inner city Melbourne or close to tram/train/bus stops. We are recently retired school teachers and would like to become house sitters. Our daughter and hubby live in Melbourne and are expecting their first child in November 2015. We would like to be in and around Melbourne to help out during the next 12 months. Initially we would like to be house sitting in an area no greater than 40 mins from Richmond. We are new to house sitting but keen to give it a go (and be the doting grandparents of course!). We both like animals and miss our recently departed Labradors. Currently, we have a cat and 3 chickens which will be looked after in our absence. We enjoy many things - gardening, cooking, movies, live shows, reading, sewing,
volunteering (Ronald McDonalds), woodwork, photography, pets and home improvements. Non smokers. We take pride in our home and garden and would love the opportunity to look after yours. References and police checks available.

Laura


  • Sydney

Catherine & Wayne


  • North Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast

We are available in December (for two weeks or more over Xmas please) in Southern Qld or Northern NSW. We are retired, caring and experienced sitters. We are quiet, non-smokers, reliable, trustworthy, very clean and tidy. We have references and current national police clearances. We have a booking for a house sitting position in Lennox Heads, Northern NSW, from 29th December. So, please allow time for travel there.
We pride ourselves in looking after your house and fur babies as if they were our own! We both love pets, having owned and lovingly cared for various types of animals. We don't mind sharing our bed with some furry creatures. We are also keen gardeners and have looked after pools and acreage.
We are currently doing most of the renovations ourselves on our home. We have done a lot of renovations in the past on previous homes and our current rental properties. As such, we are very handy with tools and equipment and would be able to tackle most urgent repairs or ongoing maintenance required in your home or on acreage.
In her early twenties, Catherine worked as a housekeeper, then was in charge of housekeepers in 4/5 star hotels. Later, she did private house cleaning to supplement her full time job. As such, you can be guaranteed that your house will be left clean when you return.
Before retiring, we both worked for the public service in professional high clearance positions for 20 or so years. We travelled overseas extensively and would now like to primarily concentrate on seeing other parts of our beautiful country. We like to live as one of the locals, as well as discovering the surroundings when we are away. So, being able to do this, whilst caring for your home and pets as if they were our own, is the perfect solution!
We can also bring our own camper van, should you prefer us to stay in the vicinity, rather than inside your house. The camper can be left at home as well.
We love views (from suburban blocks as well), tranquility (we love the out of the way house sitting positions), proximity to beach or lake. We will definitely consider other locations as well. We will consider offers of over two weeks in December that take us over the Christmas period, as being away from home means that we have a forced break from the renovations. When we are home, we work on the renovations seven days a week.
Thank you for considering us.
Catherine and Wayne

Stephanie


  • Melbourne

Hi!

My name is Stephanie and I have recently moved to Melbourne to start my internship for a production company.

House sitting would really benefit me as I am currently in a transitional period. It would also benefit the home owner/tenant(s) as I am a reliable, clean and organised person. I would make sure that your home is in its best condition in your absence so you won't have to stress.

When it comes to pets I have a long history of dog walking and pet sitting (I also have a dog walker profile on Mad Paws). Not only is the company of animals a joy but also a huge responsibility. I would look after your pet as if they were my own.

I have house sat in the past and am currently house sitting for my brother. In terms of work, fortunately my work allows me to choose which days I can come into the office and only do 3 hours a day. I am usually either writing at home or going out for yoga or a run so I will have plenty of time to attend to your pet's needs.

I hope I can house sit for you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Kiia


Hello! I’m completing my first housesit through this website. References will be available shortly.

About me: I’m an Executive Assistant, I work for the CEO of a Life Insurance Company (don’t hold that against me!). It’s a high pressure job so on the weekends I enjoy quiet time at home - cooking, listening to music, watching TV and going for walks. I live with my partner in Fairfield, he has 3 kids who stay with us every second weekend. Sometimes our house can get a little hectic so I sometimes need to escape to a quiet place to restore my energy for the working week.

Growing up we always had a dog in the household- Labrador, Dalmatian, Weimaraner, Cattle dog. Back in my share house days there was a Jack Russell in the house, so I’ve come to love dogs, big and small!

I lived in Europe for 4 years and while living in Estonia, looked after a Labrador for 2 months while the owners were overseas. It was the middle of winter so that meant daily walks in the snow! During my dog sit, Maks sustained a bleeding toenail due to the extreme cold conditions so that meant a trip to the vet – in a foreign country. Thankfully the vet spoke English! I have a good understanding of the needs of dogs (daily exercise, companionship and affection) and when vet care is required.

I’m passionate about dogs and look forward to owning my own when the time is right. In the meantime I would like to explore some new areas, while looking after your pets and attend to any household chores as required.

Diana


I am a responsible person, I love pets and where I live at the moment, I am boarding, and I am not allowed to have a pet. I am in transition at the moment, waiting to have a place of my own completed. I love singing. I spent the last three years studying classical singing. You can see on the photo, I am singing at the concert-exam at the end of my Master's in Classical singing. I do not smoke, do not drink. I work as a sales representative and I drive around for work but do not start early in the morning. I like to keep a clean house. I lead a quiet lifestyle. I am friendly to pets, I like to cuddle them. I can provide references and I have a police check.

Liz & Kate


  • ACT, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, North Coast, South Coast, Rural/Regional NSW, South Eastern, Central, Central Coast (Qld), Western QLD, Adelaide, South, Spencer Gulf, West Coast, TAS, Melb. NW suburbs, Northern Vic, SE Vic, SW Vic

Two very quiet mature non smoking,non party, women who love classical music, and our beloved 11 year old Lab/staffy boy who is a quiet gentleman, and an inside dog, he travels with us now since we have stopped travelling overseas, we promised him we would never leave again. We have been house sitters over the years and locum managers for B&Bs, self catering cottages and small farms. We would now like to pet/house sit for other people. After lots of travelling during which we have had special people look after our beloved boy, we could enjoy our trips, we would now like to help others to enjoy their travels.
Our beloved boy gets on with dogs, cats, chickens, sheep and horses and of course loves people. References can be supplied, and our police check is up to date Do you need us? We would be very pleased to help you enjoy your adventures.

Lisa


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. NE suburbs

I am a clean, respectful, honest, experienced animal lover (especially dogs and cats) happy to sit your home, care for your fur kids and love your plants.
Looking for stays close to work in Cremorne/Richmond for convenience. I work as a photographer and happy to send updates of your pets while you are away.
In my spare time I like to read, bake, walk and do tap dance classes.
I have been owned by two beautiful british shorthair cats and have had owned dogs (german shepherds) birds, fish and rabbits in my years.
I have experience in administering medications and eyedrops to cats.
Non smoker.
References can be supplied upon request.

Don & Kerry


  • NSW, Brisbane, South Eastern, Central Coast (Qld), Northern QLD

Don and Kerry Carlill are a newly retired couple.
We have sold our apartment in Sydney, and have recently bought land at Medowie, just north of Newcastle.
Our new home will be built during 2017.

We are very reliable, and will respect and keep your home in original or better order.
We are looking for house sitting in NSW.
We have owned our own home on Sydney's Northern Beaches at Collaroy, Bilgola and Dee Why.

We have owned a dog (Fox Terrier) and cat, so are familiar with their needs of feeding, exercise and company.

Presently house sitting in Hunter looking after chooks, budgies, parrots and a cat.

We are non-smokers.

We would be pleased to meet you before any arrangement is made.

Denise


  • Melbourne

As a past home owner, I am used to caring for a property and attending to any issues that may arise. I'm a recent cat owner, and in the past have had dogs large (German shepherd) and small (maltese), so I have lots of experience in dealing with pets. I have completed a number of house-sits, both in Melbourne and overseas. Verbal and written references are available.

I'm a mature, professional woman working as a life coach, with occasional agency work in the CBD. I have recently returned from an extended trip to the UK, and am exploring different suburbs before settling into my own place again. I love to cook and garden, and am a quiet-living non-smoker.

Janet & Dave


  • Port Stephens, North Coast, South Coast, Gold Coast & Hinterland, Sunshine Coast, Mackay & Whitsundays, Cairns, FNQ

NOTE* We are available from July 26th. Due to unforeseen medical circumstances, home owners we had a booking with have had to cancel their holiday.

We are a happy quiet living rural couple in our early fifties. We have sold the house and business and have decided to take time out. As we are both animal lovers, we have found house sitting is the perfect option for us.

We have had many dogs (large and small), cats, horses, birds and farm animals over the years so we know we can look after your pets as if they were our own. Our pets have always been part of the family. We both love walking so taking your dogs for a walk (short or long) every day is right up our alley. As keen gardeners we can also take care of your plants.

We are both extremely reliable and honest and very clean and tidy. We have been house sitting for nearly 12 months and have excellent references and police checks which can be provided on request. We are keen to connect with you so you can holiday in peace knowing your house and pets are in good hands. Both non smokers.

Stephen


  • Melb. Inner suburbs, Melb. NE suburbs, Melb. NW suburbs

Hi Everyone - I am the 43 year old owner of a consultancy company – a sentence that I would have cringed at in my twenties but one that now shows I am just the sort of responsible and reliable person you want looking after your home. I am going back to house sitting as I don’t want to impose on family too much while sorting permanent accommodation. I miss my own pets terribly, so will take care of yours like they are my own. I will feed them, pet them, walk them and do whatever needed as per their usual routines. Your home will be cleaned , well looked after and kept safe. My experience and love for both cats & dogs will ensure your loved ones are taken care of while you are away.

I have cared for greyhounds, whippets, Golden Retrievers, cats, rabbits and even guinea pigs and I love all animals. I have a bit of a green thumb and will enjoy keeping your garden alive and well.

I am neat and tidy, have a police clearance and can provide references. Really happy to meet for a coffee and a chat any time if you have further questions. Please refer to my references and feel free to contact them or me direct if you need anything further.

Gina & Jim


  • ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

Caring Couple to take care of your home and pets.
Jim and I have been housesitting continuously for more than nine years. We enjoy exploring new areas, caring for homes, gardens and precious pets, as well providing peace of mind for owners. We are animal lovers and will keep them to their usual eating/exercise/play routine as closely as possible.
Previously, I worked in Real Estate as a Property Manager. Having had 6 years experience in Property Management, I am confident in taking care of every aspect of your housesit - pet responsibilities, security, maintenance, correspondence, as well as resolving any little problems that inevitably pop up. I'm a very house proud woman, 54 years old, independent, fit, honest, responsible, easy going and a good communicator.
Jim's background is in the building industry, and he currently manages his small family Residential Building and Development Business. Between 2001 and 2004 he also managed a 12 room Motel in Hallidays Point, NSW. It had a large pool and extensive grounds which he maintained year round. Gardening is one of the hobbies he particularly enjoys.
We have glowing references from recent housesits and national police clearances. I have listed below some of our housesits to date.
Feel free to call us with any queries.
Regards,
Gina and Jim

Recent housesits completed:

~ May 2017 to current - Manoora, Cairns. Looking after Joey, the Jack Russell terrier and the 3 bedroom home and gardens while the owner enjoys a cruise in Europe.

~ April 2017 ~ Warner, Brisbane. Cared for Strudel the labradoodle, as well as the two storey home and extensive gardens on two acres, while the owners visited WA. We have housesat here on many previous occasions (see below).

~ March 2017 - Everton Park, Brisbane. Looked after Ruby and Red, two chihuahua/terrier cross puppies and the three bedroom queenslander home and gardens while the owners visited family in the UK.

~ December 2016 to January 2017 - Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane. Caring for the large four bedroom home, pool and extensive gardens, as well as Custard the cat while the owner spends the Christmas break with family in the UK.

~ November 2016 to December 2016. Warner, north of Brisbane. Looked after Strudel the labradoodle, as well as the two storey home and gardens on two acres. We have housesat here on previous occasions while the owners holidayed at their second home in Tasmania.

~ September 2016 to November 2016. Red Hill, Brisbane. Looked after the three bedroom Queenslander home and gardens, as well as four quirky inside cats. We have housesat here on four previous occasions while the owner holidays overseas.

~ June 2016 to August 2016. Redbank Plains, Brisbane. Caring for the three bedroom home, gardens, and Gemma, a 16 yo Jack Russell cross. We have housesat for the owners several times over the past 7 years as they like to get away in their caravan for extended periods.

~ January 2016 to May 2016. Warner, north of Brisbane. Looked after Strudel the labradoodle, as well as the two storey home and extensive gardens on two acres. We have housesat here on previous occasions while the owners holidayed at their second home in Tasmania.

Frances & Bronwyn


  • Melb. Inner suburbs

We are a professional couple, in our 50's, non-smokers. We have just sold our home of the past 16 years and are looking for a house to sit for approx 8 months from April, whilst our apartment is being built. We nurtured our two dogs Monte and Clary for 15.5 years. Sadly they have passed away. We love all animals and enjoy gardening and walking. We have assisted neighbours with care of their houses and pets when they have gone away. We are house proud and would look after your home with great care. We can provide references on request.

victoria


  • Syd. Eastern suburbs, Syd. Lower N Shore

Hello my name is Victoria, I am a Semi Retired 54 year old lady. I live in a Unit in Mosman and miss my home
that I lived in at Seaforth. All my darling pets are now in cat and dog heaven and we are not allowed pets in the unit where I live.

I have had a lot of experience in house sitting, lovely homes in Longueville, Seaforth, Mosman, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay,
Point Piper and Kingsford. I am an extremely houseproud person, and keep an excellent household. I am a non smoker
and non drinker. Ex marathon runner, now a bushwalker/ medium runner.

I am fortunate that most animals like me and I feel the same about them. People have said " wow, minksie never comes to strangers and does that ? " I think I must have been a cat and a dog in past lives.

I am happy to give you any references upon request.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Victoria 02 9969 6047

Taiyla & Myles


  • NSW, QLD, VIC

Hello!

We are a healthy, conscious, respectful, open-minded, calm and non-smoking/drinking couple in our mid-twenties.
My husband Myles is an athlete and I have recently paused my studies, due to the arrival of our first baby!
Animals have been a big part of both of our lives and we love connecting with them!
We own our own little home in the countryside of The Macedon Ranges, Victoria.
We find that we thrive off movement and experiencing new places and energy!
Our abode is currently on Airbnb, so as hosts, we understand the anxiety that can arise when thinking about other people in your home.
We have 5 star reviews/references as both hosts and guests on Airbnb, so please let me know if you would like the link!
We are looking forward to speaking with you!

Warm Regards,
Taiyla & Myles

Noreen


  • Brisbane, South Eastern, Central Coast (Qld), Western QLD

Andrew & Fern


  • Melbourne

Hi,

We're Andrew and Fern, a married couple from Melbourne and Southampton (UK). We've recently moved from Cardiff to Melbourne and we're hoping that house sitting will give us the chance to see a bit more of the city and figure out where we want to settle down.

Both of us have grown up with animals including dogs, cats and guinea pigs; we're longing for another pet of our own which just isn't possible at the moment so we have a lot of love and care to offer yours. We also have a vet in the immediate family who is on hand to offer advice if it happened to be needed.

We are non-smokers who live tidily, quietly, and enjoy cooking and walking when we get home from work. Work for us is based in Melbourne CBD but we're lucky enough to have the flexibility of working from home on occasions.

We're looking forward to exploring Melbourne and meeting some lovely people and pets along the way.

Cheers,
Andrew and Fern

Ainsley


  • Melbourne

Jim & Shelly


  • Canberra, Sydney, Central Coast, Lower Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens, North Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Central Coast (Qld), Adelaide, Mid North, Spencer Gulf, Melbourne, Geelong, Otway Ranges/ Great Ocean Rd, Perth, Northern, S. West

Hi,

We are a retired couple, recently married. have recently retired. Jim retired after 30 years working for IBM in the USA and Australia. Shelly was a hair designer for 20 years in Denver. We are honest, clean, responsible and friendly. We don't smoke. Having retired, we want to "try out" different communities around Australia before settling down. We have always had pets, both dogs and cats, and they seem to love us (in the case of dogs) and cherish peaceful co-existence we provide (for cats). Hehe. I lived on a farm for five years with ducks, chickens, sheep, horses and guinea pigs. We promise we will take great care of your home and everything in it, your pets, and your garden as you would yourself. We are available for any length of time after 18 October 2017. Personal and professional references are available, as are police certificates.

Thank you for the chance to free you from worry as you are away from home.

Jim and Shelly Vincent

Linda


I'm a Designer, Doer & Storyteller and Melbournian that's been living in Brisbane & Sydney for the past 12 years. After a relationship status change (eeek) and a solo trip in India for a month (Namaste)! I'm ready to find a base to settle back down to Melbourne life. I lead a healthy, clean living lifestyle (non smoker). I've had past experience house sitting & nannying for friends in the past, but this would be my first time house sitting. I'm honest, reliable and would love to look after your place as if it were my own and care for your cherished pets.

Therese & Doug


  • NSW, Darwin, QLD, VIC

We are a 'senior' couple (non-smokers) and have recently sold our rural property in Tasmania, and intend to travel throughout Australia (and some overseas travel) during 2017. We will be using this time to make a decision where our next home will be, and looking forward to the opportunities housesitting will give us. We are referring to this time as our "GAP YEAR!"

We are practical people and have mostly lived on small acreage properties in Tasmania. We've enjoyed the company of many pets over the years including 2 cats, 2 dogs, a pet sheep, 2 goats (so not 'pet'!) and chickens.

We have had work experience related to housesitting placements when we worked on a remote Pilbara island, and in Coral Bay, WA. Doug was responsible for pool maintenance and general groundsman work, and I did housekeeping duties - and kitchen hand! It was a great experience living on a remote island, and fairly challenging coping with a Pilbara summer. We have also worked in a remote Aboriginal Community in the N.T. Doug was the Essential Services Operator and I looked after the Creche in the morning before changing hats to be the Centrelink Agent/general office admin. person in the afternoon. It was another wonderful opportunity and gave us an insight into the lives of Australia's indigenous people.

To date we have had the pleasure of meeting a several home owners and their pets, and now have experience with managing big, bouncy dogs to the little feisty ones. We will be out of Australia from 13 May to 11 June, and as at April, have accepted bookings up til the end of October.

EDIT:
DUE TO CANCELLATION WE ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM 21 AUGUST TO 21 SEPTEMBER.

We are an easily adaptable couple and adjust quickly to new living situations. We prefer acreage properties, but equally enjoy the 'buzz' of big city living, and the convenience of suburban locations, and small rural towns.

We fully appreciate that making the decision to have people you don't know come to your home and care for your pets, garden and home may be a difficult one. We would like to assure you we would take the time to listen to what is required for your 'loved ones' to remain happy in their home, and would promise to care and respect your property as if it was our own. We are honest and reliable people!

Most recently we had police checks done, which is a requirement for people working for the Australian Electoral Commission in OIC roles at State and Federal Elections, and this we have done on many occasions. We are in the process of obtaining our own police checks. Also police checks were done when working in the N.T. and when I did volunteer work for Vinnies (Airlie Beach) and The Red Cross (South Perth).

Our interests are travel, music (member of a Community Band in TAS) quilting, gardening, walking and baking. I love to discover new speciality shops, delis, etc. We enjoy going to concerts, and would look forward to hearing concerts by the MSO, SSO, QSO and ASO for example if possible.

Below are two references, contact details could be supplied once you have made contact with us, and as we receive new ones we will add them as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read our profile, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Therese and Doug Boote.

Alicia


  • Melbourne, SW Vic

Hello,

I'm Alicia, 25 and studying/working in Melbourne. I grew up on a property in the wombat state forest (central Victoria) and have lived in Melbourne for the last few years. I have been house sitting while I finish my degree and work to save some money. So far I've been enjoying it because I get to explore different areas of the city and hang out with some pretty cool cats and dogs...and fish.


I have been around animals all my life, and while I think I'm more of a cat or echidna person I do enjoy company from any four legged creature. In the past I have looked after two highly energetic boxers, two very silly dachshunds and two really needy terriers. I have a cat of my own Mogwai (pictured sleeping like the big ball of fluff he is) who lives with my Mum for the time being. I have also fostered cats in the past and growing up in the bush had the opportunity to get to know some of our native animals too. I am an avid walker/runner so am able to offer daily walks and exercise. I'm also an avid reader and will always have a spot on my lap for something to curl up on. I have some experience with pets who have special requirements (medication, diet, grooming...) so am confident that I can provide extra care if needed.


My Mum always told me to take my shoes off when I go to someones house and say thank you when I leave- so I will respect your home and look after it as I would my own. I can do light cleaning and gardening( I am pretty good with plants!) if required and bring in the mail, bins etc. I think I'm pretty neat and tidy and do take pride in a healthy happy home.


I work in the CBD doing office admin part time and study writing from home, so I'll be around quite a bit. I like to read, run, cook and dance.

Best,
Alicia

Eddie & Lidija


  • Syd. Southern suburbs, Wollongong & Illawarra

We are a recently retired couple who are wanting to house sit in the southern suburbs Sydney/Wollongong area to spend more time with our newly born grandson.

We are home owners in Albury NSW. We have always had pets until now. We really miss having our own animals so we would love to care for and give lots of love and attention to your pets.
Until our retirement we ran a cleaning business for thirty five years which included in the last few years having fifteen regular house cleaning jobs for professional people.

We take great pride in keeping our home in immaculate condition, always clean, neat and tidy. We would take very good care of your home and pets like it is our own.
Please feel free to contact us anytime.

House sitting reference
29.12.2016 Figtree (Wollongong) NSW Australia
To whom it may concern,
Eddie and Lidija Jabbour just recently house sit for us and looked after our dog labrador Oreo from 17-29 Dec 2016. They are very reliable, easy to deal with and looked after our pet and house as if it was their own. We came home to a very clean house and a very settled dog. We highly recommend them for house sitting jobs.
Thanks,
Fortune and Jaime Mercado
House sitting reference

4.10.2016 Albury NSW Australia
Simone (simone@skincorrection.com.au)
I am so pleased we had Eddie and Lidija to take care of our house and three dogs (our precious babies) last summer while i was away several times working.  I first met Lydia in November 2012 when she started working as my weekly house cleaner.  She always did an immaculate job.  My dogs looked forward to Lidija coming each week because she would give them lots of love and attention.  I did not hesitate to have Eddie and Lidija house sit as they are honest, trustworthy and looked after my home like it was their own and gave our dogs lots of love and attention.


Lidija and Eddie are a lovely friendly couple who house sat for us while we travelled Overseas for a period of two weeks in March 2017
They were very accommodating meeting with us twice before we left allowing time
to get to know them and giving them an opportunity to familiarise themselves with our requirements. They were left to care for our pool, 3 dogs, 2 cats, horse, goat and chooks.

We felt very comfortable with our choice of people to be in our home and even left with our daughter and son spending one night still in our home before they were able to fly to meet us.

We weren't disappointed, Lidija and Eddie competently maintained our home on 4 acres to a very high standard and left everything in a pristine condition with our animals well loved and happy.

We highly recommend them to house sit for you and we will definitely be engaging them to look after our house in the future.


Christine and Bruce Andersen

John


  • NSW

I am currently living in a Retirement Village. I am in good health, energetic and free to come and go as I please. I wish to become a house sitter, as I want to experience life in various locations. I plan to sell my rented home in Sydney and buy a unit in Sydney or the country in a place like Coffs Harbour in which to live. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. As a family man, I am quite familiar with pets and would feel comfortable looking after them as required. I am fit and I can mow lawns and attend to a garden as well if the stay is long enough. I am a tidy individual who likes to live in a clean well kept environment. I am a man of sober habits as a vegetarian who regularly exercises and meditates to keep physically and mentally fit. I am a retired Reserve Naval Officer. I graduated from the University of NSW and operated my own consulting company for many years ( www.unitconsulting.com.au). A Character Reference & a Police Check are enclosed.

JOHN HARKINS’ CHARACTER REFERENCE PROVIDED BY EMAIL

Fri 2/06/2017 1:52 PM

RE: John Harkins Character Reference

I have known John Harkins for approximately 20 years.

In my role as a business managers and owner, I have worked with many contractors and consultants, and in my opinion John is one of the most honest, hardworking, tenacious and principled people I know.

As far as is reasonably, or even unreasonably possible, John will do exactly as he promised he would do, on time or early, and will tell the absolute truth about what has happened and why. In other words, if John tells you about the past, then it happened, and if he tells you about the future, then it will happen! Naturally, John can be proven wrong by circumstance and outside forces, but when it comes to things turning out the way he promised, he will make extraordinary efforts to ensure that you can rely on his word.

Further, John is extremely loyal to his personal and professional relationships and partnerships. If you entrust something to John, he will take care of it, and you, with all his strength and ability – and as a highly tenacious individual, that is saying something.

I stayed in John’s house as a “boarder” for a few days a week, for about a year, while travelling into Sydney on business a few years ago. John is a very house-proud and particular man, everything has a place and everything is in its place. He allowed me plenty of freedom to “make myself at home”, and looked after the property I left in the room from week to week, and his Golden Rule is simple: leave it as it was when you found it, or better.

In reciprocity, for a few days a week for a year or more, I allowed John to use my Sydney-based vehicle while I travelled overseas; he follows his own advice, always surprising me with excellent care and attention to my car; perhaps he leaves it full of gas, perhaps he takes it in for a service, perhaps he cleans it; common courtesy perhaps, but that’s exactly what you hope for, when you leave a valuable asset in someone else’s care.

In summary, I have no hesitation in recommending John for the role he has indicated he’s interested in (house-sitting), and I’m confident he will protect and defend the owner’s property, and consequently live up to your trust in him.

Kind regards
James Powell
WiseTech GLOBAL
e: james.powell@wisetechglobal.com | s: cargowise.james.powell | t:+61 (2) 8001 2200

Clare


  • Rest of ACT, Central Coast, Port Stephens, North Coast, South Coast, Wollongong & Illawarra, North West Slopes, Sunshine Coast, Central Coast (Qld), South, Spencer Gulf, West Coast, Hobart, Burnie, Devonport, Rural/Regional Tas, Lakes area, Geelong, Perth, Northern, S. Western

Someone you can absolutely count on!

Hello, I am Clare, 62, retired ABC radio broadcaster and experienced house/pet-sitter of many years (see references for details). Although I have cared for a delightful variety of animals in the past, I now prefer to love and care for cats, in homes that are well cared for by their owners.

Undertaking French Language studies externally allows me the freedom to move about and explore new places and communities, whilst still allowing plenty of time to give proper care and attention to your home and pet(s).

I lead a simple life - studying, walking, swimming, gardening and seeking to maintain good health in aesthetically pleasing environments close to the sea for outdoor swimming. To this end, I alternate between the coastal areas of Tasmania (Oct - May only) and mainland Australia, often returning to the same homes at the ongoing request of their owners.

Tamworth NSW is the one exception however, being another preferred location, due to previous associations there.

My home bases are Mona Vale, NSW and South Arm,Tasmania.
Numerous references available and all referees happy to be contacted personally.

Daniela


  • ACT, Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, South Coast, Rural/Regional NSW

Animal Lover and Hermit Crab looking for temporary shell to share with furry friends!

I am a reliable, responsible and down to earth person (female, German, late-thirties, non-smoker) with a big heart, happy outlook on life and broad interests. I've lived in Australia for 6 years and just got back after three years in Germany, ready to live the digital nomad dream.

I love animals (especially cats) and gardens (all kinds) but my travelling life style isn't quite suited to have my own just yet so it would be lovely to care for someone else's for a while. I am honest and have a high standard of cleanliness. I will treat your home and animal/s as if they were my own and look forward to meeting you! :-)

Janet & Jeff


  • Sunshine Coast

Bundaberg from 11th to 19th October then Sunshine Coast from 28th December to 13th April
We are Janet & Jeff who are reliable & honest people who are non smokers and enjoy exploring our wonderful country. We have been living in Tasmania for the last 6 years, originally from the NSW Central Coast. Therefore, we have decided to semi retire and further travel around Australia house/pet sitting, Iam a Registered Nurse and to support our journey I need to work casual, Jeff is retired and has all day to leisurely spend those hours with your animals and garden. .

We started this journey on 4th September 2016 and now have nearly completed our 13th very sucessful house & pet sits the owners & pets have loved us. We also have secured another 7 house sits in South East Queensland.

The main reason we are choosing to house sit our way around Australia is that we love the comforts of a home and love animals and do not want to tow a van. We have raised dogs,cats, Lorrikeet and chickens with the utmost love & care.

As home owners,we have previously used house sitter services, Therefore we are fully aware of the expectations of home owners of keeping a well maintained, loved,clean and happy home and caring for animals. These expectations are a priority and a value we hold strongly.

We both have up to date police checks as well as working with vunerable people card. All our previous home owners are willing to be referees for us( see contact numbers below). We also have personal rerenences and if required we have references from Airbnb home owners.

As well we are also very responsible people that have been involved in Rotary both holding positions of President and Secretary. Jeff & myself are also Paul Harris Fellow's which is a prestigious individual award for outstanding service.

As housesitters we supply our own linen and ensure durning our stay your house is always clean & tidy and fulfill any jobs you may require. We will walk & feed your animals to their usual schedule. We may go exploring for a few hours during day but always home during late afternoon and evening. So when you come back from your time away you walk back into a lovely house like you left it and happy animals.

Hope you will consider us as your next house & pet sitter because we will ensure to give your house & pets an outstanding service.