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Retired Police Officer and Educational IT Consultant

  • Country of residence: United Kingdom
  • When can they start: 1 October 2014
  • Available until: 1 September 2015
  • Age: 46-55
  • Occupation: Retired Police Officer & Educational IT Consultant
  • They have references
  • Any experience with pets? Dogs, Cats, Horses, Chickens, Rabbits
  • They don't charge for house sitting services
  • Last updated: 17 August 2011

About this sitter

Steve and Clare, 52 & 54, non smokers and from the UK. Steve is a retired Police Officer with 30 years experience and Clare is an ex Nurse and retired Educational IT Consultant.

Why they want to house sit

Having given focus to our careers when we were younger, neither of us had gap years or travelled extensively early on in our adult lives.   We want to make up for lost time and make the most of opportunities to live in and experience different countries, cultures & cuisines.  House sitting and retirement is allowing us the freedom to explore and enjoy new and different experiences, but without the two week time frame that usually restricts these opportunities.

Their experience

We have successfully undertaken 11 house sits since 2009. Of these, 9 were in Southern France, 2 in Spain and 1 the UK. 6 house sits in France were repeat sits that involved looking after the owners Labrador dog, house, pool and holiday let rental business. (We have been booked again for 2014).

The 7th house sit in France involved looking after a large remote property set in 25 acres of wooded hillside, which was on the market, and involved maintaining the house, grounds and pool to a high standard. We also looked after the owner’s rabbit, 4 chickens and 2 vehicles and occasionally, their friends two dogs, as well as preparing and showing the property at its best to potential purchasers.

Our 8th house sit in France involved looking after the owners cottage and two very sweet cats, who kept us entertained and were nicknamed Ninja 1 & 2 due to their acrobatic and climbing abilities!

Our most recent house sitting experiences have been in Spain and France. In Spain, we looked after 3 beautiful and friendly cats as well looking after the owners villa and maintaining their swimming pool while they were away on a 8 week holiday. (We have been booked for our 3rd house sit for them in 2014).

In the UK, we gained experience looking after two horses and two 'highly strung' terrier dogs. We didn’t ride the horses, but kept an eye on them, checking them twice a day, mucking out, feeding, etc.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are honest, caring, practical and sensible people. We also both have a strong sense of responsibility and security, therefore you can leave your home in the knowledge that we will look after it as we would our own home. Clare also has the ‘clean gene’, so definitely very clean as well!
 
We are both fit and well travelled, and with our respective backgrounds more than capable of dealing with most eventualities.
We both have full clean UK driving licences.

Availability

Countries:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Caribbean, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North East Asia, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South East Asia, South Pacific, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States

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