Please be assured that your messages are being sent to home owners. Every time you contact a home owner through our contact form system a copy of the message should arrive in your Message Centre 'Sent' folder:
Competition for the longer house sitting assignments is so keen that home owners can often feel deluged by responses. That is no excuse for them not showing you the courtesy of acknowledging your application or politely turning your offer down.
We have written two short articles on home owner etiquette in different editions (July 2006 and Nov 2007) of MindMyHouse News that you can see at the following URLs:
We realise how important it is for house sitter members to hear back from home owners regarding their applications. We currently have several mechanisms in place to encourage our home owner members to acknowledge every message they receive through our site, including email templates. We send out regular email reminders to all home owners asking them if they have found a sitter. We also automatically hide their listing at the beginning of their sitter assignment dates, or thirty days after the listing was approved, if it's a listing with variable dates.
To encourage home owners to reply to your messages to them it's a good idea to create your own sitter available listing complete with three nice photos of your choosing. Having a listing on our site will show home owners that you are a real person who deserves a reply! Note that if you have a listing, it will appear at the bottom of the email that the home owner receives.