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Tom and Ingrid, experienced house sitters

Netherlands

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Pig(s), Goat(s), Farm animal(s) – We have experience in taking care of large size dogs

Police check

They have a police check

Availability

From: 20 April 2019
Until: 31 December 2020

Occupation

Facility manager

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Tom and Ingrid, experienced house sitters


Introduction

We are a mature, friendly and semi retired couple, Tom aged 62 and Ingrid 56.

We have the Dutch nationality and we are residents of New Zealand.

After living in the Netherlands we decided to move to New Zealand in 1999 and we lived in North Canterbury for about eight years.
In 2007 we went to Germany, because of a challenging job offer, and we stayed there for approximately six years. We moved on and we lived in several other countries since then, most of the time house sitting. We decided to make a new start in New Zealand again and we are back since August 2018.

After starting his career at the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands Tom became a security consultant, being involved in a lot of different projects.
Ingrid has gained experience as a personal assistant and in the area of facility management.

We are honest, reliable and trustworthy people and non-smokers. We are self sufficient, clean and tidy people and like to organise things.

Our mutual hobbies are travelling, sailing, skiing and gardening. Besides that Ingrid likes to read and to practice ballet and yoga.

Apart from Dutch and English we also speak German fluently as well as a bit of Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.


What do we bring to the assignment

We take the job of house sitting seriously, we will take care of your home as if it is our own.

It is no problem to take care of practical things as we have a lot of practical skills. We are able to handle emergencies in your absence. When we lived in New Zealand we built our own house with our four hands, which we think explains enough.

We are experienced gardeners in Europe as well as in New Zealand. We tended a lot of gardens and had a lifestyle block of 17 ha with a large garden in Canterbury.

We are happy to take care of your beloved pet(s), we had dogs and cats ourselves and we cared for cats, dogs, ducks, chickens, donkeys, pigs, cattle and sheep during other house-sitting assignments.

Of course we will keep you informed while you are away, for example via e-mail, Whatsapp or Skype.


Why we want to house sit

As we already have experience in house sitting in New Zealand and different countries in Europe, we decided to choose for this possibility again being back in New Zealand.

We like living in different environments and in this way we also have enough time to consider all of our options before settling us again.

As we are experienced travelers around the world ourselves, we know it is difficult to leave your house (and pets) behind, especially for a longer time. We would like to give you the opportunity to be able to relax while being away, knowing that there will be taken well care of everything.

Testimonials

We are more than happy to provide a copy of the testimonials we received.

Six of them are published on the website of kiwihousesitters.co.nz.
We received some references privately from: Robyn & David (New Zealand), both Marco and Sylvia (the Netherlands), both Phil & Peter and Jeannine & Hans (Portugal).
You will find four testimonials of Ginnie, Julie, Laerke and James on the MindMyHouse website.

Police check

A police check is available on request.

Thank you for looking at our profile, we are looking forward to hear from you.

Why they want to house sit

See general description.

Their experience

See general description.

What can they bring to the assignment

See general description.

Available to house sit

New Zealand

Availability dates

From: 20 April 2019
Until: 31 December 2020

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2016

Personal details

Age: 56-65 years old
Family status: Couple

Testimonials

Testimonial for Ingrid and Tom

The best thing I can say about Tom and Ingrid is that I don't want them to leave! From my first tentative dealings with them through the website they have been professional, thorough and a pleasure to interact with. As always little hiccups occur with house-sitting but everything was handled with calm and met with a can-do attitude which is so reassuring as a property owner thousands of miles away. Communication was exemplary and I had confidence that they could deal with any problems they encountered. I also took immense satisfaction in how much they both clearly enjoyed the property, the surrounding nature and the town of Xativa. I recommend them unreservedly as potential house-sitters for your property and will miss them very much.

JAMES, United Kingdom, 05 June, 2018

  • Organised
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Handy around the house

Practical and Very Organised

Ingrid & Tom were great sitters for our two large dogs and two cats - there was obvious mutual admiration between all of them. They were extremely organised and practical. They kept us informed at all times of the animals' well-being. They arrived a day early as requested to familiarise themselves with our routine and were professional, conscientious and organised in all aspects of house and animal care. We wouldn't hesitate to welcome them back as guests or sitters.

GInnie, Spain, 15 June, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact

Thank you

Ingrid and Tom did a great job taking care of our house and pets. We received regular updates, and when we came back it was to a clean house and happy, well-fed animals. There was even dinner waiting for us - a godsend after a long flight!

Laerke, Denmark, 26 April, 2017

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Kept in contact

Practical, Adaptable and caring Tom and Ingrid

Tom and Ingrid house sat for us, our 2 very big dogs, and 2cats. Our home is remote and solar powered so finding the right people who could cope with the challenges this might present, as well as caring for our larger than normal dogs was a concern. However Tom and Ingrid adapted to the life style and those challenges whilst ensuring our pets enjoyed a stress free break from us. Our timid rescued Bonnie, was apprehensive at first and even a little afraid of the strangers whom we had welcomed into our home, but within days they had won her round. A lovely animal loving couple.

Julie, Spain, 31 October, 2016

  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Good at pet care
  • Reliable
  • Kept in contact
  • Friendly
  • Good in the garden
  • Handy around the house

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Last updated: 31 March 2019