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Family of 4 looking for worldwide long term housesit opportunities (1 month +)

New Zealand


They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Chicken(s), Fish, Reptile(s)

Police check

They don't have a police check


From: 21 June 2022
Until: 31 December 2024


Health and fitness coach


They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

Hi there, we are Colin, Elly, Ayla & Romy from New Zealand. We run our own internet businesses (business coaching and health and fitness coaching). All we need to do this is a good internet connection.

We are looking for long term house sits seeing as Ayla is only 4 and we don't want to be packing up and moving around too often.

We will happily consider any location in the world. We love adventure and are excited to expose our daughter to different cultures and experiences.

Happy to look after animals and do other jobs as required.

Colin was born in 1966, Elly was born in 1981 and Ayla arrived in this world in December 2013. Romy joined the adventure in January 2019.

Why they want to house sit

We love immersing ourselves into new communities where we can 'live as locals' and get to know the neighbours. We see ourselves as global citizens and are always looking to contribute to the communities where we find ourselves.

Elly and Colin both loved traveling and adventure as singles and now, as a couple, the opportunity to expose our daughters to different cultures and experiences as part of their development years is a huge motivation for our chosen lifestyle.

We believe housesitting gives us the best options to 'live as locals', contribute to communities and give our girls an amazing global education.

Their experience

Our first housesitting gig was in Bali, Indonesia where we looked after a lovely cat, Harry. The sit started in January 2018 and was only supposed to be for 10 weeks. But the host decided to extend her stay in Europe and was so happy with how we conducted ourselves, she asked us to stay as long as we could.

We followed that with two more housesits in Thailand during 2018. One where we looked after two cats and two dogs. And the other where we looked after two cats and two snakes!

We then returned to NZ to bring baby Romy into the world. And also did our first housesit as a family of four! This was for friends and didn't involve any pets.

As we update this profile in October 2019, we are currently housesitting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where both Ayla and Romy are enjoying hanging out with three cats.

Prior to meeting Elly, Colin spent 2 years housesitting in Christchurch, New Zealand (around 2009/10)

What can they bring to the assignment

We enjoy living in a clean, tidy, well organised space so we will certainly take care of your home. We are flexible and adaptable - happy to garden, feed and care for pets and check in regularly with you if required.

Available to house sit

Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, Central South America, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Middle East, Moldova, Monaco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North East Asia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South East Asia, South Korea, South Pacific, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

Availability dates

From: 21 June 2022
Until: 31 December 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services


MindMyHouse member since 2017

Personal details

Age: 36-45 years old
Family status: Family with children

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 2


KL House sit

This was our first experience with a house sitter and to look after our 3 cats and frog pond and it has been a positive and great experience. A family with 2 young children in your home when you are away for some time, we did feel some apprehension about taking them on, but our initial anxieties disappeared once we started communicating.When we met them the day before we left, we knew our home and cats will be in good hands. Ally and Romy , the 2 children were wonderful to have around the short time we were with them. The house was well taken care of , frogs thrive and cats had Ally and Romy to play with and fuss over them.Colin and Elly were apparently a hit with some of the neighbours and neighbourhood shops due to their friendliness and cheerfulness. Everything was spick and span and cats happily contended when we returned and they even replaced food and toiletries which was unexpected and a nice touch.Don't let the silly idea of the McGuiness's 2 wonderful kids in your home turn you off from letting them house sit for you and your pets. We were very glad to have them house sit and would readily do it again.

Wee Hon, Malaysia, 06 November, 2019

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

House sit Bali

The most amazing people! I felt immediately connected with them through MindMyHouse. We had skype contact to get to know eachother before they came. And as they know Asia very well, they had the right visa arranged in no time, as I offered the house/pet sit longer then 2months. Just before I left they came to visit me and Harry the cat, and I explained briefly all around the house and pet care. I felt immediately that they are very well experienced and good care takers and the trust was there. As I stayed longer away, and asked them if they could stay longer until 6 months, it was of no problem for them, and communication went smoothly along the whole period. I felt completely trustful , even if we didn't speak for a while, all went perfect. Harry was very happy as I could see from pictures they had send me from time to time. So I would recommend them with all my heart to anybody, A wonderful responsible, care taking family! Nothing but love for them! Sophia

Sophia, Indonesia, 10 July, 2018

  • 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: 1 October 2022