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Responsible & Trustworthy, Non-smoking, Fun-loving Nomadic Couple: Andre (49) & Lisa (40)

Italy

Testimonials

They have 4 testimonial s (view below)

Pet experience

Dog(s), Cat(s), Horse/Donkey(s), Chicken(s), Bird(s), Fish, Rabbit(s), Tortoise/Turtle(s), Guinea pig(s), Rodent(s), Farm animal(s) – We are both cat lovers! Andre grew up on a farm and thus has experience looking after a wide range of animals. Being a city girl, Lisa has only ever had cats and fish as pets. We do not currently have any pets of our own as we are full-time nomadic. We of

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Availability

From: 14 December 2022
Until: 30 September 2024

Occupation

Structural Engineer

References

They have referees/references (view below)

About this sitter

We are both fun loving, adventurous individuals, with a passion for travel and sharing new experiences. Over 4 years ago, we left our traditional lives with well-paying jobs in South Africa to embrace a minimalistic and fully nomadic lifestyle. Andre (now 49) was the IT Manager for the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University and Lisa (now 40) had her own consulting business as a Professional Structural Engineer. We are thus both very calculated and responsible individuals who have simply chosen a non-conventional lifestyle in order to pursue our travel dreams. You can find out more about us and our travels on our website (www.wewillnomad.com) where we share our Travel Destination Filter Tool (which we developed during lockdown), Travel Tips, Destination Guides, Blogs, Podcasts and weekly YouTube videos. From here you will also find links to our personal Facebook and Instagram accounts.

We both grew up in South Africa and are thus fluent in English and Afrikaans. Lisa is of Italian descent and can speak fairly decent Italian! We both have Italian Citizenship, have been fully vaccinated (COVID-19) in Italy and are currently travelling around Europe full-time in our Campervan.

We have joined MindMyHouse in order to find new travel opportunities, which we hope will take us to unexpected destinations and also to allow us to have more ‘homely’ experiences living as locals and hopefully with the added love and affection of a cat or two along the way! We are currently travelling around Europe in our Campervan in search of sunny skies and blue waters. This means that we are very flexible and will be looking for opportunities that we feel are a good fit for both ourselves as well as the home and pet owners. We love nature, open spaces, warm climates, meeting new people and generally having new experiences and adventures!

Why they want to house sit

Housesitting appeals to us because it offers us the opportunity to experience a destination from a local perspective. It can take us to places and offer us alternative experiences which we would not otherwise have as nomads and budget travellers. Being full time nomads, it is currently not feasible for us to have our own pet and having the opportunity to look after someone else’s (preferably) cats allows us to enjoy that homely feeling of sharing love and affection with a furry friend! We are a mature, responsible, trustworthy, hard working and capable couple with good communication skills. We have both owned our own property and pets and have owned and run rental properties both long term and for AirBnB. We feel that these qualities are valuable attributes which can give home (and pet) owners significant peace of mind while being away from their home. We feel that under the right circumstance, house sitting can be the perfect exchange where both parties greatly benefit.

Their experience

Although we have only completed a couple of house sits on this site, we have been property owners for many years: of our own homes; of numerous long-term rental investment properties and of short-term AirBnB rental accommodation. This allows us to understand what it takes to manage properties and deal with unexpected challenges when things go wrong (as they inevitably do)! We have volunteered at an EcoCamp in the North of Borneo (Tampat-Do-Aman) where we looked after both the accommodation and restaurant for 3 weeks in 2019 while the owner, Howard, was away. As full-time nomads, we have also stayed in and looked after a few houses (and pets) of friends and family while they have been away. This includes staying in a remote stone house on a hill in Italy where we looked after Daisy the dog for 2 weeks. We have completed 2 house sits in Spain via MindMyHouse for which we have testimonials. Andre has experience looking after most animals as he grew up on a farm in South Africa. We are both absolute cat lovers, we have had our own cats in the past, including our most recently departed Gizmo, a beautiful (and very fussy) black Persian cat, who we still miss.

What can they bring to the assignment

We are both responsible, mature, trustworthy and honest individuals. Together we make a very capable and reliable couple. Andre is capable of fixing and repairing almost anything and Lisa understands the importance of good communication. Being full-time nomads, currently travelling around Europe in our Campervan, we are very flexible when it comes to where and when we can be available for house sitting. We love being resourceful and having to improvise, so being out of our comfort zone is something we thrive on. Being property owners and landlords ourselves, we always take care of other people’s property as though it were our own. We are meticulous (some might say OCD), neat and organised individuals who prefer order to chaos! We have previously spent weeks camping self-sufficiently in Namibia and currently enjoy a minimalistic lifestyle, so we don’t need much to make ourselves feel at home and comfortable in a foreign environment. We share a love for cats, adventure and the outdoors. We will love and look after your animals as though they were our own and you can be sure to find your home in better condition than when you left it!

Available to house sit

France, Italy, Mauritius, Monaco, Portugal, South Africa, Spain

Availability dates

From: 14 December 2022
Until: 30 September 2024

Do they charge?

They don't charge for house sitting services

Membership

MindMyHouse member since 2021

Personal details

Age: 36-45 years old
Family status: Couple

Total sits

Total completed house sits: 3

Testimonials

A great choice

We can only recommend Lisa and Andrè. They are reliable, very friendly, experienced and hard working. Whether you need house sitters to protect your property or to take care about a lunatic pony, you can rely on them. Just a great choice.

Marco, Italy, 11 January, 2023

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

Highly recommended

Lisa and Andre stayed for a little over a week to look after our house and our two cats, which they did wonderfully. They were personable, totally reliable and kept in touch daily as well as leaving the house clean and tidy. We and the cats would be very happy to welcome them back on a future occasion.

Jane, Italy, 26 September, 2022

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

Lisa & Andre

Lisa & Andre we’re fantastic house and cat sitters, I would highly recommend them to anybody who want to have them look after their house & animals. They’re honest, tidy and very communicative.

MARCIA, Spain, 09 March, 2022

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

A good click at first sight

As soon as Lisa and Andre arrived we knew it would be great to have them as house sitters and to look after our 2 cats. No problems at all and easy in contact when something was happening in or around the house. Thanks again for knowing such a friendly couple.

Erik, Spain, 11 January, 2022

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

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Last updated: 14 December 2022