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Why do some of the sitter wanted listings only have the words ‘variable dates’ and other have a set of actual dates?

In response to feedback from our members we have given home owners a way to advertise for house sitters on our site without committing to a fixed set of dates.
We already had an official site policy to allow sitter wanted listings to run until the last advertised day of the assignment. As our home owner members have always had complete control over their listings on our site, we figured that if they are happy to continue to receive inquiries from house sitters at their email address, then we were happy to continue to host their listing.

Home owners who make use of this site feature need to include some information in their listing about the sorts of occasions and time periods they may need the services of a house sitter. Home owners please note, without a final fixed date for your assignment, your listing will not be automatically hidden by our system. The onus is on you to manage your listing. You are, however, welcome to ask us to manage it for you.

We think that life can be a complicated business and that the template for our sitter wanted listings needed to be flexible enough to accommodate this fact! We hope that this new site feature will help to keep vital lines of communication open between our home owner and house sitter members.