1st sit: July/August 2012
2nd sit reference
Before coming to us they received a request to sit for another family that they had sat for before and they asked our permission to do a split sit. Our holiday this time around was only a short one and we knew that either of them would be more than capable of looking after our home and pets.
Most importantly, we appreciated the respect shown to us in seeking our permission, so we agreed to the request and Clive came to us whilst Ali went elsewhere. It was such a relief knowing that once more our home was in secure hands and that our pets were being cared for by someone that they know and trust.
Please see our earlier reference for a more comprehensive testimonial but in short, we consider ourselves lucky to have found Clive and Ali and we look forward to seeing them again.
1st sit reference
After a Google search we found Trustedhousesitters.com and placed an advert. Within the hour we had the first of several replies – it was from Clive and Ali. All our initial fears about letting complete strangers into our home quickly dissipated as we read their response – it was clear from their experience, professionalism and flexibility that they would be the perfect people to entrust our home and pets to.
From the off communication from Clive and Ali was excellent. They recognised that this was new to us and helped us through the process. They also traveled a considerable distance to come and meet us (and the pets) face-to-face, before we had any agreement in place.
It was fantastic to be able to leave for our stressful 8 week trip to The States knowing that everything was in safe hands but it was even better receiving their regular video updates. Witty and fun, the fortnightly movie reports from the UK kept us entertained but more importantly reassured the children that all was well with the pets. We also kept in touch via live Skype calls which the children loved - it was great for them to see their pets in such capable hands and it was obvious during these calls that that Clive and Ali had created a really strong bond with Cookie.
When we returned the house was spotless, the pets well fed and we were also delighted to find the car valeted and full of petrol. Sadly our travel arrangements meant that we didn't get to see Clive and Ali on our return to thank them in person, but we have absolutely no reservation in recommending them to anyone looking for a house-sitter. We definitely hope to invite them in to our home again in the future.