If you’re planning on traveling for an extended period of time and you need someone to look after your property, whether it’s of the personal or business variety, there are a few options available to you. First, you could certainly entrust the oversight to a friend. This would likely be the cheapest option, but how many of us have friends that would be available to break away from their already-busy lives to check in on something pro bono? And the expectations for what they would need to do would likely be low, as you’re already inconveniencing them in the first place.
The second option is hiring a house sitter, which in a nutshell entails bringing in a professional company to look after the many layers a house needs tending to. (This includes weather issues; pets that need feeding and minor care; transportation services; and overall safety upkeep.) People may balk at this initially, because they only see the additional cost and may believe that they can take care of everything on their own—or with the minimal help of a friend or family member.
Coming home after an extended trip to an overflowing mailbox, an overgrown or even deceased-looking lawn, and plants and shrubbery all but withered away can be a defeating feeling. Your home has many elements to it, and when you’re not around these little tasks needed to be monitored and kept up with. Those are the basic duties that inevitably exist within a household. But that doesn’t account for the worst happening—broken pipes or a nasty turn by Mother Nature can compound the whole issue for anyone’s home. We don’t like to consider these things, but at any given moment a wrench can be thrown into the fray in the most inconvenient possible manner. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the person or company you hired to look after your goods will be there to counteract any hiccup?
It may take a little extra money to ensure that everything hums along smoothly while you’re away, but when it comes to your prized possessions, why take a chance with the minimum? Is it worth it to heap responsibility on someone you care about, especially if things come up and more and more work is required? Having a safety plan is important, so if you’re traveling and want to come home to a peaceful, unmarred house, hire someone who with the experience to make that a reality.