We’re going to be gone for a month this summer, and reality has started to seep in around the edges of my excitement. I can hardly wait for the trip – we’re going to Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, and Barcelona – but I am slowly realizing that I’ve got a lot to do before we leave. A LOT.
One of those things on my list is to find someone to stay in our house while we are away. The main reason for this is that we live in a weird neighborhood. Weird, because it is a lovely place to live, but it also happens to be a hot spot for robberies and burglaries. So I don’t want to take any chances by leaving our house empty while we are gone.
Did you know that people pay for house sitters? Somehow I wasn’t aware of this phenomenon. I reached out to a few friends who have college-age babysitters, and none of them were interested for less than $30 a day. Seriously. Doesn’t that remind of you the famous Linda Evangelista quote: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”
So yeah, we didn’t want to pay someone $1,000 to stay in our house while we were gone. That just seems like the funds are flowing the wrong way. And really, we just wanted to do this for free. Doesn’t anyone do that anymore?
I have a smart friend who gave me some great advice: FaceBook. Of course. FaceBook. It totally worked. Within an hour, we had friends from all over the country practically beating down our door to house sit. For free.
Problem solved. Thanks, FaceBook.
Have you ever paid anyone to house sit? Would you do it again?