House Sitting Stories | Natalie from Melbourne

Recently, we had a chat with a house sitter named Natalie from Melbourne, Australia. She shared some wonderful pictures of her adventures and how she pets sits her way around Melbourne without applying for any house sitting jobs

Tell us a little bit about yourself– who are you, where are you from, for, do you do it full-time or sporadically
I started house/pet sitting over 15 years ago for family and friends, which I have recently turned into a small business based in Melbourne. Taking care of beloved pets in their own home environment to avoid the stress of over crowded kennels, is what I strive to achieve.

How many housesits have you had and where?
I have lost count of how many house sitting jobs I have completed over the years in Melbourne.

Why do you housesit? What is the main motivation?
I love spending time with all of my furry friends I have met over the years, I also thoroughly enjoy exploring the new area I am living in.

How did you find out about housesitting?
Over the years family and friends have requested my services.So if people want to know how to find a house sitter, they usually contact my via email and we booked them in.

Pros of House Sitting?
It always feels like a holiday when I start a new pet sitting job. I enjoy checking out the local shops & cafes.

Cons of House Sitting?
Having to say goodbye to my furry friends at the end of each pet sitting job is always challenging, also living out of a suitcase.

What’s been the biggest or best adventure so far?
Every pet sitting job feels like a new adventure.

How much luggage do you travel with?
I’m an over packer so I usually bring more then I need!😬

Was it hard for you to secure your first house sitting gig?
I have never applied for any house/pet sitting jobs, my clients have always contacted me for my services.

Did you ever have any unusual pets to take care of or responsibilities that were out of the norm?
Hermit Crabs!

What Has Been Your Favorite House Sit?
I really love my job! I have met the most beautiful dogs and cats throughout the years, I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite.

Any Unusual House Sits?
One of my clients was renovating their home at the time I was housesitting, I ended up having to become the project manager during my stay.

Tips for Others Wanting to get started?
I would offer to look after family and friends pets to build up their resume and profile.

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