Merrit - Professional Home & Pet Sitter
A Few "Housekeeping" Notes
I will absolutely travel to you anywhere in the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America! I speak fluent Spanish, and love to put that into practice!
That said, at the moment, many of my clients are on the West Coast of the US, Florida, or Spain/Portugal. So, the more advance notice you can give me, the better chance I'll be able to accommodate you . . . planning 4 - 6 months out is ideal. But it's always worth asking . . . sometimes I have gaps in my schedule that I'd love to fill! For those sits where I need to fly, a week's minimum sit is required. For out-of-the-county assignments, I'll gladly sit for two weeks or more.
Once I commit to a sit in an area, I immediately look to "sandwich" it with others within 200-300 miles or so - I've found that works well in being able to enjoy a segment of the country or world!
For our mutual safety and assurance, I will ask that we conduct a Zoom call when discussing particulars of your sit. I find it is a great way for us to introduce ourselves and any pets.
I arrange my travel and sit schedules, and you, your vacation schedule, relying on our agreed upon plans. I've found the following to be mutually beneficial:
* 20% non-refundable deposit upon agreement;
* another 50% upon my arrival;
* and remaining 30% upon completion of the sit.
In the event you are delayed by a day or more, per-day rates will apply, along with fees to cover any necessary flight or other alternations on my part.
One of the reasons I love home sitting, is that I have met the nicest people. I always operate in good faith, and assume others do as well. It's what makes the world go round! I've never had to cancel a pre-arranged sit, but in the very unlikely event that would happen, I would refund your deposit and vigorously attempt to find a quality replacement for you. I have a wealth of wonderful, smart and caring friends, who sometimes tell me "I want your life!" ... such an instance would be their chance!!
Generally, the sits unfold as so:
*"Get-Acquainted" visit or Zoom Call to chat, "meet" pets, and establish beginning/end dates/timing and particulars;
*Send and return of Price Quote, to secure dates on our calendars;
*Forward my "Information Sheet" for you to complete, with pet and home preferences and particulars to leave as a reference;
*Confirmation and Update calls/texts at least two weeks out and more frequently as needed;
*Day of . . . either an in-person hand-off or arrangements for entry..
*I send texts/photos of pets during my stay to keep you updated and confident they are being well cared for! I welcome check-ins from you as well, but if you simply want to relax and enjoy your time away, I've got you covered!
*Debrief calls/texts prior to leaving to ensure a safe/smooth transition back . . especially in case of potential plane delays!
NOTE: I will not leave a sit with pets until it is a sure thing that you or someone else will be there to relieve me..