We are looking for a mature, quiet, non-smoking individual or couple to live in and care for our home and yard for 3 months. We have 3 cats that also need love and attention. The start date is somewhat tentative at this time.
About our home: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, two-story, 2250 sq. ft. There is a deck out back with table and chairs for dining in pleasant weather or just enjoying the outdoors. There is also a fireplace. The home is on a cul-de-sac. The kids often play outside here and the neighbors are friendly and helpful.
Our home is in a nice, quiet, northern suburb of San Antonio, 2 miles off a major highway, which takes you in 14 miles (20 minutes) to the heart of downtown. Also, there is a large park with hike and bike trails 1 mile away from our home. There are plenty of grocery stores and shopping centers within 2-5 miles.
Your responsibilities are to keep it clean and well cared for (sweeping, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, etc.).
About our cats: We have 3, one stays mostly outdoors, one stays mostly indoors, and one is about half and half. The cats come and go as they please, and you let them in and out. No litter boxes – they do all potty business outside. Rarely, one may cough up a fur ball inside that needs to be cleaned up, but no potty accidents. They do sleep on the furniture, so if allergies are a problem, this is not the situation for you. Cats can be left outside for up to 3 days (with food/water set-up), if you are gone for a weekend. Responsibilities include: keeping food and water filled, letting them in and out of the house, (don’t let them be too tyrannical about this) brushing the 2 longer haired ones occasionally, and showing them love and attention by talking to/petting them.
Yard/lawn responsibilities: Our yard is small and odd-shaped (being on a cul-de-sac) and takes about 20 minutes to mow. You would be responsible for mowing/edging it, and watering it as needed. Our main garden is mostly herbs at this time and needs to be watered weekly in the spring. In our secondary garden we are growing Brussels sprouts. If you like to eat them, then water often, if not, you can let them go with occasional watering. We also have a few houseplants that need weekly watering.
We have a compost heap, on which you may put in all your, non-animal, food waste. The compost heap should have a shovel full of dirt (next to the pile) thrown on it, and be watered, once a week.
Utilities average about $200 a month for water, gas, electricity, and we also ask for a $950 security deposit.