I have just bought a beautiful big house in the Jingletown area within walking distance to the Fruitvale BART. Unfortunately prior to taking possession, it was vandalised inside and needs some work. So I will be calling in tradesmen to fix it up. I also need to connect Internet, take deliveries, etc...
The reason why I am looking for a housesitter is because I will be at work, and there won't be anyone else at home to let in the tradesmen in, sign for deliveries, etc. Therefore ideally I am looking someone who could be in residence during the day (at least some days, as your work permits). I am living alone until the house is fixed up.
Rather than either paying the housesitter or charging him/her rent, we are planning on a straight swap - you can have your own room and bathroom and the use of the kitchen and laundry, and you can help by being there. There are no plants to water or pets to take care of, though if you are interested to pitch in with any aspect of the renovations, that would be appreciated - such as shopping for the house, interior design, light handyman work, etc.
We can offer the house from mid-May to mid-June; about a month, but could be longer if needed and exact dates are negotiable. I need someone trustworthy and responsible because I will be away from home altogether for a few days at a time.