After both being in the teaching profession for 30 years we decided to retire early and establish our own accommodation business alongside 90 Mile Beach in the Far North of NZ. In 2010, we accepted an offer to purchase this business which then left us with the flexibility to pursue other directions and interests. As a complete change in lifestyle, we have moved into house caring and have purchased an American 5th wheeler/trailer rig for accommodation between housesits.
Over the last 9 years we have undertaken 80 home cares both within NZ and overseas. Our commitments have ranged from 2 days to 3 months totalling over 200 weeks of housesitting in 26 different places - the remainder have been return visits. Our NZ housesits have been between The Bay of Plenty and the Far North. Our overseas house caring assignments have been in Australia (Newcastle 2 weeks with cats & dogs, Melbourne 4 weeks with dogs) Melbourne again looking after 2 separate houses for a couple with a cat in each place, Brisbane x2 looking after cat, goldfish and birds. The United States ( Colorado 3 weeks with dogs cats, chickens, Florida 8 weeks with 4 dogs, Florida 4 weeks with 5 dogs,) Singapore (3 weeks with 2 cats) and Hong Kong ( 5 weeks with a dog and cat ) Nova Scotia, Canada, ( 3 weeks with a dog and another with 2 dogs andd 3 cats) Japan ( 2 weeks with a cat )
Hopefully the number of return stays we have had indicates that we are reliable and have a commitment to providing responsible care. We have also had to turn sits down in Italy, France, USA, UK, India and Ecuador due to already being booked.
We are non smokers and enjoy the company of pets. As well as having our own for many years, since house sitting, it has been our pleasure to look after a range of animals/pets from cats, dogs (bichon, poodles, alsatians, bullmastiffs, dobermans, labradors, cattle dogs, Jack Russells, Australian Sheep dog, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian, Dalmatian, Retriever) and fish. We have also looked after 3 farm blocks ( up to 200 acres) from 5 weeks to months one of which was off the grid and totally reliant on generators and solar power
As property owners we have experience in maintaining and developing grounds as well as operating swimming pools.
Having our 5th wheeler enables us to travel or move around NZ at relatively short notice as well as arrive a day or so early to familiarize ourselves with our responsibilities.
We are flexible on location within NZ and overseas.
Re Character Checks : If required, we are able to provide phone numbers or addresses for you to have direct contact with our previous house sits. Also as registered teachers we had 3 yearly police checks to enable us to teach.