Early 30s couple with prior house sitting experience that love pets, plants, and travel

Username CommsNomad2022  

26 - 36 years
Sep 3,2024
Communications Consultant
7 - 21 Days, 3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months

Hi, we're Sydney and Matt, a responsible and experienced house-sitting couple in our early thirties from Washington, DC. We're open to house-sitting opportunities across the USA, generally looking for stays of one month or longer. That said, we're also willing to house-sit shorter durations if your home is particularly special or located in an interesting area. We are both remote workers so all we need is a strong internet connection and a surface to work on.

Both of us bring unique qualifications to the table. With over five years' experience as a nanny and pet-sitter, Sydney has a keen sense for animals and their well-being. Matt, with a pronounced green thumb, is passionate about plants. In past house-sitting roles, homeowners have been amazed at how well their plants thrived under Matt's care. He takes a meticulous approach by photographing plants upon arrival to monitor their health throughout the stay and is adept at understanding their specific needs.

We deeply love animals and would have our own pets if not for our travels, so pet-sitting allows us to fill that void. We form bonds with every pet we look after, and with our experience spanning various ages and species, we can quickly discern if something isn't right.

It's not just about pets and plants though. We're also adept at managing the unique challenges of homeownership. Should any issues arise, we'll stay in constant communication with you to guide our actions. While we're highly capable of resolving minor problems ourselves, we also know when it's time to consult professionals—and will do so under your guidance. Additionally, as neat and tidy individuals, we commit to leaving your home even cleaner than we found it.

From past house sitting experiences, we've learned that each homeowner's communication needs are unique, and we're committed to adapting our approach accordingly. If you're enjoying a vacation and wish to be undisturbed, rest assured we'll only reach out for essential questions or unexpected issues. Alternatively, if you prefer routine updates, we're more than happy to schedule check-ins. Missing your pet? Just say the word, and we'll send over some adorable snapshots. Always know, a quiet spell from our end means all is running smoothly.

For those looking for peace of mind while away from home: Leave your home, beloved pets, and cherished plants under our care. With Sydney and Matt in charge, rest assured they're in excellent hands!

Homeowner Feedback / endorsements (3)

“ Thank you to Sydney and Matt for taking care or our home and plants this hot summer ant care ”

Sit Dates Aug-15-23 - Sep-23-23 Homeowner Greenthumb, Member Since Jun-18-23

Location Chapel Hill North Carolina United States

Sydney and Matt took care of our house in Chapel Hill for 6 weeks. We have a nice 2,900+ sqft house with a large yard and many plants. Matt took good care of our yard and plants including some mowing - a difficult task in the hot summer of 90+ in NC despite an automatic system. We felt relieved to be able to rely on their common sense and care (water or not water if it rains, incoming hurricane...? ) while we were away . They communicated with us effectively - at times with videos and facetime as needed - to either ask questions or show us areas of concerns. They did  not overcommunicate, so be clear of your expectations, we left a document about the house which they liked to have. They were responsive and we resolved most questions via text or email.  

They were very helpful with packages, mail, etc, and went above and beyond , even dropping off to charities up some boxes our kids had left for donation ! They generously replaced what they used and more.

They are honest and trustworthy people, and hope to be able to having them again as house sitters! We recommend them without reservation and are happy to talk with anyone considering having them.  

“ Sydney and Matt are exceptional housesitters ”

Sit Dates Mar-2-23 - Mar-12-23 Homeowner lifeisgood100093, Member Since Mar-20-17

Location Santa Fe New Mexico United States

Sydney and Matt cared for our 8 year old Standard Poodle and 2 cats while we went to Hawaii.  They communicated well while we were gone.  When we returned, the dog slept with them that night.  The animals were well cared for and the home was cleaner than when I left.  They are honest and trustworthy people and you are welcome to email me or call me anytime with any questions.


Grace, MD

“ Thank you to Sydney and Matt for 7 weeks of house, cat, and plant care! ”

Sit Dates Jun-8-22 - Jul-30-22 Homeowner GardenoftheGods, Member Since May-25-20

Location Colorado Springs Colorado United States

Sydney and Matt took care of our house in Colorado Springs for 7 weeks.  We have a 3000+ sqft house that is pretty nice.  They left it as they found it - house cleaned, beds remade with clean sheets, animals and plants alive and well.  I left 3 pages of info/directions about the house which they accepted with good grace.  They texted twice with questions and otherwise addressed issues at they arose.  In addition to the house itself, they cared for two cats.  One is demanding (entitled) and the other old.  The old one had a seizure and Matt took care of it. In this case, that ment using his judgement to watch and wait rather than rushing to an emergency vet.  He contacted us immediately and the cat didn't have any further issues.

They also cared for a LOT of house plants and our goldfish.  Plants are not that easy to take care of in Colorado given the intense sun and dry air.  We only lost one little plant.  (Other years with other sitters we have taken a big hit on plants.)  They were gracious enough to let us know it had sucumbed and cleaned to pot.  

They also had use of our cars - one old stick shift and one minvan.  Both were returned cleaner than they were left!  They even had the oil changed in our van so we didn't come home to an engine light.  When we left, we left our car at the airport for them (I had mailed a key in advance).  It was fabulous to drive ourselves to the airport, to have the car there when we returned 7 weeks later, and to only pay $8 in parking.  I think it worked out well for them too.

They did  not overcommunicate, so definitely initiate comms, be specific in your expectations and leave clear directions.  They were responsive every time I initiated comms.  We spoke once or twice and the rest was via text or email.  

I recommend them without reservation and am happy to talk with anyone considering having them.  

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