LIVING THE DREAM! Honest, responsible retired professional traveling and housesitting in urban areas with public transit

Username BestHousesitter  

65 + years
Jul 1,2024
retired, part time consultant
7 - 21 Days, 3 - 6 Weeks, 6 - 8 Weeks, 2 - 3 Months, 3 + Months

I am 69-yrs old, single, long retired from a successful broadcasting career and now traveling and taking on housesitting assignments in the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. I am a Canadian living in Los Angeles.  

I am non-smoking / non-drinker. I own my own home so I understand the value of caring for your home. I make sure your pets get special attention and care while you are away. I was lucky enough to share part of my life with my golden retrievers and my childhood cats, but currently do NOT have any pets so I can travel. I have excellent references attesting to my good character and sense of responsibility.

I have experience with clients who go away for a short 2-week vacation as well as those who go abroad for a month or two....even 6 months,  confident that I am taking care of things at home. My resourcefulness assures that you have a worry-free time away from home. 

You might be surprised that I am willing to fly thousands of miles to do housesits; but my experiences as a housesitter have allowed me to spend weeks and months in CITIES all over the world where I want to be a tourist (Shanghai, Zurich, Munich, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, etc) instead of rushing around as typical tourists do on short packaged tours and hurried excursions.  If you select me as your housesitter, I will take great care of your pets within your home so they don't have to be boarded and I get to stay in your beautiful home exploring and experiencing your great city. The perfect arrangement!

Besides overall care of your home and pets I can:

- keep in touch with you by , phone,  or Zoom with updates.  

- monitor and sort your mail and packages; forward urgent mail as per your instructions; and pay the occasional unforeseen bill

- water house plants; monitor lawn sprinkler system or water lawn and garden. I am not qualified to do your gardening or harvest ripe vegetables

- arrange and supervise a limited amount of maintenance and/or repairs using local professionals

______________________ CLIENT RECOMMENDATIONS ______________________

"Bernard looked after our house, cat and fish in London while we were away in Spain and he madethe experience extremely smooth going and went above and beyond in terms of communication.The house and animals were looked after perfectly and the house was immaculate on our return".  FS  London, UK

"Bernard is the gold-standard of housesitters"    ER Houston, Texas

"He left me alone to enjoy my vacation should all be well, and he always gave the impression that I didn't need to worry about anything, he would be able to handle any difficulty"  HP, Woodcliff Lake NJ (NYC Area)

"Bernard took care of my home, pets and car for three months while I was working in China. It gave me great comfort to have Bernard to rely on. He went beyond the call of duty.... The house was well-maintained, my mail forwarded, and my pets well-tendedKC, San Francisco Bay Area (Oakland) 

"Not only did we find our home in the same condition we left it with Bernard, the cat and our plants were also thriving"  EK, Toronto, Canada

"Throughout our 3-month trip to Katmandu , he kept us updated via s. We came back home to find the house secure and tidy. Our dog was also clean and healthy"    MD, Los Angeles (Valencia) 

"He was always available by phone and . In one instance when I needed an important, time- sensitive package, Bernard quickly responded During our seven month absence, we had no worry that our house and cat were being cared for and were in good hands...."   EG, Houston, Texas

"My trip to the Far East was much more enjoyable, knowing that everything was secure and safe at home, in Mr. Forster's careKM, Manhattan 

" He kept me informed of pertinent events connected with my home. I found his manner and responsible attitude very reassuring. In short, Mr. Forster proved to be trustworthy and an excellent choice to housesit my home" HRP, Rochelle Park, NJ 

"My wife and I relocated to Shanghai a few years ago and needed to get back to the States for a family emergency. Instead of taking our cats with us and stressing them out, we decided to hire Bernard, who came highly recommended from one of our expat friends. This is the guy you want !"  RS, Shanghai, China 

"Mr. Forster is by far the best housesitter we have ever had"SS, Las Vegas, Nevada

" In every way, he lives up to his claims..... He is also very nice, ....he is honest and has integrity".      CH Phoenix, Arizona

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