Hi folks my wife and i have been using the house sitters for a number of years ans have found iti an excellent service , with little or no trouble, until the last house sitters. we had no complaints about the way they looked after our house and animals., but we were a little disappointed when we found out that they had invited other people to stay at our home without our permission. we believe that should never happen without permission, our home is not a hotel, motel or a do drop inn,
We have used Happy House Sitters and would highly recommend their Sitters! Trustworthy, Going above and beyond expectations are how I would describe their Sitters. "Well done!"
Approximate cost: $0
We have used the Happy House Sitters website service for several years now. It is a cut above similar services in my opinion. The admin team are keen to listen to user feedback and the website is well managed. The quality of house sitters has been generally high. If I need to email for an enquiry about the site or other matters Malcolm and his team are always quick and efficient in responding.
I would gladly recommend Happy House Sitters to anyone seeking to connect with potential house and pet sitters.
After planning a six-week holiday overseas and then being let down by a family friend who had planned to house-sit my menagerie of animals, I contacted Ruth at Happy House Sitters and poured out my woes. Ruth was very helpful and explained how to set up my advert. Within 2 days I received a message from a lovely retired couple from Melbourne who were coming to Qld for the winter. They looked after my 2 dogs, 2 cats, 5 chooks and 2 guinea fowl with great care. I was thrilled with the way they looked after all the animals and they even cleaned my house thoroughly before my return. I have offered them a sit whenever they are passing by.
We have used your services 4 times now with sits in Queensland and Victoria.
The first sit was for 6 weeks and was on a 5 acre allotment in QLD, the house had 3 bedrooms with all mod cons. Even though we were traveling in our caravan, the owner made the house open to us.
The second sit was for 2 weeks and was a lovely 4 bedroom house in the suburbs of Melbourne. They had a swimming pool that we could use.
The third was a smaller house in country VIC and again it had all mod cons.
The last sit was for 3 weeks in country QLD the house was a small cottage style on several acres
In these sits we have had the pleasure of looking after a verity of animals including dogs, cats, guinea fowls, ducks and chooks.
Your website made each of these bookings very easy to apply for, and each of the home owners got back to us in a very timely manner.
We have recommended your site to others who were equally happy with the sits they have arranged.
I decided to try this service so my dogs did not have the stress of going to a kennel and could be looked after in their own home and I have to admit I was very nervous and left specific instructions. A house sitter was booked from 19/12/15 till 30/1/16. Unfortunately by the 5/1/16 he had cancelled due to a family illness which couldn't be helped and it is understandable that he would want to be there to support his brother. It did end up leaving us overseas needing to find someone to mind our 3 dogs for the remainder of our vacation. This aside however, he was left with specific instructions that our dogs were not to be left outside when he went out because they bark. On Christmas day, he left them outside and some of the neighbours from the back street were wandering around our home looking for the source of barking dogs who had apparently been barking most of the day. They threatened to call the rangers. Fortunately, the neighbour across the road from us spoke to them and then contacted us to inform us of the situation. We had to phone and talk to the sitter from the USA. He was also asked not to let the dogs off lead at the park and I found out that he was doing this too.
One of the dogs urinated in the bedroom (looks like 3 times) and it doesn't look like he made much attempt to clean up the mess as there are yellow stains up the curtain and on the new carpet. I did speak to him about this and he admitted it was one of the dogs who was spending time in the bedroom with him. Dogs were supposed to sleep in the laundry. Seems like he totally ignored any of our specific instructions. The only other things we asked were to collect the mail and water a couple of pot plants. It seems the mail was left in the box for a while as some of it was saturated by the reticulation. Overall not impressed and would be very hesitant using this service again. I think I will go back to using a kennel and relying on neighbours to keep an eye on the house.
I Joined Happy House Sitters this year but had so much difficulty finding house sitters . In June I wrote to so many and with greatest difficulty managed to find someone for two nights. In September I was travellng overseas and out of the the two house sitters who responded, one failed to failed to show up at my place and the other called in sick .
In July Again I advertised for someone to look after my puppy while I am away in December and this lady came and saw my puppy and agreed to look after her . But when I contacted her again in November she kept sending messages saying that I didn't confirm . Why would I see her at my place and discuss and agree to her recommendations if I didn't want her to mind my puppy ?
It is so frustrating and disappointing because these house sitters constantly let me down because of their lack of commitment. We should be able to rate these House sitters so others will know how unrealiable they are.
Used this company to look after the cat as I had to take a trip away all of a sudden... the cat seemd happy, no fretting at all. very happy as they cleaned up after themselves
Approximate cost: $60
We have just posted our third advert with you and can only hope that we are as fortunate this time as we have been in the past. It is always so good to have peace of mind knowing that while we are away our pets are well looked after & our home is lived-in rather than locked up & reliant on our neighbours/friends. We still keep in touch with our previous sitters who were both excellent and always in demand .. which is why they are not available this time round! We are very grateful for your service ... so here's hoping for another success and a relaxing break away. Many thanks. Pauline R.
I am currently subscribed to three online House-Sitting websites, and can honestly say that compared to their competitors, "Happy House Sitters" service delivery is so bad that I would strongly recommend against using them. Unlike their competitors, HHS charge a hefty fee for every geographical zone you select. Thus subscribers are limited to only those house-sitting opportunities falling within one's particular zone. If you want to broaden your search by even a few additional kilometers, you are required to pay the full fee for access to the adjacent zone.
However, adding to one's frustration is the fact that navigating their website is difficult, and their search engine does not work effectively, with the result that opportunities falling within one's zone are not always picked up.
Over the past thirty days, I have received only two notifications from HHS, compared to an average of FIVE PER DAY from the other service providers.
Worst still, they have not bothered to respond to my written complaint about their lack of service delivery, despite my warning that I would go public about my dissatisfaction unless matters improved.
In my opinion, this service is definitely not worth the fee being charged, and should be avoided.
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