If you’re planning a vacation, it may not be possible for you to bring your pet along with you. This is where you’ll likely find yourself looking for a trustworthy pet sitter. Whether you’re hiring a professional or just having a friend or family member stop in, it’s important to know that your home and pet will be safe while you’re gone.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe when hiring a pet sitter, so you can enjoy your time away.
When hiring a professional:
Unlike a friend or family member, a professional pet sitter takes care of pets for a living. These professionals understand that losing the trust of a client can spell disaster for their career and are generally very conscious and respectful of their actions in your home.
The pet sitter will have unsupervised access to your home, and they’re responsible for the safety of your pet as well as ensuring that your doors, windows, and security system remain secure. That said, hiring a bonded and insured professional pet caregiver offers you better protection than asking a friend or neighbor for help.
An additional perk of hiring a pet sitter is that the pet sitter will be occupying your home, coming and going throughout the day. This activity helps your home look lived-in, which can reduce the chance of a burglary.
A pet sitter can also perform light tasks while caring for your pet, such as bringing in the mail and watering plants, as well as monitoring for unusual activities like cars stopping on the street, or foot traffic near your home. Plus, because they’re in your home regularly, they’ll know right away if a household emergency occurs.
How a pet sitter and your home security can work together
From adjusting the thermostat, to video surveillance, many monitored home security systems offer a variety of features that help you and the caretaker ensure your pet’s comfort.
Plus, using the Total Connect home security and home automation system, you can find out how often the pet sitter is coming and going, and watch real-time video of your pet whenever you want. You can even assign the sitter an access code to open the front door, or remotely lock and unlock it right from your smartphone or tablet. Either way, you won’t have to worry about the sitter losing a key.
Seacoast Security has been providing Maine and New Hampshire home and business owners with cutting edge home and business security services since 1976 from our offices in Rockport, Freeport/Portland, Hermon/Bangor, Presque Isle, and Portsmouth. Learn more at http://www.seacoastsecurity.com/