Just don't burn the place down...
February 25, 2009 4:49 AM Subscribe
posted by Emilyisnow to home & garden (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm housesitting for some friends soon, for a period of about six weeks. It's a really cool little house in the city, and I'm currently staying with my parents whilst jobhunting, so I'm really looking forward to having my own space for a while.
I know that often housesitters get paid, but since they're renters, and I'm not having to cover rent of my own at the same time, I'm wondering if I should offer to chip in for bills etc? Or maybe I should just get them a nice thankyou gift, or leave some nice food in their fridge for their return? Or is this totally unnecessary?
Are there any other things it would be helpful for me to know, either in terms of etiquette or more practical things? They don't have any pets or much of a garden, and I assume things should be pretty straightforward. I understand generally how to be good house-guest, but I've never housesat before and I want to do a good job!