Pissed off owners?
August 25, 2011 3:56 PM Subscribe
Housesitting a stinky house... How to deal with the owners?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm house-sitting for some people who have gone off on a month-long cruise. They have four cats and two dogs, and a lot of mess; stacks of junk around, filthy couches and carpets, and most pertinently, the house stinks of cat and dog pee. (I have caught one of the cats spraying, I don't know if they all do) The owners seem to have had no problem living like this, and probably don't even notice the smell anymore. But it's so bad I can't even stay in the house for more than a few hours unless I open all the windows, spray Febreeze around, clean the litter boxes every couple of hours, and I am working on the 'problem' areas with Nature's Miracle, but there's only so much I can do (the couch, for example, should be thrown out, but I certainly can't do that.)
My main concern is that, when they come back from their cruise, they're going to walk in the door and go "GAAH! THIS PLACE SMELLS LIKE PEE!" because no matter how hard I try, it's going to. And then they'll blame me, because they'll have forgotten how bad it smelled when they were here. Not that I particularly want to house-sit for them again, but I worry that they'll tell everyone in our close-knit community that I made their house stink and then I won't get hired by anyone ever again.
But on the other hand, I can't seem to come up with a polite note or way to say, "Hey, welcome back. You might notice a pee smell. That's because you were living in a pigsty and while I've tried to clean it up, nothing short of a direct nuclear strike is going to help after you've let it go this long. Please don't blame me. Here, have some Febreeze."