Safeguard Your Santa Cruz Home with a House Sitter

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, July 24th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Have you ever thought about hiring a house sitter for your Santa Cruz home?  If you’re going on an extended trip, hiring a house sitter could prevent potential problems.  Here are the basics you need to know about house sitters.

What are the benefits of having a house sitter?

• It’s safer.  If you are going out of town for any length of time, your Santa Cruz home is statistically less likely to be burglarized if it’s occupied.

• You’ll save on insurance fees.  If your home is empty for over 30 days, you may not be able to buy homeowner’s insurance for it or the insurance may be very costly.

• Your pets can stay in their home.  Your pets are going to miss you, but at least they’ll be more comfortable in familiar surroundings.  They’ll also have less risk of infections such as kennel cough.

• Your home is maintained.  Whether you have a garden or in-door plants that need to be watered, your house sitter is there to take care of it.  He or she can also cut your grass and get leaks fixed.  Imagine the mess you’d come home to if your ice maker sprung a leak!

How much do house sitters cost?

The cost of house sitters depend on how long you want them to stay in your Santa Cruz home and what you want them to do for you.  For example, you can have the house sitter stay overnight or make daily visits. 

Some house sitters care for your home in exchange for free lodging.  For those who charge, daily rates start as low as $15 and go up from there. If you want your dog cared for and walked daily, you’ll pay extra for those types of services.

How do I find a house sitter?

If you have friends or neighbors who’ve used house sitters, ask them for referrals.  You can also use a house sitter referral service such as House Sitters America or House Carers.

Need help finding a house sitter?  Give me a call at (831) 662-6522 or send me an email at

For more information, please visit my website at

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Lauren Spencer is your local real estate expert, specializing in Santa Cruz real estate and surrounding communities—this is where she lives, works, and plays too. Let her know your questions about the community and county and she'll be happy to fill you in on all you want to know! Lauren Spencer has consistently been voted best local REALTOR in Santa Cruz and is always happy to offer her advice and expertise. Call her at: 800.226.4717.

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