A formal house sitting agreement can help, but it is completely optional.
As we understand it, the majority of home owners and house sitters do not use a formal house sitting agreement and simply choose do discuss things verbally.
However, it’s very important to discuss all aspects of the house sit before it's confirmed to allow everything to run smoothly and avoid any confusion.
So if you're NOT going to create a formal agreement, we highly recommend documenting the important things you discuss either within your My Messages section or in an email or something similar.
DRAFTING UP AN AGREEMENT
A house sitting agreement can feel like over-kill, but it can also be really helpful - and once you've done one, any others are really simple.
The process of drafting an agreement usually brings up important issues that need agreement e.g. required pet care, garden care, who is responsible for paying for utilities etc.
We provide a house sitting agreement template that you can adjust to suit your needs if you desire one. You will need to be a registered member to get access to the Agreement template.
DOWNLOAD THE AGREEMENT TEMPLATE (MEMBERS ONLY)