Funsters Housesitting For Free Pitch?

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  1. Wombles

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    Suggested this elsewhere & rather than hijack that thread thought it should have its own thread as it gained a bit if interest!
    We like the idea of house sitting (with the motorhome) as a way to get out & see a bit of the Europe & have adventures on a low budget. In the next year or two we need to start & get some references in the UK first as desirable locations are in high demand on existing websites. If anyone likes this idea perhaps we could start our own house sitting service between us for fellow Funsters, their friends & family?! Could really suit those full timing not just those that like the idea of a free base to explore an area. Don't have to have access to homes just parking, water, waste, possibly hook up & wi fi in return for watering plants, feeding/walking animals, cutting grass etc plus increased security. Just an idea as an informal arangement between us with no money involved. Having searched on the web there are some housesitters already doing this with considerable success as a lot of homeowners like the idea of only having to give limited access to their home but still have such a service.
     
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  2. Milliemobile

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    Would be good for us, but unfortunately we don't have off street parking :(
     
  3. Armytwowheels

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    Great thread Wombles.

    I would like to add us to the list of Funstes available to house sit.

    We are available during the following dates
    6th July to 13th August
    24th August to the end of September
    October - possibly but we may fly south!

    Dora the motorhome is just under 7m long and would need to be accommodated somewhere safe and reasonably level. We have a little dog but as we would sleep and live in the van this would not be a problem for those not wanting dogs in their house.

    I (Sandra) have many years experience working with horses, on Studs, hunting and showing yards, as well as having my own horses. I used to have my own chickens and a pet lamb at one time. Can even drive a tractor!

    Colin is Mr Fix it - if it has an engine, moving parts, electrical bit, he's ya man.

    We are sort of based in Leicestershire but will consider anywhere in the UK. If it's in the extremes i.e Cornwall, Scotland etc it would have to be for long enough to make it worth our while travelling
     
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  4. dappleduck

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    hmmmm good idea................also what about park in my garden,drive,land,spare space etc etc for nominal fee (which could go to charity) or exchange walking dog. washing car. cutting lawn etc. etc...........all have a good day..keep smiling..
     
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    hmmmm..........love to visit Whitby every now and again......for a few days............small campervan,,,DONT need elec,water,facilities...........just need safe haven at night...........gone thru the day exploring........... anyone have somewhere ......don't mind what...... keep smiling
     
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  6. Wombles

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    Exchanging favours (instead of housesitting in return for a free pitch) sounds like a good idea but could get complicated especially if money changes hands :unsure:. Maybe start another thread Dappleduck to explore this for those that might be interested?
     
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  7. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    I was going to say if money changes hands it could complicate things. KISS is what I say. (y)
     
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    This thread sounds a great idea. One to watch.
     
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  9. Wildman

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    WE usually have site sitters to keep an eye on the animals (Cows, horses and dogs) plus the garden/greenhouse etc when we take our annual holiday. Nothing arranged for next year yet if anyone is interested. There is ample parking, water, WC, and waste dump, excellent TV and phone reception but no EHU or wifi. We usually go for 3 weeks +/- a few days if anyone is interested please keep in touch
     
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    way to much info there.............:whistle:
     
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  11. Armytwowheels

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    No, it's your pervy mind!
     
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  12. Charlie - Minton

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    A really useful thread this @Wombles
    Not something we need but a great idea non the less (y)
     
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  13. Armytwowheels

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    We might up for that Roger, a bit too early to say yet but let us know your dates when you know. Just what would be involved with the cows though :Eeek:, not milking them I hope?
     
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    no milking or feeding involved just keeping an eye on them. You could try milking them most are bullocks and will appreciate it, hee hee
     
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    Err, no that's OK!! I can do keeping an eye on them very well. Water, gates, fencing etc.
     
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    Great idea. Sounds very doable.
     
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    I like this idea. (y) We've just been away in the van for 6 weeks and sometimes go away for longer - although a neighbor pops in every week to check on things and stack up mail it would have been nice to know that someone was there fulltime, especially if they would cut the lawns as well (!). Will keep my eye on this thread.
     
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  18. Wombles

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    Good to hear that there's interest in this (y). Have looked at housesitting sites & they all seem to charge a fee to register. Reading on the web experience of housesitting seems to vary from being able to come & go as you wish just keeping an eye on a property, looking after pets, livestock & garden maintenance to not being able to leave the property for more than an hour or two a day or at all, finding that there are elderly relatives left to care for as well as the dog & volumes of work that look like slave labour! There is a company who charge a high fee for 24 hour guards who stay on clients property but in their motorhome - doubt the guards see much of the profits though. On the positive side also read about a housesitter who stays in her motorhome & is now is such demand that she can pick & choose where she goes!
     
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    I have heard of house sitting in Spain too when the owners need to be back in the UK.
     
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    Could certainly offer my services later in the year and next year, but only in the UK. Space for 6 mtr PVC would be required and willingness for me to bring my little dog.
    I am self sufficient but access to water and waste disposal would be necessary if more than 3 days.
    PM me if you require any further info. Have lived on a farm so have a little experience with livestock.
     
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