Choose a Professional Pet Sitting Service
Professional Pet Sitting Services have experience, insurance and a client base of references that can all give you peace of mind. These services have stood the test of time, have already gone through the growing pains of a new business and have ironed out any wrinkles of customer dis-satisfaction. Go with a service that places you with one sitter and one back-up sitter. It's not good for your pet or home to have a service that’s sends multiple sitters. Make sure they are insured.
A website is a sign the business owner takes their business seriously, has invested in their business, and wants to be authentic, upfront, and honest about whom they are. A good website should have their services and rates, sitters or walkers, and some testimonials at the very least.
Be sure they perform the following tasks: introduce themselves to you and your pet, pick up keys, confirm pertinent information about you and your pet (e.g. vet information, emergency contact, special requests, etc.), and answer any additional questions you may have. You want someone to have as much information as possible since they will be acting as a "stand in" for you. Your sitter should treat your pet and home the way you would. If a sitter or walker shows up aloof and cold, chances are, that's how they will be with your pet.
They love your pets and take care of your home when you are unable to, and for not very much money when you think about what the job responsibility actually is. You trust them with your pet, your home, and all of your possessions. Treat them well, pay them on time, and tip them on Christmas.