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Thank you for your wonderful service. We contacted some sitters from your list yesterday and have now locked in a lovely young couple. They seem so nice. We are thrilled and so are they. Tessa & Ron

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for your website, and how lovely it is. We've been house sitting full time for 4.5 years and yours is the only website we use, after having tried plenty of others over the years. We're fully booked (many are repeats, of course) for 11 months of the year, every year, and every house sit we have found through your site has been fabulous. I know that website owners often go unnoticed despite the amount of work that is involved in running a website like yours, so I just wanted to pass on my thanks and to let you know that, in our view and experience, your website is hands down the nicest and best that we have come across in our house sitting world. Rachel

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House Sitting in Belfast

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and the 14th largest in the UK. Linen making and shipbuilding were the two industries that helped the city develop. It is where RMS Titanic was built. The Industrial Revolution helped it further grow and attracted immigrants making it the most populous city in Ireland. Today the city is home to more than 267,500 while its larger urban zone has a population of 641,638. The industries that flourish in the city include those related to higher education, business and arts.

There are hundreds of organizations that serve the people of Belfast. Educational services include 184 grammar, secondary and primary schools as well as two universities - The University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast that was founded in 1845. Also, several libraries managed by the Belfast Education and Library Board are also accessible to all and sundry. When it comes to transportation, a survey shows that 77% of the residents use their cars to get to their desired locations, 6% travel on foot and 11% use public transport. Public transportation in Belfast includes public and private taxis as well as buses and rails operated by Translink. Furthermore, medical service providers in the city ensure that the health of the residents is given high priority. There are five trusts that are involved in healthcare facilities. The Royal Victoria Hospital and The Belfast City Hospital are two of the largest hospitals in the city that are renowned worldwide.

In addition to public services, there are a number of private businesses too that make the lives of Belfast's residents easier, safer and pleasing. Agencies that deal in house sitting services are one of them.

If you live in Belfast and are planning to leave your house vacant for some reason, why not use a house sitter? House sitters will come and look after your house and pets in exchange for free accommodation. There is usually no payment and the utility expenses (electricity, gas, etc) are negotiated, sometimes the sitter pays for these or if the house sit is not that desirable then the homeowner might cover these costs.

There are several reasons why you might engage a house sitter to take care of your property as well as any pets that you might leave behind.

Firstly, many insurance companies have policies that prohibit homeowners from leaving their property unattended to for more than four days. If you do so for more than a month, your insurance policy may be rendered void.

Secondly, there are various parts of the house that need continuous attention. House sitters take responsibility of major issues that surround house care including pet sitting, cleanliness of the pool, redirection of mail, payment of utility bills, arrangement for the protection of the house in case of bad weather, maintenance of the garden and protection of the property at all times from intruders.

Thirdly, finding a house sitter on the House Sitters UK website is free!

*FREE: House sitting is usually free, for both sitter and house owner, although this is completely up to the individuals. There are usually some costs that need to be covered by either the sitter or the house owner e.g. electricity, phone usage, vet fees etc. How these costs are handled needs to be agreed before the sit begins. House sitters pay a single annual membership fee, while house owners pay nothing to advertise their house or to contact sitters.