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I just wanted to say what a great website this is and so easy to use. I thought it might take a while to find a sitter as I'm looking for someone for a longer-term sit, but I had some lovely replies, more than I was expecting, and just a few days after placing the ad I now have a sitter in place. Thank you. Amanda

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Just a quick message to say what a great site you have. I only registered as a sitter a few weeks ago and within two days had two 'sits' organised. In fact I am on one now in Shoreham and having a wonderful time. Whilst on my trip here I have had two more approaches for house/pet sits. I looked at several websites but yours was by far the best. It's opened up a whole new world to me. Thanks. Anne B

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House Sitting in Birmingham

Birmingham is the second most metropolitan area of the UK after London with a population of over 3.68 million. The city itself is home to around a million people. With the inception of the age of industrialization, Birmingham came to be known as the 'first manufacturing town in the world'. The development of highly specialized, creative and innovative small workshops in the eighteenth century Birmingham attracted more investment and migration. Today the GDP of the city stands close to $90 billion.

Given the highly developed economic state of the city, Birmingham has attracted immigrants from different parts of the world. The latest census reveals that 59% of the population is Christian, 14.3% is Muslim, 12.4% has no religion, 2.9% is Sikh, 2% is Hindu, 0.2% is Jewish and the rest 8.4% did not respond to the question regarding religion. Its residents have almost every facility that can be expected from a metropolitan city. Birmingham has three universities, several colleges and public schools. Several modes of transportation facilities are available within and outside the city including the Birmingham Airport, local public transportation operated by National Express West Midlands and a canal system which is said to be more extensive than the one in Venice. Healthcare facilities are provided by the many hospitals present in the city, many of which are National Health Service hospitals. Furthermore the citizens also remain well informed due to the plenty of local newspapers of the city such as Sunday Mercury and Birmingham Post as well as the thriving media industry. Also, there are plenty of parkland open spaces in the city such as the Sutton Park, where the residents can spend their leisure time.

In addition to public facilities, there are hundreds of privately catered facilities to the residents as well. One such facility that makes life considerably easier for the residents of Birmingham is that provided by house sitters. House sitters are people who consent to living in property meant to remain vacant for short or long periods and to take care of the areas the homeowner has identified.

When landlords in Birmingham leave their property empty, they can get in contact with house sitting agencies that help them get in contact with the right person to take care of their property in their absence. These agencies, more often than not online websites, usually charge a nominal fee for their services while house sitters themselves usually charge nothing. Some of the duties that house sitters will do for you including pet sitting, redirecting mail, paying the utility bills, making arrangements for the protection of the house in case of bad weather, maintaining the garden and pool, and most importantly keeping the house safe from intruders. It is a good idea to delegate the responsibility of a registered house sitter because they have usually organised references and other material ready to show you. Hence, if you are in search of a trustworthy house sitter, contact a house sitting website and post a free advert to inform the sitter of the dates and what the different duties you would like the house sitter to do. Once you have engaged a house sitter you then negotiate between yourselves the conditions of the house sit.

*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.