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Can I say that this is our first foray into house sitting and your Website and any initial anxieties have been completely dispelled. The site is very intuitive and easy to use and provides a perfect forum for the two sides of house owners and sitters to interact. All extremely useful. Chris and Jean - Northamptonshire

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Dear Housesitters UK. I had 3 house sits through your site from May to July this year. Each house sit was great. I've even made some new friends both the furry kind and human kind and am planning to come back in 2015. I even had to turn down some offers as I was returning to Australia in August. Thanks for making my long holiday fabulous Christine

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House Sitting in England

England is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. It has been divided into 88 localities in 50 cities. Today, England currently is home to approximately 52,234,000 people and average population density of the country is 395 persons per square kilometre. The most populated settlements in England include Greater London Urban Area, West Midlands Urban Area, Greater Manchester Urban Area, West Yorkshire Urban Area, Yyneside and Liverpool Urban Area. 87.5% of the population is white, 6% is South Asian, 2.9% is Black, 1.0% has mixed origins, 0.8% is Chinese and the rest 0.8% has different origins. 14% people stated that they have no religion, 72% identify themselves as Christians, 3.1% are Muslims and 2% are Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists.

In spite of the recessions England has witnessed in the past century, overall it has managed to grow and attract foreign as well as local investments. This has led businesses in the region to flourish thereby enabling them to serve the residents of the tens of localities in England. There are numerous public and private organizations that make the lives of the residents more productive, safer and enjoyable.

Medical facilities are provided by the public healthcare system, National Health Service. The private sector supports this healthcare system.

Means of transportation are plenty with over a hundred private and public airports in England, out of which London Heathrow, London Stansted Airport, Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport and Luton Airport. Transportation by rail is also prevalent with Rail transport in Great Britain being the oldest railway network in the world. Several avenues for entertainment, sports, tourist attraction and recreation also exist.

Yet another important service the people of England have access to is that of house sitting. A significant number of residents in England have to leave their property vacant due to one reason or another. Due to the care that vacant property is supposed to given and policies of insurance companies, homeowners make sure that they avail the services provided by house sitters. House sitters agree to live in vacant houses that contain at least basic furniture. They do so for free and take care of the property as directed by the homeowner. There is usually no monetary transaction between the homeowner and the house sitter because both parties benefit from the service. While house sitters get a place to live in for free, homeowners get someone to take care of their property.

The work house sitters do includes pet sitting, cleaning the pool, redirecting mail, paying the utility bills, making arrangements for the protection of the house in case of bad weather, maintaining the garden and most importantly keeping the house safe from intruders especially at night. If you live in England and are in need of someone experienced in house sitting, contact a house care agency and organise a house sitter. You can do so by searching for agencies on the internet or asking your family, friends or peers for recommendations.

*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.