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Just a quick thank you to your team and wonderful website. I contacted a house sitter from your list and within the hour I had a young couple booked for 3 weeks over Christmas. Thank you and all the best with the new site. Raylene

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House Sitting in London

London is the capital of England and has been a settlement for more than two millennia since the Romans inhabited it. Today it has a population of over 13.7 million people and a number of flourishing industries including tourism, research and development, media, arts, healthcare, fashion, commerce, real estate, education and entertainment. Apart from being a city with the 22nd largest population and the fifth highest GDP ($565 billion) in the world, the city in London, in particular has several features that make it culturally unique. Some of the most important landmarks of the city include Greenwich, Kew Gardens, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Eye and Wembley Station.

The word London usually denotes the region that contains the city of London and its surrounding area better known as Greater London. London has been divided into 33 parts - the city of London and 32 boroughs. Some of the boroughs include, City of Westminister, Islington, Richmond, Kingston, Greenwich, Sutton and Lewisham. The boroughs have been further divided into more than 500 districts. Since, London has been a metropolis for hundreds of years, it has welcomed thousands of immigrants. Hence, there is great diversity of cultures among the residents. The latest census shows the ethnic break up to be such - White: 69.7%, Mixed: 3.5%, South Asian: 13.2%, Black: 10.1% and East Asian or other: 3.5%. Religious break up is as such - Christian: 58.2%, No religion: 15.8%, Muslim: 8.5%, Hindu: 4.1%, Jewish: 2.1%, Sikh: 1.5% and Buddhist: 0.8%.

There are many facilities that make the lives of the residents of London convenient. For example, one of the many types of services available to the people is that of house sitting. Since many people in London have a stable lifestyle, they usually save enough money to be able to go out of the city or country for vacation. When they leave their homes, they find it appropriate to find someone to look after their property and the things within it that need care such as gardens, pets, pools and electrical appliances. Apart from vacations, there are other times too when people face have to leave their houses for one reason or another for more than a day. At such times, it becomes imperative for them to find someone who can stay back for house sitting.

Luckily, finding suitable house sitters has now become quite easy given different house sitting agencies that help their client find the best people for their house care. The best thing about them is that their services are quite often free of cost. They do all the work for you for free in exchange for the facilities of your house that you allow them to use. Some of the duties that house sitters will do for you including 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.

*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.