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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 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland has witnessed a relatively turbulent past. It passed through an era called the Troubles that marked the conflict between nationalists and unionists. After the two parties gave up their armed campaigns in 1998, political peace prevailed in the region. Earlier, it had an industrial economy based on rope manufacturing, textiles and shipbuilding. Today, out of the four economies that contribute to the UK, Northern Ireland is the smallest one. Its current economy is based on the service sector that is dominated by tourism and high tech corporations.

The region is home to approximately, 1.8 million people, 3% of UK's total population. 13.88% have reported to have no religion. 99.7% of the ones who have a religion are Christians. There are several businesses that serve the people of Northern Ireland. Transportation is provided different organizations. There are three airports in the area including Belfast International, City of Derry Airport and George Best Belfast City and Northern Ireland Railways is responsible for the operation of passenger railways. Seaports are also used commercially as well as on a retail basis. Media in Northern Ireland is also active. The leading publication is Belfast Telegraph and other Irish national newspapers such as News Letter and Irish News are also circulated. When it comes to education, there are two universities - University of Ulster and The Queen's University of Belfast - that locals as well as people from outside the region come to. For the younger generation, there are different types of schooling systems including Roman Catholic, Protestant and religiously segregated ones.

Yet another service that the residents of Northern Ireland enjoy is that provided by house sitters. House sitting is an important service because of the frequency with which the residents leave their property vacant, leaving their pets behind, and the changing policies of insurance companies. The house sitting agencies usually have many house sitters to cater for any homeowners' needs. The sitters can undertake a number of chores on a daily basis including pet sitting, mowing the lawn, weeding and watering the garden, cleaning the pool, redirecting mail and making sure that the house is safe from any sort of external harm such as theft, robbery and bad weather.

The presence of house sitters makes a house less vulnerable to attacks by robbers/thieves. Also, house sitters are capable of taking care of pets that homeowners leave behind at their homes. Pet care can be very important to their owners and having someone looking after them in their own environment can be extremely reassuring.

*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.