I just want to share my experience at a meet and greet yesterday so others can be more alert. The meet and greet was going well. It was for an overnight pet sitting job for New Year’s Eve. It was a lady that lived at the residence and her boyfriend was there with her. We went over everything we needed to go over and I had accepted the job. At the end of the visit the boyfriend nudges her and says you need to tell her. So... then she lets me know she has a roommate and HE maybe in and out while I’m here. At that time he pulls up and it was very awkward because I didn’t know them and I was kind of scared to react so I just went with it and when I left the more I thought about it the more I realized that I don’t think she was planning on telling me about him. Needless to say after I got home I sent her a message declining the job. But I will def be asking about roommates and anyone else that has access to come in the home before I waste my time with a meet & greet again. That could have been a very bad situation if he would have came in that house while I’m there by myself. It’s scary to think back on now.
Safety is the number 1 rule. House sitting is its own beast with so many variables, glad they told you, and glad you've decided to add the question to your M&G
Just curious, what was the concern? Perhaps she didn't want to ask her roommate to watch her dog and was willing to pay a service to do it so as not to inconvenience him.
I had a similar experience AFTER I was in tne middle of a 10+ day sit. I always ask at M&G if there will be any workers on the property - i.e. gardeners, pest control, etc. I was told that the handyman MIGHT show up for his truck which was parked on the property. I stumbled upon this man sleeping on the couch in the furnished studio on the property at around 6 am. I was in the area to feed some of the pets. Scared the living daylights out of me. He was a sketchy character indeed. Complaint to home owner never resolved the problem as he showed up again twice. Geesh.
Well, for 1 I’m a married woman and don’t need to be staying over night in a home with some strange man. And 2, it’s just not safe. You can’t be so trusting this day and time.
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