What is Farm Sitting?
Farm sitting is where you arrange for someone else to stay in your home, providing security and care for your home and property while you are away.
What is a "typical" Farm Sit?
There is a great deal of variation in farm sitting situations. Every home and property owner has different needs, and different expectations of what their farm sitter can/will do for them. However, there is a generally accepted minimum "standard".
As a starting point, most farm sits involve a "farm sitter" moving on to your property and in to your home when you go away. The farm sitter takes over the total responsibility of caring for your home, property, gardens, and your pets. Property care is generally restricted to checking waters and livestock unless otherwise agreed.
Your farm sitter is expected to maintain the security of your home and property, and to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and security of your home and possessions.
Your farm sitter is usually not expected to pay for any utilities, such as electricity, gas, water etc. that they use while staying in your home. But it is reasonable to expect that your farm sitter will pay for personal phone calls.
Negotiations regarding food, fuel costs etc are left between you and your sitters.
What kinds of people Farm Sit?
Farm sitters come from all walks of life. From young people to retirees, single people, couples, and families too.
The reasons why people farm sit are varied. Many people are simply looking to "get back to the bush" being retired farmers, property managers, farm workers or people with rural experiences. Some people look to do farm sitting as a means of assisting someone in need. Some farm sitters may be farm workers "in between jobs" or filling in time. Many retired people farm sit as a way of seeing more of the country, or to earn a little bit extra.
What will a Farm Sitter do?
A farm sitter will take care of any reasonable requirements that you may have. All the usual everyday tasks involved with maintaining and running your property and household can be quite reasonably be expected of your farm sitter. These may include checking waters, fences and livestock, gardening, lawn mowing, garbage disposal, maintenance, general security, and caring for your pets.
In addition to these, you may wish your farm sitter to become active in the day to day running of your property while you are away. Or paying regular bills, readdressing mail to you, forwarding faxes, or other similar tasks.
What are the benefits for us?
There are many benefits associated with having a farm sitter. The most obvious of these is SECURITY ? It is infinitely better than leaving your home and property vacant, or just having your neighbour drop by every now and then!! Having your home occupied is a natural deterrent in itself, and a good farm sitter will ensure that the integrity and security of your home and property is vigilantly maintained.
PEACE OF MIND? You can take those much deserved holidays, visit the kid's at school, participate in those education and training days because you have the opportunity to get the right person at the right time to care for your property.
Who pays the bills?
It is normal for the farm sitter to pay for personal telephone calls. What they use in terms of electricity, water, gas etc while staying in your home is generally accepted as being included.
Arranging how the bills are to be paid is an individual situation, best left up to you to determine and negotiate with your farm sitter. However, Farm Sitters - Australia can help you with some suggestions.
What about insurance?
It is very important to ensure that you have a current Building and Contents Insurance Policy and Third Party Liability Insurance covering your home and property for the duration of your time away.
It is also important to check with your insurance provider to discuss a farm sitter caring for your property. You may find some insurance companies actually prefer you to have a farm sitter for maximum security while you are away. Some companies may actually offer reduced insurance premiums if you use a farm sitter any time you go away.
Can I get a written contract?
If you would like your farm sitter to sign an agreement with you, Farm Sitters - Australia is here to help. We have an appropriate Farm Sitting Agreement available, similar to a standard rental agreement, which covers the terms and conditions under which a farm sitter may occupy your property.
What are the costs?
The cost of using a farm sitter will vary from person to person. Most sitters charge a daily fee, but for longer periods a weekly fee is usually arranged. This is something which should be FULLY negotiated when arrangements are made. For further information contact us at Farm Sitters - Australia.
Are we able to give feedback?"
It is important to let the farm sitters know how you thought they cared for your property - either verbally or through a note. It is also important to let Farm Sitters - Australia know - when and by whom your position has been filled - especially if it has been advertised - to avoid unnecessary phone calls and time wasting.
Do the farm sitters stay in our home?
Many sitters are travelling the country with a motor home or caravan and may just need somewhere to park. Others prefer to stay in the home to add to the security presence.