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House Sitting Preferences
  • 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months, 2 months +
  • Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s), Rabbit(s)/Guinea Pig(s), Chickens/Ducks/Geese, Reptile(s), Farm Animals, None
Preferred Locations
  • Anywhere in New Zealand
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Professional Full Time House Sitters

34, Licensing Specialist - Remote

35, Programme Coordinator - Remote

Hi!

We're now in our third year as full time house sitters and love traveling all over NZ. It's a big part of our lives so you can be assured we take your trust in us to look after your home and pets seriously. We absolutely love animals and enjoyed house sitting so much back in the UK, even after we bought our own home, that we decided to make it a permanent part of our new life back in NZ in 2021. We've even launched our own website, Bestish Life, to help encourage new house sitters to explore NZ. With us you'll be getting a professional level service with a reliable and personable approach.

House sitting is a great chance to enjoy a variety of communities and within a week of starting our first NZ house sit we've been booked up for the majority of 2022, 2023 and even 2024. We're very experienced, with great references and police checks available upon request, so you can have confidence that you're in good hands to give you peace of mind while on holiiday.

We've looked after various property types before, anything from multi-story homes with gardens and pools, apartments or a secluded colonial era bed and breakfast, all the way to rural lifestyle blocks with farm animals and living partially off grid. Even a remote bach where the closest shop was a kayak across a harbour which was awesome! Since returning to NZ our speciality has been large lifestyle blocks as we love the peace and quiet of the countryside and exploring nature.

We're extremely well organised, tidy, honest, flexible and caring. You can expect to return to your home as clean as you left it (although we try for cleaner! haha) and with very happy pets. We've never pulled out of a sit as we're extremely reliable and the last thing we'd want is for you to have an issue because of us before you go on holiday.

We've house sat for time periods ranging from 2 nights to 6 months but now have a preference to 4+ weeks. While cats are definitely our favourite animals, we've looked after others such as dogs, rabbits, chickens, goats, alpacas, sheep, cows and tortoises. For the right sit, we're open to considering 1 very well behaved dog that's comfortable being left at home for a few hours at a time. We've discovered many parks have banned dogs so it needs to be a special location for us to be flexible with how much exploration we can do.

Experienced in garden and lawn care, spa and pool maintenance, rain and bore water tank system monitoring and pest control. As previous homeowners, we have enough common sense to know when to tackle any maintenance issues which may arise and when to request advice. We're also happy to discuss a turnover service if you operate an active Air BnB on your property. If interested in more of our experience then it can be found on our FAQ page by searching for Bestish Life and visiting there.

We simply require an unlimited internet connection as we work remotely and off street parking for our car. As non-smokers we're not interested in any sits where you normally smoke indoors.

We can also be found on Facebook & Insta @bestishlife for a light hearted glimpse into our travels and lifestyle :)

Reviews (11)
Brian and Gemma were the perfect house sitters and lovely people. The house was spotless on our return, and they went above and beyond what we expected of them. Their previous experience at house sitting was very evident. They had to deal with a number of house problems that became apparent, and they communicated exceptionally well with us. They were willing to contact our preferred contractors to deal with the issues. They formed very close relationships with our 3 cats - who were looked ... MORE
 
JENNY (Sommerville North Island, Mar 2024 - 1 month 1 week)
Brian and Gemma were lovely and professional from initial contact through to the house sit end. They took amazing care of my cat George (whom I'm pretty sure misses them!) and it was lovely to come home to a relaxed and happy cat. The house was lovely and tidy and well looked after. I would happily have Brian and Gemma back again thats for sure and would highly recommend them to anyone else considering them. They are professional, caring and keep in touch with updates and pictures. Thanks so ... MORE
 
CARA (Maeroa North Island, May 2024 - 3 weeks)
Brian and Gemma exceeded all our expectations as housesitters. They were excellent with their communication both before and while we were away, sending updates and photos of our 2 cats and garden. The house was spotless upon our return, and garden looked great also. You can tell they take great pride in their work as housesitters - they were true professionals. I cannot recommend them highly enough!! We wish them all the best in their house sitting journey for 2024, and hope to see them again ... MORE
 
FRANCESCA (Rangiora South Island, Dec 2023 - 1 month 1 week)
Gemma and Brian were great. We were away for 5 weeks and we’re not concerned about our cat at all. Communication was very clear and concise and we knew exactly what we were getting. The fact that they both worked from home was a plus because it meant the cat was never without someone in the house. We got regular updates while we were away and they left the house in great condition. They cat was totally chilled when we got home so he was obviously well looked after. I would have no hesitation in ... MORE
 
LYNETTE (Pyes Pa North Island, Sep 2023 - 1 month 1 week)
Brian and Gemma are fantastic housesitters. They cared for our home and pets exceptionally. They communicated really well and we won't hesitate to have them back in the future. We recommend them. They gave us total peace of mind to be away from our home.
 
CATHERINE (Poroti North Island, Mar 2023 - 1 month 1 week)
What a wonderful couple. we were new to house sitting but Brian & Gemma were the perfect couple to leave our house with. They kept us well informed about their expectations before and during their stay and communicated with through out the stay. The hose was in pristine condition when we got back and the gardens and vegetable patch were watered and kept very tidy. We had a great first experience and will do it again and would have no hesitation in having Brian & Gemma back or recommending ... MORE
 
RONA (Alexandra South Island, Feb 2023 - 3 weeks)
Brian and Gemma were very reliable in their communication. They made sure that we all had clear expectations of the house sitting and they were very organised in the lead-up. Their care for our house and animals during our absence confirmed that very positive impression and it was a relief knowing that we did not have to worry about anything. Their communication was clear and to the point. We appreciated that they took initiative for several issues and it was obvious that the house and animals ... MORE
 
MIRANDA (Brightwater South Island, Nov 2022 - 1 month 2 weeks)
We returned home from a month in UK visiting family to find our home had been very well looked after by Brian and Gemma. Our cat was obviously very comfortable with them and well loved. Our property is quite large and they made a good job of maintaining it while we were away, doing weeding, grass cutting and some work on our grapevines so all the new growth was kept tied up so it didn't get broken by strong winds we believe they have had. Communication from Brian was excellent by eamil and ... MORE
 
JEAN (Cambridge North Island, Oct 2022 - 4 weeks)
Easy to deal with, Brian and Gemma were good at communication before, during and after the sit. They asked for clarification of our farm animals needs when a couple of unexpected issues popped up while we were away and dealt with these issues for us, letting us know the outcomes. We came home to a clean and tidy home and property. Definitely would recommend them to other home owners.
 
CAROLYN (Whakamarama North Island, Sep 2022 - 4 weeks)
Brian and Gemma are exceptional house sitters. They are really well organised from before the sit, clarifying details with clear and friendly communication, and then kept us well informed during their stay. They took care of our house, garden and animals (sheep and chickens) for five weeks and dealt with a couple of unexpected issues that came up. Everything was in spectacular order to come back to, better than we left it, all the animals were very happy and the garden was super tidy, they ... MORE
 
JOANNE & ALLAN (Greenhithe North Island, Aug 2022 - 4 weeks)
Brian & Gemma were the perfect house sitters and we'd highly recommend them. They looked after our large house and garden in Russell for several months while we were on holiday and we're already hoping to book them again next year. They kept the garden immaculate - weeding and mowing the lawn and looking after all our fruit and veggies. Due to illness we had to return early but Brian & Gemma were super accommodating. The house was extremely clean and tidy on our return (probably cleaner than ... MORE
 
LYDIA (Russell , May 2022 - 5 months)
 
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