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House Sitting

House Sitting

Date: May 21 2010

Themes: Hobbies, Work

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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Going on vacation is fun. Coming home to a bunch of dead plants and unhappy animals or, even worse, finding out that someone broke into your house while you were away, is not fun. That’s why some people get house sitters to keep an eye on their home, water their plants and sometimes even take care of their pets while they are away.

Often people just ask a friend to house sit for them for free. But there are actually some professional house sitters who make a living taking care of other people’s homes while they are away. Find out why Ella thinks she would make a bad house sitter.


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Ella:  So I realized I’m definitely not ever responsible enough to ever house sit for anyone. Just, you know, when I was younger, throwing crazy parties while my parents were gone…I just have that urge to do it, even though I’m an adult now, sort of.

Amy:  Really? Did you have an experience recently where you trashed someone’s house who you were house sitting for?

Ella:  Well, it was more like we trashed my friend’s, who was house sitting for someone.

Amy:  I house sat about a year ago, over the summer, in a really beautiful house. Like, these people had just renovated this Victorian house and made it so gorgeous, and it had a big backyard and, you know, we could have people over for barbecues and stuff. It was great. It made me really sad when I had to return to my little studio.

Ella:  I mean, house sitting, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much responsibility. I mean, you just live, right? You’re livin’ your life in someone else’s house. No responsibility, right?

Amy:  Yeah. And you get to live rent-free.

Ella:  There you go.

Amy:  And if you negotiate with the homeowner, not only do you live rent free, but you get paid, too.

Ella:  Ah, I see.

Amy:  Yeah, I actually did, I got paid to stay in this house. But I did have to take care of their dogs.

Ella:  Oh yeah. I knew there was a catch.

Amy:  They had two little dogs, yeah.


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Ella doesn’t think she is responsible enough to house sit for someone. Recently, a friend of hers was house sitting and threw a party. Ella went to the party, and she and her friends trashed the house.

Amy house sat recently in a really nice house. She didn’t trash the house, but she did have some friends over. It was fun to stay in a big, fancy house. Amy got paid to house sit, but she had to pet sit, too.

Have you ever house sat for someone? Would you hire someone to house sit for you?



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I would not see any problem on taking care of someone's house since they pay me! And I like pets then I could be a great House Sitting.

And yes, If needed, I would hire someone to work for me on my absence.

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07:12 PM May 21 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in our country the people don't hire house sitters to keep an eye on their home .they usually requests his best friends or his family to take care of his home.  

06:55 PM May 21 2010 |




It's pointless for me to hire someone as house sitter. I live in an apartment building and I don't have pets. Just lock the entrance door and that's it. The world is mine!

04:10 PM May 21 2010 |



so anyone wants some professional house sister? I am available then.

03:56 PM May 21 2010 |



ı d been a house sitter 6 mounths ago for my grandmother and grandfather.they had been on abroad for their religious duty. it called as Hadj.ı stayed at home with my friend.ıt was good for me because their home nearer  university than my home.

11:42 AM May 21 2010 |




I've never been a house sitter before!!..  this sounds very interesting I'd love to do it but regretly, no one's invited me to house sit for them…  like u know, it's not really popular in Thailand..

09:16 AM May 21 2010 |




I think house sitting is not an easy job ..taking care of someone else house is a big responsibility.. anyway I like big old houses ..if anyone ask me to house sit for their big old house..I will accept


07:04 AM May 21 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

No I would not be a house sitter , not because I'm not old enough but it is really a big respons to keep an eye on someone house so you have to be responsible for that … nighther let some one to do such a thing on my house :D


01:28 AM May 21 2010 |





if somebody pay me enough i would like to be a house sitter,even there is no pay if i can live with pay-free,it is still perfect for me !


12:51 AM May 21 2010 |

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