People can often worry about being bored and unhappy when they retire, but new research reveals those that take on a new challenge like becoming a home and pet sitter are in fact happier.
Research carried out by home and pet sitting company, Homesitters Ltd found 82% of homesitters say the role has made them happier in their retirement – with the top reasons for becoming a homesitter being that it enables them to explore different parts of the UK, spend time with pets and get away from their usual routine.
Over half say they have chosen not to have a pet of their own because it’s too much of a tie and some find it too upsetting to lose a pet, which is why 68% say that spending time with pets is the thing they enjoy most about the role. 62% of those that homesit with a partner also say that it allows them to spend more quality time together.
Most homesitters are aged between the ages of 55 and 75 and it’s the ideal flexible role for retirees. Homesitters are employed to stay in people’s homes when they go away, keeping the home secure and looking after any pets.
Almost all (91%) find the extra income they earn from it useful to supplement their pension and 67% say they save money on their own utility bills too. Most use the extra income to pay for holidays, meals out, treats for the family and other general living expenses.
Londoner Peter Green, who is in his early 70s, has been home sitting for almost 10 years since retiring from a job in retail. He says, “There is never a dull moment and I enjoy every minute. The majority of my clients are in London where I’ve lived all my life. I often home sit in properties in Kensington or Knightsbridge – from large, grand houses to small flats overlooking Hyde Park, the variety appeals to me.
“One of the other advantages of the job is the flexibility. I can pick and choose when I work and how much work I take on and fit it around spending time with my family and friends. I am so enthusiastic about the experiences I have had that my sister has become a homesitter too.”
When asked what they appreciate most about working for Homesitters Ltd the top reasons were the 24/7 back up support service whilst on assignment, being covered by comprehensive insurance, the professionalism of the team, the preliminary meeting with clients and the sense of belonging to a team.
Alan Irvine, Managing Director of Homesitters Ltd says, “Our homesitters are our business so it’s important we look after them and give them all the support they need when on assignments. It’s also reassuring for clients to know this and that we provide fully vetted and reliable homesitters.
“We have been in business a long time and have built our reputation on having happy clients and homesitters. We operate throughout the UK and are always seeking new home and pet sitters to join the team. We’d encourage retirees who think the role would suit them to get in touch.”
Homesitters Ltd is looking for more London based homesitters to join their growing team, for more information visit www.homesitters.co.uk