After a storm: Could you check my house and make sure the trees / pool / deck furniture are ok? Could you go inside and be sure the pipes didn't freeze/the heat or ac is on?
During the week: Could you take in my packages/newspapers/mail? I only come out on weekends.
Any day: Could you accept a delivery for me at your house and bring it to mine? Could you let the plumber/ painter/housekeeper /electrician in? If you see my loose dog running around, I'm out to dinner/lunch/shopping, so could you grab him/her, put on a leash and bring him home/keep him/her at YOUR house until I get home?
Yes, we live here year-round. Yes, we are friendly with all our neighbors. And we don't mind doing things for our CLOSE friends or in an emergency ... but we are NOT your unpaid house-watchers.
There are a lot of folks who DO that for a living out here BECAUSE there are so many weekenders/vacationers/summer folks ... so FIND one and PAY them to be sure your stuff is done. I HAVE a job and a family and a house to take care of and YOU are NOT part of that trio!
- The Watcher