Leave your housesitter clear instructions for the care and maintenance of your home while you're away
When you've arranged for a friend or relative (or even a friend of a friend) to housesit while you're away from home for an extended period of time, it's always a good idea to provide written instructions for them to follow.
Use Nolo's Housesitting Instructions eForm to lay out:
what to do about mail, newspapers, recycling and garbage
expected garden and yard care
how to operate appliances
details on locks and security systems
where you keep necessary supplies
who's got an extra key to your home
contact information for plumbers and insurance agents
The form also provides space for you to list details on how to reach you while you're away, as well as the names and phone numbers of local contacts that can help if there's ever a problem or a question from your housesitter.