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House Sitting in Canberra?

By MrMagoo - 10 May 2012 15

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We’re in the midst of an extensive reno, builder has already flagged the need for us to actually move out for a period when he’s done with the new room and ready to start work on the internal changes to existing house. 

I’m conscious of major disruptions to family life and was considering the option of looking for a short term 1 – 2 month house sitting gig, thus leaving the house free of people so the builder can do his thing and the family can get on with our lives as much as possible without having to move rooms every week or so? 

What are people’s experiences with this if any?

What’s Your opinion?


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House Sitting in Canberra?
dvaey 12:13 am 14 May 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Wouldnt this have been something you planned for before the renovation?

It’s Captain Obvious’s helpful sidekick, Super Dvaey! With his amazing powers of 20/20 hindsight, he can tell you exactly how you should have prevented an issue – in the past!

Who needs hindsight to understand that if you have children and are planning a major renovation, that you should have thought about accomodation for yourself and your children during that period of major renovation?

If your house was in a fire and unlivable that would be an entirely different situation, but if youve planned for long enough and spent enough money for major renovations to your house, why wouldnt you think long enough about where you might live while this takes place.

If you do decide to leave it to the last minute to look for rental property in a market as slim as the canberra rental market, theres really no cheap options available, whether that is useful or not, it is the fact.

TheDancingDjinn 10:28 pm 13 May 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Wouldnt this have been something you planned for before the renovation?

It’s Captain Obvious’s helpful sidekick, Super Dvaey! With his amazing powers of 20/20 hindsight, he can tell you exactly how you should have prevented an issue – in the past! Marvel at his boundless capacity to make statements that are technically accurate, but utterly useless for solving the problem at hand! Coming soon to whine and eye roll at a meeting near you!

I laughed so hard at this i choked…. love your work man

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:13 pm 13 May 12

Wouldnt this have been something you planned for before the renovation?

It’s Captain Obvious’s helpful sidekick, Super Dvaey! With his amazing powers of 20/20 hindsight, he can tell you exactly how you should have prevented an issue – in the past! Marvel at his boundless capacity to make statements that are technically accurate, but utterly useless for solving the problem at hand! Coming soon to whine and eye roll at a meeting near you!

Sandman 8:34 pm 13 May 12

I don’t blame you for wanting to get out, but make sure there is a clause in the contract with the builder to ensure the work will be finished in time. You don’t want to be stuck at the end of 2 months with the owner coming home and you needing to vacate while your house is still unliveable. A nice little penalty clause allowing for the builder to cover the cost of short term accommodation should ensure you don’t get stuck out in the cold.

Holden Caulfield 9:25 am 11 May 12

MrMagoo said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Don’t be soft, stick it out! 😛

Otherwise, I think your best bet is going to be some sort of executive rental or word of mouth. Know anyone taking long service leave or the like?

I’d have preferred to Cauf but our builder has actually asked us not to stay.

Haha, even more reason to stay.

Builders aren’t my flavour of the month at the moment.

Things should go more smoothly for you not living on site though, so good luck all round.

MrMagoo 9:23 am 11 May 12

Growling Ferret said :

Put an ad up at your work bulletin board. With hte announced job losses and redundancies going, there might be a few people disappearing for winter with their wallets full of cash…

And I’ll check my neighbour, as they always go away for a couple of months once it gets cold.

Living next door to the Ferret, that could be dangerous

MrMagoo 9:21 am 11 May 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Don’t be soft, stick it out! 😛

Otherwise, I think your best bet is going to be some sort of executive rental or word of mouth. Know anyone taking long service leave or the like?

I’d have preferred to Cauf but our builder has actually asked us not to stay.

ma7trlb 7:30 am 11 May 12

have you never watched grand designs?

http://www.allclassifieds.com.au/ac/ac0001?catid=14

Growling Ferret 9:23 pm 10 May 12

Put an ad up at your work bulletin board. With hte announced job losses and redundancies going, there might be a few people disappearing for winter with their wallets full of cash…

And I’ll check my neighbour, as they always go away for a couple of months once it gets cold.

poetix 8:59 pm 10 May 12

We did renovations in another house about 10 years ago. I put an ad in the Canberra Times for a house for three months, and was contacted by a person who had to break their lease, who put me in touch with the agent. Could be an idea.

Rusalka 6:23 pm 10 May 12

Gosh you’re helpful Dvaey.
Seconding Cegee and suggest looking at UC too. Otherwise have you looked at the short term leases on allhomes? People who are away for a month or two sometimes advertise there, and they are more likely to be furnished. http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/rent-residential/canberra/1039112/short-term-lease

Evil_Kitten 6:22 pm 10 May 12

I think you will probably have to go by word of mouth because most full time house sitters come with an armful of references and experience. You are a random, so you may find it hard for anyone to choose you over them! I would definately be a little bit choosy about who I let live in my house for months!

dvaey 5:39 pm 10 May 12

Wouldnt this have been something you planned for before the renovation? If youre gettting your house renovated to the point its not livable, surely youre looking at a fairly decent budget. Wouldnt it have made sense to add another 1-2k on top for accomodation during the reno?

Have been through major kitchen and bathroom renovations in the past 2 years.. its not difficult, however I guess not having kids makes things easier.. but on the other hand, having kids, why didnt you plan for what was to happen to your family during this time?

Holden Caulfield 4:10 pm 10 May 12

Don’t be soft, stick it out! 😛

Otherwise, I think your best bet is going to be some sort of executive rental or word of mouth. Know anyone taking long service leave or the like?

cegee 3:36 pm 10 May 12

you could put an ad on ANU classifieds. lots of academics go over sees for a couple of months at a time, some of them use house-sitters.

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