House sitting was a new concept for Kiwis when we began in 1998. Being one of just two agencies in New Zealand it took a bit of time to get the concept of house sitting off the ground. In those early days everything was organized by phone and house sits were confirmed with a handshake.
Fast forward 10 years and house sitting had become a common term, but one synonymous with risk as most websites were offering an ‘internet dating’ approach to house sitting. This was great for those willing to trust ‘[email protected]’ with their pets and property, but many pet owners wanted a more secure and professional service. The Housesitting Company (THC) stepped in to fill that space. We made it our mission to provide the simplest, quickest and most affordable solution for reliable pet care. All our sitters go through an induction process and we only recruit the very best personnel in our industry. For our customers, reliable sitters = peace of mind.
THC is a family business that operates nationwide from offices in Palmerston North and Tauranga. It recently changed hands, founders Jase and Steph Strong now taking a break to enjoy a new addition to their family. They took particular pains to seek a buyer for the business who could continue the strong customer service ethos that they had built, while increasing its reach – for the benefit of Home Owners and Sitters. Lyn Strong, Jase’s mother, remains on staff. Daphne Keller was brought on in late 2017.
New owner Quentin van Heerden and his wife Emma house-sat with THC for much of the first year of their marriage, using the savings in rent to save for a deposit on a house. Quentin went on to establish digital design agency Quentosity Ltd, which is responsible for the recent aesthetic and functional improvements on the THC website.
Quentin and fellow owner Eric Wolters share the goal of making The Housesitting Company New Zealand’s house sitting service provider of choice. We hope you agree that the combination of strict sitter vetting, public liability insurance and personal, professional service sets us apart from our competition. We hope you will give us the opportunity to serve you and your pets in the not too distant future.
Eric, Quentin, Lyn, Nichola, Daphne and Gordon