“When will he be back?”
“I don’t know.”
Wait! You don’t know when your clients are coming back from their vacation? You won’t tell a well-meaning neighbor (supposedly) that your client will be back on X day? It’s not like they are going to break in or anything! Geesh. Maybe they were just making conversation. Maybe they are on “Neighborhood Watch” duty and the pet sitter looked suspicious.
I get it. I look totally creepy. My jeans and company T-shirt are alarming. Maybe it’s the ponytail? The house key I use to enter your home? No, it’s definitely the shirt. 100% cotton is scary. I know it’s nothing personal (I’m guessing) when neighbors ask about clients’ whereabouts. They have never seen us before and might just be curious. As a professional who is in-and-out of clients’ homes everyday, staying vague about your travel arrangements is anything but weird.
People hear things. If I tell a neighbor you are gone until the end of the month, how do I know with 100% certainty that another neighbor didn’t hear our conversation? Or someone walking by in your apartment complex didn’t hear me tell you that? Yup. I’m paranoid. You’re welcome.
Here’s a brief list of why we don’t talk to strangers:
Rick Springfield Said So
“Don’t talk to strange men, don’t be a fool
I’m hearing stories; I don’t think that’s cool…”
Rick said so. That’s it.
You Are On Vacation, Dang It!
Going on a trip should be stress-free. You should not have to worry about what could happen to your home while you are away from it. We don’t tell people we don’t know where you are and when you will arrive back for home security reasons.
Your Pets Aren’t An Alarm System
8675309. Unless your dog’s name is Jenny, this code won’t work. Note: if your dog’s name is Jenny, please use a different code in case this blog goes viral. Dogs are usually great at hearing unusual noises around the home. They are not great at calling the police.
Pets are our top priority. But if your home isn’t 100% secure, how can your pets be safe while you are traveling? We encourage clients to not tell neighbors they are going to be away from home for any period of time. We deal with YOU, the client, not the neighbors. You have hired us to care for your world. We do so by not telling anyone where you are or when you are coming back to town. I will even go as far as to ignore your neighbor.
“How long is he gone?”
“I don’t know.”
We aren’t rude. We just watch too much Dateline. You’re welcome.