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Just throwing this idea out into the world and seeing what comes back!<br><br>
We live in a kid-friendly house in a very touristy town (Asheville, NC), right near a hip part of town. We also like to travel alot but HATE the cost of having a dogsitter. Hoping I can combine the two and possibly find a family that may want to do some housesitting. Since there are so many transplants to Asheville, maybe it could be a house-hunting trip? Or maybe just get to get to play tourist (we'll hook you up with the good local spots to go!).<br><br>
We have 1 tank of fish that need to be fed once a day. We have 2 big loving dogs that need to go in their pen in the morning, be fed and then come in at night. They LOVE going for a walk in the evenings, but it's not absolutely necessary (just makes them happier since their pen is fairly small). Also, there'd be general stuff like bringing in the mail, etc.<br><br>
House details:<br><br>
GOODS:<br>
- 2 bedrooms, can sleep up to 7 - BR#1 has twin over full bunkbed, BR#2 has Queen bed on floor & full-size futon<br>
- south-facing shade trees - stays very cool indoors, only ceiling fans usually needed.<br>
- 2 blocks from Haywood Rd (hip West Asheville)<br>
- 1/2 block from bus stop<br>
- 2 blocks from pharmacy, music store, and convenience store<br>
- less than a mile (we have bikes and it's very bikeable distance) to the village part of West AVL (natural foods store, AP shop, video rental, grocery store, etc.)<br>
- A few network TV stations & DVD Player<br>
- Internet<br>
- Very hip neighborhood with really cool neighbors - mostly hippies and outdoor enthusiast type people<br>
- I do childcare in my home and also have a 4 and 7 yo's.0 So, most toys are age appropriate of toddler through 7.<br><br>
NOT SO GOODS (fine for us - but maybe not for most):<br>
- No clothes dryer - nice clotheslines, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
- Internet is dial-up<br>
- Yard is not fenced<br>
- Yard is small, but still playable - my kids have made *sure* of that! We do have swings, climbing cube, sandbox, etc.<br>
- Shower only. We have a steel garden tub that fits in the shower and is nice for about age 3 and under.<br><br>
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the dates I know for sure I need someone to come are:<br>
Wednesday, May 2 through Monday, May 7<br>
Tuesday, June 26 through Sunday, July 1<br><br>
There will definatly be smaller weekend dates thrown in , so if anyone is interested in any of those dates or maybe just a weekend, please pm me. Of course, I'd need references. This would not pay anything - it would just be a straight trade of dogsitting/housesitting for free lodging.
 

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I'm really interested in the June-July date. I have my heart set on relocating to Asheville in about a year or two but DH is not convinced so this may be a perfect set-up for us! We have three little ones, 5, 3 and 17 months and love animals. PM to let me know what kind of references you'd like. I can fax/email/snail mail - whatever works for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ack! For some reason, my computer is not letting me use the pm feature <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I guess I'll just post here.<br><br>
My email is <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>. I would need any kind of references you think would be helpful. I've never done this before, so I really don't know what specifics to ask for <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. But maybe a landlord or neighbor, who know how you take care of your house. A friend, etc. I also would like a photo of your family, just so I know who you are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I can also send you a photo of our house - some outside and inside shots, and our family. Then we can both decide if the situation would work! The house is a craftsman bungalow, very cute and a seemingly great vacation kinda cottage. (except unlike most vacation places - it's stocked with toys instead of knick-knacks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)
 

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I would love to help you out. I live in Asheville...right downtown near the baseball field. I would not need to stay in your house but I could easily take care of your pets maybe even take them on a trip to the dog park. Just let me know what you think.
 

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We (dh, ds-9 months, and I) are going to be attending a wedding in Hendersonville June 23. Let me know if you need any housesitting that weekend (although since you are going away three days after then, I doubt you will). Dh dreams of moving to Asheville someday...
 

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Zoeann - Thanks, but we'll be here then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Waylonsmom - this is not a paying job - just a straight lodging/dogsitting trade <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks anyhow!
 
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