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Friendly, reliable, experienced house sitter with references & police check

Phone or txt msg: (505) 234-4156

Milli Thornton, full-time reliable house sitter with references and police check (505) 234-4156.

Hello. My name is Milli Thornton and I’ve been a housesitter in various U.S. locations. I was a full-time house sitter for almost 5 years, handling long-term house sits. I now do shorter sits for pleasure, travel and to enjoy the company of pets.

Milli at Natural Bridges Beach

Experiencing Natural Bridges Beach during a house-sitting job near Santa Cruz, California

Under my pen name Crystal Gabrielle, I’m the author of House Sitting Secrets Revealed: Learn to excel at house sitting from a successful full-time house sitter.

I’m successful because I know how to put myself into the shoes of the homeowner (you!) and see things from your perspective. I’m caring and conscientious. Why? Because I want you to be happy when you get back from your travels and walk in your front door.

I’m a house sitter with references and police check. Instead of impersonal email references, I can offer lively references from happy homeowners who will speak to you by phone.

Click here to see my latest police check The report is dated 8/14/17 but I’m happy to purchase a more recent check should you request it. The results will show the same: No criminal record.

I’m also a writing coach with glowing testimonials from my writing clients.


Happy kitty-cat at one of my house-sitting jobs

Phone or txt msg: (505) 234-4156

Here are the qualities I bring to house sitting:

  • Friendly & easy for homeowners to deal with
  • Friendly with your neighbors
  • Highly security-conscious
  • Warm and loving with pets
  • Astute at noticing repair issues
  • Fast at getting repairs handled
  • Homebody who enjoys staying home
  • Very organized (I never lose keys or forget important dates)
  • Good at reporting and keeping in touch (if that’s what you prefer)
My car on the way to a house-sitting job

Yep, I have my own car! Seen on the way to a house-sitting job in California.

Here are some house-sitter issues you won’t have to worry about:

  • Non-smoker. Rarely drink alcohol.
  • I have my own reliable vehicle (2016 Nissan Juke)
  • I don’t bring any kids or pets with me
  • Quiet lifestyle (no drugs or parties)
  • I don’t invite people over or tell them your name or address

“Hi Milli – Just wanted to thank you again for being such a terrific house sitter and Murphy companion. All was well and perfect when I arrived home on Friday.
Cheers – CeCe [Santa Fe homeowner]”

Backyard scene

Scene from a 7-month house-sitting job, Tucson

Here are some of the issues I’ve routinely or successfully handled:

  • Roof, heating, pool, phone and other repairs
  • Emergency repairs
  • Arranging/supervising a mobile mechanic
  • Setting security systems
  • Liaising with Citizen’s Patrol
  • Reporting suspicious activity
  • Hand watering gardens
  • Checking the irrigation
  • Basic pool maintenance
  • Sorting mail / forwarding mail
  • Helping house plants thrive
  • Bonding with skittish pets
  • Low-stress visits to the vet
  • Administering meds to pets
  • Helping a sickly cat put on weight
  • Cleaning up after a tropical storm
Torrey Pines State Reserve, California

Hiking in Torrey Pines State Reserve during a house-sitting job in Encinitas, California

If you need a long-term, professional house sitter with years of experience, call me today! (If I don’t answer, I may be on the phone with a writing client. Just leave a voice mail and I’ll get back to you asap.) Or, if you prefer, send me an email. Either way, I’ll reply promptly.

Phone or txt msg: (505) 234-4156

Thank you with green checkmark



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