Why Run a Background Check on Your Sitter?

January 4, 2013

Whether you are hiring a nanny, baby sitter,pet sitter, or housekeeper, a background check can help to ensure that you can trust your sitter and that he/she is a person of integrity. When hiring a sitter to take care of those you love the most, whether it be children or pets, you need to find out as much as you possibly can about this person to ensure safety, dependability and professionalism. There is no room for error here. You need to be well informed and to hire the best person possible.

What Does a Background Check Tell You?

Background checks can range from a simple document stating that a person has had no criminal history to a vast package containing details of the sitter's life story.

Some common things various background checks have are:

  • Criminal History
  • Employment History
  • Education History
  • Credit History
  • Moving Violations
  • Drug Testing
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Identity Verification (Date of Birth, SIN, Addresses)
  • and more...

When looking to perform a background check online, keep in mind that not all background checks are created equal. Be sure to look for reviews specifying the quality of the background check provided.

How do I know if I need to get a background check?

Even in the situation where a dog walker comes every Thursday to walk your dog , it is important to know that this person can be trusted. While moving violations and educational history might not impact your decision as to whether to hire them, other details of a background check may impact your decision. Remember, the dog walker will be entering your home to get your dog and you will probably be out of the house. For this reason and the fact that you are hiring a sitter to take care of something/one you love, your efforts to ensure an excellent and safe choice is worth it. Reliability and credibility are not options, they are essential.