A Friend Has Agreed To Look After Your House And Pet While You Are On Holiday | Band 8 IELTS Letter Sample

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • Give contact details for when you are away
  • Give instructions about how to care for your pet
  • Describe other household duties

Here is a band 8 IELTS letter on this topic written by one of our students. Need help with IELTS writing? Get your IELTS essays, letters and reports corrected by me.

Band 8 IELTS letter sample

Dear Frank,

Thank you for graciously accepting to take care of my place during my absence. As you are already aware, I would be away for the next one week starting this Friday.

There aren’t many things to do. As you know I have a pet fish tank with 2 goldfish. You have to clean the tank filter and feed the fish. It is very simple though. The tank filter is at the top right corner of the fish tank with a label on it. You have to remove and wash it with fresh water every alternate day. On the other hand, the fish feed is placed by the side of the fish tank. Please drop 2 tablets of the feed every evening.

Apart from those chores, you will need to trash the leftover food and clear the trash. As garbage collection is scheduled for every morning in our complex. You can place the garbage bins outside the main door before you leave for work.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me on my mobile or write to my mail id.

Warm regards

(Your name)

Band 7.5 IELTS letter sample

Dear Mars,

I hope that your family and you are doing great! Well, thank you so much for agreeing to look after my apartment when I am away for a conference in Japan next week.

Although you have lived in my house before, I would like to tell you a few things. Since I will be away for a week, I may not be available to take calls due to poor network at Oasis Island where I have my meetings. However, you can text me because it might work with office Wi-Fi. In case of any emergency, you should contact the Guard room-159 to seek immediate assistance. Do you remember my friend Lucy who often visits me in the office? You can contact her if you need company to spend quality time.

By the way, I would like to tell you about my pet Leo. He needs to be fed three times a day and you can find his food in the kitchen near the wash basin. As he is just a 2 months old puppy, he needs regular walk so take him out for 15 minutes twice a day. I hope you will have a great time with him as he is so naughty!

I would like to tell you about a few other things as well. The garbage collection is twice a week on Tuesday and Friday; therefore, please put the bins outside the home at 7 AM. Additionally, when you leave the house, activate the security alarm with code 4345. Apart from this, shut down all the windows for safety because sometimes there can be burglary incidents.

Enjoy your stay!

Kind regards


Band 7 IELTS letter sample

Dear Ram,

I hope you’re doing great. A huge thanks for agreeing to take care of my home and pet while I’m on vacation. As you already know I’ll be traveling to Bali, so my current mobile number will be out of service.

But no need to worry, if you want to contact me you can always send me an email. I check my mails frequently. During my absence, I want you to help me by taking care of Tommy, my pet dog. You just have to do two things, the first one is to take him for morning walks every day without fail. Another one is related to his meals. I’ve kept his cereals in the kitchen’s right cabin so that you can easily find them.

In addition to these, it would be great if you could water my plants frequently just to keep the soil moist. Maybe you can even clear the mailbox but only if you have time.

Once again, a big thanks for agreeing to come over to my place. I hope you will have a wonderful stay.

Warm regards


Manjusha Nambiar

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4 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Jenny,

    I just wanted to thank you for accepting my request to take care of my home and my furry friend when I will be away for a vacation.

    You can reach out to these people mentioned on the list during my absence. I have appointed for a full time maid, cook and a gardener. For the complete information of these individuals, you can refer to the red diary.

    Handle the rabbits with gentle care as they are very fragile. Feed them with hay grass, green vegetables and freshwater on all the days. Other than that interact and play with them for an hour at least without leaving them unattended.

    Apart from looking after the domestic animals I would want you to perform some chores such as watering the plants daily, switching off the motor on time and cleaning the house whenever possible, also keep the windows closed during the evening time.

    I am grateful to you for performing this sweet gesture in my hour of need and look forward to meeting you soon. Take good care of yourself.

    With Love,

  2. Cauveri says:

    Hi Ma’am – pls review and let me know the Band

    Dear Jamie,

    Thank you for taking care of Jerry, my Labrador whilst I’m away in the forthcoming week. Feel absolutely free to give me a call on my personal phone number in case you face issues or have any outstanding questions. I’ve mentioned below Jerry’s eating and bathing schedule along-with other chores that I would need your help with.

    Jerry needs to be fed Pedigree cookies around 10 am for breakfast. Immediately after this, he likes to take a stroll in the park. Bathe him in hot water every alternate day. Around 1 pm you can feed him chicken or pastrami. He adores meat! Around 5 pm, he would generally roam around in the verandah with the neighbourhood kids. He does not prefer to eat after dusk, so please feed him breadcrumbs along-with milk around 6 pm.

    As for other household chores, please remember to water the outdoor and indoor plants in the morning and mown the lawn on coming Saturday. On Sunday, I had requested workers from Pest Control department to pay a visit and spray insecticide in the Kitchen. Please keep an eye on them. They would be home around 3 pm. Please do keep the lights of living room switched on during the evening to keep burglars at bay. You know how the number of thefts has rapidly increased in my society in the past few months!

    Thanks for all your help! Will pay a visit to you along-with Mary during the thanksgiving holidays.

    Your friend,

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