All over the world house sitters are in great demand.
More and more homeowners are taking extended vacations, so they need reliable house sitters to care for their homes. Some households only require a few days care but 80% of homes also need carers for their much loved pets.. Either way, you get to stay there for free.
If you are reliable and adventurous then house sitting in New Zealand, or Florida or Los Angeles is the most inexpensive way to get around. This really is the ‘Up Close and Personal’ chance to experience a region.
My favorite way to travel.
Slow travel. Spend time in a community and get to know the locals, their food and their celebrations. You can even pass a few seasons if you stay long enough with every chance to form some lifelong friendships too.
This kind of travel has unlimited scope.
House sitting in New York and London or France and Spain, where would you choose to spend your free accommodation? If you are well connected you can plan your ‘sits’ back to back. Professional house sitters are taking years to intimately explore the beauty of Europe and the Mediterranean.
Seasoned nomads like me appreciate the comforts of house sitting. It offers us a chance to take a break from the ocean or the road and settle down for a while and get comfortable.
Choosing the best house sit for you.
Make the adventure work well for you. Decide on your time frame, give thought to what locations, climate and responsibilities are most suited to your needs, remembering to factor in your transport costs to get there.
For example, I want to be in Sydney, Australia for my friend’s 50th birthday in late September. I will locate a house sit in the inner city region that needs a month stay. It’s also spring and a glorious time in that part of the world. Personally, I would only select homes that need dogs cared for because I am allergic to indoor cats. I love a daily walk, light gardening, the arts and public transport, so Sydney is perfect.
Peace of mind for homeowner and house sitter.
Sometimes problems or accidents happen while you are caring for a house and pets. For peace of mind for both parties, a good agent will have a ‘checks and balance’ system in place to minimise unforeseen issues.
A good agent will ensure that everyone is clear on the legal requirements for property insurance, public liability, police clearance and formal agreements. You will also need a contact list in the event of appliance repairs or power/water failure, vets and mail management. Read the terms and conditions fine print and ask about what back up they provide for sitters. There is potential for major dilemmas to come up (think house fire, sick pets) and you want to be protected.
Experience counts when choosing an agent.
Experience in the field is what really matters. The agent who has a long term involvement connecting homeowners to house sitters, will have ‘seen it all’. He will have dealt successfully with both parties and their unique problems. It’s an industry where you simply can’t survive if you don’t provide a good service, that goes for agents and sitters.
The Granddaddy of house sitting.
Is fifteen years in business long enough to know what works and what doesn’t? housecarers.com are a world wide house sitting directory that have been matching homeowners and house sitters since 2000. Over that time they have found that each homeowner has unique needs and every sitter has their own expectations too. housecarers.com have managed to blend the two so successfully, they are still getting rave reviews from their clients.
PlanetCeleste from Seattle, Washington says about housecarers.com
“Your service has helped us find a perfect match within a month of signing up. Thank you! This housesit allows us to be back near family and friends at a time when our family is growing (my niece and her husband are adopting a baby), and in a way that gives us time to think about where we want to travel next. (The assignment is for a full year.) We’re thrilled!
How does house sitting work?
Homeowners can list their property for free on housecarers.com and their details are kept confidential. They will include important factors required like the number and type of pets and special treatments, location and style of the property, unique features of their region, specific tasks required..like skim the pool before you jump in! An automated matching system connects them to you, the suitably qualified candidate, or browse the list of house sitters.
Similarly, house sitters can list themselves on the website and use the matching service, getting email alerts for preferred house sits as they are posted. You will create a profile with details about your experience with house sitting or pet care. You can also browse and apply to different opportunities like the ones in my examples below.
Can you cope with living in someone else’s space?
House sitters need to be adaptable, flexible and reliable. You will care for their homes and pets and maybe some gardens. You could be sleeping in the owner’s bed and using their wardrobe, kitchen, refrigerator. If any of these things don’t appeal to you, you’re not really suited to house sitting.
‘House Sitters Needed’
Hundreds more on the housecarers.com website.
- Location; Chattanooga, Tennessee. USA
- Duration; 20 days
- Start; Late May
“My house is a charming abode filled with art. In the warmer months, you can relax and enjoy the breezes in the pine trees from the large second story back deck or watch the world meander by from the front porch under the ceiling fan. There are several beautiful flower gardens (I added 5000+ bulbs and plants in the fall of 2013 so it’s a beautiful show almost year round!), a large tranquil back yard and plenty of cozy nooks in the house to cuddle up with a good book. In the winter months, you can enjoy the gas fireplace in the living room. The neighborhood is quiet and has some pretty wooded streets to stroll.
I have WiFi (did you know that Chattanooga’s fiber optic system makes it the fastest internet in the country??!! Who would have guessed??!! But it’s true!) so bring your laptop and Netflix away! 🙂 I also have a big screen Smart TV for those of you who prefer to watch DVDs or cable.
And I hope you love cats! My kitties (7 of these darling babies!) are very affectionate and attentive. Your lap will certainly not be cold! 🙂 All of my cats are indoor/outdoor. The younger ones like to stay out most of the day in pleasant weather while the older ones prefer the indoors with an occasional jaunt to the back yard. There is a cat door that allows them to access the back yard 24/7 so you do not need to let them in or out. They can help themselves. I have installed a “cat fence” on top of the regular fence which generally keeps them confined to the large back yard so you don’t have to worry about them”.
- Location;Near Byron Bay, Australia.
- Start; Late May
- Duration; 3 months
“Fancy winter by the sea, near Byron Bay? We are looking for dog lovers to house and pet sit at our beachside home with our 2 small dogs for 3 months from mid May. Relaxed open plan house, 50 metres to beach, tropical gardens, 3 bed, 2 bath, all mod cons. Our 2 dogs will require daily walk and general care, and garden will require a little maintenance….this would suit people who love animals, nature, and the ocean, and who are looking for a peaceful retreat for a few months over the very mild sub tropical winter. Vege garden for keen food growers to nurture and eat from. Abundant birdlife for the keen bird lovers, and miles of unspoilt beaches to wander, with or without the dogs, as our beach is dog friendly.
- Location: Stroud, “the Cotswolds”, England
- Start; 6th July
- Duration; 2 weeks
“We are looking for a fit and active couple/person over 30 to look after two cats and a then 1 1/2 year old Border Collie Senna, and garden and many flowerpots on our patio. It is from Monday 6th till Monday 20th July. We live in a little paradise in the beautiful Cotswolds on the Cotswold way next to woods and fields, ideal for someone who enjoys the peace and quiet and lovely walks. Our active border collie needs long walks and can’t be left alone for long periods. Own transport needed.”
- Location; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- Start; Mid May
- Duration; 2 Months
“My property consists of 3 apartments & you will using one of my guest apartments. I have 3 long haired dogs which need grooming 3 times a week, walking each day. I have a cat, which needs little other than feeding. All the animals live outdoors. Skim the pool each day before you get in.
I am on the side of a mountain with great ocean views, you will need to be fit as there are a lot of stairs but the view is worth it. Spanish speaking required.”
Get listed on the housecarer.com directory.
It is a simple two step process to join and will cost you $50.00 USD for twelve months of advertising. Yes, your accommodation through housecarers.com is $50.00 for a year, anywhere in the world that you choose. It’s equivalent to the cost of one night at a campsite and a meal at the local hotel!
The richest experience of your life.
If you are nodding and dreaming of how good it will be, I suggest you sign up with housecarers.com soon and start reaping the benefits of all their years of expertise. Even if you house sit for just a week or 2, 3 or 4 weeks of your annual leave, it will only cost you $50. for your accommodation. Just think of where you could travel to with the money you save on accommodation?
Oh by the way, you can sign up for free as a guest member and investigate it further.
If you want to know how to nail the best house sitting gigs on the planet and knock any competition out of the picture, you must read my other article…“How to Nail the Best House Sitting Gigs on the Planet and Knock Any Competition Out of the Picture”.
P.S. Living costs to consider.
Even with awesome free accommodation we still have to pay our way. There are always other costs while travelling, if only the basics of food and transport. You can always save up for your house sitting trip but the smart ones are creating a passive income or they take their work with them.
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