Want to find out how you can become a house sitter and secure your first house sit?
We've put together our top 10 tips to help aspiring house sitters find their dream house sit through Trustedhousesitters, and stay for FREE when they travel.
1. Love Pets!
Many of the owners who list on TrustedHousesitters are seeking a sitter not only to care for their home whilst they are away, but also to look after their beloved pets.
Although not all house sits have pets, the majority do. Therefore demonstrating that you have a love of animals on your profile will resonate with owners considering your application. For many people their pets are family members, so reassuring them that you will show their animals the same level of love and affection can help you secure your ideal house sit.
Pet sitting does have a responsibility attached but if you love pets then it's a pleasure not a chore.
2. Create an Engaging House Sitter Profile
When registering with Trustedhousesitters you create a personal profile. This profile is attached to your initial communication when you apply for a house sit, and will appear in search results for owners looking for sitters with your credentials.
When Writing Your Profile:
- Put Yourself in the Homeowner's Shoes
What kind of information would you want to know about a sitter applying to care for your home and pets? Ensure that you include photos of yourself, detail relevant pet care experience, and demonstrate the qualities you feel make you the perfect sitter.
- Write About Yourself
Give the owner an overview of who you are and why you want to house and pet sit; talk about your hobbies and interests, list your skills and qualifications, and communicate your passions in life, whatever they may be.
- Include References
A character, landlord, or employer reference is a good starting point if you don't have any previous house sitting experience. Remember to ask homeowners to leave a reference on your TrustedHousesitters profile once you've completed a sit. You can send reference requests via your dashboard.
3. Be Flexible
Broadening your search area and having flexible travel dates can help in your search for a suitable sit.
House sits vary in length and location; from a long weekend in Tuscany, to a fortnight in Barbados, to six months on southern England's Jurrassic Coast. The more flexible you can be, the more house sits you can find, and the more applications you can send, the more likely you are to secure a sit.
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4. Sign-Up For Daily Email Alerts
Once you've created your profile you can opt-in for tailored email alerts which will keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest international house sitting opportunities.
Plus, as a TrustedHousesitters member you will have access to house sitting listings 24 hours before non-members, giving you the opportunity to contact owners as soon as their advert is listed.
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5. Send a Prompt and Tailored Application
When you find your dream house sit act quickly and contact the homeowner immediately. However, be considered when you write your application.
- Read the Advert Thoroughly
Read and understand exactly what the owner is looking for from their ideal sitter. Just because the location and dates are a match doesn't mean that the property and responsibilities are right for you. Make sure you feel you are suited for the opportunity and that you can fulfil the owner's expectations.
- Tailor Your Application
To ensure that you stand out from the crowd, tailor your application to each opportunity you apply for. Read through the listing thoroughly and make mention of the key points in your intial email. This communicates to the owner that you have taken the time to read and understand their requirements, and will give your application an advantage over those that have not done so.
6. Communicate With the Owner Before and During the Sit
Communication is the key to being a successful house sitter and it is vital that you ask questions about the property, pets, and owner's expectations before you agree to house sit.
- Before You Accept a House Sit
Prior to agreeing to house sit it is vital that you spend time talking to the owner to understand exactly what they require from their sitter. Ask as many questions as you feel you need to in order to get a clear idea of the responsibilities you will take on during the sit, the logistics of living at the property, and life in the local neighbourhood.
- When the Owner Invites You to Sit for Them
Get to the know the owner, find out about their daily routine, and encourage them to send you a completed Home Owner Manual and Pet Profile (available to them on their TrustedHousesitters dashboard), which will set out their expectations, include vet and emergency contact information, details their pet's daily routine, and practical information about the property.
- During a House Sit
Keep the owners informed of anything you feel they should be aware of whilst you're staying in their home. Many owners appreciate photos and updates from their pets whilst they are away, so (when possible) it's great to stay in touch during your sit. You can even let the pets catch up with their parents via Skype!
7. Discover What it's Like to Live Like a Local
Becoming a house sitter opens up a whole new dimension of travel experiences. No longer will you have to rely on guide book suggestions and tourist information; when you house sit you connect with the local community and live like a local for the duration of your stay.
"When you arrive at a new destination the difference between checking into a hotel room and being welcomed into a home is incomparable." - TrustedHousesitter Millicent Mayflower
While house sitting you have the opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, try out life in a new location, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Many sitters find that neighbours and friends of the owner take them under their wing, inviting them to join groups and societies, and attend local events.
8. Bond With Your Four-Pawed House Mates
It's a fact, living with pets has proven health benefits. Spending time with an animal can lower your blood pressure, lessen anxiety, and boost immunity, so why not consider pet sitting next time you need a little rest and relaxation?
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened" - Anatole France
Sitters often find that their most memorable house sitting stays are those with pets. Playful, mischevious, and affectionate, the furry friends you meet when you house sit will steel your heart.
9. Share Your Skills and Show That you Care
There's nothing better than returning home to a freshly made bed and a delicious meal, so make the most of the opportunity to showcase your skills and talents and create a warm and welcoming environment in which to welcome the owner home.
Make an extra special effort to clean up, spruce up, or cook up a storm in the hours before the owner arrives home; the smallest of gestures can show your appreciation and could earn you an invite to house sit next time they are away.
10. Travel More Often Thanks To TrustedHousesitters
Stay for FREE when you travel by house sitting through TrustedHousesitters and reduce the cost of your holidays so that you can get away more often. Make memories, meet new people, and find unforgetable expereinces in new and exciting destinations.
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