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10 Tips On How To Become A House Sitter

By TrustedHousesitters HQ | House sitting

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

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It's easy to become a house sitter so what are you waiting for? 

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55 Responses to "10 Tips On How To Become A House Sitter"

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  1. Janette says:
    Oct. 8, 2012, 12:33 a.m.

    Very nice blog. House sitting has been an interest of mine for a while, your site has a lot of useful info. I'll be following your postings. Thanks!

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  2. Rachel says:
    May 10, 2013, 3:35 p.m.

    Hi Eileen Simply register on www.trustedhousesitters.com - and fill out the 'about me' form. You'll then receive our daily email alerts of latest homes looking for house sitters and can apply directly to the homeowner via the secure messaging system on the website. Thanks, Rachel

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  3. Anne Watson says:
    May 14, 2013, 8:21 a.m.

    Hi I'd love to house sit in Europe or UK, within reasonable travelling distance from the nearest airport. I am a university graduate now retired, and have worked full-time all my life (accountancy). I am still fit and active and would enjoy a spell of house/pet sitting, as long as the animals are not ferocious guard dogs. I am used with small farm animals hens/ducks/goats etc having previously had some of my own.

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 14, 2013, 3 p.m.

      Hi Anne We have lots of house sitting opportunities in UK & Europe - to apply you need to register at www.trustedhousesitters.com and create a profile. You'll then receive our daily email alerts of the latest homes looking for house and pet sitters and can contact the homeowners directly to apply. Thanks, Rachel

  4. Ren van Wyk says:
    May 14, 2013, 2:48 p.m.

    Hi there, Could the wife and I do this on a full time basis and actually earn a living in doing so? Many thanks Ren

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 14, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

      Hi Ren Lots of people do house sit full time - wether as a way to travel for extended periods, experience living like an expat/local or even in their own town/cities to save on rent. We do offer the option to say if you charge or not, but the majority of house sitters do not charge and instead use house sitting as a way to enjoy a free retreat for the reasons outlined above, in return for caring for the owner's home and pets. Some homeowners may pay depending on their situation but the majority enjoy the win-win scenario and the fact no money changes hands means the relationships developed are very different and most become more like friendships. Hope this helps. Thanks, Rachel

  5. Cynthia says:
    May 15, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

    Hello, I wonder if it's possible to house/pet sit and bring your own dogs as well? We are a couple with 3 children and 2 dogs, so it would be a nice oppurtunity to spent holidays house/pet sitting, but are there possibilities for 5 people? Thanks, Cynthia

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 15, 2013, 12:58 p.m.

      Hi Cynthia Great question. We do have many families who house sit as a way to experience a different kind of retreat/holiday. The decision is made by the homeowner on if they are accepting of both families and other's pets. Some may be and some may not, it would be a case of creating your house sitter profile and then asking the questions directly to the homeowners. It is very difficult for us to give you a definitive answer as we do not become involved in any of the decision process. Once a homeowner registers their needs on the website, it is emailed out to all the registered house sitters who have expressed an interest in housesitting in their area. Housesitters can then contact the homeowner directly via the secure messaging system we have on the website to apply and ask any questions they may have. Hope this helps, Rachel

  6. Sally says:
    May 17, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

    Is it possible to house sit jointly with a friend? Would the friend need to be registered with yourselves also. Also if I decided to take on the assignment on my own would I be able to have a friend or relative stay whilst I was away? Sally

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 22, 2013, 11:28 a.m.

      Hello Sally We have the facility to create a listing for you and a partner/friend (however the person who house sits with you will have to appear on your profile). With regards to having relatives stay during a house sit - this is a question you would have to ask the homeowner you are planning on sitting for directly. Some may not mind (especially if it is a long house sit) but others may prefer it if you don't. Please always ask for permission before inviting others into another's home. Kind regards, Rachel

  7. Jewelle Ewan says:
    May 19, 2013, 10:59 a.m.

    very interested in your site.Travelling to Italy May 2014.

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    1. Lisa says:
      June 10, 2013, 11:53 a.m.

      Hi Jewelle, Great to hear you are interested in our website. To find out about the latest house sitting assignments in Italy and around the world you need to be a registered member. You can find more details on our homepage www.TrustedHousesitters.com

  8. Juliette says:
    May 22, 2013, 11:07 a.m.

    This is very handy. Thank you so much for this blog post I found it very useful and I am in the process of completing all the tips. I love the one about creating the house owners a healthy home cooked meal for when they return. I love cooking, but I also love eating and I know that traveling can bring challenges regarding eating healthily- (if that is a word!?!).. Thank you

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  9. Ana says:
    May 22, 2013, 10 p.m.

    I'm a former Hispanic housewife, I love to be organized, and to help others organize their stuff. I'm extreme when it comes to cleanliness. I'm a christian, so rest assure your property will never ever disappear. I have no problem taking care of a small dog, but rather take care of tropical parrot. I myself have 3 large parrot and a small double cherry red conure. I will have to bring them with me while I'm house sitting. I have collapsible trouble cages for each one of them. In case you aren't aware of, people who owns parrots tend to have lots of patience, and are able to achieve high levels of problem solving issues. Why? because parrots are extremely smart. They have the intelligence of a 5 year old child and the maturity of a 2 year old. Alex was an African Gray, who die a few years ago, and he was put in a Scientifically Laboratory for his whole life existence. With that said, I can not afford to leave my parrots behind because if they lack their owners attention, just like humans, they will get depressed or go neurotic. Please understand that my option are only for USA, maybe in the future I will try Mexico. I also desire to be a long stay. So if you are always on the go and do lots of business travel, could be a "good keeper." I'm a true Bilingual, which means I speak, write and read in English and Spanish fluently. I personally being bilingual is a plus. I have not done any house-sitting for anybody, but I did my own for 23 years, and I enjoy every minute of it. I tend to be a homebody, but like to run errands, once in a while. Feel free to get in touch with me for more details. I'm looking forward to house sit in Indianapolis, Indiana area, until further notice. Sincerely, a house-keeper want to be!

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    1. Lisa says:
      June 10, 2013, 12:01 p.m.

      Hi Ana, Great to hear you are interested in becoming a Trusted House Sitter. To find out more details about becoming a member take a look at our homepage www.TrustedHousesitters.com. Once you have joined you will receive a daily alert of all our new assignments or take a look at house sitting assignments in the USA. I hope we can see your listing on the site soon.

  10. KAE ERICKSON says:
    May 25, 2013, 1:27 a.m.

    anxious to get started - your Company sounds fantastic!

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 28, 2013, 2:38 p.m.

      Thank you - we look forward to seeing you on the site!

  11. denise hampson says:
    May 25, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

    Interested in housesitting as a paid job

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 1:31 p.m.

      Hi Denise The majority of people who register as house sitters with Trustedhousesitters.com do not charge for their services. Instead they see this a real win-win for both parties. They as house sitters get to enjoy a free retreat in return for caring for the owner's home and pets while they are away. People who join tend to LOVE animals and do this as a way to enjoy the company of pets, especially if they are unable or don't have any of their own. From renovated farmhouses in France to beach houses in Hawaii - the opportunities to enjoy staying in these kind of places has opened up with house sitting - and can be a cost effective way to enjoy a vacation or even living rent free. Kind regards, Rachel

  12. Carol Hutton says:
    May 25, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

    Do you get many requests for house sitters in the USA. I live near Dallas TX and looking for home and pet care positions. Am 71 yrs of age, and retired from my business. Have been doing pet sitting for over 15 yrs as a side business, in Denver, CO. I would like to get sitting positions in the No. TX area, to supplement my social security.

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 28, 2013, 2:37 p.m.

      Hi Carol We have a number of house sitting positions which appear in the US. Just take a look at the current listings for house sitting in US - homeowners from all round the world register every day - we can never say where or when the next one will be, but to be the first to hear bout these house sits you need to be registered and create a profile. Good luck, Rachel

  13. teresa says:
    May 27, 2013, 11:14 a.m.

    I am aged 77 and although I am very fit and healthy and love dogs, I am wondering if I would be too old to be considered as a house sitter

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    1. Rachel says:
      May 28, 2013, 2:33 p.m.

      Hi Teresa - you're never too old! We have many house sitters who retired - just take a look at some of the profiles of those listed.

  14. Marie Morton says:
    June 4, 2013, 2:41 a.m.

    Hi, l am very interested in homesitting! as, l work offshore 3 WEEKS ON 3 WEEKS OFF! Have abit off time on my hands! PLANNING A BIG TRIP NEXT YEAR

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  15. Melanie Earp says:
    June 5, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

    I currently work part time and would like to use your service as a way of seeing the world without having to pay horrendous hotel prices. Is this something I could do? just be available for a few weeks per year? I have worked as a paid house and pet sitter before but it didn't give me enough work, hence having to find a part time job.

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    1. Lisa says:
      June 10, 2013, 10:15 a.m.

      Hi Melanie, It sounds like you would make a great trusted house sitter! Lot's of people use the site to find shorter assignments - anything from a weekend - so that you can plan a house sitting assignment around work commitments. I hope we can welcome you to TrustedHousesitters.com soon.

  16. tdave seal says:
    June 5, 2013, 10:36 p.m.

    These comments are very informative. My wife & I are seriously considering housesitting in New Zealand, we are just gathering information.

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  17. Ariane says:
    June 8, 2013, 7:34 p.m.

    For those who don't love pets after seing the photos they have to!!! I didn't housesit yet but I'm looking forward to, thanks for this helpful article.

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  18. Carol Lazarus says:
    June 9, 2013, 5:55 a.m.

    What an amazing site. I am close to retirement age and have always been interested in travelling. This is an amazing way of experiencing life in different countries and travelling opportunities. I am definitely keen on keeping up-to-date with this site so I have something to look forward to when I retire!!! Thanks a million, Rachel

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    1. Lisa says:
      June 10, 2013, 10:11 a.m.

      Thank you Carole! We look forward to welcoming you to TrustedHousesitters.com soon and wish you a happy retirement.

  19. Mary Ellen says:
    June 12, 2013, 3:23 p.m.

    You will find more housesitting opportunities if you create more flexibility in your schedule. Unfortunately because the U.S. economy is at a standstill Americans don't travel as much as other nationalities and usually for much shorter periods (less than 7 days) so this will be an issue for many who want longterm housesitting.

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 1:23 p.m.

      Hi Mary Ellen Flexibility in your schedule certainly does help - we see a large amount of baby boomers and retirees who are traveling via house sitting, as it means they can go away for the longer periods. For those still working and having limited time for vacations, house sit durations can vary from a long weekend to a couple of weeks across the US and further afield. Many people house sit in their own city, as a way to save on rents or even as a way to enjoy getting to know your own county. I house sat myself just 30 miles from my hometown for a week in a lovely thatched cottage with tennis & basketball courts, a pool and hot tub and the cutest cat and funniest dog I have ever met. It was the BEST house sit I have ever had - and I've been lucky enough to house sit in countries as varied as Thailand to Australia! Hope this helps, Rachel

  20. leslie jones says:
    June 15, 2013, 4:18 a.m.

    I am looking for infromation on this kind of work. Your site is very helpful. I love pets and love to travel to new places. I have worked as Governess housekeeper in the pass 10yrs. I am now retired and desiring to work again. Thank you

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  21. Ann says:
    June 18, 2013, 2:50 p.m.

    I've just been looking on your website and am very interested in joining as we would like to combine house sitting with motorhome hire whilst travelling in Australia and New Zealnd at the end of the year. Is that a possibility?

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 1:17 p.m.

      Hi Ann Thank you for your message. In short, YES! We know of many people who supplement house sitting with motorhome travel - especially in NZ, Australia & across Europe, it's the ideal way to get around from place to place with a roof over your head in between house sits. We'll have a blog post soon about the joys of house sitting while enjoying a motorhome road trip across Australasia & Europe.

  22. Jack says:
    June 18, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

    We (my wife and I) are considering house sitting in the future. It occurred to me that, in essence, we are 'working' in a foreign country, especially if it happens to be a paying assignment. Does this need to be a consideration when applying for a visa?

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 1:14 p.m.

      Hi Jack We recommend you check out the proper visa requirements for individual countries. Most people house sit without payment as a way to enjoy living / visiting a different country and not having to pay rent - their love of animals is a huge factor to enjoying this type of vacation. If you are accepting a paid assignment then there will likely be visa requirements to be looked into. Kind regards, Rachel

  23. Judith Bradfield says:
    June 19, 2013, 3:03 a.m.

    I would like to add one more thing from my experience so far of house sitting. Before you agree with helping towards expenses such as heating or other such bills check what they are likely to be. Some houses are notoriously expensive to heat, so take care before committing. If you are retired it could be a costly house sit. We house sitters are providing a free service in exchange for keeping pets happy and/or houses warm and dry.

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  24. Aleen Marie Smith says:
    June 20, 2013, 1:38 a.m.

    I do not even know how I tripped upon your site, but I am delighted. I have never even thought of housesitting. But I will think of it now -- what a wonderful way to learn about the world! Thank you very much!

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  25. Maureen says:
    June 23, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

    I am an energetic 71 yr old Female with a small well behaved dog,I have previously been a Housesitter in the USA and Mexico I moved back to my home Country of Scotland six years ago would I be able to continue Housesitting and take my own Dog?If so I would be Interested in Joining your Company.

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

      Hi Maureen Great question! This is one that you would really need to ask directly of the homeowners, as it is their decision. Some may be more than happy to accept you and your little dog, especially if their own pets are social whereas some may not be. As a company we do not become involved in the decisions about who house sits and where - the process is completely between you as a house sitter and the homeowner - who ultimately decides. So our advice to you is, simply ask the questions when applying for a house sit - you do need to be registered to be able to contact the homeowners - but this is a minimal amount for potentially great returns! Good luck, Rachel

  26. julie beaton says:
    June 27, 2013, 6:41 a.m.

    I am a 66yr old single woman from Chriistchurch nz and I am very keen on house sitting on the gold coast as my 2 grown children have moved over to Australia and I thought this would be a good way for me to keep in touch and also to do house sitting without having to rent . I look forward to a reply from you. Thanks very much . Julie

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    1. Rachel says:
      June 27, 2013, 12:58 p.m.

      Hi Julie Hi Julie We have many people who join as a house sitters with the view of visiting friends and family who have moved countries and sometimes continents via house sitting! It's a great way to stay for extended periods while not having to fully impose on your family but be around for longer to see them, without paying rents. If you love pets, then this is a great way to go! To be the first to hear about house sits, you would need to register with www.trustedhousesitters.com from just $49 and create a profile. It's a step by step process, very easy to do and takes just 5 minutes. You'll then receive our daily email alerts of the latest homes looking for sitters and can view new house sits 24 hours before non registered members. We look forward to seeing you on the website, kind regards Rachel

  27. Connie says:
    July 1, 2013, 3:40 p.m.

    Are there any house sitting locations in Central or South America? Thanks

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 3, 2013, 9:56 a.m.

      Hi Connie We often have homes in South & Central America joining looking for house sitters - popular countries include Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador & Chile. Simply go to the assignments page and search via the map or put in the countries of interest, to see homes already registered. We never know where or when the next home registering will be located and currently have homes every hour signing up. Registered members can also view new house sits 24 hours prior to non members, and as most don't hang around for long, being a member clearly has an advantage. To become a member you simply choose your plan and create a profile - which can take up to 24 hours to be approved. You'll then receive real time alerts or a daily round-up of the latest homes, or view recently added on the website (look for the homes with the 24 hour logo on, when signed in), and simply apply direct to the homeowner via the secure messaging system in place. Hope this helps answer your question, Rachel

  28. gary faulkner says:
    July 2, 2013, 10:37 a.m.

    Looking for first house sit, excited at prospect, new begings

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  29. Anne says:
    July 3, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

    Great website! I came across the idea of housesitting when reading a book on retirement. I hope to retire soon and have been reading lots of material about planning for your retirement. The idea of housesitting appeals to me as I love to get to know the people in the places I travel to. I have joined as I thought I might try a couple of homesits close to where I live and work so that I can build up my references. Then when I retire I would love to stay in as many countries as possible.

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 3, 2013, 9:57 a.m.

      Hi Anne Thanks! That's a really good idea - we've heard of a few people do it this way. Good luck and happy house sitting!

  30. Susan Fletcher says:
    July 4, 2013, 8:54 p.m.

    Hi Rachel My husband and I would love to house sit, but since we are new to it, how do you get started without references? And is it essential to be police checked? I'm guessing it would be better if we were from a clients point of view. We would appreciate your advice before we start filling in the form to join Housesitters so we have everything in place. Thank you, Susan

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 8, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

      Hi Susan Thanks for your questions. If you don't have previous house sitting references then you can request character references too. It's also not essential to be police checked but of course some homeowners may prefer you have it - and some will be more than happy with your references and anything else you can provide. Creating a good profile about yourself and demonstrating why you'd be ideal house sitters is the most important starting point. We hope to see you on the website soon, kind regards Rachel

  31. David says:
    July 9, 2013, 5:16 p.m.

    Hi, I am wondering if hosts ever pay travel expenses. Flights, mostly. I am an American expat who has lived in Mexico for the past 8 years. The cost of airfare could be prohibitive for me. I am a retired professional and I have very excited to learn of and then look over your site. Thanks, David.

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    1. Lisa says:
      July 12, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

      Hi David, Thank you for getting in touch and great to hear you are enjoying TrustedHousesitters.com It is unusual for a homeowner to pay travel expenses. If this is something you require be sure to mention this when you first contact a homeowner about an assignment. If long distance travel is an issue you may want to look at assignments closer to home. We have often have house sitting assignments in Mexico listed on the site as well as house sits in Costa Rica, and other areas around Central America and the Caribbean. We also have lots of assignments in the Southern States of the USA. I hope we can welcome you to the website soon and that you find lots of wonderful house sitting opportunities. Lisa.

  32. Susan Guy says:
    July 21, 2013, 10:44 p.m.

    Hi TrustedHousesitters. I have just found your website. Love it. I am curious about house sitting "swaps". I live on beautiful wheatbelt acreage 2 hours from Perth. I have 2 beautiful cats, a dog and 2 horses. I may have a need to spend 12 months in Perth and want to be in the Western suburbs where I grew up and where I would be working while there. What I mean by swap is that I would be interested in either house sitting a property with pets (if any) and the owners of that property caring for my property and pets. OR perhaps relocating the pets. ie my cats and dog come with me and theirs come with them. The horses would need to stay naturally, but I may eventually relocate them to agistment closer to Perth. I appreciate this may be a little out of the usual. I would not be looking at this until early November this year. Thanks for your help. Regards Susan

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 29, 2013, 1:55 p.m.

      Hi Susan We do not normally operate as a swapping site but more for finding sitters and being a house sitter - you can register with a combined membership which will give you the best of both worlds. Finding someone to care for your pets and finding somewhere to go and house sit independent of each other. House sitting offers more flexibility than a house swap - meaning you don't have to find like for like and for dates to fit with yours. Many homeowners use the site to secure a house sit then once they have secured a sit, they then find a house sitter via the website to care for their home and pets while they are on a house sit. A combined member will have an icon of a blue house on their house sitter profile to show other homeowners that they also use the website to find sitters for their home. Kind regards, Rachel

  33. cheryl patrick says:
    July 22, 2013, 5:08 p.m.

    your site was recommented to me from a couple that have had wonderful times house sitting im going to join the fun! Im signing up

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  34. Pat says:
    July 24, 2013, 1:57 a.m.

    I decided last year that I would like to house sit while I traveled through Europe. I live on the west coast of Canada. So I started doing it in my own city. I am now booked solid until the end of November with people asking about dates next year.

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  35. jenny edser says:
    July 27, 2013, 8:26 p.m.

    My husband + I very interested in housesitting. Both retiring soon+will be joining. Do you ever have housesits in South Africa, preferably Port Elizabeth? Jenny

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 29, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

      Hi Jenny Many people enjoy house sitting during their retirement - it's a wonderful way to travel and live without high accommodation costs - and if you love pets, then it's a complete pleasure! We never know where the next home will be registering from - and since members can view the latest house sits 24 hours in advance of non members we do recommend people to register and create a listing in preparation for when their dream house sit appears. You can also search for current house sits in South Africa by going to http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/l/South-Africa Kind regards, Rachel

  36. Sandra Violette says:
    July 28, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

    I AM VERY INTERESTED IN STARTING A NEW CAREER IN HOUSE SITTING IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA. I AM A SINGLE 55 YR YOUNG WOMEN WITH NO CHILDREN AND AM VERY RESPONSIBLE AND TRUSTWORTHY. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME SOME INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET STARTED? THANK YOU

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    1. Rachel says:
      July 29, 2013, 3:52 p.m.

      Dear Sandra House sitting via Trustedhousesitters.com is not really seen as a career move as the majority of house sitters do not charge homeowners. Instead they can enjoy a free retreat, while spending time with some four legged friends either in their own country or overseas, it can be a great way to enjoy a different kind of vacation and can be a real win-win for both homeowner and house sitter. Thanks, Rachel

  37. Deborah Bacon says:
    Aug. 7, 2013, 5:26 a.m.

    Hi I am interested in your group. I have looked after several houses and pets over the years, usually for friends and friends of friends. They all know I have a very well behaved Maltese that usually has a lot of fun with their dogs. I have been welcomed back several times even to have a holiday at their places when they are home. These homes range in aspect from high market city homes to farm situations (though I do not look after livestock). I was wondering do you accept sitters on your books who have their own dog? I live in the northern NSW Australia. Interested Deborah

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    1. Lisa says:
      Aug. 7, 2013, 11:49 a.m.

      Hi Deborah, Thanks for getting in touch. We do have some house sitters who travel with their dogs. However, do be aware that the majority of assignments do involve pets so you would have to make sure that a homeowner would be happy with you bringing your Maltese along to add to the mix. The best thing to do is to make it clear in your listing that you have a dog and mention this again whenever you contact a homeowner. I hope we can welcome you to our site soon. Happy house sitting! Best wishes, Lisa

  38. Gerry B says:
    Aug. 7, 2013, 11:42 p.m.

    We are ex-Vancouverites now living in Calgary. We moved in 2012 due to the 1st granddaughter here. After living in Calgary for over a year, I find I need to get back to Vancouver. My business allowed me to be there for a number of weekends over the past year. We lived in the West End of Vancouver and I loved that style of living. I could manage living in the burbs of Calgary where we currently are if I know I could have some extended stays in Vancouver. I have to travel often on business but usually for three days during a week to Toronto. This means I would not prefer a home with pets but normally I don't mind at all a dog or cat. We doggie-sit here in Calgary for our grand puppy! So I would be interested in pursuing this further. Thankx.

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    1. Lisa says:
      Aug. 8, 2013, 10:42 a.m.

      Hi Gerry, Thank you for getting in touch. House sitting sounds like it would be a great solution for you! To find out everything you need to know and to create your listing go to www.trustedhousesitters.com I hope we can see your listing on the site soon. Happy House Sitting! Lisa

  39. Ruth says:
    Aug. 8, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

    I am interested in house sits with immediate availability, for long and short duration in UK and Europe and Asia / Pacific, New Zealand. I am fit and able to travel to look after homes and smaller domestic pets (not insects and reptiles) please can you let me know if there is anything available for me. Many thanks. Ruth

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    1. Lisa says:
      Aug. 9, 2013, 6:10 a.m.

      Hi Ruth, Thanks for your question. You can browse available house sitting assignments on TrustedHousesitters.com There are plenty of opportunities in all the regions you are interested in visiting! Only registered members can see the latest house sitting assignments as they don't appear for 24 hours unless you are a member. Once you have joined and created a profile you will receive a daily email alert with all our new house sitting assignments so that you can contact homeowners to offer to house sit. I hope we can see your listing on the site soon. Lisa.

  40. Debra Murray says:
    Aug. 13, 2013, 3 a.m.

    Do you have to pay your own way to other countries to house sit, I have never been a house sitter and I would like to find out all of the information that I can and I love animals

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    1. Rachel says:
      Aug. 13, 2013, 8:56 a.m.

      Hi Debra The majority of homeowners will expect the house sitter to cover their own travel costs - www.trustedhousesitters.com works whereby for the majority of house sits no money changes hands between house sitter and homeowner, instead the house sitter has a way to enjoy a free retreat wether in their own home country or abroad, in return for caring for the owner's home and pets. It's based on mutual benefit and a win-win for both parties. Do reads through some of the other blog posts and our FAQ on the website for further information. Kind regards, Rachel

  41. Paul says:
    Aug. 18, 2013, 12:08 p.m.

    Hi there all sounds very appealing whether paid or not it would be a great opportunity to travel and see great places throughout Uk and Europe. We are an established gay couple of 21 years. Have travelled a lot in our motorhome and spent 3 months working on a campsite in the Mid Pyrenees area of France. We have two small dogs of our own which are out absolute most treasured possessions. Have you had same sex couples doing this before and would it be acceptable to take our motorhome so that only one of us stays in the house and the other one looks after our own dogs in our motorhome. We're just toying with ideas at the moment but would need to have some kind of income. Could be flexible and cover UK and Europe (mainly France). Would love to find out more. We are a young 47 & 52 years of age, hard working but also enjoy relaxing in our beloved motorhome.

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    1. Lisa says:
      Aug. 19, 2013, 7:46 a.m.

      Hi Paul, Thank you for getting in touch and great to hear you are thinking of taking up the house sitting lifestyle. We have lots of same sex couples registered with us and also many people who are traveling by motorhome - in Europe as well as in Australia and the USA. What is most important is to be able to demonstrate that you are trustworthy and reliable so that homeowners will be able to go away with total peace of mind. You can find out more information about how the site works at www.TrustedHousesitters.com I hope we can see your profile on the site soon. Regards, Lisa

  42. Denyse says:
    Aug. 30, 2013, 9:57 p.m.

    Hi, We have only just joined TH in the past couple of weeks after having been registered with another site. My partner and I have had great success with house sitting in the UK..currently living in Australia. We head back again at the end of this year hence joining TH. I very much like how your site works especially knowing pretty much on every house sit the dates of the sit straight up. This was not as easy on the other site we joined. Being able to make a video has been a bonus ( a bit nervy but we did ok). I also like that the owners can easily advise once a house sit has been filled and save everyone's time. Now we have a lot more friends (four legged especially) and keep in regular contact. We look forward to spreading the word to more potential sitters and owners along the way and making a good impression to help this site (not that I think you really need it, very good already). Cheers to all, have a great time. Denyse and Paul

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    1. Lisa says:
      Sept. 2, 2013, 9:08 a.m.

      Hi Denyse and Paul, It's great to have you on board and thank you for your kind words about our site. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on. Happy House Sitting! Lisa

  43. Marie Tremblay says:
    Sept. 1, 2013, 11:26 p.m.

    Hello, I discovered this website today and I love it. I'm from Quebec and I would love to house sit for few months and hopefully take care of pets. I love pets. I am realy mature and i'm a lonely person. I'm not in a relationship. Knowing that most of people seems to be looking for retired couple, with my 24 years old, I wonder if I am to young to apply, is it worth paying the adhesion fees? Thank you, Marie

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    1. Lisa says:
      Sept. 2, 2013, 9:01 a.m.

      Dear Marie, Great to hear that you are enjoying TrustedHousesitters.com. We do have house sitting members in their mid twenties who have been successful in securing house sitting assignments. The most important aspect of house sitting is TRUST so you will need to demonstrate to homeowners via your profile why they can trust you and why you would be the perfect house sitter for them. Put plenty of time into creating a great profile - include photos and a video - then apply for references. If you don't have a police records check already then get one of these. Be flexible with when and where you want to house sit and consider a local house sit first so you can get that all important first TrustedHousesitters.com reference. This is what other younger members of the site have done. Read James and Jemma's blog for more info on this - http://blog.trustedhousesitters.com/tips-from-a-trusted-house-sitter-on-how-to-get-your-first-house-sitting-assignment/ I hope we can see your profile on the site soon and that you will be on the way to your own house sitting adventure. Happy House Sitting! Lisa

  44. Donna says:
    Sept. 3, 2013, 6:29 p.m.

    Hi! I love the thought of doing this as a business. Do you ever have people who housesit for a living? This would be a great way of starting a new way of life. Please let me know? Thanks so much.

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    1. Lisa says:
      Sept. 5, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

      Dear Donna, We have many sitters all over the world who house sit full time as a lifestyle choice. The majority do not charge for their services although the website is also available to professional house sitters who wish to advertise their services. When you create your profile you can indicate if you charge for your help or not. Most house sitters offer their help in exchange for a comfortable, homely place to stay as they find this is a great win win for both parties. Best of luck with starting your new way of life and I hope you find some wonderful house sitting adventures. Lisa

  45. Barbara says:
    Sept. 5, 2013, 2:15 a.m.

    I will be excited to get started. This has had some great tips and questions answered. Thanks! We will need pet sitters for our small hobby farm. Since I will be taking early retirement at age 50 soon it will be fun to see where the road take us. Barbara and Bill.

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  46. Fran Baker says:
    Feb. 1, 2014, 3:08 a.m.

    Hi, We joined up with your site about 2 weeks ago as we are heading o Europe (from Australia) in July and wanted to extend our trip by housesitting. I have diligently applied for several Sits but haven't been successful with anything. I feel our profile is pretty good but we don't have any references. I also think when people are advertising overseas, that they are really looking more for someone local. How do we "break in" to the overseas market for Sitters? Fran & Ken

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    1. Lisa says:
      Feb. 14, 2014, 1:47 p.m.

      Hi Fran, It's great to have you on board. Have you read the blog post How to Write the Perfect Profile? Hopefully that should give you some help to make sure your profile is in tip top shape. Many of our house sitters find assignments overseas and most homeowners are happy to consider applications from all over the globe. The most important this is to demonstrate why you are the right house sitter for them! Skype is a great way to "meet" and get to know someone who isn't local - so always offer to reach out to a homeowner in this way. We have lots of assignments being added to the site every day across Europe as homeowners are busy planning their summer holidays so it's great timing. Just make sure to look out for your daily email alert and apply as soon as possible as many assignments are filled very quickly. I hope you find some wonderful assignments and enjoy your trip to Europe! Keep in touch and let us know how you get on. Best wishes, Lisa

  47. Cathy Warkentin says:
    March 10, 2014, 10:24 p.m.

    We are in the same boat as Fran and Ken. We are new to TrustedHouseSitters within the past few weeks and have had no luck securing a housesitting position yet. It's a little discouraging....

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    1. Lisa says:
      March 21, 2014, 11:20 a.m.

      Hi Cathy, Thanks for getting in touch and I'm sorry to hear that you haven't secured a house sit yet. I've had a quick look at your profile and I can see that you have just the right experience and attitude to be great house sitters! It's really really important that you add some references to your listing - this is the number one reassurance that homeowners are looking for. You can request character and employment references via your My Account page so you don't have to have had formal house sitting experience to get started with adding some references. You could also add a video to your listing. I know that some people tend to shy away from this but it's a great way to introduce yourself to homeowners and will really give you an edge when applying for assignments. It doesn't have to be very long - or professionally shot - just a quick intro to give home and pet owners a feel for who you are. There is also lots more advice here on the blog about how to make sure your profile is as effective as possible, so do take a look around. I hope you find a wonderful assignment soon - I'm sure you will! All the best, Lisa

  48. Ken says:
    April 1, 2015, 7:09 p.m.

    Great article, a couple little tidbits here that will definitely help. Thank you.

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  49. Sonia says:
    June 25, 2015, 10:11 p.m.

    Great tips, all of which I do when house sitting and caring and find they are very appreciated buy the home owners. As a photographer, I also take portraits of the pets I care for and leave those as a present for owners. Excellent blog! Thanks.

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  50. Dee says:
    July 24, 2015, 10:27 p.m.

    I am retired from close to 40 years of working in non-profit youth organization. I now homeschool my 12-year old granddaughter. I would love to house sit as a way of teaching her beyond-the-books, and beyond-the-classroom. I am thinking of signing on with Trusted Housesitters. Many of my questions have been answers in the blog and via reading the questions/comments and your reply, however I do have one unanswered question: How is transportation handled.....is that paid for for the sitters? Need to know how to budget in preparation. Thank you so much.

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    1. Nikki says:
      July 27, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

      Hi there, thank you for your comment! Your plan for your granddaughter sounds amazing! Typically speaking the sitters are responsible for their own travel expenses, but you receive a free retreat in exchange for looking after homes and pets so it really is a win-win situation! Do feel free to contact our lovely customer services team, all of whom are experienced pet sitters, you can call, email or chat live - see our help centre for full details - https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/help/ Good luck! Nikki

  51. Sarah says:
    Aug. 19, 2015, 5:02 p.m.

    Hello! I'm a young female (21 years old) and am looking to travel with a couple close friends the same age to Europe next year. I've looked into house sitting and think it's a great alternative to hotels when travelling. It's a win-win situation for both parties involved! I was wondering if there are age restrictions on this... I love pets, have rented before and dealt with landlords, have good work experience etc., but would home-owners allow 2 or 3 younger girls to house sit? Or is it more difficult? Thanks!

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  52. Lindy says:
    Aug. 28, 2015, 9:15 a.m.

    I'm so excited to think that house sitting is in my future! I will be traveling soon and hope to spend a lot of my time caring for pets and houses around the world. I will be missing my own fur babies, so I will have lots of love to lavish on the pets I mind. I was wondering ...as I will be traveling by plane, bus etc , do clients normally help with transport from airports or railway stations, busses and the like? Would it be ok to ask a home owner if they could come and get me ( and take me back to ) from the local town or similar, and should I then be offering to pay something for their trouble?

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    1. Nikki says:
      Sept. 7, 2015, 11 a.m.

      Hi there, It's a great lifestyle and it sounds like you'll really be able to make the most of it. Each house sit will be different as will each home owner, it's really up to the two of you to discuss the arrangements and agree what suits you both. Some home owners do offer to help if they can, and they may ask you to do the same for them so it's really a case of what works for each of you :) Happy Travels, Nikki

  53. Sallyann Lamoin says:
    Sept. 17, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

    Love these top 10 hints. They are great to help newcomers get started.

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  54. Thembi says:
    Sept. 24, 2015, 10:35 p.m.

    Hi It looks like this caters for European countries only, Iam a South African, will it be possible for me to register and be considered by homeowners?

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    1. Nikki says:
      Oct. 6, 2015, 4:54 p.m.

      Hi Thembi Of course - we are global with house sitter and homes in over 170 countries! We do have listings and house sitters from South Africa too - feel free to pop on to our live chat to get some help on how to register and some tips on securing your first house sit! We look forward to hearing from you, Nikki

  55. April Suzanne says:
    Nov. 28, 2015, 3:46 a.m.

    I'm interested in doing this on a long time basis, at least that is my plan. I'm a single mother of 5 children and my youngest graduates and enters the military in June. I am medically retired from the US Army after 16 years. I want to travel and although I have no experience house sitting anyone other than family, I have maintained my own home since for the past 30 years.. ☺ I have been trying to figure out what I can do when I have an empty nest and I am liking the idea of this more and more. I want to travel, travel and travel. Interested in long term. Oh and the pets are just an added bonus for me, as I adore pets. Please advise me on this. Thank you for your prompt response ahead of time. April

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