How To Become a House-sitter
House-sitting is a great option if you’re looking to stay somewhere for a couple of weeks or more in one area. This can be really great for those wanting a local vibe as you’ll be staying in someone’s house in a local neighborhood or in the countryside. House-sitting takes a lot of preparation in the beginning as you’ll need to create a well-rounded profile and research all the listings. I find house-sitting much more fitting for those without permanent jobs or for retired couples, though it can be for anyone. Typically, it involves taking care of pets or plants, so you need to be ready to do your part in exchange for a free place.
House-sitting is a great alternative for free accommodations. It gives you the comforts of a home along with a lot of free time and space to see the area you’re visiting.
Best Websites for House-Sitting:
TrustedHousesitters.com seems to focus on finding homeowners with pets. If you love pets, this is a great site to start with. The fee for using this website is about $85 per year.
House Carers is another popular house-sitting website. One of the things that sets House Carers apart is that you can register for free to see the different listings that come up throughout the year. Then, if a listing strikes your fancy or if you notice many that interest you, you can sign up for a membership starting at $50 per year.
The Caretaker Gazette
This online and offline publication has been around since 1983. A yearly membership costs $30.
There’s a lot of competition amongst house-sitters, but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of being noticed and getting gigs, including the following:
Have you house-sitted before? Have any tips or new websites for house-sitting? Let us know in the comments!