House Sitting FAQ

by Ian Usher

This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page answers some of the most common questions we get asked when people are new to house sitting. There are also some useful links, and we'll update the page whenever new questions come up that can be answered here.

Common abbreviations

Here are some of the most common abbreviations and terminologies you may see on this website, in comments, or on the House Sitting Magazine Facebook Group:

HS = House Sitter
HO = Home Owner - You can usually assume this also means "home and pet owner¨
HSM / HSMag = House Sitting Magazine
THS = TrustedHousesitters (house sitting website / platform)
MMH = Mind My Home (house sitting website / platform)
Platform = a website where home owners offer assignments and house sitters can apply
Assignment = a house sitting "job" or a listing on a "platform"

Answers about house sitting

Is house sitting something anyone can do? 

What's the best way to get started?

Why don't most international house sitters charge a fee?

Can I get paid?

What about tipping?

Will my food be provided?

Are the websites (or platforms) the same for paid and unpaid?

Can I house sit with my own pets?

Can I house sit with my family?

Do all house sits have pets?

How long can I house sit for?

How do I decide which house sitting platform to use?

Where can I find the House Sitting Magazine website / platform discounts?

How can I sign up to House Sitting Magazine?

What if I have more questions?

Answers for home and pet owners

This section coming soon... 

Answers about work / money / lifestyle

This section coming soon... 

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