Last updated on June 1st, 2019
As full-time house sitters, the most common question we are asked by home owners and new house sitters is “What house sitting website is best?” and which house sitting websites do we recommend as the most effective when starting out.
But, with more and more house sitting sites popping up all the time, how exactly do you decide which is the best house sit website to join?
Even the best of house sitting websites vary in price and in the features available, so you may find yourself confused or even overwhelmed at first. And they are constantly evolving to meet the needs of this growing travel niche.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There aren’t many sites that we haven’t tried and tested over the years, as both home owners looking for sitters, and as house sitters ourselves. The good news is, we’ve made it easy for you to make the right decision about the best house sit site for you, with our ultimate review of all of the most popular house sitting websites.
We can save you some money too with our specially negotiated platform discounts, so you can get signed up as a house sitter for less – here are our most popular offers:
- 25% discount at TrustedHousesitters (no code required)
- 50% discount at HouseSitMatch (code 50HSMAG)
- 10% discount at HouseCarers (no code required)
- 20% discount at HouseSitMexico (no code required)
- 15% discount Aussie House Sitters (code HSMAG15)
What you’ll discover about house sitting sites:
What is house sitting?
Which house sitting site is best for me?
– TrustedHousesitters Review
– Nomador Review
– HouseCarers Review
– HouseSitMatch Review
– MindmyHouse Review
House Sitting Websites by Country
– Best house sitting websites in Australia
– House sitting websites in New Zealand
– House sitting websites in the USA and Canada
– Free house sitting websites
– House sitting websites in the UK
– House sitting websites in Mexico
How to become a house sitter
Take an online house sitting video course
What is house sitting?
If you’ve arrived here with no idea what house sitting is, then let us explain. Very simply put, house sitting involves a home owner leaving their property, possessions and pets while they go away, and entrusting them to one or more house sitters. A mutual agreement built on trust entitles the house sitters to live in the house for free in exchange for taking care of the pets and looking after the property.
You can read more about in our popular post “Getting Started as an International House Sitter”
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Which house sitting website is best for me?
All of the house sitting websites that we review are based primarily around a fair exchange of value where money doesn’t pass hands. It is possible to use paid pet sitters too but they tend to be advertised on specific websites for paid services.
This is a comparison and review of the options available to help you find great house sitting jobs around the world. We review the top 5 international house sitting websites but also give links and information about some of the country specific house sitting sites. You’ll find these sites in countries where house sitting is especially popular like the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia & New Zealand.
Without doubt TrustedHousesitters is the largest and most popular of the international house sitting websites, with a wide range of assignments in countries all over the world. But we’ve found that each house sit platform has their own unique features and benefits. A combination can sometimes be the best way to achieve effective coverage of the destinations on your wish list.
All subscriptions are shown in USD $ unless indicated.
|Price:||$119 USD per year (for 25% discount see link below)|
|Average Active House Sits:||2000+|
|Countries:||International house sitting platform|
|Photo Upload:||Yes 13|
|Video Upload:||No (this has been removed as of 01.05.19)|
|ID Check:||Yes (2 different levels of check available) (Highest level currently unavailable)|
Update May 2019 – A brand new version of the TrustedHousesitter’s website has been released with lots of new features, including an interactive map to search for house sits – we’ll keep you posted as we get to use it more. The TrustedHousesitter’s app is also available for easy viewing on iPhone and Android smartphones too. Also just announced, a new insurance guarantee for home owners is included as part of membership (currently only in UK) – see the TrustedHousesitters website for more information.
Now the largest and probably most well known of the international house sitting websites, this is the platform where we find most of our house sits. You’ll find house sits all over the world, but they are particularly strong in the UK, Australia and the USA and they have the most international house sitting assignments to choose from.
Although they are the most expensive, the huge choice will increase your chances of selection. Home owners are charged the same rate as house sitters for membership. We personally like this as we think it shows that home owners are committed to the assignments they list, and less likely to be “testing” the water as can happen on some other free house sitting sites. If you want to join as both a house sitter and a home owner you will get a discounted rate. You do need to be 21 or over to join TrustedHousesitters.
This website is also run as a professional business with a team of 50+ people including a 24/7 customer care team. The website has been improved and updated time and time again over the years. There are a number of helpful filters, including the option to select house sits that are “family friendly”. You can view independent reviews on Trust Pilot.
A possible negative for the “newbie” house sitter is the level of competition for the very best assignments. But, don’t let this put you off. Set up “email alerts” and apply to house sits as soon as you can. Spend some time creating a stand out profile and video. Look for sits with less applicants (you can see how many have applied – a nice feature), and you’ll find it easier to be accepted with the advantage of quickly building those all important references. Then focus on the more competitive sits once you’ve established your credibility.
We offer our readers a 25% TrustedHousesitters discount on annual memberships. For NEW home owner and house sitter subscriptions use this link – your discount will be automatically applied. There is no need to use a code, the discount will be shown automatically at check-out.
|Price:||65 Euros per year / 25 Euros per Quarter|
|Average Active House Sits:||400-500|
|Countries:||International, specializes in European House Sits|
|Photo Upload:||Yes (only 1 for house sitters)|
|Reference Upload:||Endorsements and badges (no external references)|
Nomador was originally operated as a French house sitting website called Ilidor. Its French connection means there are still a lot of house sits in France, but the business is now truly global. So, international registrations are prolific. We found the site a little more difficult to navigate in terms of pre-registration browsing, but once signed up it is full of great tools and helpful advice for house sitters and home owners alike.
When searching or browsing “available” sits make sure you select “Limit search to house-sits that are still available” otherwise you’ll see all the filled sits too.
The website’s modern design has a unique trust-based identity upload area for passports, driving licenses and other forms of ID. This identity check provides extra reassurance for homeowners. Your uploaded information is not shared and it is disposed of once the verification is complete.
Nomador also has a unique “Stopover” feature where home owners can register to offer free accommodation to members in-between house sits, or simply to build friendships. A bit like couchsurfing for house sitters! They also have a filter for assignments that are suitable for house sitters with reduced mobility. The ethos of the platform is to grow the sharing economy and build community and trust – we think they have really succeeded with this!
The rate is the same for both home owners and house sitters. There is also the “Nomador Discovery Option” available FREE OF CHARGE which allows new house sitters to apply for up to 3 assignments. This free option extends to home owners too, – they only have to pay if they want to contact house-sitters directly themselves.
HouseCarers (Celebrating 18 years as a house sitting website)
|Price:||USD $ 50 year (free for home owners) (special 10% discount for House Sitting Magazine)|
|Average Active House Sits:||200+|
|Countries:||International House Sitting Website|
|Photo Upload:||Yes (14 images)|
|ID Check:||Yes (by mobile, passport, driving licence)|
HouseCarers was the first platform to offer a house sitting match service back in 2000. A long-standing, highly rated international site, with listings in countries around the world. Definitely worth considering, and the website has had a major overhaul so the user interface is much easier to use and with more features than before.
HouseCarers has a limited FREE TRIAL although you can’t upload photographs or contact home owners. You will get daily alerts so it could be worth a try just to see what you get offered. There is no charge for home owners on this site. HOMEOWNER UPDATE MARCH 2019 – There is now a premium membership for Home Owners, for a small fee of $25 USD. For this you receive a verified “supporter” badge on your profile, you can add private notes to a house sitter profile, you can participate in a reward program, and your 12 month membership is extended to 18 months.
We secured our first long term sit of 2016 with HouseCarers. We looked after a beautiful luxury house sit in Australia, with a pool and a fabulous view! We were very happy with their service and the ease of use of the website and have remained members since we first joined.
We’ve also negotiated a special 10% discount for house sitters – click here for your automatic discount.
|Price:||GBP £ 49 / £ 79 (basic and premium plans) (50% discount below)|
|Average Active House Sits:||Less than 50|
|Countries:||International House Sitting Platform with focus on UK and Europe|
|Photo Upload:||Yes – 2 on basic / 7 on premium|
|Video Upload:||Yes – on premium plan|
|ID Check:||Yes (homeowner and house sitter)|
HouseSitMatch initially focused on house sits in the UK and Australia but new countries are being added all the time. Their strength in Europe is currently in the UK and Spain.
They don’t have so many house sitting assignments, but founder Lamia Walker offers a very personal house sit match service. On this smaller site your chances of securing a house sit assignment are much higher. There is an option when searching to filter “available sits” only, as the site does show completed assignments too when you first browse or search sits.
The premium subscription is worth the extra money as you can load more pictures and a video. The website offers lots of great resources, has a new member chat facility and we’ve heard that this is a good website to contact if you are interested in family house sits.
Home owners pay the same as house sitters. We can offer a special signup discount with HouseSitMatch which gives you 50% off new memebership – simply use code 50HSMAG at this link. This site also went through a major overhaul in 2018 with some great new features including ID checking for both home owners and house sitters.
|Price:||USD $ 20 year (Free for homeowners)|
|Average Active House Sits:||200|
|Countries:||International House Sit Website|
|Facebook Group:||not active since 2013 – use twitter|
This is another good international house sit platform that gets regularly updated and improved. The site is inexpensive to join at USD $20 a year and so you’ve nothing to lose really at this price! It’s currently the cheapest house sitting website (of those that charge).
It has a good messaging system and a great house sitting jobs search system with a useful map locator. There’s lots of relevant information to help you get started and they have some good downloadable resources. Home owners join for free.
There has been some criticism in house sitting forums about people posting sits that are more like workaway projects than house sits, but as platforms like TrustedHousesitters move towards advertising free trust based house sits only, perhaps this will be the place to find more opportunities that pay.
HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES BY COUNTRY
Not all house sitting websites cover international assignments. Some prefer to focus on one particular country, such as the UK, or a region such as Australia & New Zealand. If you are planning to house sit in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand or Mexico, then you might find it beneficial to also subscribe to one of these more regional websites.
We’ve always found that HouseSittersUK has worked well for us when we’ve been looking for house sits in the UK, and I think if we were looking in Australia, we would definitely look to sign up to a similar site there.
This “House Sitters Group” has house sitting sites in a number of countries (UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America), but you do have to sign up to each one which can be expensive if you are an international sitter. The membership prices vary by country. You can also interchange your references between the platforms.
Because some of the platforms are free for homeowners, some will have signed up to a larger international sites as well as well as a regional website, so you need to weigh up whether you think it’s worth it.
Best House sitting websites Australia (including Tasmania)
Australia is a great place to house sit. Many Aussies love to travel and usually for extended periods. This means properties are available throughout the year in some great and often interesting locations. There are more country specific house sitting websites in Australia than in any other country. If you are planning to spend an extended period of time in Australia house sitting long term, then we would definitely suggest you sign up to an Australian specific website.
If you are an Australian looking to house sit primarily in your home country then one of more of these sites are worth subscribing to. But we would definitely recommend: AussieHouseSitters – use code HSMAG15 for a 15% discount.
However, if you have subscribed to House Carers and Trusted House Sitters you will have a large selection of Australian assignments available to you. Browse the international house sitting platforms first (if you are already signed up), and compare to your country specific selection to see what sort of duplication of assignments exists.
www.AussieHouseSitters.com.au 15% discount with code HSMAG15
And remember that HouseCarers are based in Australia, so whilst an international site they have a lot of experience of Aussie house sits and feature many.
House sitting websites in New Zealand
www.kiwihousesitters.co.nz 15% discount with code HSMAG15
www.housesitters.co.nz/ This is a paid service (not a free exchange)
House Sitting websites in the USA & Canada
Given the size of America and the number of house sitting opportunities that exist, there are very few country specific house sitting websites available. Although an international site, you will find that TrustedHousesitters has a lot of USA sits available.
This is probably why House Sitters America do so well. They charge only $30 a year for anywhere in the USA. Some sites charge by zones or states so this really is a good deal. The website runs and operates easily using the same format as House Sitters UK, a company we’ve had great personal success with.
House Sitting Websites in the UK
House sitting in the UK is extremely popular and there are two great country specific websites. In our first year of house sitting we subscribed to House Sitters UK and I find their website really easy to navigate. We had instant success when we joined up, finding two consecutive house sits within just a few weeks. They have a great instant messaging system, cost only £29 for a year and currently have over 100 assignments listed.
News May 2019 – HouseSittersUK has had a great make-over with functionality following that of associate company AussieHouseSitters. Check out the filters … you can now see both “family friendly” and “pet friendly” sits, so if you want to house sit with kids, or your own pets, the selection process is much easier!
Now we use TrustedHousesitters for all our UK house sits as they have so many listings and we find it easy to get selected if we apply straight away. HouseSitMatch is also UK based and you’ll find less competition for the UK sits.
Again, as with Australia, you should compare how many of these assignments are featured on the international websites if you are only looking to house sit temporarily in the UK.
House Sitting websites in Mexico
www.housesitmexico.com (includes 20% discount – no code required)
With an influx of expats from America and Canada, Mexico is becoming a popular choice for house sitting and assignments are increasing all the time. Destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Ajijic, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Merida and the Yucatan in general, offer year round opportunities.
To help facilitate the growing demand, HouseSitMexico was relaunched in 2016)with a smart new interface, and the option to select different regions within this large country.
They charge $79 USD a year. Rates are the same for home owners and house sitters. If you are both, there is NO additional charge. Once a member you can use either service.
Free House Sitting Websites for House Sitters
Updated June 2019 – There are currently no free websites that we are recommending. As of June 3rd 2019 HouseSittersCanada have begun to charge, in line with the other country based websites in the group.
Free House Sitting Websites for Home Owners
All country based websites in the Aussie/Kiwi/UK/America/Canada group are free to home owners. As is HouseCarers, although they do now have an enhanced paid version too.
HOW TO BECOME A HOUSE SITTER?
House sitting Magazine is a FREE online publication and resource that is available to download as an Apple or Android app version. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can read a simple PDF version on your computer. You’ll find lots of informative articles about how to get started in house sitting. Download Issue 1 for the best “getting started” articles or go to the “getting started” pages here.
Take an online house sitting video course
We have an online video house sitting course that for $47 US covers all the techniques used by successful house sitters. Find out more at this link – Become a Successful International House Sitter
We show you all the tips and strategies you’ll need to secure the assignments of your choice time and time again. You’ll discover all the secrets to becoming a credible, well respected house sitter, even as a newcomer. We basically short-cut the research and trial and error period, fast-tracking you to successful house sitting.
As well as easy to follow, step-by-step videos, you’ll find all the checklists and downloadable resources, you will need to get started.
Of course you can find out all this information for yourself, as we did originally, but what this course will do is short-cut all that research. Get you started and living the house sitting lifestyle much more quickly. You’ll also get the ongoing support of our active Facebook community of over 6500 like-minds, where you can share your adventures, and get valuable feedback from other travelers and sitters.
You might also consider coming along to the first House & Pet Sitting Conference, which is being held in Swindon, UK on 21st & 22nd September 2019. Join over 20 speakers, all successful travelers and nomads who have made house and pet sitting part of their freedom lifestyle. Be inspired, educated and have the time of your life over this information packed weekend. Chat to the prominent house sitting platforms, mingle and network with others just like you!
Of course house sitting isn’t just about free accommodation. There are responsibilities that are an important part of the relationship between home owners and sitters. These should never be taken lightly. These resources guide you through the process of becoming a successful house and pet sitter, make you aware of all the relevant house sitting best practices, and ensuring that the experience is win-win-win for you, the home owner and the pets!
We hope you’ve found this article useful – if you have any feedback on house sitting platforms please use the comments below.
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