Best House Sitting Websites Compared

Best House Sitting Websites Compared – Nov 2019

by Vanessa Anderson

We talk to a lot of people about house sitting. The most common questions asked are "what house sitting website is best?" and "which house sitting website will get us the best results when starting out?"

As house and pet sitting becomes more and more popular, so do the options for finding house sits. So how exactly do you decide which is the best house sit website to join?

There are a number of very good house sitting websites available that will match house sitters with home and pet owners, but they all have different features and options, and the prices vary from $20 to over $100 USD. 

You may find yourself confused or even overwhelmed at first, but don't worry, we've got you covered. As full time international sitters who've been on the road for almost 7 years, there aren't many house sit sites we haven't tried. And we've seen house sitting from both perspectives, as we were once home and pet owners too - we used sitters for our off-grid property in Panama.

So the good news is that we've made it easy for you to make the right decision about choosing a house sitting site, by compiling a comprehensive review of the most popular international and regional options.

Ready to sign up? Our best house sitting website discounts

Once you've decided, you can make savings on your new memberships with our exclusive platform discounts - get signed up as a house sitter for less. Many sites are free for home owners, but we'll cover that in detail below. Here are our most popular house sitting discounts:

What is house sitting?

If you've arrived here with no idea about house sitting, then let us explain. Simply put, house sitting involves a home owner leaving their property, possessions and pets while they go off on their own travels. A mutually beneficial exchange built on trust allows house sitters to live in the home for free while taking care of the pets and looking after the property. We travel around the world taking care of pets and homes while their owners are away.  For home owners there are the added benefits of saving on pet boarding and the reassurance of knowing their pets are being cared for by other pet lovers in their own home, while following their familiar routines.

You can read more about starting out with house sitting in our popular post "Getting Started as an International House Sitter"

Which house sitting website is best for me?

All of our house sitting website reviews are based around a fair exchange of value where money doesn't pass hands. It is possible to employ the services of paid pet sitters but they tend to be advertised on specific websites like Rover.com in the USA, or Pawshake.co.uk in the United Kingdom.

This is a comparison and review of the options available to help you find your ideal house sitting jobs around the world.

We review the top 5 international house sitting websites ​and also give links and infor​ about some of the country specific house sitting sites. You'll find these ​in countries where house sitting is especially popular like the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia & New Zealand.

TrustedHousesitters is the largest and most popular of the international house sitting websites, with a wide range of house sitting jobs 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.

THE TOP 5 INTERNATIONAL HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES


1.  TrustedHousesitters

TrustedHouseSitters Logo 25% Discount

Price:     $ 119 USD per year
Homeowners pay same as sitters

Operated Since 2010
2000+ active house sits
ID Checks in place - 2 levels
House Sitter and Home Owner reviews on completion of sits
Smart Device App Version - YES
What age to join:   21 years
Discount Available - 25% (no code necessary)

TrustedHousesitters is the largest and one of the most well known international house sitting websites, and it's where we now find most of our house sits. They are a global site but are particularly strong in the UK, Australia and the USA with the highest number of house sitting jobs available of all the platforms. There was a complete overhaul in 2019 and the platform now has an interactive map to help with house sit searches, and a new "insurance backed guarantee" for homeowners included in the membership fee. The TrustedHousesitters app for smart devices is also a new option this year with the ability to save searches by date.

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 think this demonstrates that home owners are committed to the assignments they list. They are less likely to be "testing" the water, as can sometimes happen on sites free to home owners. If you join as both a house sitter and a home owner you will get a discounted rate. There is a "refer a friend" scheme which enables you to get free months by referring friends to the service.

This website is run as a professional business with a team of 70+ people including a 24/7 customer care team and vet advice line. 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 "newbie" house sitters is the amount of competition for the very best jobs. But, don't let this put you off. Set up "email alerts" and apply to house sits as soon as you can with a personalized message. Spend time creating a stand out profile and apply to sits with fewer applicants (a nice feature is that you can see how many people have applied) in less popular destinations, and you'll find it easier to be accepted. References are important and we suggest you start by offering your services to friends and family to get a few reviews under your belt. You can load character references as well to help at the beginning.

Is TrustedHousesitters worth it?

We would say yes, most definitely. There are lots of members in our Facebook group who have started out with TrustedHousesitters and found quick success by putting effort into their profile and application.


2.  Nomador

Price:     65 euros per year / 25 euros per quarter
Homeowners pay same as sitters

Operated Since 2014
800+ active house sits
Multiple options free ID verification
Endorsements and badges (no external references)
Smart Device App Version available - YES (for member messaging only)
What age to join:   18 years
Discount Available - No discount but a FREE trial is available

Nomador was originally operated as a French house sitting agency called Ilidor. This 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 and it grows each year. 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. This platform has also had a major aesthetic overhaul in 2019 and we find it much better and easier to work with.

When searching or browsing "available" sits make sure you go to "filters" and make sure the "include past house sits" is not checked, otherwise completed sits will feature in your search.

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 and for family friendly. 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 and you can list your first house sit for free.

The Nomador App

An instant messaging service reserved for members who are already registered on Nomador, whether they are using the Discovery Option or Confidence Option. You can send messages to other members, get notifications on your phone of new messages, send photos and make audio and video calls when you have internet access. The app is available in Android and iOS versions on Google Play and the App Store.

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3.  HouseCarers

Price:     $50 USD per year for sitters
Homeowners can list for free or pay small charge for extra features

Operated Since 2000
200+ active house sits
ID Verification by mobile, passport or driving licence
Upload references / reviews 
Smart Device App Version - No
What age to join:   18 years
Discount Available - 10% (no code necessary)

HouseCarers was the first house sitting website to offer a job match service back in 2000 based out of Australia. They are a long-standing, highly respected international site, with listings now in countries around the world. Definitely worth considering, and the third of our reviewed sites to have a major overhaul to improve the user interface and options available.

HouseCarers has a limited FREE trial, but you won't be able to upload photographs or contact home owners, so if you are serious about house sitting it might be better to bite the bullet and pay the membership fee. The free option will give you daily alerts, so it could be worth a try just to see what you get offered.

There's been no charge for home owners on this site until this year when the HouseCarers premium membership for home owners was added for a small fee of $25 USD.  This will give you a verified "supporter" badge on your profile, and the ability to add private notes to a house sitter profile. You can also participate in a reward program, where your 12 month membership will be extended to 18 months.

We secured our first ever long term house sit with HouseCarers, looking after a beautiful luxury home in Australia with a large pool and a fabulous view! We were very happy with their service and ease of use of the website. We've remained members since we first joined back in 2016.

4.  HouseSitMatch

Price:    £69 GBP per year Standard / £89 GBP per year Premium Plan
Homeowners pay same as sitters

Operated Since 2013
50+ active house sits
Free ID check for ALL members on registration through Hooyu
Chargeable police and background check option available
Home owner and house sitter reviews on completion of sits
Smart Device App Version - No
What age to join:   18 years
Discount Available - 50% Use Code 50HSMAG

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. While they don’t have so many house sitting assignments, and those listed are snapped up quickly, 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 "active house sits only", as this platform does show completed jobs when you first browse or search.

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.

5.  MindMyHouse

Price:    $20 USD per year
FREE homeowner membership

Operated since 2005
250+ active house sits
No ID check on registration or after
Reviews on request and upload
Smart Device App Version - No
What age to join:   18 years
Discount Available - None... what at that price?

Another popular 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 available. We haven't ever used this website but hear good reports from other house sitters, as long as you carry out good due diligence. With no ID checks, it gets the occasional spammer or non-serious member that you'll need to filter out.

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 occasional international opportunities that pay. Remember if you are paid, you'll need to have the appropriate work visa if not in your home country.

HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES BY COUNTRY

Some house sitting websites focus just on one particular country or region. If you are planning to house sit in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Mexico, then you might find it beneficial to subscribe to one of these more regional websites as well as an international site. 

We always found that HouseSittersUK worked well for us when we’ve been looking for house sits in the UK, and the Aussie equivalent has been a real bonus when we’ve been house sitting in Australia.

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 interchange your references between the platforms which is a bonus.

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 there may be duplication of sits – you’ll need to weigh up whether you think it’s worth it.

Best House sitting websites Australia

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. It’s also a good country to get started and build your references, as like the UK there is an abundance of house sit jobs available.

If you are an Australian looking to house sit mainly 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. For an in-depth review of Aussie House Sitters take a read of this: Aussie House Sitters Review – In-depth

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
www.mindahome.com.au
www.housesittingtasmania.com.au/
www.happyhousesitters.com.au
www.housesittersaustralia.com.au
www.australianhousesitter.com.au
www.yourhomemyhome.com.au/

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 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 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.

www.HouseSittersAmerica.com     15% discount with code HSMAG15
www.HouseSittersCanada.com       15% discount with code HSMAG15

House Sitting Websites 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 we found their website really easy to navigate with some of the best features we’ve seen to date. 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.

www.HouseSittersUK.co.uk    15% discount with code HSMAG15
www.MindaHome.co.uk

House sitting websites 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 began 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 do I become a house sitter?

House sitting Magazine is a FREE online publication and a leading 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.

Where can I get help and support as a house sitter or home owner?

House Sitting Magazine hosts one of the larger house sitting Facebook community support groups offering support and advice to new and seasoned house sitters. We talk about everything to do with the house sitting lifestyle, so come along and join us there for some very active discussions on a range of relevant topics. You can join over 8000 like-minded people in our Facebook Community here.

Get a head start by taking our online house sitting video course

We have an online video house sitting course that for $47 US covers all the techniques we’ve used over 7 years and almost 90 sits. Find out more at this link – Become a Successful International House Sitter

Become a House Sitter Video CourseWe 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 where you can share your adventures, and get valuable feedback from other travelers and sitters.

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!

Last updated on December 4th, 2019

33 comments

33 comments

Winston -

I’m a business professional in California of 20yrs planning to move to Alaska looking to house sit.
Do you have any recommendations for executive or Hi end homes or any suggestions for a site that might cater to more elite homes & sitters?

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Vanessa Anderson -

We’ve found that most of the international sites (that charge their homeowners) have some beautiful high end properties. I think people like the security of having an organization behind them. So it’s a case of looking. The problem with a lot of higher end properties is that they have staff, and the staff often take care of the pets. Talking to property companies with a portfolio of expensive properties that take a while to sell (and are vacant) might be another way to go… see if you can get the sit from the angle of care and keeping it looking lived in for viewings.

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Sheryl -

All good advice except for selling up your home, which I believe is a very big mistake. I sold most of my furniture and car in order to go travelling/housesitting but have rented out my home which is bringing in extra income.

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Ian Usher -

Good point Sheryl. It really depends upon individual circumstances and financial situation.
If you can rent your home, pay off any monthly loan or mortgage secured on it, and have cash left over, it makes great sense to keep your home and use the extra income to support your lifestyle.
When I first sold everything to travel, the rent I could get for the home I owned at the time was about the same as the monthly mortgage payment. It wouldn’t provide any extra income, and all the money I had was tied up in the property. I couldn’t afford to do both – keep the home and go travelling too. A choice had to be made.
Each situation is different, and you have to weigh up the pros and cons, and decide what is best for your situation.

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Gail -

Thanks for a great article. Is there a good site for South African (Cape Town) house sits you can recommend? Thanks. Gail

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Dawn -

We signed up for MindMyHouse just looking at what was out there and within a week we landed a housesit on Maui! We are in the planning stages and confirmed for a mid-September sit. Communication with the host has been great. I’m glad I found this site and am looking forward to really diving in and getting lots of tips and pointers before our sit to make sure it goes well and hoping this is just the beginning. Thanks for creating a community where we can learn from other’s experiences.

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John and Susan Pazera -

Great information. We wish that these sites listed house sits that are scheduled further out and for longer time frames that are separated from short term sits and more immediate need. Helps in planning.

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi both, and thanks for the feedback. Every site is different, and some have better ways of doing certain things than others. Your idea of highlighting short term and long term sits sounds good as a filter. Best thing is always to put your ideas forward to the platforms. They do a lot of their updates based on user experience, when they hear about it 🙂

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Kim -

What about housesitter.com? Do you know anything about that one? Thanks for all the info! And for keeping it updated!

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi Kim, We haven’t ever used housesitter.com but believe it’s part of a bigger organization that offers all sorts of care options including nannies, elder care, gardening services and so on – much more a commercial business model. We try and focus on the companies that have house sitting at their core, who we see used over and over with success in the community. Sorry I can’t help further on that particular question, maybe a search online adding in the word “reviews” might get you some further insight. Let us know what you discover 🙂

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Natalie Peachey -

Hello! This is a great article that would assist any house sitter or home owner wondering which House Sitting website to join.

My husband and I have recently started one here in Australia that you may be interested in checking out. It’s a bit more niche, as targeted as home owners with family friendly homes… and house sitting families. Would love for you to check it out and give your opinion!
familyfriendlyhousesitters.com and we’re on Facebook too as Family Friendly House Sitters
Have a great day!

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Vanessa Anderson -

Sounds great Natalie… I’ve sent you an email 🙂 We get a lot of people asking about “family-friendly” sits so a niche site is a welcome addition. Is it only for Australia?

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Meagan Smith -

Thank you for the advice! You talked me into Trustedhousesitters and I am using your affiliate link right now 🙂

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Alison -

Hello,
I just wanted to say that I joined Trusted Houesitters as a ‘Newbie’ at the beginning of last year. As your article mentions i did think that i would find it difficult to get on the ladder so to speak, with so many people with experience that had been house sitting for some time. They all had glowing reviews and I started with just one reference. However i discovered this was not the case. I was disheartened, as the very first one did not reply but the next, a cat recovering from a broken leg and I was confirmed for the sit immediately. This was followed by a sit with two dogs and then one with a dog and four horses and it really just took off from there. Now about thirteen sits later. So far i have recieved glowing five star reviews and have just returned from a lovely house sit in Queensland Australia for six weeks. Now I find people contact me and I end up turning down far more than I accept. Being a ‘Newbie’ definitely does not put you at a disadvantage in any way. It has all been great.

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi Alison, Thanks so much for sharing your experience, and great to hear that you didn’t have any problems getting sits as a newbie with TrustedHousesitters. We had a similar experience when we first started out. It took a little longer and we refined our application process, but we’ve happily got sits repeatedly year after year and had nothing but great house sits. We worked hard on perfecting our profile and personalising our applications, which I think really helps when starting out. We have had feedback from new members through House Sitting Magazine, who have sometimes struggled initially, but often when we’ve given them some tips about improving their profiles, things have turned around for them. Thanks again!

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Vanessa Anderson -

I’m glad we could help you! Let us know when you get your first sit or come and join our fabulous Facebook group and connect with lots of other sitters! https://www.facebook.com/groups/housesittingmagazine/

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Julie -

Thank you for this thorough information on house sit sites. It’s just what I was looking for. I’ve been house sitting in Seattle for 8 years but would like to start doing it internationally this Summer. Have asked to join FB group as well to interact with others.

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hello Julie, glad you found the comparison useful. There’s another article you might find useful, which is all about getting started as an international sitter:
https://housesittingmagazine.com/get-started-as-an-international-housesitter/
You might find some tips for transitioning from local to overseas sitting. Good luck with it and see you in the Facebook group!

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Carrie @ Two Small Potatoes -

Thank you for sharing such helpful info! My husband and I are expats in Germany who love to travel worldwide. We recently signed up for Nomador and are considering Trusted Housesitters as well, but we haven’t done a sit yet. Plus we just joined your Facebook group. Excited to learn from some of the pros and get to know members of the community!

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Vanessa Anderson -

Thank you Carrie for taking the time to feedback, and I’m glad you found the info useful, and welcome to our Facebook Group – it’s very active and engaging in there so you should get some great information. Good luck finding your first sit, work on building up your references and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask us.

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Rachel Smets -

Hi! I”m very new and used to living abroad but never house-petsitting. I want to start and wonder how complicated it really is. Since I have no referrals.
I’m now in the Netherlands and would like to start with Spain. Which site would you recommend? And would you recommend more than 1 site?
Secondly, is it best to start with one week here and there to get experience? Or possible to stay longer term?

Thanks so much
Rachel

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hello Rachel. Getting started can be a little harder without references, and so I would suggest trying to get some local house sits, even with family and friends so you can gather some reviews. Even short weekends or overnight sits will help you, and ensure it’s right for you. The best sites for Spain are probably Nomador and TrustedHousesitters, and yes, if you can afford the investment I would suggest signing up with a couple or sites to broaden your reach. It’s what we did when we started out. Short sits will give you more experience more quickly, but there are different options available. You might find you take a sit in Spain and network with local expats and find more sits that way too. If you haven’t joined, come along to our active Facebook Group at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/housesittingmagazine
where you can connect with many house sitters and travelers at different stages of their lifestyle adventures.

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Debs -

Thanks for this great article! Myself and husband are just starting out, looking into the freedom of house sitting and this article really helps! We’ve signed up to your magazine app and hoping to learn a lot to help us secure our first house sit adventure! thank you!

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi Debs and thank you for the feedback – we’re glad it’s helpful to you. Sometimes when starting out, and depending on the location you’re looking in, it’s good to sign up to a larger international house sitting platform, and one of the more localised country based sites. Enjoy exploring the magazine, there are lots of useful articles in each month’s issue, and on the website. Happy House Sitting!

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Alice -

Thanks for mentioning our new site (www.yourhomemyhome.com.au ) – it’s great to have the support of the house sitting community!

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi Robyn-Lea and thanks for making contact. Yes we’ve had a great time in Australia. We are enjoying Fiji but will arriving in Perth on 10th March. I will email you once we are back to see where you are based. As you say it would be great to catch up and share experiences some time. Ian has Aussie citizenship so we’ll be back regularly! I will check out your updated site. Talk soon, Vanessa.

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Robyn-Lea -

Hi Vanessa
Back Down Under 10th March eh? Would value the opportunity to meet up and share findings on the burgeoning world of house & pet sitting. However we’re booked to end August in Sydney and you’re in WA. But: who knows where our house sitting adventures will take us:) Vanessa, I was very interested to see your comment that Australia has more country specific sites than any other country: validates my view that it is increasingly difficult for people, particularly newcomers to house sitting, to select a reputable house sitting website from the others.

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Michela of Rocky Travel Blog -

So glad I came across your website. So many tips and insightful posts about house sitting. I have started house sitting in Australia and I am really loving it. As a travel writer and blogger I cannot think of a better way of travelling long term while having wonderful home for myself and affectionate pets with me.

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Vanessa Anderson -

Hi Michela. Thanks so much for connecting. House sitting really is the perfect way to sustain a full time travel lifestyle, and as you say it’s great to be able to temporarily “adopt” pets for cuddles! We are really looking forward to our house sit in Victoria, Australia over Christmas and are so pleased to have discovered all of your invaluable information. Let’s stay in touch and maybe our paths may cross while we are there 🙂

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Brian & Lynn Moore -

A great article Vanessa and from our experience absolutely spot on with your analysis of the pros and cons of each site we know. We’ve only been house and pet sitting in the UK since March this year and have undertaken 8 sits in that time. We’re registered with trustedhousesitters, housesittersuk and mindmyhouse and 7 of our 8 assignments have been via trustedhousesitters and one via housesittersuk, so you would have to say they are worth the extra money. Their site is easy to search and has a great system for getting feedback after the house sit is finished. I particularly like the option for homeowners to put up 4 photos, so potential sitters can see the house as well as the pets. Housesittersuk only have an option for one photo which is often the pet and house sitters are understandably reluctant to start quizzing homeowners about the size and location of the house. However, housesittersuk do have a postcode for each homeowner advert and a quick google map search will show you the half a dozen houses that share the same postcode which enables you to look around the area before applying, something you cannot do with trustedhousesitters.

In my opinion, Mindmyhouse has a search system that is not very intuitive and somewhat irritating to use. You can specify a country and it gives a long list of potential assignments with dates. However, once you click on one for further details, you cannot just go back to your original search with the original search parameters or, at least, I haven’t found a way to do so. If anyone else has, please do say. Generally, I end up using the ‘back’ button and have to reset the ‘country’ parameters and the list reappears but in a different order to the original list. This is a bit annoying!

I was very interested to read your views on the sites with which we are not registered as we may rethink things when our current memberships come up for renewal.

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Vanessa Anderson -

Thanks Brian. Yes, I think all the sites have their good and bad points, but for me it does come down to ease of use (after availability of relevant house sits of course). I think we will always switch between them all depending on our requirements. I still maintain that it’s a worthwhile expense as a long term house sitter, considering the savings we make on accommodation. Our lives wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for house house sitting! My plan is to keep this article updated every quarter, so if let me know if you find anything else worth including.

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Simon Dunster -

These are excellent articles and it’s great to have someone give so much of their time to help novices like me.
Thanks
Simon

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Vanessa -

Thanks Simon. That’s the great thing about the house sitting community. We are all passionate about sharing information to grow awareness of this amazing travel opportunity. I notice that you’ve signed up for our new house sitting online course at Udemy – we are very happy you’ve chosen to learn more about house sitting with us. See you on the discussion forum. Thanks again and welcome to the world of house sitting.

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