House sitting websites compared – With so many different house sitting platforms available, just how do you decide which is the best house sitting website to join?
They vary in price and options so you may find yourself confused or even overwhelmed. But don’t worry, as full-time house sitters who have been on the road for 4 years continuously, we’ve used all of the international sites and many of the regional ones too.
So the good news is, we can make this decision easier for you with our comprehensive comparison.
We keep this article updated regularly – this update includes our negotiated discount at TrustedHousesitters 25% off new memberships and 10% off at HouseCarers
What is house sitting?
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 house sitting here at Wikipedia, or in our popular post “Getting Started as an International House Sitter”.
Which house sitting website is best?
Here we compare house sitting websites and review the options available to help you find great housesit jobs around the world. We review the top 5 international house sitting platforms and give links to some of the country specific house sitting sites in popular countries like the USA, Mexico, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
- Trusted Housesitters
- House Carers
- Mind My House
- House Sit Match
Without doubt Trusted Housesitters is the largest and most popular international house sitting website, with a wide range of assignments in countries around the world. But each house sit platform has their own unique features and benefits. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer so you can get started as a house sitter and find great assignments in the location of your choice.
All of the subscription costs are shown in USD $ unless indicated. Affiliate links are used in some cases but these do not affect your price, which in many cases is lower through specially negotiated rates.
|Price:||$119 USD per year (special 25% discount – see link below)|
|Average Active House Sits:||2000+|
|Countries:||International house sitting platform|
|Photo Upload:||Yes 13|
|ID Check:||Yes (3 different levels of check available)|
TrustedHouseSitters is the largest and most well known of the international house sitting websites. You will find housesits all over the world, but they are particularly strong in Europe, Australia and the USA.
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 – this means that home owners are generally committed to the assignments they list, and less likely to be “testing” the water as can happen on some sites where home owners list adverts for free. If you want to join as both a house sitter and a home owner you’ll get a discounted rate.
This website is also run as a professional business with a team of 40+ 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”.
A possible negative for the “newbie” house sitter is that it might be more difficult to get your ideal house sit initially due to the competition for the best assignments. Make sure you 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.
Definitely one to have at the top of your list. We’ve been house sitting full=time for a number of years, and most of our house sits (and some of our best) have been found through this platform!
25% Discount at TrustedHouseSitters – We have partnered with TrustedHousesitters to offer our readers a 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:||USD $ 89 year / $ 35 qtr|
|Average Active House Sits:||400-500|
|Countries:||International, specializes in European House Sits|
|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.
|Price:||USD $ 50 year (free for home owners) (special 10% discount for House Sitting Magazine)|
|Average Active House Sits:||200+|
|Countries:||International Housesit Website|
|Photo Upload:||Yes (14 images)|
|ID Check:||Being introduced (2017)|
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.
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 £ 35 / £ 75 (basic and premium plans)|
|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|
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 and their current ratio of home owners to house sitters is only 1:1.5. This means 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. There are often special offers in the Facebook group, so it’s worth checking there if you are thinking of joining.
|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.
THE BEST OF THE COUNTRY SPECIFIC HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES
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 very well for us when we’ve been looking for sites in the UK, and I think if we were looking in Australia, we would definitely look to sign up to a similar site there The “House Sitters” network has sites in a number of countries, but you do have to sign up to each one which can be expensive if you are an international sitter.
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 in 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 and there are more country specific house sitting websites in Australia than in any other countries.
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. We would definitely recommend: www.aussiehousesitters.com
If you are planning to spend an extended period of time in Australia house sitting long term, then we would also suggest you sign up to an Australian specific website.
However, if you have subscribed to House Carers and Trusted House Sitters you will have a large selection of Australian assignments available to you. We suggest you browse the sites of your international subscriptions first, and compare to your country specific selection to see what sort of duplication of assignments exists.
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
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.
Update March 2017 – House Sitters Canada is the newest addition to the world’s largest network of regional House Sitter sites. For a limited period of time they are offering FREE membership while they build their database of members.
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 £20 for a year and currently have over 100 assignments listed.
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
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 has just been relaunched (2016) with a smart new interface, and the option to select different regions within this large country.
They charge $39 USD for 3 months membership, or $79 USD for 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.
HOW DO I GET STARTED AS A HOUSE SITTER?
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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 as a credible, professional house sitter. You’ll also get the ongoing support of our active Facebook community where you can share your adventures, and get valuable feedback from like-minded travelers.
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. This course guides you through the process of becoming a professional house and pet sitter, ensuring that the experience is win-win-win – for you, the home owner and the pets!
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