Best House Sitting Websites Compared – For 2020
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:
- 25% TrustedHousesitters Discount (no code required)
- 50% HouseSitMatch Discount (code 50HSMAG)
- 10% HouseCarers Discount (no code required)
- 20% HouseSitMexico Discount (no code required)
- 15% Aussie House Sitters Discount (code HSMAG15)
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
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 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 was also new last year and has the ability to save searches by date, view past sitter reviews (including those who haven't chosen to comment), and message homeowners. It's important to note that the desktop version and the app versions do differ in functionality - we find a combination of both works best.
Although 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 making your membership more cost effective.
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.
A possible negative for "newbie" house sitters is the competition for the very best jobs. Don't let this put you off. Set up "email alerts" on the app 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. This way 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which are the best house sitting websites in 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 – see discount below.
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
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.
Which are the best 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)
Which are the best 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.
Which are the best 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 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.
How can I get house sits 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.
Are there any 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.
Are there any 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
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 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!
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Last updated on December 31st, 2019