New tiered homeowner membership at TrustedHousesitters
TrustedHousesitters - new features announced February 2021
After careful consultation with their members, TrustedHousesitters have announced a fairly radical change to their membership model. They are now offering a range of tiered subscription options, to provide more choice and some great new features.
Instead of a one size fits all approach, the company now provides 3 tiers – Basic, Standard and Premium – in line with many other online service providers. This means that as a NEW member you can pick the service and price that works for you.
Currently this first roll out is only being offered to NEW members looking for house sitters.
What about existing members?
The first thing to note is that NOTHING changes for existing home owner members. They are automatically set at the BASIC level.
I know the question on everyone’s lips will be around upgrading existing memberships and to be honest we don’t have an answer on that yet. I suspect this will be something in discussion and we’ll update you when we know for sure.
Nothing is changing at the moment for house sitters either.
But we are told there are some exciting new features to be added to sitter plans over the course of the year. We will let you know about these as and when they are released.
What’s new in the TrustedHousesitter membership tiers?
BASIC membership remains as is.
It’s important to note that nothing has been taken away. There’s no advantage in the new BASIC membership over the existing plan that existing homeowners are currently signed up for.
Within the STANDARD & PREMIUM tiers there are several new features, summarized below:
See who saved your listing (Standard & Premium)
Boost your listing tool (Standard & Premium)
Home and contents protection (Standard & Premium)
Money Back Guarantee if no applications in 14 days of first advert (Standard & Premium)
Dedicated Member Support (Standard & Premium)
Sit cancellation insurance (Premium)
2 x global airport lounge passes (Premium)
A Premium badge for your listing (Premium)
TrustedHousesitter's new house sit cancellation insurance
This is a big one! Especially with the uncertainty that’s hit the house sitting community since Covid 19 has caused so much travel and sit disruption.
If you buy a premium TrustedHousesitters subscription, and in the unlikely event of sitter cancellation, the new insurance cover provides up to £150 compensation per night to cover the cost of alternative pet care. It’s capped at £1500 per sit and the hope is it won’t be necessary.
This provides some reassurance to homeowners and in our opinion makes the premium membership a no-brainer, especially if you are a frequent traveller.
Our hope is there will be a similar option for sitters at some stage. This has been a much discussed topic in our Facebook Support Forum and would be widely welcomed as an option.
Disclaimer! We haven’t seen the small print yet for any of the newest insurance policies but will update this as we get to read them.
Boost your listing tool
This will help you get seen by even more house sitters, and increase the number of sit applications you receive. And if that doesn’t help you find a sitter quickly, and it’s your first listing, the next option will provide extra reassurance.
Money Back Guarantee on 1st housesit listing
It’s rare that house sit jobs aren’t filled, except maybe at prime times of the year. But if this does happen to you on your FIRST listing, and you don’t get a house sitter application within 14 days of posting, TrustedHousesitters will give you back your money “with no strings attached”.
We think this will help you take that first crucial step, especially if you have any doubts about whether house sitting will work for you. Try it and see with the confidence it won’t cost you a penny if you don’t get any applications.
How much will the new TrustedHousesitters tiered pricing plan cost me?
Here are the prices in US Dollars, but you’ll find a currency converter for your local home country pricing when you go to the signup page. So if you are looking for TrustedHousesitter pricing plans for homeowners in UK, just change the currency to £'s.
BASIC: $ 129 (no change)
STANDARD: $ 169
PREMIUM: $ 259
And remember, our readers benefit from a 25% discount (for homeowners and sitters) which makes these options much more affordable and brings them down as follows:
We hope you are as excited as us about the changes happening at one of our favourite international house sitting sites.
Despite Covid-19 we successfully secured 11 sits last year when lockdowns eased, and we are on our 3rd in France this year. All together we've done over 80 sits with TrustedHousesitters and we know we'll be doing many more! They are moving with the times and that's important during these times of travel disruption.
So, if you are a home owner thinking about using house sitters over the next few years, let us know what you think of the new options in the comments below.
Last updated on February 18th, 2021