Want to Visit Hawaii for Free? Tips for House Sitting In Hawaii

Hawaii is an amazing place for a holiday. With beautiful weather and a relaxed lifestyle, it will be sure to rejuvenate you. 

But it can be expensive to visit Hawaii! House sitting is perfect if you’re a budget traveler or looking for something different! There are many benefits of house sitting and pet sitting (including no accommodation costs)

We’ve put together some tips so that you’ll be house-sitting in Hawaii in no time. 

Have a read of the guide below to find everything you need to know about house sitting in Hawaii. 

Write A Fantastic Application

Don’t worry if you’re still in the applying phase!

Writing a great application to homeowners can take work and is a crucial part of the process. 

We recommend setting aside some time to write an awesome application so that you stand out. 

See our tips for applying and landing more house sits

Be Honest (Even If It Means They Don’t Pick You)

In the application process, it’s crucial to be honest, so that you guys are on the same page. 

Some homeowners will want you to be at the house all day and this might not work for you. 

There will always be more house sitter jobs, so it’s better to be upfront early on. 


If you’re housesitting, don’t bother about bringing too many things. 

Homes will have everything you need, so you’ll just require clothes and toiletries. 

The less stuff you bring, the less you have to worry about carrying it with you!

Ask A Lot Of Questions

One of the most important parts of housesitting is asking lots of questions. 

No question is too pedantic or small- it’s better to ask than not ask!

This is particularly relevant if you’re looking to do pet care as well. 

Follow Instructions

Everyone likes their home a little different and as a house sitter, you’ll need to respect that. 

Follow the instructions the homeowners give you and look after their place just the way they like it. 

Most homeowners will have a welcome pack that you’ll be able to follow as a guide. 

Bugs Are Everywhere

Fire ants, scorpions, and centipedes are all commonly found in Hawaii. 

This is something to be especially aware of if you have children or have curious pets. 

Always check your shoes before putting them on and watch out when you’re walking at night. 

Leave The Place Super Clean

One of the perks of house sitting is that it’s free. 

However, just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s a hotel. 

Always leave the home super clean and tidy so that the homeowners are happy when they return. 

Take Your Shoes Off In The House

Many Hawaiian homeowners will prefer a shoes-off approach inside. 

Removing shoes will not only keep things clean, but it’s also a sign of respect. 

Some houses even have special slippers or flip-flops that are specifically for indoors. 

Be Flexible 

When it comes to house sitting, being flexible is crucial. 

Your ideal house or location might not be available and you’ll need alternative plans. 

Likewise, plans may change for your host and they may need you to be flexible. 

Don’t Leave Food Out

Hawaii is popular with bugs so you need to be careful with leaving food out. 

In lower areas, you will often see ants and roaches trying to fine crumbs. 

The humidity will also result in food going off sooner if left out. 

Stay Cool

The weather in Hawaii is beautiful but it can get pretty steamy. 

Many houses in Hawaii won’t have to be air-conditioned. 

This is something you need to be aware of when choosing a place to house sit. 

Many Animals Live Outside

If you’re a pet sitter for cats or dogs they won’t be spending much time indoors. 

Animals love Hawaii’s weather just as much as people and will often live outdoors. 

Many animals will only be allowed outdoors or on the lanai (enclosed porch). 

Don’t Walk Dogs When It Too Hot

It can get pretty warm in summer and this can be something to look out for if you’re pet sitting as well. 

We recommend walking dogs in the morning or evening so that the pavement isn’t too hot. 

Always leave water outside for animals as well so that they can stay hydrated!

Give The Animals Lots Of Love

Being away from their pet owners can be tough for animals. 

Many also struggle with strangers and could take a couple of days to get used to you. 

Be sure to give the animals lots of love and fun and follow their routine. 

House sitting in Hawaii can lead to some amazing experiences. 

With a relaxed lifestyle, lovely people, and beautiful sites to see. 

We think you’ll have a fantastic time!

But there are a couple of things to be aware of before you head over there. 

Most things are common sense but it’s always best to be prepared so that you’re guaranteed a great stay. 

We think you’ll love house sitting in Hawaii and seeing what this incredible place has to offer!

Are you interested in house sitting in Hawaii?

Author: Britt

I am Britt. I have been house-sitting and pet-sitting for the past 7 years. I have cared for 25 dogs, 35 cats 1 turtle, and 1 rabbit over 80+ houses in 15 countries.

The opportunity to experience different homes, cultures, and communities has been extraordinary.

Through house-sitting platforms like Aussie House Sitters and Trusted House Sitters, I’ve connected with homeowners seeking reliable sitters. This unique way of living has allowed me to save money on accommodation, explore new cultures and meet new people.

Being a member of these platforms has broadened my horizons and opened doors to short- and long-term house-sitting jobs. I’ve found joy in providing excellent pet care and ensuring the home is well-maintained.

I get many questions about how to start as a housesitter, so if you have any questions, please reach out! I want everyone to enjoy this incredible lifestyle as well!

You can read more about Jay and me here!

Or connect with me on Facebook or in our house-sitting community on Facebook.

House Sitting in Salon-de-Provence
Me (Britt) House Sitting in Salon-de-Provence, France

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