You want to try house sitting but aren’t exactly sure where to start.
With so many house-sitting platforms, it can be tricky to pick one. What if I signed up and still can’t find any good assignments?
In this article, we’ll share everything you need to know to get started.
After reading this, you’ll be ready to start taking house-sitting opportunities!
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How to Become a House Sitter
It is quite easy to become a professional house sitter!
First, choose a house-sitting platform, like House Sitters America or Trusted House Sitters.
Each platform has different benefits and drawbacks.
Sign up and create a profile. Upload a resume and character references.
Make sure to showcase why you would be an excellent house sitter for your potential clients!
Search for assignments and apply for any that sound good. Keep an eye out constantly so you don’t miss the perfect opportunity!
Once someone selects you, prepare for the interview.
You want them to know that you are fully capable of caring for their home and pets!
It is also good to have a list of questions to ensure that you’re both on the same page.
When you have an assignment, follow the instructions closely.
Keep open communication with the homeowner before and during the assignment.
If they are impressed with your work, they will give you a great review!
Good reviews will make your profile more attractive to more homeowners!
How to Find House-Sitting Assignments
You can find house-sitting assignments on any popular house-sitting website.
Bigger websites have more job opportunities. You can use the search function to find opportunities to sign up for.
Use the filters to help you find the perfect house-sitting gig!
Perhaps you’d like to sit at a luxury house. Maybe you don’t want to provide pet care for pet owners.
What if there’s only a small time that you’re available?
Filters will allow you to consider these factors.
Some platforms, like Trusted House Sitters, allow you to save searches.
They will alert you whenever an opportunity that meets your criteria arises!
How to Get House-Sitting Assignments
Some things make certain professional house sitters stand out above the rest.
For instance, many homeowners want reliable pet sitters for their furry friends.
Other people are mostly concerned that they hire someone trustworthy.
Providing background checks will put a lot of potential clients at ease.
Another way to ensure safe house-sitting gigs is to pay the membership fee.
Many of the platforms take more safety measures for members.
One of the biggest things that house owners look for is good reviews.
They want to know that you’ve had experience and that your clients loved you!
It can be hard to get good reviews if you haven’t had previous experience.
Ask your friends and family if they would mind letting you sit for them in exchange for a positive review.
How to Get More House-Sitting Assignments
The easiest way to get more house-sitting assignments is to get good reviews.
Always be improving your house sitter profile to attract potential house-sitting clients.
Do your best when you have an assignment so that your clients will be impressed!
Always ask for clarification when you set up the assignment.
Reach out to them if you have any concerns. Keep them posted throughout the trip to put their mind at ease.
When house owners come home to a well-kept house and happy pets, they will be likely to recommend you to others!
How to Choose the Right House-Sitting Website
If you prefer the benefits that come with a paid membership, search for a site that takes a subscription fee.
Most legitimate websites will offer subscription services.
Trusted House Sitters is a popular platform with thousands of house sits abroad.
House Sitters America and Housecarers.com offer membership services in the United States.
Nomador is another house-sitting site for those traveling globally.
However, you won’t get paid–you’ll just avoid accommodation costs in exchange for house-sitting.
You can also find platforms for specific regions, such as Australia or South America.
For instance, HouseSitMatch is a great place to find European house-sitting opportunities.
What Do I Need to Know About Being a House Sitter?
While it is possible to become a long-term house sitter, this can be a big goal.
You may find a lot of shorter house sits and have gaps in your schedule.
Even if you have a house to sit in every single night for a year, you probably can’t survive on house-sitting pay.
House-sitting is a great way for travelers to get savings on accommodations. This allows you more room in the budget for travel experiences!
If you wish to travel, house sitting is a great way to get cheap accommodation.
However, you will probably need a remote job that allows you to earn other income.
After reading this, you should be ready to get your first assignment.
Search for the perfect house-sitting opportunity and apply.
You got this!
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 nothing short of 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 not only allowed me to save money on accommodation but also offered a plethora of cultural exchange opportunities.
Being a member of these platforms has not only broadened my horizons but also 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 get start as a house sitters, so if you have any questions please reach out! I want everyone to enjoy this incredible lifestyle as well!
You can read more about about Jay and me here!
Or connect with me on Facebook or in our house sitting community on Facebook