Guide to Luxury House Sitting (5 Simple Steps)

Who wouldn’t love to stay in luxurious homes around the world?

With house sitting websites, you can find pet sitting jobs in exotic places like Costa Rica, Bali, and Catalonia. 

Imagine living in a mansion-like home or beach-front house for weeks or even months.

Not to mention, you’ll get to stay at these wonderful places without needing to pay for accommodation costs! 

A mansion we looked after in Dublin

Where to Find Luxury House Sitting Jobs

House sitters can make extra cash by going through pet service websites.

However, house sitting platforms offer accommodation and let you stay in some luxury homes around the world. There’s a huge range of house-sitting websites to choose from.

Trusted House Sitters: 

Trusted house sitters are the most popular platform and offer the most extensive listings in all areas of the world.

For example, they offer lots of opportunities in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, and Vancouver.

At Trusted House Sitters, you’ll receive accommodation in exchange for house sitting. There are a few membership options, but the fee starts at $129 per year for their basic plan. 

Here are some of the benefits to using Trusted House Sitters: 

  • Well-established platform with a wide selection of luxury homes 
  • Easy to set up a profile 
  • Offers insurance to house sitters and owners 
  • 24/7 vet line and customer service 

House Sitters America: 

House Sitters America is the largest platform for U.S.-based house sitting jobs. Like Trusted House Sitters, they offer free accommodation for pet care services. The membership service is $49 per year. 

Here’s why you might choose House Sitters America: 

  • Advanced filters to find the best jobs suited for you
  • Affordable membership price 
  • Plenty of opportunities 
  • Easy to use platform
The view from villa of the luxury house sitting we did in Greece

House Carers: 

House carers have been around since 2000. They offer opportunities in slightly more exotic locations such as Bali, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and more.

They allow users to browse for free. However, users must be a member to apply for jobs, which costs $50 annually. The advantage is that it’s much cheaper than sites like Trusted House Sitters. 

Here are some benefits of choosing House Carers: 

  • Affordable membership price
  • Less competition on House Carers than other well-known sites
  • Great Facebook community to bounce ideas with other sitters

How to Find Luxury House Sitting Jobs 

Follow the steps laid out to do professional house sitting land your next luxury house sitting job . 

The view from the luxurious house we cared for in Croatia

1. Sign Up with a House Sitting Website 

There’s a huge range of house-sitting websites. Do some research to find sites with the best reviews, customer service, and benefits.

We recommend Trusted House Sitters, House Sitters America, or House Carers as the best options. They do have a yearly membership fee; however, you can access many luxury house sitting jobs. 

2. Make an Attractive Profile. 

Once you’ve signed up for Trusted House Sitters or any other house sitting website, you’ll receive access to a vast network of jobs.

Now, it’s time to create an alluring house sitter profile to stand out from other pet sitters and build trust with the owner. Keep in mind that most sites will perform a background check and verify your information to ensure you’re a real person. 

Make sure to upload quality photos that clearly show your face. Include pictures and videos of you with animals as well. 

Trusted House Sitters and House Sitters America will ask you questions about your previous experience. Pet owners want to know that they can trust you with their pet, so having lots of experience is a plus.

Make sure to be descriptive with your answers. You can describe specific instances where you’ve taken great care of pets.

Perhaps you’ve cared for sick or injured animals or have experience with a wide variety of pets. 

Additionally, you can mention other skills as well. Homeowners who are looking for a pet sitter may ask for additional tasks like plant watering or house cleaning. Feel free to express why you’re interested in the city or area that the house is located in. 

The view from the mansion we house sat in Athens, Greece

3. Apply for House Sitting Jobs.

Many popular house-sitting platforms have a wide range of opportunities. Thus, it won’t be challenging to find jobs in luxury homes. 

When you’ve completed the profile, make sure to turn on email job alerts so you don’t miss out on any house-sitting opportunity.

Browse the site to find opportunities that are desirable to you. Then be the first to apply to opportunities.

House sitters who are one of the first 10 applicants to apply are more likely to land the job. That’s because most owners are looking to quickly find a pet sitter rather than waiting for more applicants to roll in. 

With sites like Trusted House Sitters and House Sitters America, they allow you to send private messages to the owner. Always show genuine interest in the pet and ask a lot of questions about their pets. 

4. Nail The Interviews. 

You’re one step closer to landing a dream luxury house-sitting job. 

Owners typically filter through applications of house sitters and choose a few to interview. Pay close attention to the owner and explain why you’d be a perfect fit for the position.

The mansion we house sat in France

If you’ve landed the house sitter job, congratulations! It’s rewarding to stay in a beautiful house and take care of adorable pets. 

Author: Brittnay

Brittnay is one of the Travelling House Sitters. She has cared for 25 dogs, 35 cats 1 turtle, and 1 rabbit over 40+ houses in 15 countries over 5 years.

She is ready to teach you exactly how to become a house sitter! She wants everyone to enjoy this incredible lifestyle as well!

You can read more about Brittnay and Jay on their about page.

Or connect with Brittnay on Facebook or in their house sitting community on Facebook

House Sitting in Salon-de-Provence
Brittnay House Sitting in Salon-de-Provence

2 thoughts on “Guide to Luxury House Sitting (5 Simple Steps)”

  1. Starting in July I would like to set out on a year-long adventure traveling the USA.
    My idea is to live RV style in between sitting assignments that will hopefully be a month or longer.
    I won’t have any sitting references but I have great Air BB, and personal references along with volunteer work related to pets
    Are there hundreds of sitters applying for each job?
    Does it take a long time to get first sit? I understand this varies greatly, About how long?
    Does it help to have Pet CPR and First Aid Certification to get first sit?
    Which certification website is most respected by this community ?
    How do full time sitters work out having a permanent address while living on the road from sitting to sitting. It seems like a permanent address is always requested for Senses , IRS or social security.
    I’m Excited to hear your thoughts and join the sitting community!
    Have a fabulous day!

    1. Hiya Erin!!
      Thanks for writing in 🙂 That is exactly what we did it in Europe, we had a campervan and used it to travel between sits and explore 🙂

      Perfect that is exactly what we recommend to use for references when you’re starting out as a house sitter, we also used Airbnb references. If possible try to do some house sitting for friends or family before you go to build up more references.

      With the sites we use, you can see how many people apply for sits. We find that large cities have more competition for house sits, but if you stick to smaller places it will be much easier, also I suggest looking for sits around holidays, there is always a huge demand for sitters, and it will be much easier to land a sit. It does help to get pet CPR and First Aid but not essential just another great thing to have on your house sitting CV. We use family members for permanent addresses 🙂 I think what will help you land sits is references so work on building those. Where do you plan on heading?

      Brittnay 🙂

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