Our Favourite House Sitting Websites: Reviewed

Over the past few months, we have had an increasing number of people ask us how we get our house sits and what house sitting websites we use.

There is no straightforward answer here. There are several ways that we get in touch with homewoners or vice versa.

The first way that we are often contacted is through our website contact form and social media accounts. We are very active on Instagram & Twitter and are also gaining a strong following on our Facebook page & newly formed Facebook community group. 

We love getting contacted through these methods because first contact has come in form 

the homeowner who has contacted us has obviously liked us enough to be interested in us looking after their home and pets! 

However the best way and the way that we get 95% of our house sits are through house sitting websites that we have signed up to.

Over the past couple of years, we have trialled lots & lots and have slowly started to figure out what one work best for us in different countries. 

Kiwi House Sitters

Platform Style: New Zealand only.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $84 NZD for house sitters.

Kiwi House SItters is a sister website of Aussie House Sitters. This ishte website that we mainly use when in New Zealand. In New Zealand people seems to stay away from the bigger websites and stay local. 

The platform and functionallity is basically the same as Aussie House Sitters. They have great options for filtering house sits and you can really customise what you are looking for. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • Lots of house sits - We often get contacted by homeowners
  • Reasonable membership fee
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    Easy to use and good looking platform

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership, so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage 
Overall Paw Rating

Mind My House

Platform Style: International.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $20 USD for house sitters.

Mind My House is one of the original house sitting websites. It has been around since the start. Because of their cheap membership fees, they have a lot of house sitters on the platform so competition can be tough. (as of right now there is 230 availible house sits and 4,000 availible house sitters!) 

The platform has a great user experience and from their email updates are currently mid way through upgrading the whole platform - so watch this space on an update. They also have a strong community which is great for sharing experiences, tips and pictures! Mind My House also has an alerts option, so you can never miss a listing in your favourite locations.

They are an international website, however, most listings are in the United States or Europe. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • They are a well-established platform who have been around since the very start
  • A very cheap membership fee for house sitters
  • Free for homeowners which means more house sits are listed
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    Easy to use and good looking platform
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    Alert system

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • The number of house sitters outweighs homeowners, so there is a lot of competition
  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership, so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage 
Overall Paw Rating

Happy House Sitters

Platform Style: Australia only.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $65 AUD yearly for house sitters Australia wide.

Happy House Sitters is another platform we use here in Australia. It also has a good range of house sits. However, because it is free for home owners we find that there are lots of the same house sits between the other free Australian based websites.  However, they are one of the oldest, they where online way back in 1999! 

One of the great perks of Happy House Sitters is you can save yourself some money by only buying a membership for specific states of Australia. Because lets face it, Australia is huge and not everyone is going to be house sitting around the whole country! 

The platform is easy to use and has plenty of filters so you can find your perfect house sit easily. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • Money back guarantee for house sitters
  • Cheap membership fee
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    Different membership options for different states

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage 
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Aussie House Sitters

Platform Style: Australian only.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $84 AUD for house sitters.

Aussie House Sitters is our go-to website for house sits in Australia. They have the best range of all platforms for house sits in Australia. They offer an easy to use and simple platform which to be honest we have not really found any real fautlts with.

They also have a great community page on Facebook where they share house sits and information. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • Lots of house sits - We often get contacted by homeowners on this platform
  • Reasonable membership fee

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership, so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage 
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Nomador

Platform Style: International.
Membership Fee: $89 USD for both homeowners and house sitters.

Nomador is the second most expensive platform following Trusted House Sitters. It is a fairly young site, only being online for 4 years. However, in those 4 years they have gained over 100,000 users!

The feature that we love the most about this platform is their ‘stopovers’ community. This is a place where homeowners can put up their homes on offer to house sitters when house sitters have some downtime. It is a fantastic way to meet new friends, catch up with old ones or have somewhere to stay when you land in a new country. Even though you may have never met its great to have something in common straight off the bat!

Nomador is an international website, however, since they are a fairly new site does not have the biggest number of sits outside of Europe or the United States.

Nomador has the best user experience out of all the house sitting platforms. On the results page, they have lots of essential information about the sit so you don’t have to click on the listing. Something that saves lots of time and disappointment in some cases! 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • The best home previews
  • Easy to use (and good looking) platform
  • 3 free contacts (try before you by option)
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    Stopovers community

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • A fairly pricey membership fee
  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership, so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage 
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House Carers Review

Platform Style: International.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners. $55USD for house sitters. 

House Carers is a website that we have also used to lock in house sits in Australia, Ireland, The United Kingdom and New Zealand. They where the first platform set up to bring homeowners and house sitters together back in 2000. So they know a thing or two about what both house sitters and homeowners want in terms of website features.

However, the platform does have an old school - outdated feel to it compared to some other platforms out there.One feature that we really love is the house sit notifcations. You can set up custom notifications for certin areas so you never miss applying for a sit. 

The video feature on House Carers is a fantastic way to show homeowners your real self. Other platforms only offer a write-up and photos, which to be honest don’t always portray you how you would really like to be portrayed. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • Lots of options to upload a review, photos, videos, references, and safety checks
  • Very reasonible membership price
  • House Carers have a great Facebook community to share ideas with other house sitters
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    A brilliant house sit notification function
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    Very well trusted and one of the first platforms on the internet

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • Homeowners don’t need to pay for a membership, so for house sitters, there is a bit of a feeling that the homeowner doesn’t take the assignment as seriously and could cancel at any stage
  • The platform is quite outdated and can be difficult to navigate for first timers
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Trusted House Sitters Review

Platform Style: International.
Membership Fee: $129.00 USD for both homeowners and house sitters. 

Trusted Housesitters is one of the most well known platforms out there. They have got a huge range of sits all over the world. We have used Trusted Housesitters for sits in Australia, Ireland, The United Kingdom and New Zealand.

This platform is increasingly getting more and more popular which is great because there are lots more homes on offer, however for every new home on the platform, there seem to be 5 more house sitters applying. 

Trusted House Sitters Pros

  • Well established and well-known platform
  • Very easy to use platform and functions
  • Big team and profession feel
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    24/7 customer services and vet advice line
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    Wide variety of homes worldwide

Trusted House Sitters Cons

  • $129 USD membership fee
  • High competition on house sitting assignments
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