Our Favourite House Sitting Websites: Reviewed [February 2019] | The Travelling House Sitters

Our Favourite House Sitting Websites: Reviewed [February 2019]

Over the past few months, we have had an increasing number of people ask us how we get our house sits or how to find a house sitter . So we have put together a list of house sitting websites we use & recommend.

There are several ways that we get in touch with homeowners or vice versa.

Firstly,  we are often contacted is through our website contact form or social media accounts. We are very active on Instagram and are gaining a strong following on our newly formed Facebook community group. 

Secondly, 95% of our house sits are through house sitting websites that we have signed up to, see our favourites below!

Over the past couple of years, we have trialled many and have slowly started to figure out what one work best for us in different countries. So let's get started on your house sitting journey!

Brittnay & Jay 🙂

How to become a house sitter

The best house sitting websites (We have Discovered)!

Countries: International.
Membership Fee: $129.00 USD for both homeowners and house sitters. 
Website: www.trustedhousesitters.com

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 also provide extensive resources on how to become a pet sitter! They have everything from how to land your first sits to information regarding house sitting agreements. 

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

Overall Paw Rating 5/5

2. Kiwi House Sitters

Countries: New Zealand only.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $84 NZD for house sitters.
Website: www.kiwihousesitters.co.nz

Kiwi House Sitters is a sister website of Aussie House Sitters. This is the 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 functionality 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. 

Kiwi 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

Kiwi House Sitters Pros

  • 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 4/5 

Found The Perfect House Sit? But its In Another Country?

​Jetradar is a site that we book 99% of out flights with, they are the best platform for finding the best flight deals on the internet!

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We have also made a list of the cheapest airports to fly out of around the world to help you pick the best destinations!

3. Mindahome

Countries: Australian
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $59 AUD for house sitters.
Website: https://mindahome.com.au

We find that Mindahome always has a lot of options within Australia! It a similar sign up fee to other in the Aussie market. 

The platform has a really nice clean design which isn't a pain in the backside to use like some others. We also have found that the team is super responsive which we really like!

Mindahome Pros

  • A very cheap membership fee for house sitters
  • Huge array of sits to apply for 
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    Easy to use and good looking platform
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    Really helpful staff

Mindahome Cons

  • Like some other sites, the 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 4/5

4. House Carers 

Countries: International.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners. $55USD for house sitters. 
Website: https://www.housecarers.com/

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. 

House Carers 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

House Carers 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

Overall Paw Rating 4/5

Not Sure Where To Stay Between House Sits? 

We always use Airbnb! 
We give a big discount if you sign up here. That also means  you have more money for the good things in life, like  cheese , wine & travel

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5. Aussie House Sitters

Countries: Australia only.
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $84 AUD for house sitters.
Website: https://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au

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. 

Aussie House Sitters Pros

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

Aussie 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 5/5

6. Mind My House

Countries: International House Sitting ​Platform
Membership Fee: Free for homeowners and $20 USD for house sitters.
Website: https://www.mindmyhouse.com/

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. 

Mind My House 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

Mind My House 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 4/5

Need Travel Insurance For Your Next Sit?

We always use World Nomads for our travel insurance. They cover most countries and every activity at a very affordable price.

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Jay Mckinlay

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Marian - October 31, 2018 Reply

I have been thinking about finding a house sitter for my trips ( 2 to 6 weeks).
I have a cat and pool to care for in central California. What are the expectation for the homeowner and sitter?
Thank you.

    Brittnay Sharman - October 31, 2018 Reply

    We like to sit with the owners either in person or skype and go through all the responsibilities. We are more than happy to mow lawns, clean pools and anything else that comes our way 🙂 Have you looked into finding a sitter yet?

Garrick - January 10, 2019 Reply

Great post guys, I want to follow your lead and use Aussie House Sitters as my go-to. Do you have a referral link or code?

    Jay Mckinlay - January 10, 2019 Reply

    Hey Garrick, You are in luck! Use the code 8346AU and you will get $10 off your membership 🙂 Happy house sitting!

      Brittnay Sharman - January 11, 2019 Reply

      So stoked your keen to get house sittng Garrick! This time of year is great for it as well, lots of folks heading away on hols 🙂

        Garrick - January 11, 2019 Reply

        Thanks heaps for the code, looking forward to helping pets stay comfortably in their home while getting out of the van for a few as we travel around Aus. Keep living your bliss 🙂

Richard - February 13, 2019 Reply

Hello,
Thank you for creating a short intro about these house sitting websites. I will save me time to look for reputable ones since you’ve collected that for me! Will definitely check each of them!

Cheers!

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