House Sitting: Top Tips on Picking the Service That’s Right for You
We've travelled the world as house and pet sitters and we've tried a number of services to maximise our chances of securing positions.
But signing up to lots of house and pet sitting services doesn't always mean that you're getting the best exposure as a sitter, and it can prove quite costly.There are a number of things you need to consider before signing up to a house and pet sitting service, and to give us the low-down on picking the best house and pet sitting service for you, our friends at Mindahome.com.au, one of Australia's most trusted house and pet sitting websites, have given us their top tips to make sure you choose a service that will give you the best opportunity to enjoy many house and pet sitting experiences.
Read The Fine Print
When you're starting off as a house and pet sitter, there is a lot of reading to be done. Look at the terms and conditions listed for each of the sites you're considering signing up to and make sure you know exactly what you're getting for your membership dollar.
You want a service that can connect you with home and pet owners right across the country. Compare the membership fees to see which is the best value for you. But looking simply at membership fees doesn't always tell you how much you're up for. Does the membership fee cover you for 6 months or 12 months? Is it based on regions, national coverage or possibly even international coverage?
Do the maths to make sure that you’re comparing apples with apples. For example, a $25 fee looks fine … until you realise that it’s only a quarterly payment which, in the long run, may work out to be considerably more expensive than a full 12 month membership offered by another provider.
Check Your Coverage
Some house and pet sitting services charge multiple fees in order for you to access listings for different regions or states in a particular country. That's when the costs start to pile up and it can become quite expensive. Mindahome, for example, allows you to search house sitting positions in every region across Australia for the one membership fee. Whereas, some other services charge a fee based on the regions in which you want to search for positions.
Some services also have affiliate house and pet sitting websites in other countries like the UK. They usually involve an additional membership fee, but going with the same service across multiple countries means you know exactly what to expect from the service and opportunities.
Easy To Use
Very few of us have been saved from the painful experience of seeing a 'page not found' error coming up on a website that we've been browsing for a good 20 minutes or so. Or being drawn in to the pretty colours and pictures of one website only to realise that getting to the information you need feels more like a desperate Indiana Jones style escape from the Temple of Doom!
Look for a service that offers a well-designed website where you can access the information you’re after quickly and painlessly. It will save you loads of time so that you can browse more house and pet sitting positions.
So, the take home message is to do your research and sign up for a service that gives you the best chance at landing a house sitting gig and offers the best value for money to allow you to launch into house sitting adventures in grand, not to mention economical, style.