We have been asked many times about how we got started house sitting and what it involves. Here’s some information to hopefully answer some of these questions.
What is House Sitting?
House sitting is where you take on the responsibilities of looking after another person’s property, pets, garden, etc whilst they are away. In return for your services you are provided with free accommodation. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement between two parties – the Home Owners (HO) and the House Sitters (HS) and based entirely on trust (even though both parties may have never met before!!).
With this arrangement in place the Home Owner can go away with peace of mind knowing that their pets are keeping their normal routine in their home environment and receiving care and love. Their house is safe and secure and someone is there should an unforseen event occur eg. burst pipe. The house sitter is provided with a place to stay in a homely environment with new ‘friends’ to play with. They get to experience a new location or culture in a totally different way to a traditional holiday. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.
Is House Sitting a free holiday?
Unfortunately, there is a growing trend that is advertising house sitting as a free holiday and way to travel with free accommodation. This is true to a degree but neglects to mention the responsibilities and obligations that come with it. Before embarking on becoming a house sitter you must understand that you are taking on some serious responsibilities. You are solely responsible for the care of someone else’s pets and property and making sure everything runs smoothly in the owners absence.
Of course, if you have the right mind set and are comfortable with the responsibilities you take on then it is a wonderful and rewarding way to travel and experience new places. So much so that we sold most of our possessions and now house sit full-time as a means of exploring the world.
If what you’ve read so far sounds interesting and potentially appealing then we suggest you take the next step and read our guide to