Sit, Stay.

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Did you know there is a way to travel, enjoy new destinations, and not pay for accommodation? 

 

What is it?

House-sitting, where you stay, watch over and care for people’s houses, gardens and pets while they are away, in exchange for free accommodation, is a great way to travel and keep costs down. You can live like a local in any corner of the earth, as you while away your time with just a few small errands each day.

 

Benefits for the homeowner

Pot plants are being watered, the house looks lived in and secure, mail/ papers are collected, bins are put out/in, pets are being fed, walked, cared for and loved.

 

For the house-sitter

Travel, new opportunities, not having to pack the kitchen sink, and free accommodation into the bargain.

 

Starting out

Begin the old fashioned way with people you know, or choose from websites that cater for matching house-sitters with homeowners. Some internet-based sites are free, while others have registration or membership fees, so do your research. We have selected a few well known sites for you to look over below.

House sitting is ideal if:

 

Tips for first time house-sitters:

References are an advantage, if you can obtain them from people of standing in your community that have known you for a reasonable amount of time, and can vouch for your good character. These can be a bonus to add to your profile.  If you have ever rented a property, or looked after a friends property or pets and can gain a reference from the owner, these can also be used to your advantage. If you cannot obtain a written reference, permission for the enquirer to contact them for a verbal recommendation is a good idea.

 

Tips for building your profile:

 

On your stay:

 

Leave the home in better condition than when you found it, or even leave a parting and thoughtful gift.  Is there a little touch or simple necessity you can provide? (Not an excuse to be an interior decorator, leave the homeowners possessions as you found them.)

 

It can be as easy as using your talents, skills or hobbies to do something unexpected: bake (even dog treats), arrange flowers, photograph pets, do a deep clean of something like an oven or windows, leave a lasting impression that will guarantee you future opportunities. Be thoughtful and considerate of what you do.

 

Some Useful Links:

 

House-sitting

https://mindahome.com.au/

https://www.happyhousesitters.com.au/

https://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/

https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/ is a UK based site, Helping Pet Lovers travel. It has a surprising number of Australian users and destinations including regional towns.

 

Pet Sitting, walking, hosting

https://www.madpaws.com.au/

https://www.pawshake.com.au/

https://www.petcloud.com.au/

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