It was March 2011 when I discovered the world of house sitting and decided to give it a go: a stop gap measure between vacating my lovely little flat beside the seashore and deciding “What Next”? Now 2018 and still I’m house sitting – just one of hundreds of thousands of people on the planet benefiting from the growing ‘sharing economy’ coordinated through virtual networks.
Seven years of house sitting success
I’ve now enjoyed seven years of house sitting success, having mastered the art of making myself at home in someone else’s for the weeks or months they’re away. With no house to call my own I’m never without a home, and more often than not live in beautiful homes in gorgeous locations with pets for pals – for free! Read my story here.
What is house sitting, exactly?
The concept is simple. A home owner plans to vacate their residence for a while – anything from a few days to quite a few months. They search a house sitting website to find a house sitter or two to keep things running smoothly on the home front in their absence. No money changes hands, because house sitting is the “free exchange of services between people who co-operate for mutual benefit, not financial gain”. Read why house and pet sitting is a booming world-wide trend.
Why Compare House Sitting® websites?
On a quest to find the best house sitting jobs and with a penchant for research, in 2013 I set about doing just that. I compiled details of all prominent house sitting sites, joined quite a few, and monitored most others. It soon became clear that for every good house sitting site there were four full of information that was unreliable, out-of-date, or worse. Some sites overstated their house sitting success by allowing home owner ads to remain listed for years past their ‘use by’ date. Others had very few home owner listings and more house sitters than I could count, and there were a few dormant sites bubbling along in search engines. It troubled me that in the ether lurked people happy to accept money from hopeful house sitters knowing they had little chance of ever getting a house to sit. Whereas I knew that by registering with a reputable platform, houses to sit are but a few applications away.
My Eureka moment
Waking early one morning I had a Eureka moment. I would develop a platform to monitor and analyse all prominent House Sitting Websites: point people in the direction of reliable house sitting sites known to connect house sitters and home owners in a secure, online environment.
You can connect with confidence!
At Compare House Sitting® we’re working hard to make sure consumers are informed about house sitting websites in the marketplace. Are they doing a good job? Do they deliver on their promise? Is the site run by real people or robots? Our mission is to help others fast track their house sitting success. We do this by pointing people in the direction of reliable house sitting websites, help them avoid time-wasting trial & error and gain a huge shortcut to the learning curve. Each of the websites featured on Compare House Sitting® is proven to connect home owners and house sitters, whether around the corner or on the other side of the world.
Est 2000 House Carers was the world’s first global house sitting website.
Est 1993 as a house sitting Agency to service Australia, in 1998 The House Sitters launched Australia’s first house sitting website.
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