It was March 2011 when I discovered the world of house and pet 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 peer-to-peer based sharing of goods and services 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 sitters “earn” free accommodation in exchange for providing live-in security and caring for the home owners home, property and pets in their absence.
Why Compare House Sitting® websites?
In 2013, on a quest to find the best house sitting jobs and with a penchant for research, I set about doing just that. I compiled details of all prominent house sitting websites, 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 It soon became clear that for every good house sitting site there were four full of information that was unreliable, out-of-date, or worse.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 out there 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
Knowing membership to the ‘best’ platforms had enabled me to dodge paying tens of thousands of dollars to a bank or landlord since March 2011, it angered me that newcomers to the world of house sitting would be discouraged if they unwittingly joined a rogue site. And so it was that, waking early one morning, I had a Eureka moment. I would develop a platform to monitor and analyse all prominent House Sitting Websites. Compare House Sitting would point visitors in the direction of sites proven to provide a reliable service of connecting house sitters and home owners – whether around the corner or on the other side of the globe.
FREE PDF Download of the qualities that identify a good house sitting website from the others.
You can connect with confidence!
If you are a House Sitter or Home Owner seeking opportunities in Australia or New Zealand, the UK, USA or Canada, each of the house sitting websites featured on Compare House Sitting™ can be relied on to provide a dependable, online meeting place of integrity. Additional sites will be listed mid 2018.
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