Robyn-Lea, Founder & Owner of Compare HouseSitting®
My house sitting story commenced in March 2011 when, aged 50 something, the property boom came to Sydney. My home for the previous ten years had been a lovely little flat beside the seashore in an apartment block owned by friends. But when developers came knocking, this prized waterfront property was sold.
Keen to continue living in the manner to which I had become accustomed but reluctant to pay a large percentage of my income to a landlord on the open market, I decided to research all about house sitting. I’d heard more and more people were house sitting Australia and wondered if this might provide the means to live in other seaside areas before deciding where to settle.
House sitting Sydney
Within days of joining Aussie House Sitters I’d been contacted by a few home owners, and with every conversation it became clear the mysterious world of house sitting was for real. Instead of lying awake worrying about having to pay high rent, I went to sleep dreaming of not paying rent at all. My inaugural sit was for a couple who were about to retire. Read more
House and pet sitting – a lifestyle choice
The following year my house sitting buddy and I joined Happy House Sitters and a year later House Carers. These three Aussie owned and operated platforms have kept us happily housed since March 2011, mainly house sitting Sydney for work purposes. When we want to get away from it all we look for houses to sit on the NSW South Coast, or north as far as the Queensland Gold Coast. Armed with lots of verifiable references we are now offered houses to sit for months at a time. No longer burdened by the financial pressure that comes from living in one of the world’s most expensive cities, thanks to house sitting we get to live in beautiful homes in gorgeous locations for lovely people, usually with pets for pals. Wherever my house sitting adventures take me, my work comes with me. I have head space to think creatively and time to do something about it.Read more
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Uni Grads on working holiday Down Under
Best friends 22yo Sharon & Alysha are excited that their dream to spend a year Down Under travelling and subsidizing their accommodation costs by house sitting, is fast becoming a reality. Uni graduates from the United States, because of their age the girls’ had reservations about being accepted by Aussie home owners for house sitting jobs. So they took time to write a good house sitting profile and upload lots of pictures. In a bid to show they were serious, one of their pictures shows them wearing their graduate cap and holding the Aussie flag!
In their profile they list the pets they’ve owned and cared for, individual house sitting experience and sport and leisure interests. They explain how they flatted together for two years, have references from past landlords and promise to “go above and beyond to ensure your home is maintained to your high standard”. Both claim to be ‘mature for their years, responsible, energetic, professional, honest and non-smoking’.
Keen to travel, they’re applying for ‘sits’ from the East Coast of Australia (NSW, Queensland and Victoria) to the West. Available for interview via Skype, Sharon and Alysha report good successes, with their house sitting schedule filling fast.
For the love of animals
42yo David is single and, for a few months of every year, seeks houses to sit and pets to care for when he comes home to Australia to see his best mate, 72yo Dad. An avid traveller, for most months of every year David lives & works in third world countries, sometimes in paid positions but often as a volunteer for causes he cares about. More often than not his work involves caring for animals.
“House sitting Australia gives me the chance to have my own space & some first world home comforts when back home.” David told Robyn-Lea of Compare House Sitting®
“A travelling man, I have a deep love for and affinity with animals. This affection was forged as a child as my Dad & Mum were animal lovers and our home hosted an ever changing array of pets. I have lived with, owned and trained animals most of my life. More than a week without at least one animal close by and I start to get withdrawal symptoms.” David said.
House Sitting Australia to live like a local before settling down
Couple mid 60’s, on selling their Guesthouse in Queensland, decided house sitting would give them opportunity to live like a local in different areas before settling down for the long term. Ten years earlier Steve & Roslyn left the ‘rat race’ to pursue their dream of owning property with a Guesthouse on Queensland’s hinterland. A decade on they no longer want the ties the business brings and, after seling the business, hit the road in search of where to settle.
By house sitting Australia they can take a break from the rigours of the road: not just stay a few days and make the long-term decision to settle, but stay a week or two and truly “experience” the area – weather, people, proximity to lifestyle activities they enjoy. House sitting gives them the opportunity to glean insights into the local housing market: learn things only known to the locals that real estate agents won’t tell you, like that recently released Estate near the ocean is re-claimed marshlands that will flood during heavy rain. Or discover that on dusk you can’t enjoy the outdoor deck overlooking the lagoon unless it’s fully enclosed with a mosquito net.
Meantime, they’re having the trip of a lifetime exploring the land they call home: something most people dream of but few actually do.
House and pet sitting to visit family interstate
Recently widowed 70-something Susan lives in regional New South Wales. When her husband died two years ago she turned to house and pet sitting as a way to visit family spread interstate. Susan told Robyn-Lea that house sitting has given her life new meaning.
“I adore dogs! The strata building I live in doesn’t allow residents to own a dog but by house and pet sitting I can seek out as much pet therapy as I want.” Susan laughed.
“Also, I can’t imagine being stuck on my own in my small home town year round, waiting for my kids to visit when they have time off work. Besides, these days they have their own responsibilities. By house and pet sitting I can visit them regularly without having to live under the same roof. One of the great things about house sitting is that not only do I get to spend quality time with my kids, I also get some pets to pamper for a while.” she said.
“I enjoy looking through the alerts that come in every 24 hours. It’s a bit like buying a lottery ticket and waiting to see if I’ve won! When I see a house sitting job that appeals in one of my selected regions, I get my application off straight away and eagerly anticipate the home owner’s response. I’m constantly amazed at the great opportunities that pop up on my selected house sitting website.” she said.
In the winter months, when it’s not too hot & humid at Australia’s Top End, Susan searches for house sits in and around Darwin to spend time with her son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. Just before the summer months she changes her preferred area to Melbourne so she can spend time with her upwardly mobile single son when the weather is at it’s best there. Year ’round she looks for house sitting opportunities in Sydney’s Northern Beaches or on Sydney’s North Shore.
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