We believe choice of house sitting website can be a game changer!
But if you don’t know the qualities to look for, how can you select a good house sitting site from the others?
The 5 Qualities of a good House Sitting Website
As interest in house and pet sitting increases, so too do the number of house sitting websites showing up online. But rather than being helpful, this plethora of platforms is causing confusion in the marketplace. We explain how to tell a good house sitting website from the others.
House sitting Australia
In Australia the practice of house sitting “as a free service between people who co-operate for mutual benefit” is more widespread than in any other country in the world. As a result, more than ten house sitting websites target Australia. Some are country dedicated sites that service only Australia, others global sites offering opportunities world-wide.
Which house sitting website is best for Australia?
An important criteria to determine which house sitting site is best for a particular location is the number of listings on offer at that location. Based on that criteria alone, the ¹best sites for house sitting Australia are the four country dedicated sites which, combined, at any point in time list around 4,000 house sitting jobs. During peak seasons of Easter and Christmas, listings can swell to more than 5,000 – numbers unheard of for any other country!
In comparison, house sitting jobs in Australia on global sites are sparse, due in part to the fact that most global sites charge home owners to connect with house sitters. Exceptions are House Carers and Mind My House, which both allow home owners to list for free.
Editor’s Note: Currently house sitting assignments are at an all time low, as Covid-19 lockdowns restrict movement. Once lockdowns are lifted and freedom of movement resumes, house sitting assignments will again be listed on house sitting websites, as Aussie home owners search for live-in house and pet sitters in their absence.
Each of the house sitting websites showcased below have been providing house sitting services for decades, is Australian owned and offer FREE membership to home owners.
GoCompare the¹BEST House Sitting Websites for Australia
Last updated May 2020
*M'ship Fee HOME OWNERS
* M'ship Fee HOUSE SITTERS
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* Online REVIEWS
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|See EXPLANATION of TERMS USED BY HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES - below|
AUSSIE HOUSE SITTERS
Aussie's claim to be "The largest, most trusted House & Pet Sitting website in Australia" is fully justified. READ MORE
A very user friendly website, Mindahome offer great value. READ MORE
HAPPY HOUSE SITTERS
Renown for outstanding Customer Service, Happy House Sitters are available 8am-8pm 7 days a week. READ MORE
The HOUSE SITTERS
The World's longest running House Sitting service, The House Sitters have a loyal following of Aussie home owners. READ MORE
How do House Sitting Websites work?
House sitting websites work beautifully connecting house sitters and home owners in a secure, online environment where individual privacy is protected. Similar to AirBnB, members register, write a profile and communicate with one another incognito via the site’s messaging system until such time as each party agrees to exchange personal details.
Home Owners – we explain how to find house sitters for home and pets.
House Sitters – we explain how to apply for house sitting jobs with confidence.
Est 2015 Compare House Sitting® is a world first
Go Compare House Sitting® is the only resource dedicated to monitoring all prominent house sitting websites in the marketplace. From this rigorous research we know the house sitting websites that give the best results, those that don’t deliver at all, and everything in between.
Since we first started researching house sitting websites in 2013, we’ve seen platforms come and go. The ¹best brands featured here have stood the test of time. Read About Compare House Sitting, here.
FOOTNOTE 1: Use of the term “Best” and “Good” and “Reliable” is not a product rating and is subject to our General Disclaimer.
EXPLANATION OF TERMS USED BY HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES (Click here to Download as PDF)
|TERM||WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?|
|Alerts:||House Sitters receive Alerts when House Sitting job(s) are published that match their specified preferences. Available in either in Real Time or every 24 hours, by Email and/or Twitter. As competition increases for house sitting jobs, critical House Sitters activate, monitor & respond to Alerts promptly.|
|Avg House Sitting Jobs:||Also known as House Sitting Assignments, House Sitting Listings, refers to the number of Home Owners or Renters who list (publish) their house and pet sitting assignment on a house sitting website.|
|Home Owners (HO):||A generic term used to describe home owners and renters who invite house sitters to live in their home and/or on their property in their absence.|
|House Sitters (HS):||A generic term used to describe people who offer their services as a house and/or pet sitter. HS may be singles, couples or a group e.g. families.|
|ID Verification:||Registered house sitters are given the option to have their ID verified by a third party service provider. Personal details are checked against public databases for the purpose of confirming that a person is who they say they are. The databases are different for each country. All are established and secure sources, usually Government Depts and Credit Agencies.|
|Join Fee Home Owners:||Some house sitting websites charge HO an annual fee to register. All International (global) house sitting websites charge HO, with the exception of House Carers and MindMyHouse which both offer HO FREE membership. Most Regional (country specific) house sitting websites offer HO FREE membership.|
|Join Fee House Sitters:||Fee paid by House and Pet Sitters to join a house sitting website and connect with Home Owners who are also registered with the site.|
|Online Reviews:||Some house sitting platforms offer both HO & HS the ability to review the other party. Most offer 5 Star Reviews based on specific criteria e.g. Communication, Pet Care, Garden Care, etc. Not all house sitting sites offer this feature as they believe Reviews are subjective, not objective, hence are not helpful.|
|Read Receipt:||Both HO and HS can see whether or not the other party has opened their message.|
|Renewal Fee Sitters:||Fee paid by House Sitters to renew their membership with a house sitting website.|
|References External:||Members upload written references from external sources e.g. past home owners, character references, landlord references.|
|References Internal:||Home Owners write House Sitters an internal reference. Some sites also allow House Sitters to write a reference for the Home Owner. In 2016 Aussie House Sitters introduced two-way References/Reviews. Some platforms have now replicated this feature.|
|Social Media:||Beware of house sitting websites or house sitting search portals who do not show their face! Social Media is increasingly important in the creation of Trust.|
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