The House Sitters is a country dedicated house sitting website servicing Australia.
Est 1993 as a printed publication mailed to subscribers, in 1998 The House Sitters created an online platform and with it, launched the world’s very first house sitting website.
House Sitters extra 6 months Membership. FREE!
Membership to The House Sitters usually costs $50 for 12 months or $80 for 24 months. But while covid-induced travel restrictions apply in Australia, The House Sitters offer house and pet sitters an additional 6 months FREE membership.
Editor’s Note: October 2020 The House Sitters is the last house sitting website to offer house sitters’ discounts because of covid-19! In February 2020 when the pandemic hit, most house sitting sites offered discounts & deals. But these all stopped months ago, with The House Sitters now the last man standing to help house and pet sitters in Australia ride out travel restrictions.
BEST TWO FEATURES
BEST FEATURE 1: Competition among house sitters for house sitting jobs is not as tough on The House Sitters as it can be on other house sitting websites.
This is because The House Sitters do their best to maintain a level playing field among house sitters competing for house and farm sitting jobs.
They do this by directing marketing efforts to Australian home owners and renters – an admirable practice because income is obtained from house sitters who pay to join and not from home owners who join for free.
The House Sitters do this to maintain a fair ratio of home owners to house sitters so competition for house sitting jobs is not as tough as on other sites.
BEST FEATURE 2: The House Sitters email house sitters to let them know when a home owner removes their listing for a house sitting job for which they applied.
This is very helpful, as it means house sitters are not left wondering whether they’re still in the running for a house sitting job for which they applied – a common complaint about many house sitting platforms.
The House Sitters are committed to maintaining members’ privacy.
They do this by shielding house sitter profiles from public view.
Profiles of house sitters on The House Sitters’ are visible only to those home owners who receive an application from that particular house sitter for their house sitting job.
There are many reasons people interested to house sit may not want their profile on public display. Relationship breakdown, a high media profile are just two reasons why people prefer the fact that they’re looking for houses to sit (and pets to pamper) remain a private matter.
Benefit 1: House sitters for whom privacy is important have peace-of-mind knowing their personal details are shielded from public view.
Benefit 2: Because house sitter profiles are hidden from public view, new members are not disadvantaged by having to compete with existing members with online Reviews on display.
Editor’s Note: Some house sitting websites advertise along the lines of “choose from 5 Star rated house and pet sitters“. This presents a problem for new members who have not yet accumulated online Reviews from home owners on that particular platform. New members of The House Sitters do not have to deal with the issue of experienced house sitters having an unfair advantage.
COMMON FEATURES of the BEST WEBSITES for HOUSE SITTING AUSTRALIA
The House Sitters enable Australian home owners to register and connect with registered house sitters, for FREE.
⇒ Home Owners – how-to Find house sitters for home and pets.
House sitters can browse details of ALL house sitting jobs without having to either register or provide an email address.
As with all house sitting platforms, house sitters need to register to connect with home owners to apply for house sitting jobs. But until such time as ready to apply, house sitters are able to freely browse ALL assignments.
⇒ House Sitters – how-to Get started house and pet sitting.
WHO ON EARTH IS ROBI?
In the course of 9 years of full-time house sitting, Robyn-Lea Schulz has been a member of every house sitting website on the planet.
Housesitting as a lifestyle choice, from March 2011 to Feb 2020 she connected with 300+ home owners to complete more than 90 first time house sits and numerous repeat ‘sits’. During this time she detected vast differences between the best and not-so-good house sitting websites.
Knowing choice of house sitting website can be a game changer, in 2013 Robi launched Compare House Sitting® to compare and review house sitting websites and point people in the direction of the site best for their circumstances.
You can read more About Compare House Sitting here.
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FOOTNOTE 1: Use of the term “Best” is not a product rating and is subject to our General Disclaimer.