House Sitter International
How did we become a House Sitter?
House sitter? Could this be a new experience for us when we travel. In 2012 we had downsized from a 7 bedroom 3 level house on Sydney’s Northern Beaches to a 2 bedroom rental apartment. Then in February 2013 we downsized again to a garage which held our furniture and personal possessions for a year whilst we took off on our ‘Senior Gap Year’ RTW. Having no home to come back too and knowing that we would be heading off again overseas for an indefinite period we looked closely at how to become a House Sitter. We had heard of House Swaps but you needed a house for that.
We started researching sites on how to become a House Sitter and a Pet Sitter whilst spending our last month on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand in January 2014.
House Sitter Sites:
Signing up for two house sitter sites we put our profile together and regularly checked the sites for suitable assignments. The first two house sitter sites that we signed up to were:
The costs for signing up were:
- Mindahome $49.00 annual fee
- Housecarers $58.00 annual fee
During that month we applied for 4 house sits. Two of those from the Mindahome site were interested to meet with us on our return from our travels. We had no references or current police checks but they were still keen to chat with us. Back in Sydney it was an easy process to get our Police Checks and we arranged meetings with the two and were successful.
We started to document the assignments that we had applied for, which company we used and the status of each application. We would like to share this information with you, hoping that it will assist you if you are keen to become a House Sitter/Pet Sitter as a way of travelling around the world, looking after pets and their owners home and living like a local at the same time reducing your travel costs.
Throughout the year we have added several other house sitter sites to our portfolio:
www.aussiehousesitters.com.au $65 annual fee
www.trustedhousesitters.com $95.88 annual fee
www.mindmyhouse.com $22 annual fee
www.happyhousesitters.com.au $59 annual fee
We are also founding members and graduates of House Sitting Academy:
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Our House Sitter Journeys
Our House Sitter Journeys have taken us to:
- Sydney, Australia
- Canoa, Ecuador
- San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- Zihuatanejo, Mexico
- Tepoztlan, Mexico
- Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
- Granada, Nicaragua
- Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
- Boquete, Panama
- Playa el Rompio, Panama
- Frenchs Forest, Sydney
- Encausse, France