House sitting was a new experience for us in 2014.
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 what was unknown to us – house sitting. We had heard of House Swaps but you needed a house for that.
We started researching house sitting whilst spending our last month on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand in January 2014.
Signing up for two house sitting sites we put our profile together and regularly checked the sites for suitable assignments.
During that month we applied for 4 house sits. Three 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 three homeowners 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 try house sitting 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.
|House Sitting Sites||Confirmed House Sitting Assignments||Number of House Sitting Assignments Applied For||Number of House sitting assignments received no reply back||Homeowners that contacted us directly||Rejected|
|Trusted House Sitters||6||5||5||2|
|Aussie House Sittters||6||10||3||14||1|
Throughout the year we have added several other house sitting sites to our portfolio:
House Sitting Academy:
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