We recently sold our home and started traveling full-time. Many people ask how we can afford to do this. Most of our expenses are paid out of our own pockets so staying in hotels every night can get very costly very fast. We have found a way to mitigate those costs by house sitting. We’ve been using a few different tools to make this possible but the biggest help for us with house sitting has been House Carers.
Everyone goes on vacation (and we fully support that :) ). When we owned our own homes, we usually had friends or family housesit for us. We always had a love for travel. Kenin and I vacationed often, so it was very expensive to board our doggies while we were away. We also didn’t like the idea of them caged up and unloved while being boarded. We started asking friends and family to housesit for us while we went away. This was great not only for us, but for the dogs as well. They were able to stay in the comfort of their own home with their own beds as opposed to being in a “doggie hotel” where nothing was familiar and they had no familiar faces either. It was less stressful for everyone involved.
What Happens if you need a House sitter?
When you are gone for a long period of time, it is nice to know there is someone there to get your mail and keep your house clean, someone to mow the lawn and water the plants. The biggest reason for needing a house sitter though is typically pet care. We’re not just talking about cats and dogs either, sometimes people have exotic pets or livestock that need caring for as well. If you find yourself needing a house sit, it’s pretty easy to join a site and find a house sitter. All you need to do is create an account, and then you have two choices, you can either browse the existing library of house sitters, or choose the most popular route and place an ad. Once people respond to your ad, you can chat with them, check their references, and set up a house sitting contract. The best part? All of these services are free to the homeowner!!
So what happens if you want to start House Sitting?
If you think house sitting fits your travel style (I’m not sure how free accommodations wouldn’t ) all you need to do is sign up for a house sitting website and get started. We use HouseCarers.com because we feel they provide the best set of resources for us as travelers. Before you actually apply for any house sits, it’s important to figure out the answers to a few different questions. First of all, you need to ask yourself how long you are willing to stay in one area. I’ve seen house sits ranging from a week to 9-months long. I’ve found that the most common house sits are the medium length ones ranging from 3-6 weeks but those also tend to have the most competition. The second thing you need to decide if how many and what kind of pets you are willing to look after. It’s one thing taking care of two cats and a dog for a few weeks, but sometimes homeowners have small farms worth of animals to take care of. If you’re not an animal lover those might not be the job for you. If you are, you get to take care of great pets like this cutie.
Then the last question you want to ask yourself is an easy one, how much do you like to save money? I know that’s an easy one, but it was only after Lauren and I started house sitting that I realized just how much money we could save. Yeah we had to pay a trivial $50.00 fee to sign up for the website but considering it costs less than one night in a hotel, it’s a no brainer. Just consider this: since our first house sit in July of 2013 we have been able to arrange free housing through August of 2014! The only thing we’ve had to pay for are single nights in hotels in between destinations!
If you’ve asked yourself the above questions and you feel like house sitting is for you then I highly recommend you browsing over to HouseCarers.com and signing up today! A $50 membership get’s you a 12-month subscription that literally pays for itself with one use.
As a full time traveling couple from Canada, Pete and Dalene have been on the road since 2009. They’ve learned quite a few tricks of the trade and recently put together a guide on house sitting “How to Become a House-Sitter and See the World”, gives all the secrets behind their house-sitting success. They’ve had 12 jobs in 8 countries, and saved nearly $40,000 in the cost of accommodations as a result.
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