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Know Before You Go: House Sitters and House Traders
Going and Planning for the Road
By Lorelle VanFossen
You want a long vacation, but leaving your home seems like more work than taking the vacation. Having a home means taking care of the garden and lawn, feeding pets, checking the mail, paying the bills, hoping the roof won't leak, and worrying about storm damage and water leaks. Or is security a big concern, not wanting to leave the house empty and unattended for so long?

Read full article: "Know Before You Go: House Sitters and House Traders"

Great Photo Gallery by ArticDreamers spotted

ArticDreamers make great use of the photo gallery - showing their hobbies and interest in animals. This sort of display and associated descriptions is sure to convince home owners.

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Wandering Brenda Marie back home.

Good morning Ian,

I trust all is well with you and yours...

I have just returned from two months of wandering... in Madeira, Portugal & the English countryside...

Then a very interesting 3 wks 'Hotel/ Cat Sit' in lovely peaceful Lamalou-les-bains in South France....Where I was taking care of Pumpkin, Garfield & Tubby... (All with great personalities!!! :)
Plus, I kept an eye on the hotel business whilst Janice & Bernard (Very attentive host's) where away in Torquay, UK buying another Hotel.

Now catching up on missed/unattended e-mail
Whilst in France my host's computer "Crashed"... during a 5+ hour thunder/lighting storm!

I now see to my surprise.... you have presented me with a re-newed membership. So very kind of you! I continue to handout your web address when ever I meet (like) people who show interest in animals & this unique way of travel.

My sincere thanks for your kindness, wishing you continued success with

Brenda Marie (ImpeccableReferences) (Now back home in Vancouver for a while...)

B&B house sitter reports in

Hi there
Just a note to say how impressed we are with your organization. We have had great success with the site & are booked until mid February 2006 with housesits & a B&B.
We will renew our membership when it is due as there are several areas overseas we hope to sit before retiring from this very pleasant lifestyle we are & have been experiencing for a couple of years now.
Will pass your email address onto several friends & family members who are showing an interest in this lifestyle.

Every best wish for future success

Alan & Margaret (AlnMaggie)

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Tip from House sitting veteren of 6 years

I am presently housesitting in Clifton Springs Victoria, found through house carers. I find the only replies I get are when I include my email address. I am now looking for a sit next year, somewhere north for the winter months. Very pleased with the service you provide. This is my 6th year house sitting, have used Australian House sitters before, but you give much more attention to contacting me. Many thanks, Yvonne (username kelley)
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housecarers ed comment
So when applying for housesits through our message system we recommend you include your direct email address in the message - to give the homeowner more choice in how they reply to you.

5 week housesit filled in High Desert, Apple Valley San Bernardino county Southern California

"Thank you we did fill the position. Lot's of good candidates. We chose the Marshal." Homeowner Apple73

Housesit description:
Principle responsibility is caring for 3 cats that are very special to us. Only other responsibilities are interior home upkeep, watering indoor plants, mail pickup, and set out garbage. Beautiful home is 1 year new 2,300 sq. ft. w/sat TV, wi-fi, art studio,and fully landscaped with gardener. All utilities, including local telephone, are provided. We have neighbors available to take care of cats if you're gone for 1 or 2 days. We are located 80 miles from downtown LA and 31/2hrs. from Las Vegas

House sitter for 3 month housesit found in 2 days

"I found a house sitter within 2 days
I had so many responses from some great people
I'll be using this site again Sharon "
UserName dipsy1
Country = Australia
City = Wyongah
State = NSW
3 months
1hour to Sydney close to Trains

House-sitters take care of four-walled babies

The Diego Union Tribune - United States reports on Home Sitting Services of San Diego County.

House-sitters take care of four-walled babies

Six month housesit filled for Villa in Costa del Sol Spain

Thank you so much Housecarers, this is a wonderful site and has helped me enormously. I have been able to arrange a housecarer within a few days of registering. The system is very good indeed and I am very impressed.

So, I will not be needing any more replies now that I have found someone.
Will be reccommending your site to others -

Thanks again,
Sincerely, Jenny

(Username :Serengetti)

Chicago Home owner feedback

What an incredible service! We posted an ad very close to our departure as the sitter we had arranged through friends fell through at the last minute.

We received several replies in a two day period, interviewed three interested parties and secured a wonderful couple to watch our house and dog in our absence. They cared for everything as if it were their own.

I highly recommend this wonderful service. Thanks!

UserName: voxantiqua Chicago Illinois USA

Housecarers Press Release - "Retirees Are Fulfilling Travel Dreams Through House Sitting"

(PRWEB) August 31, 2005 -- Jim and Thelma McSkimming, New Zealand retirees, are thrilled to find they are able to fulfill their travel dreams by becoming house sitters. With the support of their family, they are globetrotting, providing necessary services and experiencing many different cultures and lifestyles.

“We have house sat in a lovely Rectory in County Cork, Ireland. We have looked after an African Grey Parrot in Macclesfield, near Manchester, and we became very attached to him,” the McSkimmings report. Jim and Thelma McSkimming have a love for animals and were pleased with a house sit they recently came from. “We stayed in a beautiful 200 year old stone cottage, which was previously a flour mill, in South Wales. We minded pigs, geese, miniature Dexter cattle and two adorable Border Collies.”

Read full press release - Retirees Are Fulfilling Travel Dreams Through House Sitting

We are fully booked till the end of August 2006

Your site is so good I have had booking up to 12 months in advance and it makes me wonder if I need to renew for this next 12 months. I have of course and like the service I get. A lot of your clients are pre booking us when we finish the house sit for next year, so we are fully booked till the end of August 2006. I will have to go and change my details as we can not take anymore at this stage unless we get a cancelation. I would like to thank you for your website and time you spend running it. Kind Regards from Dawn & David (popeyenev) New Zealand
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Maximates finds perfect placement

As new gold members we wish to say how delighted we are with
your service. We have the perfect placement for the period of time
we requested. We cannot thank enough.
We will reactivate again in the near future
again thank you.
Janice .. Username maximates Profile:

Housecarers featured in "Great Outdoors" TV story on house sitting

Tom heads to Hollywood to live amongst the stars …

"House-sitting is taking the world by storm as a concept that is mutually beneficial to both home owner and sitter. The home owner gets their home, pets and gardens cared for while they're away and the house sitter gains rent free accommodation in return for minor household duties.

If the concept sounds like something you'd like to get involved in then it's as easy as registering your details with a reputable service like HouseCarers.... "

Read the full House Sitting Story presented on Channel 7's Great Outdoors

Tonight channel 7 - LA House sitter featurs on "Great Outdoors" Channel 7

Tonight Monday Sept 5, at 7.30 Channel 7 Sydney - catch it if you can. LA House sitter featured - finding housesits in LA through will update with
the story summary web page tomorrow.

The Great Outdoors - Holiday Real Estate Special (60 mins , Rated: G)
Genre: Travel

Dreaming of the ultimate sea change? Find out how to rent, borrow and buy holiday homes all over the world. Tom Williams reveals how to live like a Hollywood star in LA for nothing! Learn how to invest in Europe's hottest real estate market before prices take off. Fancy a tropical island all to yourself? Jennifer Hawkins shows how to make it happen. Explore Britain in a romantic floating holiday home. Find out how to own a slice of Australia's coastal paradise for less than $10,000. See country cottage bargains outside Melbourne, and even a private castle in France - it's cheaper than you think.

Rocky Mountain Sit

Hello Ian:
I'm currently doing a long-term job in the Rocky Mountains (British Columbia, Canada) and so I will suspend my membership until further notice. I've done a lot of housesitting and pet-care ...and have met many wonderful folks, thanks to your web-site...and wanted to let you know that I'm grateful for the service you provide. Thanks again!

All the best for now!
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Fourth time round for homowner EllenB Bedminster New Jersey


This is the fourth time I have used for extended trips out of the country. I am so impressed with the caliber of response I have gotten each time. The 3 housesitters I had were wonderful--each in their own way brought something special. I was totally satisfied with how they cared for my home and my cats. I am going for a fourth time, and even though, this time I started late, with only 20 days until my trip, within a day I had an abundance of responses, and I am sure I will find just the right person once again. Thank goodness for It certainly allows me to be a Free Spirit and gives me great peace of mind.

EllenB Bedminster New Jersey

Thanks very much for the feedback and encouragent - much appreciated.
Glad you are getting so many great people to mind your home - it
is a good feeling to hear there are so many trustworthy people out there.

Enjoy your time away.


" is not an impersonal machine"

Ian you were kind enough a month or so ago to ask whether we had found a sit through your site. At that stage the answer was no - just to let you know that we now have one sit organised for September which was a contact made via this site (ie the sister of someone who advertised here) - and the potential of another in October. I have just updated our profile to seek a longterm sit.

Many thanks for this service and for taking a personal interest. when you emailed I was quite surprised as most of these sites have the feeling of being rather impersonal and definitely dealing with a machine.

Blessing and peace

Jasmine (robinjay)

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Homeowner form Calgary, Alberta, Canada finds excellent couple

We were successfull in finding an excellent couple to housesit for us. Your check list and contract were usefull guidelines.

We will use you again.

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
Will Rogers)

Cheers, Susan Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Homeowner Username CalgaryVictoria