Housesitters Frenez, love the challenge of different housesit - Kangaroo Island SA

"We have almost completed our 3 months on Kangaroo Island thanks to House Carers and we have loved it. My wife and I love the challenge of something different and this has been great. "

Kindest Regards Len - Profile for sitters Frenez

Barbara & Rob intend to keep on housesitting even when they have their own place on Bribie as it's a wonderful way to see the country

"Thanks for the welcome back, I suspended it for a while because we were so busy with the housesits we had that we didn't want to be tempted to stretch ourselves too far.

We recently sat for Trish J at Lake Macquarie for six weeks and thoroughly enjoyed not only the area but two adorable dogs that we simply hated to leave. Now we're at Albury NSW housesitting for 7 weeks for Gill D, their two dogs and a cat and enjoying that also.

We will be going back to Bribie Island to sit for 3 months and at the end of that we hope there will be a unit in a retirement village for us (on Bribie Island).

We intend to keep on housesitting even when we have our own place on Bribie as it's a wonderful way to see the country.

Hope you had a great Christmas and we hope 2009 brings you health and happiness.

Barbara & Rob - Housesitters Broady profile

Dan & Rosie- so much personal satisfaction that we want to just keep on with house and pet sitting

Our membership runs out early next month and we want to continue to receive notifications from home and pet owners wanting our services.

Our sitting engagements this year have been in Northern NSW (Goolmangar, Lismore 11 weeks; Crystal Creek, Tweed Valley 5 weeks; North Arm, Murwillumbah 5 weeks; Wardrop Valley, also on Tweed for 7 weeks and currently at Mt Buffalo in the Victorian Alps until Jan 1.

We have made friends with a Blue Heeler, Fox Terrier, 2 Golden Retrievers, Border Collie, Maltese / Shi Tzu and one aloof Chinchilla cat over the last few months. Having fed over 100 native birds for 5 weeks, supervised the births of 3 calves and fed 5 more along with attending the rest of two herds of cattle for 5 and 7 weeks respectively, we have gained so much personal satisfaction that we want to just keep on with house and pet sitting.

Please send a renewal application and I can PayPal by return - we are IN with permanently!


Dan & Rosie roda68ssanz

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Insights from Flexible HouseSitter Rosabel: sees places:- "I really wanted to go to"

Hi, just letting you know that I have had two housesits so far which turned out to be a happy result for me, and I think for the pet owners.

Both times I went at short notice, but they were places I really wanted to go to; I think if you put in the effort, everything works out for both parties, and I never change the routine for the pets.

They settle down and after a few days I can come and go, sightseeing or whatever, but always return in time to feed/walk the pets. I leave everything as close as possible to the way I found it and this way both parties are happy.

Thanks, Rosabel

Hi Rosabel

"thanks very much for the feedback and insights. Where were the housesits?"
... Ian

Hi Ian ,

"The first one was in Auckland NZ for six weeks in Dec/Jan while the owners went to Europe, and the second one, just recently in Hobart, Tasmania.

Both times the sitter they had lined up was unavailable, and as I live on my own, I can go on short notice most of the time. When the owners come back and I leave the housesit, I have had extra time in NZ and Tas before I come back home, so it really works out well for me.

Housecarers Profile for Rosabel

Drasmu finds a nice family to enjoy their Gold Coast Hinterland home.

"I just wanted to let you know that we have had a fantastic response toour ad for housesitters for the New Year period and have communicated with a nice family who look set to take up the housesit and look after our pets whilst we are away.

I wanted to let you know that I am very thankful to your service and again this year am very impressed with how you provide confidential replies and the opportunity to advertise in this way.

It has been very successful for my family on 3 occasions now and I can't thank you enough for this wonderful sight.

I wish you all at housecarers a very happy and safe Christmas and once again, thank you very much. Homeowner drasmu

Housesit posting for Bonogin, Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast QLD Australia

Large & spacious Queenslander/Colonial style home on acreage ten minutes from Robina Town Centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland, amidst lovely semi- rural satellite acreage community.

Four bedroom, pool, extensive decks, private and peaceful retreat. Nice bird and wildlife. Caring for three small Jack Russell Terriers and keep a lived-in feel about the place. 5 minutes local village shops (supermarkets, banks, post office), 10 minutes major shopping hub, rail & bus, 20 minutes Gold Coast beaches

Taree homeowners Outbush - very happy with their sitters

"We are VERY HAPPY with Adelle & John (rtd-public-servant) and would recommend them for any home Thanks

Adelle & John you looked after our home & family of pets like they were you own
Thanks again Debbie & Ray"

Homeowners outbush

Housesit details for outbush:

Hi I am needing someone for my house in Caparra 1/2 hour drive from Wingham . We dont mind if you have a child with you.The house is 5 bedroom 2 bath room and a very much loved pets dog,cats ,birds,rabbit,mice chooks ect & a fantastic creek at the front door. Non smokers prefered but will cope with smoking outside. We are on a dirt road at a great spot

Thanks outbush

Barb and John testing the waters in San Antonio Texas

"Hello Ian - We are finding your organization very exciting.

This is the first enticement my husband has found to consider full retirement. We do have an assignment confirmed in San Antonio, Texas from Dec. 18 - Jan. 4 which we are looking forward to and 3 or 4 ongoing communication with others for later dates.

I could see us doing this full time........lots of fun. Barb and John (GoAndRelax)

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Travel With Only A Carry-On Bag

Forget the hefty airline fees for checked luggage, and lost luggage and. Anyone can pack for a 2 week trip with just a carry-on bag.

Read and share this and other tips in the travel section of the House Sitting Community Forum.

Travel tips and ideas: forum

How can you tell if your Dog is Stresssssed?

I recently spoke with Dr Peter Higgins BVSC,MBA who is Media spokesman for Dogs NSW at the 2008 Sydney Retirement and Lifestyle Expo. He full endorsed live-in house sitting pet sitting or as a preferred kennels alternative. He said putting dogs in kennels can lead to behavioural problems.

Here is a link to an article on Dog Stress reprinted by permission from author Dr Kristie:

Is your Dog Stressed

Castlecrag Sydney homeonwer receives fabuloous applications

"Thanks so much House Carers.

This is the fourth time we have used your service to find a house sitter and as always we received fabulous applications. It makes it so hard to choose. Keep up the great work!"
..... kirstenw

Housesit Caslegrag Sydney NSW Australia

We are going away for a month over Christmas and need a house sitter to look after our dog (King Charles Cavalier), 2 cats and some goldfish. The dog will love you if you can walk him once a day (half an hour will do), the cats and goldfish pretty much look after themselves but need feeding twice a day. Our house has 4 bedrooms and lots of stairs. So if you feel like spending Christmas in Sydney, please let us

arcticdreamers still sitting after 4 years - and loving it

This is presently our 12th sit and our 4th year of sitting - then we are off to Seymour and Yarra Junction in Vic, then Tas then to is a joy and we just love house sitting, its a great lifestyle and we do it for the travel, new sights and for the fact that we meet some terrific people and great animals along the way and we just love to help people, to make their own travels happy and stress free, knowing their homes and pets and gardens are well looked after in their absence.

Thanks for a terrific site we couldn't do it without you, each sit just gets better and better. We are booked until end 2010....Keep up the good work. House-carers is the best!! cheers Jen & Maurice...... (arcticdreamers)

Healthy, retired couple - We love to travel, but do not enjoy staying in expensive hotels etc

"Hi Once again we located a house sit in the area we wish to visit. This is a wonderful site. We are having so much luck with this house sit situation. Since we are from Vancouver Island and the house sit is on Vancouver Island we will be visiting them next month to receive a run through and a chance to meet the people with their furry family. Just love this site. Keep up the good work. As ever "

housesitter Snookie (Jeanette)

Snookie are booked out and their profile is on hold:

Profile for Snookie
We are a healthy, retired couple who are willing to take care of your home while you are away. We enjoy gardening and adore cats and dogs. (no birds or reptiles). Until three years ago we owned and operated a bed and breakfast which was very successful. We now live in a town house and are enjoying our second retirement. We love to travel and meet people. We are also non smokers. We do not charge monitary fees for our services. The chance to take care of your home, and furry family while you are away are enough for us. We love to travel, but do not enjoy staying in expensive hotels etc

Jimboomba thanks all caring wanderers who offered to help

I would like to thank all the lovely people who contacted us regarding our sit even though most were unable to help at such short notice.

We are in awe of the multitude of caring wanderers who have made Housesitting a way of life and who add so much value to those who use their services.

As my father became ill recently we were left without a sitter so we thank all the wonderful sitters who took the time to respond and I apologise I have not got back to all of you.

Please accept this as a personal thankyou and I sincerely hope we get to meet at some stage in the future.
Kindest regards,
Deb & Keith (Jimboomba)

House sit details:
Jimboomba Brisbane Logan City QLD

We would love a mature experienced couple to mind our resort style acreage property, 2 cats and 11mth old toy poodle while we are away for 4 weeks from 14th October.

We are on 5 acres in Jimboomba and just 2 minutes to the township with supermarkets, cafes, takeaways, library, chemists, etc. 3 acres of our property is just an empty back paddock which requires vitually no maintenance and the remaining 2 acres consists of a 4 bedroom scandanavian designed home (lot's of glass) and home office, 4 bathrooms, inground pool, sauna, gym, dam and pretty gardens which are fairly low maintenance except for the rose garden which actually requires a little work at the moment so garden lovers would be most welcome here.

If you are a handyman that would be great too as there are a few little jobs that we haven't had time to get to yet. Our baby (poodle) doesn't really require walking as he gets a lot of excercise running around the yard but he loves to play fetch and really enjoys outings in the car but this is not necessary if you don't like the idea. He is used to staying home by himself when we're at work. If you think this position might suit please contact us with your details and experience. We'd love to meet you

Sitter chosen for 6 month housesit near Ocean- Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast, California USA

"Just wanted to thank you for this website, and the opportunity to choose from qualified respondents to find someone who will be the right match for us and our pets.

Thanks also for your comprehensive list of steps to follow to choose the right candidate, housesitting guidelines, and the contract sample"

... greenman1168

Housesit housesit Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast, California USA:

Housesitter needed: Reliable, clean, honest, nonsmoking, no drugs/alcohol. Prefer single person or married couple comfortable with a semi-rural situation.

Not suitable for children. Near ocean south of Fort Bragg, California.

You will need a car to get around our area. Unfortunately, we are in a wi-fi shadow and are unable to provide high-speed internet, if that's important to you.

Responsibilities include caring for older dog and cat, watering house and garden plants. References and bond required

Comprehensive new ebook on house sitting - well worth a read.

Long standing housecarers housesitting couple, Tom Hill and Lin Worthington of share a wealth of information on the ins and outs of housesitting. A very comprehensive coverage of the area based on their experiences over the years. Well worth taking a look at for tips and how to avoid pitfalls.

Download house sitting e-book free sample here

House sitter Sean saves thousands with 9 month CT housesit

Best investment I ever made. I have a house sitting job for 9 months in New Milford, CT great people great house you have saved me thousands... Sean (sitter SMCVOLS)

Sitter pkcarron experiences the culture of the small village of Sayulita Mexico

"I would like to comment on a house/pet sit I just returned from in Sayulita Mx.

Seven weeks in a beautiful part of Mexico even in the low season was wonderful! I commend the house owners, Roger and Summer for their hospitality.

I was able to finish a book while there as well as see many of the nearby sights.

I also salute this site for providing this venue for people such as I who want to experience a culture not just observe.

I indeed experienced the small village of Sayulita, inter reacting with local people and seeing all through their eyes.
Thanks House Carers! Pamela

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Red Deer, Alberta Home Owner flicks worry of beloved pets to concentrate on having a relaxing holiday

"Hello, I would just like to say that I am extremely happy with the results So far. I place an add last Tuesday and today, Sunday, everything is in place.

I found this site to be very helpful. The applicants were all very rofessional. We met with out potential housitters on Saturday and found them to warm, friendly and competent. We have secured them to watch over our home and pets while we are on vacation. I feel releived and can now concentrate on having a relaxing holiday, without worry of our beloved pets.
Shari B (Maddysitter)

Housesit Red Deer, Alberta Canada

I am looking for a house/pet sitter for 2 weeks over Christmas. I have an 8 year old chocolate Lab/Pointer cross and 2 Cats. I am located close to downtown Red Deer in a little house. My pets are NOT high maintenance,just very friendly and lovable

No stopping homeowner from Coastal Ireland

I would just like to say that this service is terrific. We had our first house/petsitter this summer and it worked out very well. We are now planning our next trip!

It has given us the opportunity to get away without wondering what to do about the animals, now there is no stopping us.... UserName: gibuu1

Houasesit Kinvara Co. Galway Ireland

We live in a very scenic rural location on the edge of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. There are uninterupted views of the mountains and we are just 6km from the sea. Perfect for anyone interested in hillwalking.

There are also no end of great historic sites to visit. We have some hens, three rabbits and a guinea pig that need feeding while we spend Christmas away. The two dogs will be in kennals for an easier life! If you fancy Christmas in the west please contact me.

Uk couple found for rural setting Waikato New Zealand

"We have received 4 replies to our add and have chosen a couple from the UK to sit for us.We found your service very good and easy to use and also the confidentiality aspect is great.Thank You.We will use your services again when needed."

Homeowner Dairyman

Housesit details: 10 Days Morrinsville Waikato New Zealand

Our property is in a rural setting just off main highway.Central to 2 towns 10 minutes away and Hamilton is just over 30 minutes away.

Tauranga is also just over 60 minutes travelling time from home.

We have 3 cats which will require feeding and care and this is all that would be required apart from caring for our house.We have a pool and also a spa which would be available for use

House Sitter Karen get streets ahead

"Having initially enrol with multiple services 6 months ago, I just want to say how professional and user friendly your service is.

It's streets ahead of the competition in the number of contacts received, the quality of the notifications, frequency of updates and it's a pleasure to use.


Very happy house sitter - Karen (kp3055717) 5/07/08

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Boat Sitter found for Singapore cat and boat in beautiful Jungle sitting

"We will be away in August and have notified a few of the candidate housesitters for that time. Many qualified people came back to us and were so interested to come. We have selected one.

We will also be away again in October and will notify some of the interested persons at housecarers to let them know of this opportunity as well.

We are frequent travelers and are happy to offer an opportunity to those wishing to boat/house/cat sit aboard our small ship now berthed in a marina resort complex. We are a short ferry ride from Singapore in a beautiful jungle setting..

This is our progress report.

Thanks alot. " ... Seamaiden

Christchurch NZ couple recommend 2 young women for New Zealand House sitting

My husband and i are thrilled with your site, we ended up with two young woman house sitting for us,we were able to go away for two weeks, and not have to worry, not only did they look after our home but they ended up staying with us for 4weeks,

They are in NZ for 12months on a working holiday,so if there is any one looking for reliable sitters thee we can highly recommend these people. P & B. (username patrusty)

Recommended sitters for NZ hockey14..

House sit details: Hornby Christchurch South Island New Zealand

Our house is a situated close to a busstop which will take you to our local shopping mall,which is "The Hub Hornby", there is also a small shopping area close by consisting of a Dairy - Butchery- Chemist-Ect, both of these places are within walking distance, there is also a reserve closeby,our house is a comfortable 3 bedroom, concrete block,structure, with a pellet fire for heating,we also have a Power Manager for our power use,this will be explained to the House sitter

Sitters davesbabies gets a Hawaiian Vacation through house sitting.

"We took a house sit in Hawaii until July 17th....we are loving it and wanted to thank you for a wonderful service that allows us to vacation this way.,,, davesbabies"

House Sitters Davesbabies

Dog loving couple found for 5BDRM water views near Vancouver BC Home


We received a number of qualified applicants and were successful in obtaining their services for our upcoming 2 months away. I would certainly recommend

Homeowner PearlOnTheCoast

Housesit Powell River British Columbia Canada
Pearl River is located at the top of the Sunshine Coast on the Mainland of B.C. and is connected to Vancouver Island (to be seen in the distance 18 kms away - a 1.25 hour ferry ride) and to Vancouver by two ferries. Our 5 bedroom view home is located a few blocks from the ocean and overlooks the Westview ferry terminal. We had posted previously and arrangements were being made with a prospective couple when their plans changed and that left us looking once again for another dog loving couple. WiFi available

Kiwicarers land three wonderful UK housesits

"Thanks so much for running such a great site. We subscribed and placed an advertisement in late December, looking for housesitting positions during our coming trip to the United Kingdom. Well, we had a great response and accepted three wonderful housesits -in Wimbledon, Reading and Brighton.

We have almost completed the second housesit and will shortly be heading to Brighton for the third. We have thoroughly enjoyed the housesits and caring for two great pets.

Thanks very much for the opportunity - we think your site is great and will use it every year. With very best wishes, Jan & Brian (New Zealand)"

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Sitter gets to see the beautiful Bay of Islands New Zealand

"The service is great! We found an excellent housesitter right away!"

Homeowner LeighM

Housesit details 2 months Opua State Northland New Zealand

We live in New Zealand! We need someone to walk our two Labradors and look after our two pussy cats. Our house is small requiring very little maintenance. The sit comes with a car so it is an excellent chance to see the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Canberra ACT homeowner finds the perfect Match

I wish to thank you for your excellent service. Within a week I received eight applications to house-sit my home.

All of the applicants were most suitable and we think the applicant we finally selected is just perfect for our needs. We will recommend your service to our friends..

UserName = prague2008

3 month Housesit Canberra ACT Australia

We are seeking a house sitter/s who will be prepared to occupy our home during our three month absence.

The home comes with a cat which likes company and regular feeding (breakfast and dinner).

The bedrooms comprise two queen size and one with twin singles. The fourth bedroom is set up as a study with ADSL available for use if you have a computer. The main bedroon has an ensuite and the bathroom has a spa bath.The house has ducted gas heating and ducted evaporative cooling. Window locks, deadlocks and security doors are installed.

We are trying to complete easy care landscaping so that lawncare and gardencare will be minimal. Our driveway is very narrow and requires good reversing skills. At the front of the house there is a boat bay in which a car can be parked (off the street).

There are bus stops at the end of the street with regular services to Woden and Tuggeranong. We are seeking a housesitter/s who will care for and enjoy the comfort of our home for three months and who will also give a lot of time, care and affection to the cat who owns the house and us.

Sitters Whatamango meet some great people while sitting Across New Zealand

Hi Ian. I am writing to tell you that we are delighted with Housecarers as housesitters.

We have had so many housesits and been contacted by so many people direct to ask us to housesit that we have hardly been home since before Xmas 2007.

At present we are housesitting in Nelson and then have another one in Christchurch in May. We are then housesitting in Marlborough for 6 weeks.It has given us the opportunity to meet some great people who we conti nue to keep in touch with and to see areas of our country we haven't seen before.

We now hope to be able to obtain housesits in Europe again later this year and into the next. We will definitely rejoin when our subscription expires.Thank you for a great service,we have recommended it to many of our friends who are envious of us doing these housesits. Regards Ed and Julie

Sitters Whatamango profile

Why Does My Cat Pee Everywhere?

Whether your cat is old or young, male or female, anxious or mellow, he or she can get the idea that peeing anywhere but the litterbox is a good thing. Many frustrated humans in the past and present have tried nearly everything to figure out why the cat does this – and, of course, to solve the problem.

Read entire article - Why Does My Cat Pee Everywhere?

Perfect Housesitter found for Manhattan condo

"I have found the perfect housesitter for my Manhattan condo,
thank you very much." .... Joan (username Grapphics)


I have a beautiful apartment, new appliances, new TVs/DVD, BOSE,air, 20th floor with a terrace overlooking the city that is 50 feet long and 15 feet deep. Only l or 2 people, neat, no drugs, parties. Stay for free but Canda has to be walked and fed, she will go everywhere you go. We have cleaning person, laundry, security. A house/doggie sitter for one month.

Brisbane Homeowner boskishadow safely finds four housesitters

"I want to compliment you on your service. The site works well and I have now 4 times been successful in finding a good, reliable housesitter at pretty short notice. I have always felt safe in using the site."

So, many thanks

Karla (boskishadow)

Housesit Details:
Northern suburbs, Brisbane QLD
I'm looking for reliable and caring person(s) to look after our attractive Queenslander home near Central Brisbane, with garden and two cats. Non- smokers please. Pleasant, quiet area with shops nearby and lots of 'green' spaces

Sitters TennisNut cracks a housesit while deciding where to settle

Dear Ian,
Thank you for the quick tips. I also want to say that we are extremely pleased with your service and we have recommended Housecarers to others.We have already made several good contacts and concluded housesitting arrangements.

We are looking for others because our plans are to shift to Melbourne and possibly other states and sitting in various locations will help us find where to settle. Your constant contact with tips and destinations is a remarkable feature of your service.

Thank you,

Elliot and Claire (Sitter Username Tennisnut)

Daveanddeb reporting from 4 month Irish housesits

We are in the 4th month of a house-sit in Ireland which we got through your site. We appreciate your dedication, efforts and professionalism. We recommend to many people... sitters daveanddeb

Scorpiolady keeps in text contact with phillyqualified

We recently had phillyqualified sit for us for two weeks, looking after our rural home, 1 cat and 12 chooks. He kept in touch before we actually met (some 6 months approx with phone calls) and then came and visited us twice before coming to do the "sit". We were impressed with his friendliness and honesty and our home was very well looked after, our animals well cared for and he even weeded our vegetable patch! He kept in text contact whilst we were away which was reassuring.

We can definitely recommend him to others and hope he will be able to come and sit for us next time we go away.

Our experience is almost identical to the experience that muscrat had - see Housesitting Blog for Recent Updates > Archives>April 2007.


House sit details:

New Zealand Waikato rural area

Comfortable home in rural area on a main road (Hauraki Plains - Waikato area) but no farming work required.

We have two cats and a dozen free range chooks who need looking after so sitters must be animal lovers.

10 minutes drive from Paeroa (antique shops galore)and Ngatea (water gardens and a gem factory open to public) and Turua (tiny town but an interesting ostrich farm and a fabulous restaurant) - 20 minutes from Thames (historic gold town) and Waihi (open cast gold mine and historic town)- 45 minutes to Katikati (the mural town and a public bird zoo) and just over an hour to Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton Cities. Under two hour drive to thermal Rotorua.

Close to the beautiful Karangahake Gorge (great bush walks). About an hour from Coromandel Township on the Peninsula (Hot Water Beach - yes! hot water bubbles from the sand - Waiau Water Gardens with activities from ages 2 - 102). References required and also a bond payable. Non-smokers please. Retirees preferred

Santa Fe pair turns house sitting into business

"The pair say they created the company after hearing horror stories from homeowners, brokers and builders about break-ins and plumbing, electrical and heating disasters."

"We have heard so many stories that are particularly unfortunate because most of them could have been averted by a regular systematic inspection of the home," said Larson. "Lauren and I knew we could bring a professional level of home management to homeowners, Realtors and builders. Our goal is to provide absolute peace of mind."

As reported in the New Mexico Business Weekly

These are also valid reasons for having a live-in housesitter to protect your valuable asset.

... Read entire story from New Mexico Business Weekly - Santa Fe pair turns house sitting into business

What Better Arrangement for All Involved but Humble House Sitting?

Graphic Designer and full time housesitter - Lesley Huntley has written some excellent first hand articles on housesitting.

Here is an excerpt:

If you are one of the many home owners that has been the victim of burglary, or you are the owner of a pet with special needs (aren’t they all), or you simply worry what will happen to your home and/or pet in your absence, you know what it is like to be unable to completely relax and enjoy your hard earned holiday.

You may have arrived home to the aftermath of irresponsible relatives who were supposed to be taking care of your home in your absence and haven’t quite lived up to their end of the bargain. You could have forked out hundreds, if not thousands for pet boarding only to be unable to stop worrying about how they are the whole time, or for them to come back different pets, perhaps even with ticks or fleas (or worse).

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Read entire article ....What Better Arrangement for All Involved but Humble House Sitting?

And more great information:

How to Become a House Sitter – in Two Easy Steps.

Retirement does not have to mean living on a limited budget

I write this for all of you retired folk out there... who love animals & have a curiosity to experience other culture's; Or perhaps to start with... to test the waters (so to speak) travel across this great country of ours, visit your favorite province or one you promised to will someday visit.

Now is your chance to enable you all to fullfill those dreams and goals... Just do it!!

Since I discovered housecarers8 years ago, it opened up a whole new way to travel saving me thousands of dollars...

Over these years I've enjoyed Home Security and Pet Companion Sitting in Greece, Costa Rica, France, England, Italy, USA, Turk & Cacois Is.
My more recent 'Sits' have been to (escape the chills of our British
Columbia climate) Hawaii, Florida and Southern California.... continued

Read Brenda Maries story in the forum

Brenda Marie (ImpeccableReferences)

Burgled twice so didn't want to leave the house unattended

"We have been burgled twice so didn't want to leave the house unattended, but previous experience with family members left us hesitant to employ their services either...."

Read entire story and more great housesitting content at the website below.

Homesafesitters available for housesitting in Christchurch New Zealand"

8 month housesit filled near Rutherglen wineriesYarrawonga NSW

"We have a house sitter thankyou for your good site it has worked well." ... beaulinga

Housesit: 8 monthes Yarrawonga = NSW Near Border town

We are requiring someone to look after our home while we travel for 8 months. Would like the garden and lawns looked after. Very close to Rutherglen wineries and also Yarrawonga and Border excellent golfing course. Beautiful Lake Mulwala is also a excellent attraction. 1 hr drive from City of Albury. Out home is in a beautiful and quite location.

Sitter found for wonderful views of Mount Maunganui - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

Most impressed with quality of applicants. Everybody was extremely professional. Delighted to have found this website and will certainly utilise this service again in the future. Sincere thanks... Freckles133

Housesit: Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand

We are looking for a house sitter from 6th to 28th March 2008. Free accommodation in beautiful home enjoying stunning gardens, in return for looking after our home and small dog (4 years old). Our home is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen (all modern kitchen aids), office and large lounge. There are heat pumps either end of the house.

We have Sky TV, one in the lounge and the other in the master bedroom/ensuite. No work required in the gardens or lawns as we have a gardener who comes in to take care of both. So just sit back and enjoy the wonderful views of Mount Maunganui and the harbour entrance.

We live 8 kilometres from downtown Tauranga, and are 15 minutes from New Zealand’s best surf beach, Mount Maunganui. Tauranga offers lots to see and do including, arts, golf, gardens, fishing, walks and great dining.

Rotorua is an hour away and is famous for it’s geothermal environment, hot pools and geysers. Lots to see and do in Rotorua. There is also an excellent bus service into Tauranga that goes right past our home

Auckland NZ Homeowner keeps coming back

"A great website which has done us proud for finding someone to look after our home and pets last year and this.

Thank you very much for a great idea, a well done website and for the usefulness of your service. Keep up the good work."

Paul (paulbnz)

Housesit Auckland New Zeland:

Please note this is primarily for the dog sitting and not so much for the house sitting aspect. So this arrangement will only appeal to you if you are a true dog lover and are active and able to walk and play with our two dogs.

It would also be preferable if you were home most of the day. Our two dogs are whippets. They are medium sized who are very friendly, gentle, non aggressive and easy going. They are great company. But they are rather spoilt and very much indoor dogs who like their creature comforts, though they do also like their walks. They require daily exercise - usually a short walk in the morning and a long walk in the evening.

You must be clean living, non smoking and 100% reliable and MUST want to do this for our animals as the number one priority. You will need to take special care of our two dogs, take them for daily walks and give them plenty of attention.

Our house is a nice, comfortable bungalow in the Epsom/Royal Oak area with all mod cons. We have a pleasant, large, fenced and secure garden. We are close to an easy bus route into the city centre and about 20 minutes walk to Greenlane Clinical Centre. If you are interested or want to know more information please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Accolades for sitter ResponsiblePlus

I recently advertised on your web stie for a housesitter for the dec/jan, I got an immediate response .

I met Jan (ResponsiblePlus) for coffee and got to know a little more about each other , decided it would be a good deal for both of us .

Jan took me to the airport the day I left, she kept in touch with me while I was overseas, looked after my two cats and home. It was a great comfort to know my pets where being looked after at home and were in such good hands.

My apartment looked lovely , fresh fruit, flowers and was very clean, Thank you Jan for a marvellous job , I am very grateful to you. I would recommend you to anyone who req'd a very reliable housesitter.

Good luck with any further jobs I would be delighted to have you housesit for me again .Thank you to housesitters, I look forward to using your services again
... Chatham

Housesit: maribyrnong Western Melbourne VIC Australia

I would like a house sitter from 16.12.2007 till 13 january 2008 have 2 cats, apartment

Sitter Grace100 lines up Canadian housesits

So far I have been successful in arranging three housesits through the website. One in Ottawa south, one in Milton, and one in St. Adele, Quebec. I am presently negotiating for one in Toronto. It has worked very well for me, and thanks for providing this excellent service.

For the Ontario housesits I replied to an ad, for the Quebec housesit the homeowner contacting me directly. Eliabeth (Grace100)

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Hilton Head Island, SC USA is my winter home for over three months - maryfromtheprairie

"Hilton Head Island, SC is my winter home for over three months solely because of joining Housecarers as a Gold Member.

My husband spotted the ad put in by these wonderful folks and next thing he knew I was asking for his password to his pay pal account so we could become members. That was August 12, 2007 and by mid September, we were 'chosen' in just one week by this charming couple who are travelling on the QE II for 90 days on her last 'Round the World Cruise'. We definitely made a connection!!!

We are from western Canada and they are from southeastern United States and this was the first housesit we officially applied for through Housecarers. References from both the northern and southern hemisphere solidified the agreement.

Thanks Ian for your wonderful service ... maryfromtheprairie

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The growing epidemic of obesity in the United States isn't restricted to the human population alone, an increasing number of house cats are now mirroring their owners indulgent behaviours.

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twodogsandme Says - Too Easy!

Too easy! In very short time found a lovely lady who is looking forward to staying with my dogs and enjoying my property while I am away.

The only difficulty was making a choice from so many obviously suitable people.

Thanks for the great service! (twodogsandme)

2 months housesit Woodbridge Tasmania (south of Hobart )

I am planning to visit my daughter who is currently living in England – exciting, except that my two mates, Lora ( a Rhodesian Ridgeback X) and Hannah (a Staffy X) can’t come along… so am hoping to find someone to keep them company for May and June, 2008.

Our home is on 15 acres in a beautiful coastal rural region of southern Tasmania with Hobart about a 45 k drive away. There is a general store, Post Office and Petrol Station in Woodbridge which is 4k from house. The house is somewhat unconventional ( straw bale and post & beam construction), has solar power (with good efficient battery charger and generator as back up).

All mod cons and slow combustion wood heating so clean, warm and comfortable living. The main house has only one bedroom and some internal steps. Adjacent is a small cabin which is used as guest room (has own shower & toilet). There is plenty of parking if you travel with a motorhome, caravan, etc.

Sited for the magnificent views and sunshine in a quiet private area, it is a place to relax, walk, enjoy the wildlife and scenery…………...and play with the dogs! I do have a garden (newly established) and you would be welcome to potter about in it but no hard work is necessary or expected. There are some chickens, but they are very low maintenance… just need to top up the feed bin and water as required and collect eggs.

My main concerns are the dogs … they are both very friendly, reasonably well trained (eg: no begging for for food is allowed!) and easy to get along with. They are used to going most places with me ( even prefer to sit in the car for hours rather than stay home). Lora is 11.5 years old and Hannah 10, so relatively mature and don’t need lots of exercise … just pats and company.

They have several ‘aunties and uncles’ in the community who are happy to take them in if you wish to take some short overnight trips. I would also be happy for you to use my car to take dogs for outings to beach, etc. There is a strong sense of community in the district so you would quickly be welcomed by my friends if you wish to socialise with the locals.

I would appreciate hearing only from folk who are prepared to stay the whole period I am away, preferably arriving a little earlier so that I can familiarise you with “the workings”. So, if you feel you would enjoy a holiday here, I look forward to hearing from you. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

Brisbank homeonwer: "It takes the headache out of going away! "

Hi there,

I wanted to let you know we found a suitable couple to look after our house within a day through your site. Actually, there were several who sounded suitable.

Thanks for providing such a good service. Within a day we had had more than ten responses. It takes the headache out of going away!


Suzanna (Skywards)

Housesit 4 weeks March 2008 Brisbane Qld

Our comfortable house has a veranda, swimming pool and wireless internet, plus a huge library of books. There is an indoor Burmese cat, who is very affectionate, and a low maintenance Siamese fighting fish. We are looking for a responsible single person or a couple to house-sit.

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Sitters ibujenny leave French Mid Pyrenees Home in perfect order

Thank you for your very professional website. Our housesitters
'ibujenny' were everything we could have wished for - friendly,
experienced and charming - our home was left in perfect order.
.... Homeowers (ecurie)

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5 week Housesit Lauraet Midi Pyrenees Gers France

Require reliable house sitter to feed and care for our two cats and look after our lovely home for five weeks early October/November 2008. Large comfortable stone house (fully equipped), wood, lake, stunning views, peaceful countryside, and warm climate. We have lived here for eleven years. Interesting historical sites and bastide villages nearby. Pyrenees and Atlantic coast 2 hours drive. Nearest town with shops, markets and supermarkets 12 minutes drive. Age

Travelling Overseas - what about Vaccinations?

Your passport and visa may be sorted? But what about Vaccinations for your overseas trip? It is advisable to start planning this 6 months before your intended trip.

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Travelling Overseas - what about Vaccinations?

Your passport and visa may be sorted? But what about Vaccinations for your oversease trip? It is advisable to start planning this 6 months before your intended trip.

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Housesitting in UK France and Italy

Just a note to let you know that we think your Forum is wonderful! We have been sitting full time for a year now in UK France and Italy and are on our second year. We have written a book titled "Endless Holidays - A Guide to House and Pet Sitting" which we will self publish in February. We would love to advertise it with you then.

So the Forum is another big plus for Housecarers which has been a very valuable site for us. We are booked out for the next year until we go home to Australia for a break and our daughtert's wedding in November 08.

Many thanks for a wonderful initiative.
Cheers Lynne and Mike ... House sitters edm0nds

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