Christchurch NZ family return from first Stress Free holiday in 15 years, to Pets in better condition, House in better shape, and Dinner and a bottle of Wine from their Housesitters

What an awesome awesome service!

We came home after 3 weeks in Europe to animals that were in better condition than we left them! Our house was in better shape than we left it! Dinner in the oven and a bottle of wine from our sitters.

Our holiday was the first stress free in 15 years! I am recommending this site to friends ALL over the world. Job well done - thank you Barbara & Bill! (Jobella)

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Sacramento homeowner appreciates being able to leave pets for vacation to Mexico with relatives

I did what you suggested and responded to all, letting them know I selected the first responders. Then I cancelled the ad. This is such a wonderful service. Just want you to know how much it is appreciated! Thank you so much.... Pgray1

What a pleasant place to have a break .... "We live within walking distance of a lovely park (William Land Park) with a golf course and zoo. We're close to downtown Sacramento with its historic capitol (interesting to tour) and Old Sacramento and the river with the Delta Queen hotel/restaurant. There is a nice coffee/pastry/sandwich shop and a brand new Sprouts Market within walking distance. The back yard of our home is very pleasant with a nice swing out back, and the weather should be very nice during May."

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Real Stories - Why we housesit? - Being given holiday options that we would never even normally contemplate, or as above, you cannot find that in a travel book. But housecarers - yes.

We are doing a house-sit in January 2013 for 17 days. Did a house-sit in Mornington, Melbourne in middle of last year for 3 weeks and really enjoyed.

Housecarers: Great news about the housesit. Where is the next one located? If is always good to hear stories like yours. What are the main reasons for you housesitting?

Our next housesit is located in Giru, on a small farm in Queensland. We are city people but are really looking forward to looking after the farm and animals. It is quite rural. Being city people we asked if the bus stops near to the house/farm and they wrote back and told us they were rural andthe bus didn't stop nearby. Of course not. Lesson number one. But - they are letting us use their car! It's looking after geese, chooks, dogs, cats, and a small bird that likes to sit on your shoulder. On a mango farm.

The main reasons for house-sitting are:
No. 1 - Being given holiday options that we would never even normally contemplate, or as above, you cannot find that in a travel book. But housecarers - yes.

We would never have gone to lovely Mornington only for housecarers, and met such a nice lady who owns the house. Plus we were near our grandchildren.

No. 2 - And of course it is not an expensive holiday. We do have to pay to get from Perth to over East, but we do have an option of house-sitting in WA, such as Bunbury, Geraldton, etc. which we might do some time. We would have transport then.
Dale & Lance ... Username Luckyas

View profile for married healthy and active retired couple from Perth WA, who are keen gardeners and love pets

Active Retired Canadian couple find world-wide adventure, new places, a 'home' to live in rather than a hotel, immerse themselves in the local culture, make new friends, and get their 'pet fix'

We had a great house sit for 2 months in Australia from one of our applications and had to turn down 2 others that came at the same time. We love reading the notifications and hopefully will have more house sits in the future. We have also recommended to many of our friends.

Housecarers: Great news about the housesit - where was it?

The house sit was in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia called Manly West. It was a very nice house with a pool. We looked after the house and their lovely female dalmatian.

We spent a few days with the family before they left on an extended tour of Europe. During that time, they introduced us to their neighbours. Everyone was friendly and we made new friends. At the end of our stay, the owners even arranged for us to visit their parents.....a great place to go out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Housecarers: What is your main reason for House sitting?

My husband and I primarily live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, however, since my mother passed away three years ago, my father chooses to also live here. That necessitates us going to just outside of Victoria, British Columbia to look after his property in the summer (not a hardship!).

We look at house sits wherever....however prefer those outside of Canada and the US. Why do we like house sits.....adventure, new places, having a 'home' to live in rather than a hotel, to immerse ourselves in the local culture and to make new friends. We do not own any pets (although we both have done so), so get our 'pet fix' sometimes through house sits. Who could ask for more!..... Margaret, 2iscompany2

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Washington Homeowner Reunites with friend lost 20 years ago - It is a Small Housecarers Housesitting World

Ian and staff, I just wanted to thank you for your valuable service.

You might like to know that of the team of housesitters I chose, one of the women turned out to be (though this was not known when I chose them) a friend I had not seen in over 20 years, who is moving to the same apartment building as my friend who I usually ask to watch my pets when I'm away on short trips.

How ironic that an internet site based in Australia would reunite me with my old friend.

Anita (OrcasLeigh - Washington - housesitter required profile)

Housesitter and Author, AussieWendy aka IrishRover wandering the World for 10 years house sitting

Many thanks for passing on the query from Glen McPhee, a distant relative who was trying to reconnect with me. You found the right Wendy Mills.

I am still wandering the world housesitting. I have just done sits in Scotland, Yorkshire, Wales, and now in Sweden for three months. I still love this after ten years.

I have not been able to find a publisher for my 'How To' book on Housesitting, which is disappointing, becausd I tell at least three people every day about what I do, and pass on your web site. If you have any bright ideas about publishing, I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you for your help,... AussieWendy

Profile for Housesitter and Author, AussieWendy aka IrishRover

South East London homeowner returns to spotless house and 4 happy cats

I would like to leave feedback for house sitter username Woodvale.

"I’ve recently selected House sitter, username Woodvale to look after my house and four cats while I was on holiday and I was extremely pleased with the quality of service received. Woodvale is reliable, professional and extremely tidy.

I have used several times as I travel frequently and Woodvale has proved to be the best housesitter so far ­ Upon my return home I was delighted with the condition of my house: it was a pleasure to return from vacation and find a spotless house and 4 happy cats. Woodvale is a keen animal lover and took great care of my pets.

Letting someone you don't know into your home to look after can be unsettling and I highly recommend Woodvale for providing me with peace of mind."

Thanks again and best wishes,
Silvia (username silviam)

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Housecarers Ed: Semi-retired Housesitter Woodvale is an active woman in very good health, and visits London twice a year for stays of a few weeks to spend time with her daughter's family.

Homeowners find fabulous Simple Solution (for the fourth time) to commom pet/home owner Dilema for their home near Historic Goldmining towns, Traralgon, Gippsland VIC

Thankyou so much for this fabulous service!!!!

We have now arranged our ... 4th! ... sitter through this service. All have been fantastic and we look forward to our newest sitter caring for our house and animals.How wonderful to be able to go on a trip and know your home is safe and in good hands and your pets are getting the love and attention they are used to receiving. and its all so simple to do.

THANKYOU.... username Setabnor

House Sitter found for housesit Historic Traralgon, Gippsland VIC

History and attractions of Traralgon

House Sitting Artist's Life is changed through Housesitting - and finds a new Freedom through nomadic Lifestyle

I have found your site incredibly effective. Your automatic notifications are excellent. It has changed our lives and given us a new freedom through house sitting. We never were materialistic people and this allows us to live a nomadic lifestyle as well as contributing through caring for someone else's possessions and pets.

The housesits include - 2 in Canberra for 7 weeks, 2 out near Wagga for a total of 9 months (on beautiful properties)We had other choices also.

Thanks again, your site is very well designed

Thanks Colin

PS Please have a look at my main site and be very tempted
Some of Colin's Work

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Homeowners from Historic, St Augustine (oldest city in USA) Florida find fabulous, immaculate house sitters.

This is a wonderful service. My husband and I have used it twice and have had excellent results. Most recently we hadTom & Judy - House sitters' Username Handynhearty stay in our home in St. Augustine, Fl. for two weeks.

Ed: Historic St. Augustine is the oldest city in United States

They were fabulous and loved St. Augustine so much they are thinking of moving here. They left before we arrived back home but left the house in immaculate shape and also left a wonderful note. I would highly recommend them as house sitters.

We hope we see them again in St. Augustine, possibly as neighbors. Thanks so much Tom & Judy!

... Judith

Profile for Homeowners judith349 Housesit filled - The Shores, St. Augustine, Florida

Winterize house? - a lot of work - see article below - better get a housesitter

There is a lot of work in preparing a house to be empty - eg Going to Florida... better solution get a House Sitter... Added security ... and what if a pipe bursts, while you are sunning in Florida - the sitter will be on hand.


Retired House Sitter NiftyNana sees interesting places across Australia, while Writing

My House-sits have been the best experience & I have made new friends as a result. My first was at Glenugie NSW near Grafton on 25 acres for 2 months, next Kooralbyn on the Scenic Rim there for 5 weeks, after that Townsville for 3.5 weeks, Kingscliffe for 1 week, then Blackbutt, Newcastle coming up. During May, June & part of July I'm house-sitting for friends in NZ. So nothing planned after that, I don't want to commit too far ahead.

My reasons for wanting this experience are.... I am now retired, so free to get about & see other places which are of interest to me, also I do a bit of writing so I'm not bothered by all the distractions of being at home.

The great thing for me is that I don't need to do this for financial reasons ., therefore I go when & where I choose, & really appreciate my home more when I return.

I find the home owners are so grateful & accommodating which in itself is rewarding & I feel I'm providing a service, to me it is a reciprocal arrangement that benefits both parties.

Ruth (NiftyNanna)

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Rotorua, NZ homeowners returns to spotless home, cats all happy, and extra plants in the garden

Thank you so much for your service.

I had House sitters Jocelyn - J552712 (retired New Zealand couple) Stay and take care of my home which included my 3 cats and 3 gold fish.

What a wonderful lady so caring and spotless. I cant say enought about Jocelyn.

If anyone is wanting a house sitter Jocelyn is the one to have.
This was my first time using a house sitter and would gladly use her again.

I came home after being away for nearly a month to find a spotless home cats all happy and extra plants in the garden. I can see she puts a lot of care into her work.

Once again thanks so much Jocelyn I would be very happy to give this lady a glowing reference anytime.

... Fluffydowns - Rotorua NZ

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Housesitting Hannah finds great opportunities to see more of USA, having a blast in Northern Cascades

Hannah Brooks

On my first house sit(that I found through housecarers) in the Northern cascades! Having a blast and can't wait for the second one at the end of January!

Great news. What a great way to see this part of the country rent-free. Where is you next housesit?

Hannah Brooks
Idaho for 2 months. And already speaking with homeowners about this coming summer. Thanks for creating such a great opportunity!


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Canadian House Sitter Mary-jane finds Adventure around Canada

HI there - just thought I'd let you know that I've done two house sits since November. One in Penticton and one in Calgary thanks to this website.

I am about to do one on Pender Island for 3 weeks in February and then one in March-April in Naramata BC for friends.

I am on CPP Disability and this is getting me out of the house and allowing me some adventure.

Thank you. Mary-jane

View house sit profile for Canadian House Sitter Mary-jane - username maaavelous

Sara shares her housesitting lifestyle: - house sits for 2 years in Melbourne VIC

I joined two years ago. Since then I have house sat twice - for the same people - once for six weeks, once for two years. I am now responding to other housesits (as this one comes to a close).

This experience has been great and I've had really nice feedback from the home owners of recent housesits I've applied to - I haven't been able to make a match yet re. dates and location but I will keep looking - even if it is just for 'holiday' house sits rather than being main place of living.

I do it for a number of reasons:

1. I was looking for ways to be able to make the time and
space to do part time study - by house sitting I could continue to work part time plus I had a lot of peace and quiet to study - it has been invaluable for that.

2. But I also did it because I have an
interest in alternative ways of living. I grew a vege garden, joined a vegie swap, took public transport or bike as often as possible, I picked and preserved the produce from the garden trees on the property I looked after... None of these I did 100%, or particularly well (re.vege garden), but the idea was to try and see what is possible - how you can approach work differently - ie. when I had dry patches of work (because I'm a casual) I put time into the property or preserving
something for the home owners. This isn't a a plug for a fantasy hippy lifestyle (it could start reading like that) - I am always aware that I wouldn't be able to do this if other people weren't working in the system fulltime with a house and a mortgage as a result - I just wanted to explore what is possible.

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Homeowner solves their most critical problem - Queanbeyan , Canberra ACT

"Hello there Success! Success! Success!
This is an excellent service. We were having a nervous breakdown just over a week ago. The house sitter we had lined up cancelled at this late stage - our holiday is in March/April. We found your website and we have already interviewed three excellent candidates and have selected our house sitter. Anyone of them would have been suitable. I will do my housekeeping and suspend our present membership later on today... Albert
" (username magenta17)

View housesitter found profile - Problem solved for Queanbeyan , Canberra ACT homeowner with easy to care for cat and two small dogs

West Vancouver mini doxie and midi mutt owner finds sitter from Toronto for walks to Bay in Horseshoe Bay Village


Re: Your great Service

I have someone - Carol coming to my home from Toronto! Thank you so much for your great service. Last time, I went away to Spokane I had a couple here from Alberta. They loved my home and dogs. I loved them.

They even repaired a bench and board. They were amazing.

Again, I feel so very lucky


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