Housesitting can make you a world traveler on a budget - Baltimore Sun article

Housesitting can make you a world traveller on a budget 

2:42 p.m. EDTJuly 29, 2013

This Housesitting article talks about the experiences of our long time Housesitter members, Josie Schneider and husband Conrad Knutsen (username Cultural Connection )

Conrad and Josie

Tuscany Housesit for Josie and Conrad

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Huge Thank You from Homeowner / cat owner in Small Village, Tourbes Herault,Languedoc France

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU.  I had a marvellous and fast response.  Your website was a joy to use and I love the fact that you care about both the applicant and the house -sitters....  SueAndPrue Homeowner profile

 Front Terrace and outside dining by the pool

View catsitter found Ad Small Village, Tourbes Herault,Languedoc France

House sitter Barry watches dolphins swim by as He walked the dogs at the Beach

Hi Team, 

I recently did a 2 week sit at Vincentia.Two large dogs and 2 cats were exhausting but rewarding experience
watching dolphins swim by as I walked the beach path. The current sit was gained by phone from a local couple and it ends tonight. One wild, timid cat and huge yard to care for kept me busy.
Will take a rest for the rest of this year, saw a good prospect for Feb 2014 at Coffs will apply for it early!!
Am pleased with the service you provide and will continue on while I am able to travel. 

Barry Morton.
View Barry's profile - ukwood18


It is always good to hear stories like yours. Where are you from? And what are your main reasons for housesitting?

Hi Ian,

Your website is better than ever now as you keep providing  new features. I live in Mildura Victoria and am semi retired, I have a part-time curator job at a private school, so I can get away for 2 weeks maximum without stress...Having very little savings to retire on, we bought a Mercedes Sprinter van and put a queen mattress inside for overnight stays en-route to sits.
We sold our house three years ago, now we care for a ninety three yo. gent in his home, this gives Netti an income and us a place to stay 'tween sits. Luigi is as fit as a trout on the food and vitamins he gets from us.
We will venture to Tassie one day when we are free to stay longer. We have our next permanent place to stay here sorted already - at little cost. We started sits at Wagga three years ago, referrals are easy once
you have some experience, I now have at least eight refs. to date.
My next sit bloke (in July)sold my first sit man one of his blocks of rural land in Wagga
That first sit guy was my religion ( that helped start us off ) they had an active community garden there and had film nights once a month, the neighbours were very friendly there, also in Vincentia recently the people were very cordial, even the young people were most outgoing there. A neighbour took me fishing
and on drives. We sometimes get some reimbursement for travel/work done but don't expect much.I plan to wait till next year after the next sit is done July/August as our grass is verdant here under irrigation
Each sit is different and we learn many new things by these experiences.
Barry Morton.

Santa Fe, NM Pet Owner arrives home to better behaved Doggies

I had Live-in Pet Sitter Sailormom house and pet sit for a week and the experience was awesome! I love that she sent daily text messages and pictures about my two dogs. I completely trust Laura with my dogs and would love to have her sit again if possible! She left my house cleaner and my pups better behaved than when I left them to her :) 

View Pet Sitter found ad for Santa Fe, NM dog lover

Yup, they love each other!

These two are spoiled and love to (and get to) sleep on the bed!  

New Mexico Homeowner returns to 4 Happy Stress free Dogs

I am so pleased that I was told of your service. We have dogs that would not do well outside our home setting and we are fortunate to have found a great couple via your service. We came home to a nice clean home, the dogs were happy to see us however they did not seem stressed. They were happy. Thanks again it makes traveling easier with not having to worry about our pets.
View housesit filled, house sitter found for, Solar Heights, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Dunedin Otago New Zealand homeowner finds wonderful Carers for Home and Shaver Cats, Hens


This is the second time I have used House Carers and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to find wonderful carers for my home and animals. It is so easy and so safe and I would highly recommend your service. Thank you again. 

House Sitter receives a case of beautiful Margaret River Shiraz as a Christmas gift. in appreciation

I have had great success I've had because of your site. I won't be renewing for a few months as I'm booked until the middle of October. But I will be renewing because there is a good energy about your site and service.

I started my first sit back in March last year and I have been continuously engaged since then and am currently sitting here in Wallaroo until March 25th. I then go down to near Dapto for seven months or so.

I have not had one day, since that first sit, where I've had to find alternative accomodation or have had to rought it. So the Lord has really blessed me. All of my sits have bee of the most comfortable and civilized kind.

At this current sit, the owner gave me a case of beautiful Margaret River Shiraz as a Christmas gift. They are such a lovely couple and very hospitable. As I said, I'm truly blessed. I'm very grateful.

Margaret River Winery
Anyway, I just thought I'd give you that bit of extra update.

Best regards....Robin

Just to let you know we had 14 replies to our recent ad, which we thought was an excellent response. (I have replied to all of them). We have spoken on Skype to a very nice retired housesitting couple golfer12 who have agreed to do our sit, and we will meet them in person in the next couple of months so that they can familiarise themselves with our house and pets before they come in August..

We have been using since 2007 and have secured some excellent house-sitters. We have had at least seven different couples or singles, some for repeat visits. We have also recommended your site to many friends who have had great results too.I am sure we will be using your website for as long as we are still able to travel, hopefully for many years to come!

Best regards

Lynne and Stuart (User name: RugbyFans)

Our comfortable family home is located in a quiet leafy street in Castle Hill, in the north-west Hills District of Sydney. With 4 bedrooms and a study, it has a large entertaining deck and small garden. In return for your stay, our two cats 15 year old Stella and 10 yr old Mishka will need loving care.

View House Sitter found for Castle Hill, Hills District, Sydney NSW Australia


Good Morning from Sunny South Auckland.
I most certainly have started recommending your site as it was looking like an impossible task finding someone for my animals ( We have 2 eleven year old dogs and 2 indoor cats, 11 and 3 year old.).

Most of the sitters responded to my emails. Those who I spoke to have been sitters for some time on your site and had mostly good experiences with house owners. My sitters in the past have been friends so this is a new experience for us.

We have met the sitter once and was impressed with her manner and friendliness so of course we will be highly rating her for future clients.

Thank you for reminding me to download the agreement I will get that done hopefully later today.

Our time away...I have talked my husband into walking all 800 kilometers of the Camino. So fresh air, snow, rain and sunshine.

Thank you once again for the wonderful service.

Kind Regards,

View Housesitting Profile for House Sitter profile filled - Bombay Hills, Outer city, Auckland Franklin,South Auckland New Zealand

My two boys 

We live 30 minutes from Auckland Central by motorway. Motorway 1 kilometer from home. We have 2 eleven year old dogs and 2 indoor cats, 11 and 3 year old. Our house is on the Bombay Hills and is private and fully fenced. The house is large and easy to keep. Would suit active couple.

a view of the garden 

This room was born out of the sun being to hot to enjoy dinning out on the deck. It is cool and brings the outside to the inside.  

House Sitter Sarah finds new Dimension in life - Posting from housesit in Vienna Austria

I just say THANKS LOADS for your site - its added a whole new dimension to my life and some completely awesome experiences. I'm in Vienna Austria now on a long sit and life is wonderful

Sarah Furry Hat in Instanbul
Housecarers: Great news about the housesit. It is always good to hear stories like yours. Where are your from? And what are your main reasons for housesitting?
From San Francisco but normally live in England. Have done sits now via housecarers in France, the USA and here in Vienna, and plan to keep doing them again and again - I started doing it to de-stress from hard work but now I've gotten a bit hooked on it and plan to continue with it, interspersed with spells of work to pay for it! It's a great way to see more of the world - great to actually stay somewhere interesting for weeks or months at a time. I've told so many people about it and they are always amazed that you can actually live this way if you want to. It's just great - I can't praise it enough! Sarah B
View Sarah's House Sitter Profile

Thank you for such a comprehensive web site that covers all aspects of appointing house sitters

Hi, We can't praise your web site highly enough. Within 12 hours of posting our notice we had several very suitable people apply. We have chosen a couple who were available to come for an interview immediately, and as they came with glowing references certainly were the type of people we needed. Thank you for such a comprehensive web site that covers all aspects of appointing house sitters.
JUSTUS Liz and Rudi  Sunshine Coast Qld Australia

Oregon homeowner finds house and Pet sitter for 3rd time

Hello Ian. After just two days of advertising for a house/cat sitter we found the most wonderful lady to come sit for us next July. We have pulled the ad. We had about 5 or 6 people contact us about the sit. It was amazing.from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
You truly give a wonderful service to those of us that need to get away and not worry about our precious pets. This will be the 3rd lady that we will have from your wonderful site.  
 Gudrun & Dwayne  OregonOutback36

Chicago Homeowner finds loving Carer for her two cats and home with lake views


I have lined up a sitter for my travel dates so thank you and I will suspend until the next need arises. I think you do a great service... Rosalie
View Housesit Filled, Chicago - housesitter found


One block from Lake Michigan, Chicago
Cook County,Illinois United 

I am looking for a carer for my cats, Chico and Benjy to feed and give water 2 times daily,take care of the litter box and water a few plants. We live in a historic landmark elevator building with lovely lake views, 15 minutes by bus or train from downtown, on the University of Chicago campus, with museums, shops and cultural activities galore.

Christmas Housesitter Found for Beautiful Beach - Pukerua Bay Porirua Wellington New Zealand


We have now found a house sitter for over Christmas. What a wonderful service you provide.

View Housesitter found Ad Pukerua Bay Porirua Wellington New Zealand

Horowhenua Historical Society Inc.

Our beautiful beach is a 15min walk away and Plimmerton beach is a 5min drive. Lawns will be taken care of, gardens will need watering, weeding optional! Lovely rural& sea views from upstairs. Great place to relax over the Christmas break.

Oor Beach House

House Sitter found for third time for Cannonville, on the banks of the beautiful Sundays River, Denman Island BC Canada

This is to let you know that we have chosen a house-sitter from a number of excellent applications. This is the third time we have made use of your site and we are indeed impressed with your prompt and efficient service. MANY THANKS. I have suspended and replied to all applications individually. Again, thanks for your wonderful service Regards Hilary
... Riverspell ... View housesitter found for housesit, Comox Valley, Denman Island, Denman Island Gulf Islands,British Columbia Canada

Riverspell is a 3-bedroom home on Aquavista Crescent, in the picturesque village of Cannonville, on the banks of the beautiful Sundays River. Our house overlooks the river with a view of golden dunes – a wonderful, peaceful place for you to wander freely, and for the dogs to race around. (These are, incidentally, famous as being part of the Alexandria sand dunes - the largest coastal dune system in the Northern Hemisphere)

The tidal river offers excellent boating, fishing and other water sports – we have two canoes for your use. We are a stones-throw from the South Gate of the Addo National Game Park.

Three lovely dogs and one cat need loving care and company.

Here we offer you a relaxing holiday in these delightful surroundings, in return for your care of our home and animals.

Our chocolate Burmese cat, Chia. gets caring Cat Sitter for 2nd time in Nations Captital Near Civic ACT Australia

Just letting you know that we again received many very appealing applications to house-sit, and we only wish we could have pleased more than one couple! At the start of this year we were delighted with the English travelling couple we had to house-sit, and have stayed in contact since.

Our chocolate Burmese cat, Chia.
We hope and expect that the central coast couple we have selected for next year will be just as good. Thanks for the excellent service you provide through House Carers. "Chiacat", Downer, ACT

View House and Cat sitter found ad for chocolate Burmese cat, Chia. Downer, ACT Australia
The Lake is beautiful in all seasons, including winter, when this picture was taken.
Near Civic, a short walk to Dickson shops and restaurants, while it is also close to parks and bushland reserves. Canberra has excellent art galleries and museums, as well as the public buildings of Australia's federal capital city....

Two great sitters found for beloved Labrador, Pippa for quiet, rural home in Thailand

We would like to say another big 'Thank You' to House for a fantastic service. We have just returned from our annual trip 'home' having left our home and our beloved Labrador, Pippa with two great sitters. They've cared for everything in the most wonderful and efficient manner, for which we are eternally grateful! House really has the most amazingly dedicated band of home carers and if it weren't for their help and kindness we would find it difficult to return to the UK each year. Thank you once again to Andrea and Scott, and to the team at House Carers!!

Garden and Pool

Our home is in Thailand, in a quiet, rural situation. We have a medium sized garden and a swimming pool.
The main concern for us is the care of our dear old Labrador, Pippa
The countryside around here is rural with farms,hills and open lands. Pip enjoys a good walk most days, so a couple that enjoy walking would be wonderful.
We have had house-sitters over the past 6 years and they will be able to testify to the situation here.

View Housesit - house sitter found, South East Thailand, Bang Sare Sattahip,Chon Buri 20250 Thailand

Perth, WA Pet owner grateful to fine amazing housesitter to enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast and, menagerie on our acre block.

I am overwhelmed by the response to my ad and the amazing people that have replied to it. What a wonderful service you offer! I was terrified at the prospect of allowing a stranger to stay in my house!


I have found a lady who responded first to my ad so hopefully all will go well. I have turned off my add and new housesitter email notification. Many thanks and kind regards Susan

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Belconnen,. Canbera ACT Homeowners return to home cared for Beautifully by Housesitters

We have just returned after a month and have had our house carers happily installed into our home. We can't say enough about these people, House Sitters, Retired Teachers, username tullamore, - they were amazing and cared for our home beautifully. We'd have them back any time.

Thanks HouseCarers.Com
See housesit filled Belconnen Canberra ACT

... House is five minutes from the bus stop and the local shops. We are 10 minutes drive from the major shopping mall. House is minimal care, recently renovated kitchen, laundry and en suite - we have four chickens and they are great daily providers of fresh eggs. There are great walks in this area and sheep paddocks close by. Also have cycling trails which go throughout Canberra. The house is centrally heated and very comfortable. Twenty minutes from the centre of Canberra. Great neighbours.