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

View housesit profile for housesitters CulturalConnections 

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.

Grass Valley, Sacramento Couple's Vagabond retirement years made possible with HouseCarers (Found Housesitters for the last 8 Years)


I am so grateful for this service. For the past eight years it has made our vagabond retirement years possible. Thanks to the wonderful people (the house sitters) we have gotten to know through this website we have been able to travel completely at ease about the care of our home, pets and garden.

I do my job of carefully considering and responding to each one who answers our ad, checking references and reviewing a clear contract, but each sitter has more than fulfilled what was expected of them. My neighbors who were initially horrified that we were traveling while "strangers" were left in our home have all become friends with our various sitters and now use the website themselves!

Thank you, thank you for this good idea and for keeping it going in such a responsive, organized way!.. Sid and Doni, WinteringGround, Grass Valley, Sacramento CA USA

All done! The chickens and I are having a blast with the new chicken house!

Chickens with a lake view!

We are in a wonderful "banana belt" region of the Sierra Foothills, situated 1/2 hour from Grass Valley, 2 hours from Lake Tahoe, about one and a half hours from Sacramento and 3 hours from San Francisco. We overlook a large 800 acre lake fed by the South Fork of the Yuba River and we can promise you beautiful views and gentle lake breezes. We have a swimming pool but there is enough rain in the winter to make that more scenic than usable. A winter housesit is inviting for people who like to hike the trails on the ranch or visit nearby lakes,rivers and Gold Country towns and museums. Our up to date, easy to care for home is on a 200 acre property of rolling hills, oaks and pines. The charming little Gold Country towns of ...

Long Term House Sit Grass Valley, Sacramento, Grass Valley California United States

Terrific couple (GentleCloud2012) looked after everything so beautifully and the chihuahuas just loved them.


We recently had housecarers GentleCloud2012 to sit our home and our two dogs for three months. They were a terrific couple who looked after everything so beautifully and the dogs just loved them. Thankyou so much, Milliemouse... Dandenong Ranges Vic Australia

Our 2 chihuahuas who live mostly indoors in the winter

... We require a caring sitter for our home and 2 chihuahuas who live mostly indoors in the winter. Situated in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges approx an hour from Melbourne. Shopping is 5 minutes away and there are many local attractions including Puffing Billy and Sherbrooke Forest.

This 100 year old steam train is still running on the original rails between the mountain towns of Belgrave and Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges.

Low maintenance home on 1 acre with lots of trees and birds. Lawn mowing only occasionally and garden care to keep tidy

Ideal, Christmas Housesit in Kitsilano, Vancouver, Housesit opportunity through Housecarers


Once again (the 4th time for us, actually), we have found the ideal housesit opportunity through Housecarers. Feel free to use this as a reference. It was, once again, well worth the $50 to get the "preferred service" on your website.

We will be spending Christmas in Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia.

The ad was posted as "kevinalove". We talked and exchanged emails over the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. We and they are feeling very comfortable with the match and the timing is perfect for spending Christmas with our son who lives in Vancouver.
View filled Housesit, kevinalove, Vancouver Canada

Thanks for a great service.
Lew & Laura, Ontario, Canada

View from Deck of House Sit Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia

Hi Lew and Laura Thanks for the feedback and comments. It is always good to hear stories like yours What are your main reasons for housesitting? And where are you from?

We always housesit in the Vancouver area where our son lives. It's great because he always checks the place out and meets the owners. The owners always feel more comfortable having gained a feeling for who we are by talking to Neil. In each case they have offered Neil his own bedroom which we usually take advantage of so that we can spend more time together.

Lew And Laura, Seasoned House-sitters, from Ontario Canada

We live in a small town 2 hours west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Perfect carer found for Beautiful Victorian house and English staffordshire doggy, in the coastal village of Thirroul

Hello House Carers, I wanted to thank you as we have just returned from a holiday, having used your site for the first time, and found a very reliable, lovely lady, PEACEHOUSESITTER , to look after our home and pets. We received several replys within a couple of days, after posting our ad, and I kept pinching myself while on holidays as i couldn't believe we had found the perfect carer with little effort! I will definitely use your site again and will recommend it to family and friends. It has opened my eyes and my husband and I are looking forward to a time when we may become house carers, whilst enjoying seeing other parts of the world. Kind Regards ....Melissa (username relax56)

Loves people and other dogs. A little boisterous and excitable if he hasn't seen you for a while. View Thirroul housesitter found ad - and happy Staffie, relax56

...Beautiful Victorian house in the coastal village of Thirroul. Close to train station, cafes, quirky shops, stunning beaches, coastal bike tracks, escarpment walks

Lovely Laydies

The many moods of HouseOverLake - free Accommodation enjoyed by Housesitters

Just wanted to tell you what a terrific site this is. We have matched with wonderful housesitters through you, and have recommended it frequently to fellow travelers (which is how we learned about it). Keep up the good work... Jay... username houseoverlake.

View housesit filled (many times) for Lakeside home, Belchertow Massachusetts, USA

....We live in a contemporary glassed-in cedar home cantilevered over a small quiet lake in Western Mass. Depending on the season, the lake can be used for swimming, non-motorized boating, water and ice fishing, skating and skiing. Great wildlife and beautiful views... HouseOverLake

You can enjoy free holiday accomodation in locations like this. Subscribe as a Housesitter and we will keep you posted of opportunities worldwide.

Announcing the NEW House Sitter Search Engine (Advanced and Easy)

The new search engine includes Filters down the left side that lets Homeowners easily match with House Sitters. Need a House Sitter who loves Dogs and Cats, is willing to do short term - and willing to travel, and likes remote areas? No worries the new search will easily find suitable candidates for this assignment - and many others.
Try the New House Sitter Search Engine out Now!

Prince Caspian III, gets eager Sitter for his KURANDA, Atherton Tablelands, QLD home

Prince Caspian 111

I would like to thank you for this wonderful service. I had my house advertised on your site for a short period & was brought in touch with some very wonderful & highly suitable respondents. What a shame I couldn't accommodate them all! Kind regards & thanks again... efree21

"They both love their walks(beautiful around this rainforesty, undulating area ...

View Dog Sitter found for KURANDA, Atherton Tablelands, QLD home

Cat Sitter found for Victorian house, in a quiet, leafy lane in Torquay on the English Riviera in Devon, England.: close both to the sea and to beautiful countryside.

Thank you very much for this. I have found someone for my holiday in December and will use your site again next year.

Cat Sitter found for Victorian house, in a quiet, leafy lane in Torquay on the English Riviera in Devon.
... close both to the sea and to beautiful countryside.

"Foreigner, Exploring"

There is a parade of shops just around the corner and the railway station is within easy walking distance, so there is no need for a car.

View cat sitters found for Torquay on the English Riviera in Devon, England

Bendigo, VIC home and cat owner makes excellent match for her healthy 7 year old Moggie, who has a cat curfew,

Thanks for your excellent web site, I've tried others, but yours is the most helpful and was recommended to me by another member, who has used 'HouseCarers' in the past. Hope everything works out fine with my trip to Europe in March. I have suspended my 'profile' but would like to keep it for possible use in the future. Hope this will not clutter up your website... IR (username strathdale

View cat sitter found ad for Bendigo Vic, Australia

Housecarers: You are welcome to return to the website at any time to refer to information or use your membership facilities. And anytime down the track you can login and click Post Housesit button to place a new ad based on your previous one.

I am glad we could help. Enjoy your time away and I hope we can help you next time.

Two housesits /(cat and Caoodle sits), in quick succession organised with a minimum of fuss for Imelda and Graham , Engadine Sydney

Two housesits in quick succession organised with a minimum of fuss. Again the website has been invaluable. We've advised all applicants and switched off the ad, so until next time, thanks again. Regards, Imelda and Graham

View house sitter found for Engadine Sydney NSW for cat and very friendly cavoodle puppy
... We are surrounded by the beautiful bush, making walking a delight. Public transport is very easy from our street: buses close by travel in 5 minutes to Engadine train station, offering a good service to all areas of Sydney"

House and Pet Sitter found to enjoy San Francisco, 6 blocks from the ocean bordering, Golden Gate Park

We have found our house sitter. Your site is wonderful. We had 8 very qualified responses and actually had a hard time choosing. We will definitely recommend your site to everyone. Thanks again.

We have 2 great dogs (Labradoodle, Havanese), Leeloo and Molly. Leeloo would need walks every day but Molly is a house dog only

View profile for Live-in Pet Sitter found San Francisco

Housesitter found to share the Halifax Experience, The Dingle, Halifax,Nova Scotia Canada

We have found a house sitter through your site. Thank you -- excellent service and a well-constructed site. The site is well thought-out. p.s. we will be needing a house sitter again next year... does our ad stay (hidden) on the site?
The Back Garden. The garden and garden shed are the envy of the neighbourhood. This is only a partial view.
Username: halifaxhomeowner.

Thanks for the update and feedback. Yes your ad stays hidden . When you want to use the site again , just login and post your ad again based on your old one. You are welcome to return to the website at any time to refer to information or use your membership facilities. And anytime down the track you can login and click Post Housesit button to place a new ad based on your previous one... Ian
The Halifzx Experience
Halifax is the major centre for Canada's Maritime provinces, a vibrant city featuring cultural amenities, many universities, and a beautiful natural environment. 12 minute drive to the centre of Halifax; we are also on the bus route. It is a short walk to a convenience store as well as a beautiful oceanfront park, lakes and wooded walking trails. Helpful and friendly neighbours very close by. Two major grocery stores a three minute drive away.
Full profile for housesit: The Dingle, Halifax,Nova Scotia Canada.

Housesittingpainter sells New Zealand business and start their journey through Canada via House Sitting

Hi Ian, We have a housesit starting Nov. 4 for 5 months , so I guess this does work! Thanks.

We are from Temagami (1 hour north of North Bay) and we are selling our business and do not know where or what we want to do so we thought housesitting would be good to see some country.

The Busyretirees from Kemptville near Ottawa, Ontario Canada checked us out and thought we would be good for them.
So we are of to a good start on our new journey.

View profile for Kiwi Adventurers, Housesittingpainter

Globetrotters find amazing Cat Sitters for Bellingham Washington Home - while they visit Europe for 4 weeks

Just wanted to let you know our housesitting has been filled in Bellingham sept 18th for 4 weeks. Thanks for the service your site supplies. The results have been amazing...

We are looking for a non-smoking house sitter to look after our house and two cats while we are in Europe. Our house is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Craftsman, with a study and a view over Bellingham bay. We have a garden with sitting areas, fruit trees and a small vegetable patch that we would love for you to take advantage of. Fairhaven is a short, fairly level walk away where you will find lots of ammenities. You can also take the trail into downtown Bellingham, about a 2 1/2 mile walk along the bay.
View housesitter required profile (filled) for minding two Cats - South Hill, Bellingham Whatcom,Washington United States

Book Review - The House Sitting Book, Travel the World and Your Lodging is Free

Our long time housesitter members Josie and Conrad Schneider Housecarers profile for:Josie and Contrad - (Cultureconnectors) have released an e-book jammed packed with great tips on how to land housesits and line-up house sit after housesit. It is always great to hear stories like theirs - and learn proven tips for successful housesit applications.

The House Sitting Book Travel the World and Your Lodging is Free I wrote THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK to help you succeed at winning the best assignments. Tips like how to word your profile – and its heading – so that homeowners will trust you with the care of their home. I give you real examples of good and bad profiles along with the explanation of exactly why the wording works or doesn’t. (One mistake is posting a profile with your wants and needs instead of illustrating your experience and readiness to care for someone else’s beloved home.) I also show you how to reveal truisms about yourself that make your profile pop.

And it’s essential to sign up for the daily email alerts. One tip tells you how to respond to desired house sitting posts so that yours is among the first to arrive in the homeowner’s inbox. And I show you exactly how to word your letter so that it stands out. The prime assignments can prompt a hundred or more replies, so yours needs to be stellar – and very personal. Included in THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK are two actual letters of mine that won us prime assignments in Copenhagen and near Washington D.C. in the United States. I give examples of why my letters grabbed the homeowner’s attention, (out of the nearly two hundred letters they each received), like how I commented on items in one homeowner’s photos that were near and dear to her heart.

My husband Conrad and I live the house sitting lifestyle, going from one assignment to the next, with time in between to travel and discover new countries and cultures. We are not wealthy people. Conrad is retired and I am a freelance writer and blogger. And because we have learned how to travel on a tight budget, I also present tips, including my 3-Step-Method to finding low-cost off-the-beaten-path lodging that is family-owned. These are the sweet places that we remember long after leaving because the generous owners share local lore, food and historical information as well as friendship – like the 350-year-old Gasthof Locher in the Italian Dolomites where we helped bring the cows down the hillside from the upper pasture, or the Catalan Cal Jepa apartment owned by a restaurateur who gave us a personal tour of his vineyard and fruit orchards.

THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK is a 100-page downloadable ebook packed with my inspiration, Conrad’s analytical tables and graphs, as well as fun-facts sprinkled about, (like: Norwegians drink more coffee than any other people on the planet), and 2 questionnaires which delve into your needs and motives for house sitting and traveling. There are charts for cost-of-living and transportation costs. There are tips for using public transportation and rental cars. I talk about the differences in house sitting assignments in terms of urban vs. remote, and more importantly, what that means for you. For instance, Conrad and I accepted an extremely remote house sit in Spain for an off-the-grid mountainside home. I show you photos and explain the good and the bad, so you can judge if remote house sitting is right for you.

I devote one section of the book to contracts, a very important aspect of your house sitting happiness! Among the many other subjects covered in THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK are language, visas, travel hacking and technology.

Here’s what others are saying:
“If you've considered house sitting as a vacation option or even a lifestyle, The House Sitting Book is a very comprehensive resource to get you started. Regardless of your web expertise, Josie makes the house sitting and travel lifestyle accessible with tips and tricks for finding and landing (and getting the most out of) house sitting gigs, as well as providing lots of tips for stress-free travel and experiencing new cultures. You can tell Josie is an expert, as most of the material is written from personal experience, with contextual anecdotes peppered throughout.” -Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo

"This book is a gem! Whether you are in "the lifestyle" or merely considering it, you will find tips and facts that make this a must-read book. Not only is The House Sitting Book full of all kinds of information, it is well written and researched. It will cut your time in locating a house to sit and help you get assignments faster." -- Joan Sheridan, U.S.A.

I invite you into my world so that you too can reap the rewards – and fun – of house sitting. I wish you epic and safe travels! Click HERE to read more about THE HOUSE SITTING BOOK.

Retired house sitters from Central Victoria skip the tourist trail, enjoy the pets, and soak up the local communities

Here is a photo taken on our 48th Wedding Anniversary which was last March. We were staying on Kangaroo Island and as we both have a bit of a passion for lighthouses thought how appropriate to climb to the top of Cape Willoughby Lighthouse on our special day.

Having just completed a wonderful seven week house sit in Tasmania, we are now looking forward to a four month house sit in England later in the year. Thank you for giving us so much pleasure. We look forward to more house sits in 2013.

We live in Central Victoria.

Mike and I decided to house sit as it was a way for us to see the world and become part of the community in which we house sat.

We have travelled as tourists before, but now we like to stay in the one spot, look after the animals and absorb the atmosphere. part of the community in which we house sat.

We look forward to more of the same next year Lyn and Mike (username Serena)

View profile for Lyn and Mike: Retired country couple looking to house sit in Tasmania or England. Love animals and gardens.

Some interesting Statistics on Housesit Postings with Pets


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* Main other pets are Horses/Ponies. Birds. Farm Animals, Livestock , Fish From Housecarers Homeowner Postings Free Regisrations Last 4 months With Pets 88.68% Without Pets 11.32% Now these different species are getting on well. So we can learn to get along with people from different cultures and (some may say from different planets) Housesitting proves that.

Home and Labrador owner & UK expats, from Beachside, Bang Sare Chon Buri Thailand finds House & Dog Sitters have restored their faith in the kindness of human beings.

Can we say a big 'thank you' to all the people that answered our advert at very short notice.

We've had quite a stressful year and the kindness of people that house-sit has restored our faith in the kindness of human beings.

I'm just off to the UK for my yearly visit to our lovely family and friends and hope that our sitters will find the place to their liking.

Many thanks to and their amazing band of 'sitters'. Keep up the good work! you're doing an amazing job! and a big 'Thank You' to all the people that replied.

View housesitter found profile for Beachside Thai housesit
Pippa on one of her walks .

Recently widowed House Sitter, maddie40, finds House Sitting a great way to catch up with my friends without the hassle of staying with them

I have found your site very helpful and have just completed a house sit very successfully for 6 weeks in Napier New Zealand ...thank you ...I am now looking for my next house sit ...

Great news about the housesit. It is always good to hear stories like yours. Where are you from? and what are your main reasons for housesitting?

I have my own house just outside of Dunedin new Zealand, and my reasons for house sitting was I list my partner in an accident and then my small dog died , so I felt without any ties, now was the time to do house sitting, and its a great way to catch up with my friends without the hassle of staying with them, so I pick places where I know people and then have a holiday without the accommodation expense. I think I will work my way to an overseas house sit away from new Zealand and Australia.......Cheers Jenni
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Rural Brisbane Dog Owners save 600.00 in kennel boarding fees on low maintenance, outdoor Cocker Spaniel Albert. Property offers housesitters:- wallabys; and a lot of bird life

Thanks for your great website. We are going overseas for a month and need a sitter. We put a free ad up on your website, and within the week we now have a sitter that we are comfortable with! Thanks again. You just saved us $600.00 in kennel boarding fees, and peace of mind having the house occupied while we are gone... bobmandy
View dog sitters found profile for bobmandybobmandy, Bribane QLD Australia

English Expats visit UK from their Lourmarin French Village Home and return to Doggy well and happy -- and a cooked dinner.

Megan & Marty (Happy2B1) looked after our house and dog in France for a week while we visited the UK. They were a delightful, interesting couple and made a great job of their assignment with us - the garden was tended, the house immaculate, and the dog well and happy - they even cooked dinner for us the night we returned. Anyone booking them for a similar assignment will be lucky!!
What a treat for dog-lovers ... large house, with swimming pool, on a hill 7/8 minutes walk from the village of Lourmarin, which is designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France, with a strong cafe society and many shops and galleries. Lourmarin is in the Luberon, and we are surrounded by hills and woods, with spectacular views. It is also convenient for a visit to Apt, Isle- sur-le-Sorgue, and Aix-en-Provence. The weekly market is on Friday... View ad for dog-sitter Lourmarin France
Megan & Marty - View profile for house sitters, Happy2B1

Baltimore Homeonwer finds Cat Loving House Sitter for 3rd time for Housesit near Starbucks!

This will be our third time with House Carers. Our first two sitters were excellent and we anticipate our current sitter will be too.
....Large, comfortable house in shady neighborhood on bus line and walking distance to grocery store, Starbucks, bank and library... ... view Housesit filled for Baltimore housesit new Strabucks

Nambucca Heads finds great housesitter for Beach side farm residence

Thank you for this great service. We have successfully found a house sitter for the required time and found it all simple and easy to use.... We live on 20 acres in the Nambucca Valley within 5 minutes of wondrous beaches and surf.

View Housesit filled ad for username, Panamax Nambucca, Nambucca Valley,NSW

With Housecarers your Kitty does not need to be Home Alone

With Housecarers your Kitty does not need to Home Alone, or stressed in an unfamiliar environment.

Register free as a home/kitty owner and receive Free tips on how to prepare you home and resources to help you match with other Kitty Lovers.

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Wanderbird takes a break from Queen Charlotte Islands to look after your home and pets for the opportunity to explore

I wanted to let you know that it has been a pleasure being a part of Housecarers. I live on a small island (Queen Charlotte Islands) about 100 kms of the northwest coast of British Columbia tucked under Alaska and as beautiful as it is I need to get off the island occasionally. I housesit twice a year for several months each time and I love the opportunity housesitting offers to spend the time to learn about the culture and people of the area I am visiting with these extended housesits. I have never had a problem with a housesit(and to my knowledge no one has had a problem with me)from your site and I have several repeat clients. I do due diligence as do my homeowners so there are rarely any surprises. Thanks for the service and your great customer service! Smiles Carolyn (Wanderbird)
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