A short post today and it’s about house sitting. The Housesitmatch company has been our go to agency for pet sitting services for the past few years. We have used them exclusively for at least three years. We continue to use them because the level of care has been excellent. This post is not sponsored :-).
How we find great pet sitters:
What is house sitting and pet sitting?
Wikipedia describes house sitting:
“House sitting is the practice whereby a person leaving their house for a period of time entrusts it to one or more “house sitters”, who by a mutual agreement are permitted to live or stay in the property temporarily, in exchange for assuming any combination of responsibilities.”
Having pet sitters take care of our dogs when we travel has been a godsend. My reasons for using Housesitmatch handle my sits include:
- Ease of use. It is amazingly easy to communicate with the owner and having my needs addressed in record time.
- Sitters that have gone through an extensive background check, giving me peace of mind.
- The fact that the dogs never need to be away from their natural surrounding, so their routine is not interrupted.
- Getting to know like minded travelers and digital nomads.
I recently did a twitter online chat with Housesitmatch and l am sharing the link for those who are interested in learning more about this really cool way of living and traveling. There is also a YouTube video where l dive into even more details.
How we find great pet sitters by using Housesitmatch:
There are different platforms to find house sitters. Some are free and some cost money. Housesitmatch is one of the companies that charge a fee, both to the home owners and to the sitters.
I actually prefer this because l find that when both sides have skin in the game, people are more responsible and hold up their end of the bargain. The yearly fee is so reasonable and completely worth it.
House sitting is an exchange between home owners and the sitters. One side gets amazing care of their pets while they travel and the other side gets to discover new places and have free accommodation. There is no exchange of money.
If you’ve been contemplating having sitters sit for you and want to dip your toes in, check out Housesitmatch and see how they can accommodate your needs. Lamia, the owner is an amazing person to deal with. The personal touch which l found missing from other companies I’d dealt with prior to them has been simply superb.
I can sometimes get air headed and forget our travel arrangements, but she is hands on and l just love the fact that l can get ahold of her quickly. The dogs have loved the many, many sitters that we have had sitting for us from her company. We have become solid friends with some of them too.
My advise to anyone who is interested in this lifestyle is to check out people who have been house sitting or pet sitting for a while, people like Terry and her husband who l had interviewed a while back, and are now retired in Portugal. They found their retirement destination during their years of pet sitting all over the world.
House sitting is not for everyone:
The only thing l would caution people about is to consider pet sitting only if you absolutely love animals. This is not about finding free accommodation. It is, and will always be about the pets!. Look for house sitting gigs as an alternative.
Have you considered house or pet sitting as a way to travel the world?