House Sitting FAQs

  • How does housesitting work? Housesitting with Your Home My Home is designed to be a simple and easy process. As a Home Owner you register for free and list your house, holiday dates and requirements via www.yourhomemyhome.com.au. From there, your ad is shared with our network of housesitters, who have paid a subscription fee in exchange for the privilege to get in touch with you. Housesitters contact you via your personal Your Home My Home mailbox and from there you can work with potential sitters to work out a time to meet and ascertain their suitability to care for your home and your pets. And so your journey begins!
  • Am I liable as a housesitter if I break something in the house, pet dies, house burns down? We recommended that you discuss these topics with the home owner before you begin your housesit. Some home owners request a refundable bond before they go on holidays, though more often than not the relationship is built like any new friendship – on trust.
  • Why would I get a housesitter rather than send my animals to a kennel? Our pets are part of the family, and we like to ensure they are comfortable and well cared for. Like humans, pets get used to their familiar surroundings. Often moving them to a kennel or unfamiliar place, makes them fret and miss you even more. And often placing your animals in a kennel is very expensive, adding upwards of $50 per animal, per day to your holiday budget.
  • Why do sitters pay for the site but home owners don't? At Your Home My Home we believe in good karma. Home Owners more often than not allow you to live in their home rent free, paying little or no bills in return for the sitters service of minding their home and pet. House sitters pay for the privilege of accessing our database of friendly home owners. We also find that charging sitters a premium results in a stronger community of serious and like-minded housesitters than it would if it were free.
  • How do I set up a meeting with a potential sitter? Once you list your home, our network of enthusiastic sitters will get in touch with you directly, telling you a little about themselves and why they are best placed to mind your home. Once you feel comfortable you have a good shortlist of sitters to interview, you can contact them via personal message from your YHMH inbox to arrange a time to meet at your house or a local meeting place.
  • As a home owner what should I put in my listing? Think about what makes your house appealing? Do you have a room with a view and a super friendly Labrador ready to greet your sitter when they return home each day? Don’t forget the basics such as dates you’re away and what you expect from a sitter – though more often than not the things that most appeal to sitters are simple things such as available hanging space! We have some more tips here to help you get started with your listing.
  • As a sitter what do I put in my profile? What makes you the perfect housesitter? Think about all your good qualities and past experiences. Home Owners also like to know a little bit about your personal self – do you have any hobbies or a favourite football team? Add these in to inject some personality into your profile and stand out from the crowd.
  • How do I know the person staying in my house is trustworthy? We know that the best person to determine who to look after your home and pets is YOU! Just like any new friendship, we know from experience that our Home Owners know to trust their instinct and generally know after some emails back and forth followed by a face-to-face meeting that they find the right person for them. We also recommend that as a home owner you ask for references from past house sits along with a police check. Informed home owners and housesitters are happy ones. No one likes surprises.
  • As a sitter am I expected to pay bills? This is something to discuss when you first meet with the home owner. More often than not, the home owner is happy to cover the utilities in exchange for the sitter minding their home.
  • Do I need to pay the housesitter for their services? Generally not as the housesitter will be living rent free however this is something to be discussed when you meet up.
  • Do I need to tell my insurance company I have a sitter in the house? It’s a good idea to let your insurance company know if you’re not going to be in the house so they can add it to their notes, however this is not essential. Insurance companies do prefer it when houses are occupied and they’re at less risk to theft and damage.
  • What do I need to tell the sitter? Please see our checklist.
  • What do I ask of the home owner? Please see our checklist.
  • Can I find housesits outside of Australia? Soon we will be launching in New Zealand and we do have global expansion plans to bring you houses of the world! Stay tuned for more details later in 2015.
  • Am I guaranteed to find a house to mind or a housesitter? Whilst there are no guarantees in life, we’re confident in our network of caring and trustworthy home owners and housesitters. Providing you’re regularly applying for housesits and as an owner you’ve listed your house correctly we have faith that you will find your perfect solution. If you’re having any issues or have any concerns, let us know by emailing hello@yourhomemyhome.com.au – we’re here to help make housesitting a positive solution for both owners and sitters.
  • I’m having issues with your website. What do I do and how do I get help? Website issues can be so frustrating! Email your personal housesitting concierge, Alice, at hello@yourhomemyhome.com.au and she will be in touch within 24 hours via phone or return email.