What is House Sitting?Verb
House sitting is the practice whereby a landlord (or "homeowner"), leaving their house for a period of time, entrusts it to one or more "house sitters", who by a mutual agreement are entitled to live there rent-free in exchange for assuming responsibilities such as taking care of the homeowner's pets, performing general maintenance, keeping trespassers off the property, readdressing the mail, and in general, making sure that everything runs smoothly just as if the owner was at home.
Why have your house sat?
- An occupied home deters crime. So much so, some insurance companies will void your policy if the house is left vacant for more than 30 days without prior arrangement.
- You have living things. Pets and plants need food and water when you’re not around, and it can be very expensive using kennels, often costing in excess of $60 per day.
- The house needs maintaining. Mowing lawns, pool cleaning and collecting the mail are all things a house sitter can assist with.
Why house sit?
Whatever your circumstances, house sitting assignments provide endless opportunities to immerse yourself in communities in new places.
Once you become a member, you can undertake as many house sits as you like throughout the year. This is ideal if:
- Renovating and don’t want to pay rent
- You’d like a free holiday
- You’re between houses and need somewhere to stay
- You’re adventurous and like to try something and somewhere new!
For as little as $8.95 per month