Free petsitters - when you pay more than money
Whenever you plan a holiday or a trip away from home, finding petsitters you can trust in time for
your trip can be a process. Some people are happy to pay large sums of money to ensure their pet
stays in a posh pet hotel.
But naturally, this can double the cost of your actual holiday!
Others rely on family or friends until the pet care you expect puts too much demand on that relationship. So is there another free petsitter alternative? Yes, there is.
Consider joining a petsitting and housesitting network
To find free petsitters through a trusted professionally run network join a housesitting and petsitting
network like Housesitmatch.com.
Through our network you will have on demand access to petsitters who simply love animals and will take care of your pet and home for free, you could be sure to find sitters when you need them.
Strong ID checking to ensure we recommend good people we know
Most importantly all our sitters go through a very strong ID checking process to ensure we know who we are bringing on board. In fact, we also check our homeowners and petowners in the network. It’s just safer that way. This way you know you are dealing with, all members are real people who have been identified and checked. You will be on a professionally run site that considers member safety an important aspect of the service.
How does housesitting and petsitting work through a platform?
Firstly, you may already be familiar with housesitting as a concept. Through ‘housesitting’ on facilitated by a platform like Housesitmatch.com the free petsitters move into your home to look after your pet and property in your absence. However, it may surprise you to learn that it really is a free arrangement. So, you don’t have to pay anything to the sitter.
What does the free petsitter get in return for the pet care?
On joining a network like Housesitmatch.com and gone
through the necessary checks it will cost you no money at all to find the petsitter and to have them
stay at your home to care for your pets. It’s a collaborative arrangement which means you benefit
with free petsitting and housesitting.
In return the sitter benefits by securing free accommodation and in effect an actively holiday in a new location. It’s a win win!
Who are the free petsitters and housesitters who choose to do this
Our network of sitters is composed of a variety of people who love animals and affordable travel
options. We have a wide range of house and petsitters, from singles to couples and occasionally
Sometimes the sitters are retired or semi-retired looking for ways to travel on a fixed budget, sometimes they are digital nomads who travel the world taking their work with them wherever they go.
The important thing about our house and pet sitters is that you get to choose who you want in your home.
ID checking is important for safety
Every new member is ID checked at three levels on registration. This keeps the site users safe. And
then housesitters are strongly encouraged to provide references, and an up-to-date Police and
Even for sitters travelling and on the go, our website is built in such a way to offer them an online service to update their checks, no matter where they are from and no matter where they are located. As long as they have Wi-Fi access they can proceed with the checks.
Once completed the checks are then displayed on each profile.
Support is available to help you find a free petsitter
Lamia, the founder of the site, and her team reach out on a regular basis to members to try and connect and help out where possible. Our site is therefore often seen as a friendly engaging community. It always helps to know there is someone there to help if you need it.
Building a profile
It is easy to REGISTER AS A HOMEOWNER AND PETOWNER. Once you have paid the small annual fee you proceed to build your profile. Tell other members about your pets and home and what you are looking for in a petsitter.
Joining as a homeowner and petowner
If you are looking for housesitters and you are joining as a PETOWNER OR A HOMEOWNER then you will want to give some information about your location, your property and your pet if appropriate. Make sure you share good photos that promote any housesitting opportunity you have to offer. Include good photos of the inside and outside of your property, highlighting any features you think will attract housesitters (e.g. Swimming pool, garden etc). If you have pets, do show them in the profile photos and take a video if you can. We can help you to publish a video on your profile. This makes an assignment very dynamic on the site and will draw attention from sitters.
Homeowners post a housesit advert
If you have planned your holiday as a homeowner petowner you kick off the chain of reaction by
posting your housesit advert. Once it is published, the advert is circulated among our active
housesitters, our inactive housesitters and our social media following. All your contact details and
exact location details are hidden for security reasons. Then housesitters will apply safely via the site.
Then you can start a conversation with your applicants to see if you like each other and can organise
the housesit between you.
Once you accept the sitter, and you the homeowner gets to choose, then you start the whole process of communication between you, and a timed review process.
Reviews and views
On the completion of every housesit assignment both the housesitter and the homeowner earn a
review. The reviews are informative giving a rating for communication, support, tidiness, care for the
animals and so on. At Housesitmatch we insist that all members make an effort to write a detailed
written review as well as give a rating for performance. It helps to give new readers of the reviews
more information about the next possible opportunity that arises.
So, join the network, build a profile and then communicate with your opposite party. Happy housesitting!