Housesitting Hints & Tips

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Housesitting Hints & Tips – Useful Resources

To help you on your way to a safe and secure house-sit we have prepared some housesitting hints and tips including legal templates and guidelines for your use.

  1. Legal Documents:  HouseSit Match subscribers have access to our contract templates, among other useful documents, written by in-country lawyers
  2. Blog:  Read the HouseSit Match blog and learn how other people’s experience could help you.
  3. Easy sit guidelines:  We offer you a document that give some quick and handy checklists, and must share information.

Handy Guidelines

To help you we have outlined all the ideas fed back to us by sitters and owners alike such as check lists, instructions and helpful hints – now in one document: Easy Sit Guidelines. Whether you are a homeowner or sitter please be mindful of our HouseSit Match Terms and Conditions.

Housesitting Hints and Tips –  ALL MEMBERS


How to get started with housesitting as a homeowner or pet owner

While the world engaged in housesitting and petsitting is growing it may be your first experience. Don’t worry. At HouseSitMatch we always like to help new people come on board. To learn more about our housesitting hints, read on and get started.

How to become a house sitter with no experience

If you are interested and want to prepare to become a good housesitter and to find house sitting jobs take a look at this checklist:

  • Sign up  with a housesitting platform like HouseSit Match or Home carers and become a house sitter for free
  • Get ID checked, and ideally secure an up to date Police check
  • Build a good profile describing who you are, your home and pet care experience, and your motivations for housesitting
  • Start by applying for a local housesit or petsit to get experience; work to ensure you get a good reference
  • Offer personal references to homeowners, and share good up to date photos of you caring for property and pets.
What is the etiquette for house sitting?

There are a number of tips and tricks to ensure you observe house sitting etiquette as a new sitter or owner.

  • Above all respect the other party in the housesitting relationship –
    • Homeowners treat the house sitter as as guest, welcome them with a meal
    • Housesitters remember you are in someone else’s home caring for their pets, pay attention to the home routines
  • Develop good communications and try to learn from each other from the start. Keep in touch even when you are apart
  • Be clear about expectations on both sides-
    • Homeowners document what you need the sitter to do daily
    • Housesitter make sure you are taking on a housesit responsibility you can meet
  • Work the relationship; end of a positive note and help each other – this is an exchange of services. it should be a win win
  • Housesitting enables pet owners to travel with peace of mind; and housesitters to exchange time and skills for free accommodation.
How do I get an ID check online?

identity verification is central to our housesitting hints. Verification of all our members helps to keep the site safe. All members will be asked to give a few identifying details on registration to verify their identity. While we do not reveal your real name or contact details, we keep those hidden for security, we will display this logo to show that you have been verified by our partner Mitek

Housesitting hints and tips – For Owners

As an owner about to brief a sitter we suggest you read the Easy Sit Guidelines and detail what is relevant for your home, pets and garden. It is a great way to brief your sitter on how to manage your property and animals in your absence.

Housesitting hints and tips – For Sitters

As a house-sitter about to take on the responsibility of caring for a property and/or pets it is good to prepare by checking out our Overview of House-Sitter’s Responsibilities. It is full of housesitting hints. To optimise your profile as sitter it can help to include either character references in your application ( as an attachment) or a scanned-in copy of your up-to-date police disclosure document. Please note we offer an online service on registration to get your ID and background checks done straightaway. This is the best option as a member of HouseSitMatch.

Your profile will show a Housesitting hints - get verified VERIFIED TICK then other members will know you’ve been checked!

For reference we offer the handy links below

International Police Checks 

  • Once registered on HouseSitMatch you will be asked to secure a background check through VERIFILE our partner
  • There will be a charge for this service, you will be asked to supply for identification documents


If you are based in the UK and interested in House Sitting UK get an up to date UK Police check.

  • Once registered on HouseSitMatch you will be asked to secure a background check through VERIFILE our partner
  • UK Disclosure / Criminal Records Bureau
  • Disclosures Basic – Online Enquiry
  • Need advice on how to register an independent UK Basic Disclosure check, call: 0870 218 5915


If you are from Australia and you are interested in house sitting Australia get an up to date police check.

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