What is a house sitter?
The first question we should ask is what is a house sitter? A housesitter is a person invited in as a ‘ live in home sitter ‘ to care for your property and sometimes pets. You may know the term home sitters, or home minders or house minders. You brief the housesitter on how to look after your home and garden and any pets. Be sure to include and note any pets you have at home. As a result once your advert is published you may be surprised by the level of pet care experience some housesitters offer. Many are highly qualified to take care of your pets and animals in your absence.
What does a house sitter do?
Housesitters are people who will agree to move into your property as part of their working holiday or sometimes a professional assignment. They do this in order to care for your home and pets in your absence. They understand that it is a responsible role and that your home and pets are their priority whilst they are living in your property.
Tasks include basic garden upkeep, keeping the property clean and tidy, and feeding and exercising pets. Include any or all of these tasks in the housesitting assignment. The specific requirements would be outlined by the owner in their housesit listing or advert. These details will also appear in the written housesitting agreement prepared to benefit both participants.
You may be asked to clean the pool and water plants
How does housesitting work between homeowners and housesitters?
Housesitting arrangements are free for the home owner and sitters. Apart from the cost of registration on the housesitting website no money should change hands between the host (homeowner) and the guest (housesitter).
It works through a collaborative arrangement. That means that a house sitter offers their time, home care and pet minding services for free. In exchange they live rent free in the home. However, if the sitters incur expenses for pet care and/or essential maintenance then the home owner will recompense the sitters. Include these details in the written housesitting agreement drafted and agreed by the sitters and the home owner. And so the agreement should be drafted and agreed prior to the housesitting assignment starting.
How do I become a house sitter?
If you would like to become a member, why not register with Housesit Match today? We’ve got two levels of membership – standard and premium.
You’ll need to do an identity verification and a background check in order to become home sitters.
Before you take up a housesitting assignment it is worth reading the Housesit Match House sitter Check List for reference.
You should also read up on the responsibilities of a house sitter to make sure you are comfortable with the tasks that await you.