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How to Become a House Sitter

Posted June 23, 2011

Are you new to house sitting? Or maybe you've been house sitting for friends, family, neighbors, etc. for a while and are looking to expand your services to other areas or find more house sitting jobs. There are many reasons to become a full-time house sitter.

"I just retired from a 35 year-long career in the corporate world, and I was looking to travel the world. I traveled a lot during my career, but rarely for pleasure. I was tired of staying in chain hotels, and was looking for a more home-like atmosphere during my travels as a retiree. I found and knew it could provide what I was looking for. I have traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, and have had many house sitting assignments. It has been nice to feel at home even when I was far from my own."

~  Roger Sinclair

"I recently graduated from law school, and student loans were piling up. I found a long-term house sitting assignment in the city I had just been offered a job, and I jumped at the opportunity! It worked out great, and I have been house sitting ever since! has been a great resource!"

~  Jon Anthony

Do you have what it takes?

Are you responsible, dependable, and professional? Homeowners are entrusting their homes and possessions to you, and it is imperative that they can depend on you to complete the assignment professionally. You must be able to pass a criminal background check and provide reputable references.

What's your availability?

Will you work just a few assignments per year, or are you looking to become a professional house sitter? House sitting assignments are available year-round in all parts of the world and range from short-term to long-term assignments. Thus, you must determine your availability and the areas you would be willing to travel to in order to complete house sitting assignments.

"I'm a teacher, and have summers off. I am always looking to travel somewhere new and interesting during the summer, but getting away during the school year isn't a possibility. has made it easy to search for house sitting assignments during the timeframe that works for me."

~  Tammy Doud

"I work full-time, but I'm always looking for a little extra income on the side. I usually accept short-term assignments in the city where I live. I have several clients that travel regularly and use me to care for their home and pets while they are away. I have found house-sitting to provide the flexibility I need."

~  Andrea Ricker

Sign up and create a profile on

Your profile is important! It is the first opportunity a homeowner has to get to know you. You should consider uploading a picture of yourself that you feel adequately represents your personality. Provide a description of your background, services you offer, and the reasons you feel you would be a good house sitter. Many homeowners peruse the house sitter profiles without posting their available house sitting assignment.

Send Messages to Registered Home Owners provides a map of registered home owners throughout the world. If you find an assignment that matches your location criteria, send the home owner a message!

The Interview

You've connected with a homeowner, and they would like to set up an interview. Be sure you are prepared!

As with any interview, you may want to anticipate potential questions the homeowner may ask and think about your responses. See the article on Selecting a house sitter for potential questions they may ask.

Before the interview, determine the services you are willing to provide. For example, some homeowners want you to live in their home while they are away, while others want you to stop by at determined times to care for their home. Are you willing to care for pets, plants, etc.? What about caring for the lawn, cleaning the home, etc.?

You also want to think about the financial arrangement you would prefer. Do you need a place to live rent-free, or are you willing to pay a reduced rate in exchange for house sitting services? Are you willing to cover electricity, water, etc. bills? If you offer additional services such as house cleaning or lawn maintenance, will you charge a fee?

Ready, set, House sit!

So you have determined that house sitting is the right move for you. Congratulations! You're on your way to a fun, full-filling way of life!

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