House Sitting – How Do You Get Sits In Your Preferred Locations?

I did promise, in a previous post, House Sitting – Getting Started, that I would talk a little about how to get house sits in your preferred location.

There are several ways this can be achieved:

  • There are many house sitting platforms that you can join and some of them favour certain countries over others. If you have joined some of the Facebook groups for house sitters you will get lots of advice on which ones work best for which areas in the world.
  • There are many house sitting groups on Facebook targeted at particular countries, simply search house sitting and see what comes up
  • You could set up a business page on Facebook
  • You could create a website

These are all useful and may produce results but, in my opinion, the problem with the first 2 is that you will be fending off a lot of competition. I often see sits advertised and there are over 30, or even 50 applicants.

What I Did:

  • Identified where I wanted to go
  • Searched on Facebook for expat groups for those specific locations
  • Searched, and/or asked if there were buy and sell groups for the area
  • Advertised my services
  • Gave a link to my Trusted House Sitters profile where I already had good reviews and references
  • Asked people to message me
  • Entered into discussions; you need to ask lots of questions
  • Requested photographs of the home and pets
  • Created my own agreement based on templates from Trusted House Sitters and other places

Once you get a sit in your preferred location and while you are there you can also

  • Have business cards printed to give out to other people that you meet
  • Ask the home owners to recommend you to their friends, word of mouth is still tbe best advertising
  • Place advertisements in local pet shops and rescues

I now have pretty much a 50/50 divide between private bookings and ones booked through Trusted House Sitters. Also, I have many repeat sits and these are mainly the privately booked ones.

However, I do feel that is is important to be registered with a reputable house sitting platform first, in order to build up your reviews and also to gain insight into how the process works and learn what the possible pitfalls are. There is definitely a greater sense of security using a recognised platform and I have found that there are fewer cancellations. However, if you are brave enough to reach out independently as well you will be able to mould things to suit yourself.

I am sure there are lots of ingenious ways that other house sitters have discovered so if you have any suggestions please comment.

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15 comments

  1. Interesting how you have managed to get some great pet sits in your preferred locations. You do put a lot of effort into reaching out via various Facebook groups.

    I am tame in comparison and have only done pet sits via TrustedHousesitters although quite a few returns have been arranged directly with me.

    I have found the TrustedHousesitters App very useful saving my available dates o the app and getting notifications of pet sits as soon as they are advertised for those dates. You can filter the saved pet sits in preferred locations too.

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    • Oh you do have house sitters in the US Diane and it’s becoming more popular all the time. It’s so much easier on the pets than putting them in kennels and the home is kept secure as well. Some insurance companies even give discount if a house sitter is used..

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  2. Great post Jill. Interesting to read that you use THS plus organise sits yourself via social media. We mostly use THS but with repeats and the odd private one it’s enough for us. We do need to start doing overseas ones though as only housesat in the UK up to now.

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    • Jonno, I started house sitting for the purpose of getting to the warmer climates, for health reasons so I had to figure out a way of finding the sits. So far it has worked well for me. It is also a lot cheaper to live out here. Groceries cost a lot less and meals out, especially lunched are a great price. I did some sits in the UK a while ago, around Oxford and Epsom and I was horrified at the cost of things.

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