Travel is good for the soul, the mind, and the body. If you love to travel but money is an issue, you’ll be pleased to know that there is such a thing as a free vacation (almost). It’s called house-sitting and many holidaymakers are joining the bandwagon.
How does house sitting works?
Basically, it’s living in and looking after of someone’s home while the owner is away. As the sitter, you may have specified duties such as cleaning the house, looking after pets, and other basic expectations depending on the agreement. Think of it as vacationing in a friend’s house for free, given you can perform simple house duties. As a sitter, you may only need to pay a small agency fee, which is usually refundable if you were not able to find a suitable opportunity. For example, Aussie House Sitters provides a platform where sitters and owners can connect. It provides a service for only $65 a year.
What will I need to do?
Sitters are expected to be responsible for keeping the owner’s property safe, clean, and in a good condition until the owner returns. Pet sitting may normally be part of the duties too. You may encounter homeowners that will request specific tasks for you to do, such as gardening, which should be discussed and agreed ahead of time.
Is house sitting safe?
Most house-sitting platforms offer information to help people verify security, such as guidelines on checking references, and having a friend drop in at times for long-term sits.
Why should I consider a house-sit?
If you want a cheap holiday at your dream destination, house sitting is an ideal way to stay at beautiful residential properties. It’s a win-win situation and the mutual advantages are incredible. In terms of money, a house sitting arrangement can help both parties save a lot of money.
Will you consider house-sitting for your next holiday? Let us know in the comments.