HOUSE SITTING

 

HOUSE SITTING

Welcome to our HOUSE SITTING page – a positively comprehensive resource of information for anyone interested in combining exploring the world with looking after two, four or even six-plus legged friends. And why wouldn’t you?!

We like to combine the relaxed comforts of house sitting with adventurous bursts of backpacking. But that’s just us. If you haven’t tried house sitting before you might just find that it’s the lifestyle you had no idea existed. And, indeed a lifestyle that’s easier to have than you might think.

Intrigued?

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PREPARING FOR A HURRICANE – A HOUSE SITTER’S GUIDE

You’re house sitting in the tropics and a potential Category 5 hurricane is heading your way? How do you prepare? Based on our life-changing experience surviving Hurricane Irma in 2017, here’s our guide to help you make the right decisions

HOUSE SITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 1. WHAT IS HOUSE SITTING?

What’s house sitting all about and how can you determine if it’s for you?

HOUSE SITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 2. HOW TO GET HOUSE SITTING JOBS

How to find a suitable house sit and what steps you should take to give yourself the best chance of being accepted for it

HOUSE SITTING FOR BEGINNERS – 3. HOUSE SITTING TIPS TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION

What to look out for on your first house sitting assignment and how you can start to build a reputation as a skilled and reliable sitter

5 RANDOM THINGS WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT HOUSE SITTING

From flooded bedrooms and being locked out of the house to forever regretting teaching the parrot a new phrase – here are our top five lessons learned from house sitting

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO HOUSESIT IN RURAL FRANCE?

Everything you need to know about house sitting in the magnificent French countryside

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO TRAVEL AND MIND OTHER PEOPLE’S PETS?

Or how we’ve managed to combine travel and pet sitting to explore South West France

WHERE WE’VE HOUSE-SAT

LES CONSTANCIES

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
36 days

DATES:
29 Aug – 6 Oct 2016

PETS:
Marjie (cat)

PAYROUX

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: PAYROUX housesit
12 days

DATES:
6 – 17 Oct 2016

PETS:
Norman (cat)

 

SEMBOUES

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: SEMBOUE housesit
11 days

DATES:
18 – 26 Oct 2016

PETS:
Plum, Nudger, Lucky (dogs), Boo (cat)

ST CHRISTOPHE

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: 11 days DATES: 18 - 26 Oct 2016 PETS: Plum, Nudger, Lucky (dogs), Boo (cat)
33 days

DATES:
29 Oct – 1 Dec 2016

PETS:
Bertie (dog)

 

ST AUBIN DES CHATEAUX

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: ST AUBINS DES CHATEAUX housesit
3 months

DATES:
5 Jan – 4 Apr 2017

PETS:
Genghis, Lou (dogs), Billy (parrot), 2 Chinese geese, 2 chickens

HALTON VILLAGE

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
9 days

DATES:
22 – 30 Dec 2016

PETS:
3 Chinese geese, 1 cat

ALFRETON

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
12 days

DATES:
8 – 20 Apr 2017

PETS:
3 cats

TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: BVI housesit
19 weeks

DATES:
3 May – 13 Sep 2017

PETS:
Princess, Lucy, Oscar, Rupert (cats)

LYMM

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
4 days

DATES:
11 – 14 Oct 2017

PETS:
Cookie (cat)

DUNHAM ON THE HILL

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
10 days

DATES:
1 – 10 Oct 2017

PETS:
Pippa, Bella (dogs)

LONDON

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
5 days

DATES:
28 Dec 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

PETS:
Rocky (cat)

NORTH LUFFENHAM

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: HOUSESIT - North Luffenham
6 days

DATES:
23 – 28 October 2017

PETS:
Jake, Monty (dogs); 3 guinea pigs

ANACORTES

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: Our housesit in Anacortes, USA
5 months

DATES:
1 Dec 2017 – 5 May 2018

PETS:
None

MEDELLÍN

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
24 days

DATES:
18 Aug – 11 Sep 2018

PETS:
Sasha, Mollie, Rosa (dogs); Henry, Mooch, No Bibé (cats)

SAN RAMON

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
26 days

DATES:
15 Sep – 10 Oct 2018 

PETS:
Dog, cat, chickens, guinea fowl, parrot, koi carp

BOQUETE

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: Boquete house sit - Nov 2018
1 month

DATES:
30 Oct – 29 Nov 2018 (upcoming sit)

PETS:
None

 

 

 

 

Boquete house sitLENGTH OF HOUSESIT
11 weeks

DATES:
31 May – 15 Aug 2018

PETS:
Oscar, Felix (cats)

 

 

ST VINCENT

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT:
25 days

DATES:
22 Jun – 16 Jul 2019

PETS:
Felix, Charlie (cats)

MAYFIELD

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: 10 days

DATES:
22 Aug – 1 Sep 2019

PETS:
Cody. Lily, Tessa (dogs), McLeod (cat)

CLOTTON

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: 10 days

DATES:
8 -18 Sep 2019

PETS: Lucy, Daisy (dogs)

MIDDLEZOY

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: 13 days

DATES:
18 – 30 Sep 2019

PETS: 2 rotweiller dogs (Max and Roxy); cat

COTES HEATH

LENGTH OF HOUSESIT: 10 days

DATES:
3 – 13 Oct 2019

PETS: 2 cats

NEED A HOUSE SITTER?

WE’RE AVAILABLE

from December 2019

 

Hi – we’re Ian and Nicky and we’re a non-smoking 40 and 50-something English couple who’ve swapped a corporate life for one of exploring the world.

We’ve travelled extensively over the past four years, including numerous house sitting assignments in Europe and North/Central/South America. Although we’re flexible about where and what type of house sitting assignments we’d like to do in the future, we’d prefer to be around animals, particularly as our lifestyle no longer allows us to have pets of our own.

House sitting provides us with the opportunity to continue exploring the world without the need to rush around from one place to the next. And it gives us the opportunity to once again share our lives with animals – albeit temporarily. And, of course, it allows us to indulge in some of our other interests such as food (cooking and eating), walking and photography.

Our experience comes from 30 years as proud homeowners in a semi-rural part of the UK, with a lifetime of living with and loving our pets.

Having being homeowners for so long we understand what your home means to you. So you can be confident that we’ll treat yours as if it was our own. And you can rest assured that your pets will be left in loving hands, too.

What a lucky day for us when Ian and Nicky responded to our advert! Such a responsible, warm and caring couple who looked after our pets with obvious affection and conscientiousness. It was obvious that animal routines had been followed carefully but it was also plain that all of them had been given much additional love and time.

On our return, we found the house immaculate and a delicious meal prepared which we all enjoyed together. We were delighted when they stayed a few extra days with us.

I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Maggie & Nick, Semboué, France

Nicky and Ian, thank you so very much for being there for our 2 senior cats who aren’t the cuddliest, but you knew how to handle them perfectly. The many plants have never been in better condition and the swimming pool is now sparkling clean.

You are a delightful couple, making us feel so comfortable and giving us peace of mind during our absence with your permanent updates.

We could not have asked for any better care ! 

Mike & Traudl, St Vincent & The Grenadines

From the start, Ian & Nicky gave us the confidence that they would be the perfect sitters for our pets. We chatted on skype a couple of times before they sat and we could tell from the beginning that they were conscientious and very thorough.  Everything that they promised to do they carried out, from arriving on time, to keeping us updated on our pets during our absence (sending us photos and anecdotes). When my husband returned, even though on an early morning flight, they had very kindly already washed all the bedding and cleaned the house! 

The animals obviously enjoyed their company and attention and seemed to miss them after their departure. We rate Ian and Nicky very highly, from pre-arrival communication, to the care and attention that they paid to our pets and home during their stay. I recommend them without hesitation. They are the perfect couple to housesit your home and pets. 10/10.

Kathy & Gary, East Sussex, England

Ian and Nicky looked after our cat, Cookie whilst we went on a short break and made every effort to ensure he was well fed and watered – and with plenty of love and affection thrown in for good measure. He just loves lots of attention and can be quite demanding on that front!

Our house was immaculately clean and tidy when we returned and Cookie had a happy, smug expression which assured us that we had made the right decision in choosing Ian and Nicky for this assignment! If that wasn’t enough, we arrived home to a lovely curry they’d prepared – one of their speciality dishes picked up after many months of travelling the world.

The Mackenzies are a lovely, warm couple with plenty of interesting tales to tell from their travels. We trust them implicitly and wouldn’t hesitate to have them back again or recommend them to anyone looking for house/pet sitters.

Ian & Caroline, Lymm, England

SELECTED HOUSE SITTING SITES

With over 20,000 registered homeowners and an annual fee of just $20 for sitters, Mind My House represents great value. Which is one reason why we chose it first to try out housesitting for ourselves. And we continue to use it today.

Trusted Housesitters is THE BIG ONE when it comes to housesitting sites. It has the most homeowners registered, but also the most housesitters. So, obtaining a house sit can be VERY competitive, although the choice is incredible. It costs $119 per year to be a member but you can get a special 20% discount to join by clicking here.

Established back in 2000, House Carers is one of the earliest house sitting sites and competes with Trusted Housesitters as the biggest around. But at $50 per year, it’s more affordable than the latter.

Probably the fastest-growing of all the house sitting sites, Nomador has nearly 60,000 members and costs £89 per year. It’s particularly good for European and especially French sits, but it has a growing selection of assignments all around the world, too. One advantage is that you can apply for your first three assignments free of charge before you commit to the paid membership.

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