If you've already exhausted your list of friends/neighbours/family you can also check with local universities for students who often opt for house sitting
during semester breaks, but this means putting your home and pets in the trust of a stranger.
If you've no choice but a stranger, start with a call to your local vet and even pet shop
as often someone will snap up the chance to help out another pet lover in return for a bit of spare cash. Knowing the person coming to your home works in a local business, particularly one in the area of pet care is often a great indicator that they'll be responsible however there is no guarantee when it comes to what people can do - strangers or family!
Paying for a professional house sitting
service can fill that void of uncertainty. To find a professional house sitter you can look on the internet. Run a quick search for "house sitting" in the search engines (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing etc) and you will find a whole range of different websites. Some will be sites that allow individuals to register their availability and you simply pick your way through the listings of available people or you might need to place an "advertisement" on their site to outline what you're after. There are also many websites of owner/operators that offer their professional services
with a range of options to choose from. Some can offer to visit your home daily to walk the dog, put the cat out, bring in the mail, water the garden etc (from around $25/day), whilst others offer the full in-home service. You may find limitations finding these services
if you live in a more regional area however.
So that's where ExplorOz comes in - don't forget what you've already got access to right here - through our site you have the potential to reach a massive volume of people throughout Australia
. Many of course, are using this website for the purpose of planning a trip - wouldn't it be great if you could find someone interested in coming to your area that would look after your place in return for accommodation? If this sounds like something you'd like to organise, simply run a WANTED advertisement in the Classifieds
within the House Sitting
section stating exactly what you're looking for. General feedback
for using strangers is to select a short list of potential candidates and provide them with as much information about YOU and what you expect from them. Your requests may not suit some candidates, so better for them to have the opportunity to pull out before they start. It is typical to sign up a house sitter for this sort of scenario about 9-12 months in advance if you can so try not to leave it to the last minute.
There are some people who love travelling and will avail themselves at the first opportunity to house sit. Travelling house sitters from other countries is also widely done these days with many individuals and families seeking to vacation in a foreign country at an affordable price. House sitting
is now offered from a wide range of people, this includes seniors – they may be retired but healthy and willing to bear the hardship of doing odd jobs around your home or property for a short spell of time and then moving to another. The advantage is that they do not pay anything for their stay. Instead they earn money by giving house sitting
service. People of many respectable professions who have retired and have the passion for travelling opt for such services
. Their referrals and their advanced age give them an edge over younger house sitters.
Because the incentive for a person looking after your home could also be a place to park their vehicle, use of your facilities (water, power etc) and free accommodation, this option would be most successful if your home was set in a popular holiday or tourist area or if it offered a unique experience such as a rural setting, farm or even remote station as then you could probably come to a mutal agreement that was a bargain for all. So don't give up on your dream of a big holiday away. The logistics of house sitting
and pet care could be solved more easily, and more affordably than you think!