“How on earth do you find your housesits?”

We get asked this all the time.  With so many house sitting websites out there it’s hard to know where to start.  

 

We’ve developed “The List” (below) to help make it easier for you know where to start.  We’ve included information that was important to us.  Things like cost, locations, search functions are cited below.  

 

There is a lot of information on the list, so if we’ve forgotten any sites or have made a mistake on the ones listed, please let us know. Simply click on the name of the housesitting site and the info will drop down beneath.

 

Happy House Sit Shopping!

 


WEBSITE

      

Started in:
2004
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$69 AUD for a limited time (regularly $84)
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
400-500
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 7) ~ YouTube Video ~ References from Aussie Housesitters’ Homeowners
Security:
unknown
Description:
Aussie Housesitters is the largest housesitting site specific to Australia.  The site has a very strong search and sort function for sitters searching for housesits.  The search map is especially nice and robust.  You can also save a search, as well as, have alerts emailed for any saved search.


WEBSITE

        

Started in:
1983
Price for Homeowners:
Online: $29.95 – 1 Year/$49.95 – 2 Year/$69.95 – 3 Year
Postal Delivery: 1 Year/$34.95 – 2 Year/$59.95 – 3 Year/$84.95
Online + Postal: 1 Year/$43.95 – 2 Year/$77.95 – 3 Year/$111.95
Price for House Sitters:
Online: $29.95 – 1 Year/$49.95 – 2 Year/$69.95 – 3 Year
Postal Delivery: 1 Year/$34.95 – 2 Year/$59.95 – 3 Year/$84.95
Online + Postal: 1 Year/$43.95 – 2 Year/$77.95 – 3 Year/$111.95
Payment Methods:
Paypal
Countries:
Worldwide, but most opportunities are in the United States
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
50+
Uploads Allowed: 
Advertisements are placed, as classified ads, for $.65 per word
Security:
unknown
Description:
Caretaker Gazette is a family-owned publishing operation.  It is a bi-monthly subscription driven system with the option to view and receive/view listings on the website or email or by snail mail.  Emails are generally sent weekly, as new listings become available. Listing are not visible without subscription and there are no photos with the listings.

Most of the opportunities are for paid positions concentrated in the United States.  If you purchase an online subscription you must login to view.  The site is functional, but is not mobile friendly.


WEBSITE

Started in:
unknown
Price for Homeowners:
Job ads are free
Price for House Sitters/Caretakers:
$29 for a Gold Membership (yearly)
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide, but most are in rural areas of the United States
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
10+
Uploads Allowed: 
unknown
Security:
unknown
Description:
Caretakerjobs.com is a small site that operates as an offshoot of Housecarers.com.  The website is a bit difficult to navigate and is not mobile friendly, but if you are looking for a paid or free rent work exchange it’s worth checking out.


WEBSITE

         

Started in:
1995
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
Free
Payment Methods:
not applicable
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
many, depending on location
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos 
Security:
no
Description:
Believe it or not, Craig’s List often has housesit opportunities and is a good place to advertise your house sitting services for free. Because it is location specific, it may take a while to sift through various areas, but you might find an awesome opportunity here.


WEBSITE

        

Started in:
1999
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
Free limited Trial Membership ~ 4 months/$60 AUD ~ 12 months/$60 AUD ~ 18 months/$85 AUD
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
300-400
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos  
Security:
unknown
Description:
Happy House Sitters is specific to Australia. The search and notification systems are great for this site. Once you set your profile for a given area, then you can receive either daily or real time notifications when a new house sit becomes available. Also, 12- and 18-month subscribers are allowed to suspend their memberships when engaged in a long assignment or taking a break from house sitting.


WEBSITE

      

Started in:
2000
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$50 US per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
250+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 14) ~ Video ~ References
Security:
Police checks ~ ID checks
Description:
We love the layout and ease of use for this site.  We found our Xcalak house sit through House Carers.  

House sitters can register for free and be notified of new housesits via email, however, you must be a member to contact the home owners.  You can join by paying the $50 per year fee at any time.

Paid membership allows housesitters to apply for unlimited sits, as well as, contact/respond to owners.  There is an option to display a personal phone number on your profile, as well.

I really like the housesitters WORLD MAP that displays all current sits and the time frame as to when they were posted.


WEBSITE

        

Started in:
2006
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$30 US
Payment Methods:
Paypal or Credit Cards
Countries:
United States
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
100+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ Endorsements from House Sitters America owners
Security:
unknown
Description:
This is an inviting, well organized site.  Searching is easy and sits are organized by region.  The Destinations section is particularly well done, with information about “what to do” in various regions of the United States.  If you are considering a house sit in the US, then joining this site is must!


WEBSITE

       

Started in:
2016
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
Free for 2 years
Payment Methods:
Not Applicable
Countries:
Canada
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
25+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 7) ~ YouTube Video ~ Endorsements 
Security:
unknown
Description:
This site is new and very well done. To help build the site memberships, they are free for the first two years, so if you are considering housesits in Canada, jump on this one.

The site also includes some awesome tips for writing a housesitting profile, as well as, a great Destinations section with descriptions of what to do in many areas of Canada.  Great job!  We wish House Sitters Canada continued success!


WEBSITE

      

Started in:
2012
Price for Homeowners:
Standard Membership £49 per year: 150-word profile, 2 profile images, Free ID verification, Verified reviews, Access to checked sitters, House-Sitting Legal Templates, Live Chat with Members, Market Place Offers
Premium Membership £79 per year: 800-word profile, 7 profile images, Video link, Free ID verification, Post multiple housesit adverts, Access to checked sitters, Verified reviews, House-Sitting Legal Templates, Live Chat with Members, Market Place Offers, Free How-To Guides, Hands on customer support
Price for House Sitters:
Standard Membership £49 per year: 150-word profile, 2 profile images, Verified reviews, Free ID verification, Easy online background check, Live Chat with Members, Market Place offers, House-Sit Alerts
Premium Membership £79 per year: 800-word profile, 7 profile images, Video link, ‘Get started’ support, Verified reviews, Free ID verification, Easy online background check, Live Chat with Members, Market Place offers, Free How-To Guides, Tailored house-Sit Alerts, Hands on customer support
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide with focus in UK and Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
50+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 7) ~ YouTube Video ~ Verified Reviews
Security:
ID verification, Background checks
Description:
We love the design and ease of use of the Housesit Match website.  The Housesit Match blog is packed with A LOT of information about house sitting, as well as, travel.  We were featured in the House Sit Match blog for winning the 2017 Blogging Competition!  Check it out!

One thing on this site, that we found so useful, is the Visa Application Guide. Here, on one page is a very extensive list of countries, with links to visa information and application.  It’s awesome!


WEBSITE



Started in:
2008
Price for Homeowners:
$79 US per year
Price for House Sitters:
$79 US per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Mexico
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
12-15
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References from House Sit Mexico Homeowners
Security:
unknown
Description:
Housesit Mexico has a pretty website, but with limited house sits available.  However, we found our Lake Chapala house sit here and had a great experience with it.  You may search housesits without becoming a member, but you must subscribe to contact homeowners. Currently there is a special of 20% off, for subscription renewals.


WEBSITE

 

Started in:
2012
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
£20 
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
United Kingdom
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
400-500
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 7) ~ YouTube Video ~ Two-way References from housesitters and home owners
Security:
unknown
Description:
Housesitters UK has an extensive search feature that allows for much more (house type, dwelling features, kid friendly, etc.) than just geographic region. Non-subscribers are able to browse through sits without joining, but must subscribe to contact potential housesit owners.


WEBSITE


Started in:
2015
Price for Homeowners:
3 months $19, 6 months $39 or 12 months membership for $69
Price for House Sitters:
3 months $19, 6 months $39 or 12 months membership for $69
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Bank Transfer, Credit Cards
Countries:
Tasmania, Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
15-20+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos 
Security:
House sitters MUST be able to provide a current National Police Check and current references to home owners, if requested
Description:
The Housesitting Tasmania site is run by a couple who were housesitters before starting the site. Because the site is small, they provide a lot of personal customer service attention if you need help uploading photos and figuring things out on the site. We’ve never been there, but we’ve heard that island of Tasmania is one of the most gorgeous spots on the planet, so if you are interested in finding out just how beautiful it is, check out this site!


WEBSITE

        

Started in:
2011
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
12 months for $84
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
New Zealand
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
200+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos
Security:
unknown
Description:
Great site for searching housesits in New Zealand.  House sitters can search available sits, but must join to contact owners.  


WEBSITE

Started in:
2004
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$25 per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
25+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References
Security:
No security checks at this time
Description:
Luxury House Sitting has a great price for sitters and a 60-day money back guarantee.  The map feature on the site is helpful and it’s worth shopping through available sits, because there are always some lovely places available.


WEBSITE

     

Started in:
2008
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$49 AUD per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit or Debit Cards
Countries:
Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
750+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References
Security:
Provides sources for sitters to get their own security certificates
Description:
Full members receive a copy the Mindahome eBook House Sitting Guide. This site is well laid out and easy to shop for housesits or sitters.  The site blog is well written with loads of great info too!

 

WEBSITE

 

Started in:
2012
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for Houses Sitters:
£15 annually
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
United Kingdom
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
75+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References
Security:
Provides sources for sitters to obtain their own security check certificates.
Description:
Along with their sister site, Mind a Home Australia, this site is well thought out and easy to navigate.


WEBSITE

     

Started in:
2015
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$10 US per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
United States
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
10+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References
Security:
unknown
Description:
This is a relatively new site that shows great promise. It’s very economical for sitters! Also, has a great section about some cool places to visit in the US.

 


WEBSITE

   

Started in:
2005
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$20 US per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
200+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ References
Security:
unknown
Description:
We love this site’s “cartoony” interface, as well as, it’s ease of use.  We found our very first house sit on Vieques, Puerto Rico here, as well as, our sit in Belize.  For us, it’s been well worth $20 to be a member of this site!


WEBSITE

      

Started in:
2014
Price for Homeowners:
Free for first three inquiries, after that it’s $35 per quarter or $89 per year
Price for House Sitters:
Free for first three inquiries, after that it’s $35 per quarter or $89 per year
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
700+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ Endorsements
Security:
Trust Profile (Nomador verifies members)
Description:
We love Nomador!!!  Here’s why:

For absolutely no money, you can become a full member of Nomador and enjoy their stellar services with their Discovery membership.  With this option house sitters get to view house sitting listings, apply to home sitting offers of up to 3 applications, chat with home owners via internal email, and also receive evaluation at the end of the stay. Both can create a profile, have their ID checked, and obtain a Trust Index.

For the Confidence option, which costs $35 per quarter and $89 per year, home owners get to experience all the previously mentioned features, with the addition of restricting the visibility of a listing to only Nomador members. For house sitters, they get to respond to all home-sitting offers, and view offers restricted to subscribed members. Both members can add additional details to their profile, display and endorse a recommendation at the end of a house sit.

Nomador also takes the “community” aspect of housesitting to a new level with a program called Stop Overs.  This program allows travelers to stay with Nomador members, for a night or two, as they travel in another country, or maybe even to fill a gap between house-sits. The hosting members meet new Nomador people by offering up a spare bedroom, for those who happen to be in their part of the world.

The Nomador Home-Book is a well thought out document, that gathers all the pertinent information and instructions for house sitters. The document includes things like telephone numbers, contact persons, guidelines for taking care of the house and garden, caring for pets, and many more. The Home-Book can be downloaded free and is in PDF format. 


WEBSITE

      

Started in:
2010
Price for Homeowners:
$119 US
Price for House Sitters:
$119 US
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
All, International
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
2000
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 13) ~ Video ~ References
Security:
Police check, security checks
Description:
Trusted Housesitters is the largest, most comprehensive of all house sitting sites. Likewise, they are the most expensive, but because of the sheer number of offerings, as a housesitter, you have a better chance of nabbing the perfect sit for you.  Trusted House Sitters has a team of 40+ employees with a 24/7 customer service team available.

For those new to housesitting, make sure you sign up for email alerts when new sits become available, as well as, create a “killer” profile that will attract attention and “sell” yourself.

 


WEBSITE


Started in:
2006
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$12 US every 3 months
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Worldwide
Average number of active jobs/housesits at any given time:
50
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos ~ Resumes
Security:
unknown
Description:
If you are not quite ready to travel the world without the “safety net” of income, then Working Couples might be a good fit for you.  Jobs exclusively for two people, or couples, are posted here and are primarily in the hospitality or caretaker arenas.  Normally, accommodations are included in the package.  Examples of jobs on Working Couples include:  Apartment Manager/Resident Manager Teams, Caretaker Couples, Domestic Couples, House Parents, Innkeeper/Hotel/Motel Couples, Live-In Caregiver Couples,
Management Couples, Ministry Couples, Mobile Home Park Management Teams, Property Management Couples, Pub-Restaurant Managers, Ranch/Farm Couples, Self Storage Management Teams and Work Camper/Campground Couples. 


WEBSITE



Started in:
2015
Price for Homeowners:
Free
Price for House Sitters:
$8.95 AUD per month
Payment Methods:
Paypal, Credit Cards
Countries:
Australia
Average number of active housesits at any given time:
10+
Uploads Allowed: 
Photos (up to 5)~ References 
Security:
Police checks forms and info are uploadable
Description:
Your Home, My Home has a nice web presence, but to us, the cost is a bit high.  However, if you find the perfect house sit here, then it’s worth it!