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and pet owners with house sitters all around Australia.
Ms Coombs said the business model was a great success and helped many people to save money for a home deposit or to be able to go on a holiday. t
“It is a win-win situation for both, the house owner and the house sitter,” Ms Coombs said.
“As the house is in good hands – the owner can go away relaxed without having to worry and the house sitter can live comfortably without financial worries.”
Ms Woff and Mr Huxley said house sitting was also a great opportunity for them to get to know different suburbs in Brisbane and to meet new people.
“So far all house owners have been very open and welcoming, they were happy for us to have friends over for dinner and just to feel at home,” Mrs Woff said. Mr Huxley said at first it is strange to live in someone else’s house but after a few days you get used to it and it feels like your own home. Ms Coombs said that the number of members of mindahome.com.au rose by 110 per cent in the past two years, mainly because increasing rents in major cities. “Most house sitters are young couples and professional under 35 years saving for a home deposit and retirees who don’t have a lot of money, who use it as an opportunity to go on a holiday,” she said.
Mr Huxley said house sitting enhanced their lifestyle because they got to know different places, new people and innovative houses.
“It also gives us the chance to see diverse houses and to experience what kind of house we would like to buy and which ones we don’t like,” he said.
39 Schooner Circuit, Manly West, fits the bill for Australian househunters with plenty of space and good public amenities.