Top tips for get­ting house sit­ters

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house sit­ter about their ex­pec­ta­tions and go from there.

Es­tab­lish whether you need a house sit­ter or a house min­der.

If you’re just go­ing away for the week­end, your neigh­bour might be able to keep an eye on your place from the com­fort of their own living room. Tips for be­com­ing a house sit­ter: If you’re not plan­ning a hol­i­day in the near fu­ture, house sit­ting could be a great (and af­ford­able!) al­ter­na­tive.

Tell your com­mu­nity via Neigh­ that you’re keen and on any public re­quest for a house sit­ter im­me­di­ately.

Sell your­self. If you do spot an ad­vert for a house sit­ter needed, make sure you of­fer a lit­tle about your­self so your neigh­bour can trust your ex­pe­ri­ence.

Con­sider shar­ing pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, what you’re com­fort­able do­ing (eg pet-sit­ting) and why the op­por­tu­nity in­ter­ests you.

Peo­ple are more likely to hire house sit­ters if they al­ready know and trust them so start meet­ing and be­ing friendly to your neigh­bours!

Ask for a ref­er­ence if you’ve done house sit­ting be­fore. This is a great thing to of­fer to share with those who might be look­ing for some­one to care for their home.

Some peo­ple are pro­fes­sional house sit­ters.

Th­ese are the types of peo­ple who sub­scribe to house sit­ting web­sites and book so many backto-back stints that they rarely live in their own home.

Reg­is­ter with a house sit­ting web­site like hous­esit­ if this sounds a bit like you.

A hol­i­day in par­adise – but who is look­ing af­ter your house while you’re away?

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