UPDATE (NOVEMBER 2022): I no longer recommend TrustedHousesitters. I’m one of several members who’ve been deported or refused entry to a foreign country for intending to use TrustedHousesitters while on a tourist visa. TrustedHousesitters offered no support and still won’t update their international house sitting advice. As a foreigner, you need a work visa if you intend to house sit in the USA or UK.
There’s a lot of house sitting websites out there. Some of them are great. Others, not so much. Membership fees vary and so, too, does the usability of each site. But if you’ve been toying with the idea of signing up to a house sitting website, here’s some things that might make the decision easier.
TrustedHousesitters was the first house sitting website I came across. It’s also my favourite. TrustedHousesitters has listings for anywhere you can think of. It’s not country-specific like Aussie House Sitters and House Sitters America.
The only downside is their membership fee is the most expensive of the lot—it’s $99 AUD/year for sitters.
Points of difference
- New members can ask employers, friends and family to leave character references on their profile to reassure homeowners they’re a decent human.
- If you use other sites for sits, you can ask the owner to leave you a REFERENCE after the sit is finished. Their reference won’t affect your TrustedHousesitters star rating.
- Homeowners must complete a ‘Welcome guide’ for their sitter. It covers every possible thing about the property and pet(s).
- TrustedHousesitters has an app.
- The app sends you a notification when a property matching your saved search criteria goes up.
- You’ll be rated on your organisation skills, reliability, self-sufficiency, tidiness and pet care. Your overall rating is then determined by the average score you received across all the categories.
- The TrustedHousesitters website looks a lot more modern and less cluttered, and is easier to navigate, than some of the other house sitting websites.
- They’ve got a big social media presence and they’re keen to share members’ stories.
Use RAF110780 to get 25% off membership.
Aussie House Sitters
Aussie House Sitters—as you’d expect—has more Australian sits than anyone else. Home/pet owners can sign up for free while sitters have to pay to use the service.
Membership is $84 AUD/year.
Points of difference
- You can import your reviews from their sister sites (House Sitters America, House Sitters Canada, etc.). I was able to bring my five-star review across from when I used House Sitters America in 2018.
- Users are given a ‘reply rating’. This might help you work out why you haven’t received a response.
- Search results can be refined by selecting properties:
- near trains/trams, buses, supermarkets, etc.
- with a pool
- that allow you to bring your pet(s) along
- where smoking is OK.
- Home/pet owners reach out to me quite a bit on Aussie House Sitters to see if I’m free to sit for them. This doesn’t happen much on the other sites.
Use AVHX9T to get $10 AUD off membership.
House Sitters America
I had a one-year membership with House Sitters America, but haven’t renewed it yet. The website navigation and layout is pretty similar to Aussie House Sitters, but the colour scheme—or something I can’t quite put my finger on—makes the website look dated. They do, however, have a good range of sits all over the USA. I was able to get a week-long sit in Washington, D.C., through House Sitters America and often see sits I’d love to do (but can’t because of current work committments).
A one-year House Sitters America membership is $30 USD. I just wish House Sitters America, Aussie House Sitters and their other websites had a combined membership covering all the countries.
Use GRZKCY to get $5 USD off membership.
I used housecarers.com to secure a Christmas sit in Boulder, Colorado. You can search for sits based on country and/or by date, and you can refine the search by selecting a state or region.
An annual membership is $55 AUD. Homeowners can use housecarers.com for free.
Points of difference
- housecarers.com has a comprehensive membership dashboard—unlike most of the other house sitting websitse I’ve used—where you can see how many people have viewed your profile, etc.
- This dashboard has way too many features to list so I recommend checking it out with either with a limited membership (i.e. no messaging capability) or paid membership.
Sign up using this link to get an extra 6 months added to your membership.
I’ve got an active MindMyHouse membership, but I don’t check the website all that often. It’s not my favourite site, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad either. I was able to get a MindMyHouse sit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in January and asked the owner to leave a reference on my TrustedHousesitters profile instead.
Membership is $20 USD/year. It’s free for homeowners.
I don’t have a paid membership with Nomador. I did, however, sign up with them a few years back to take advantage of the three free applications they let you submit.
Points of difference
- Nomador lets people list their property as a stopover stay. This means travellers can stay with this person for one night at no cost.
After joining the House Sitting World Facebook group, I’ve learned a lot of people find house sits through other Facebook groups (e.g. House & Pet Sitting Asia – Thailand, Japan, Philippines, Singapore and more). I’m not sure how I feel about securing a sit through Facebook. The house sitting websites give me a sense of security and I feel a lot more comfortable organising everything through them.
Now it’s your turn to pick one
Hopefully my list of pros and cons has helped you form an opinion about which house sitting website is best suited to your needs. I have several discount codes that’ll save you a few dollars on memberships with TrustedHousesitters, Aussie House Sitters and/or House Sitters America. Please let me know if these codes don’t work and I can issue you with a new one.
Hi,we are members of a HomeExchange .com for years.we have lots of great reviews from that,also looked after pets for some.Would this suffice as references for when we join Trusted house sitters.would love to hear from you.Regards,Lorraine.
I think that’d be fine, Lorraine. Maybe just ask one or two of the pet owners to write something for you on your TrustedHousesitters profile, and/or link back to your Home Exchange reviews.
this is very useful.. once i travel again, i will definitely try these house sitting sites ^_^
Reads like an advert for Trusthousesitters. Be aware sitters …. this company takes your credit details for a years subscription then at year end without advising or the courteous of advising you, your c/c is raided of funds.