I write and produce all content on One cat at a time, and all views expressed are my own.
My blog posts are designed for information only and I would recommend doing additional research before signing up to a house sitting website. You might want to consider the risks involved with using TrustedHousesitters internationally and should consult an immigration lawyer (or similar) before agreeing to an international house sit.
How the house sitting thing works
Sits are found through house sitting websites where owners can view my profile and reviews before deciding if I’m a good fit for them. I can respond to a person’s ad or they may choose to reach out to me without posting.
I’m not affiliated with any of the house sitting websites I use and I pay for each membership I have. Sometimes I may have enough rewards points/dollars to renew my membership without incurring a cost, but my membership is never ‘gifted’.
House sitting isn’t paid
BUT THE US GOVERNMENT STILL CONSIDERS UNPAID HOUSE AND PET SITTING TO BE A FORM OF EMPLOYMENT. FOREIGNERS WANTING TO USE TRUSTEDHOUSESITTERS IN THE USA NEED A WORK VISA OR THEY RISK BEING DEPORTED. IT’S ILLEGAL TO HOUSE AND PET SIT WHILE IN THE COUNTRY ON/WITH AN ESTA.
I’m not paid to house and cat sit, and accepting cash goes against the terms and conditions stipulated by the house sitting websites. I’m not employed by any of the house sitting companies and I don’t receive payment for spruiking the benefits of using their services. I’ve never signed a contract prior to undertaking a house and cat sit, and none of the people I’ve sat for have my bank details. I pay for all my travel costs (e.g. flights, bus and train fares) to and from the owner’s location, but I’m always happy to accept a ride from the airport if it’s offered.