Housesitting 201

 

As a follow-up to our popular post “Housesitting 101“, we’d like to introduce our next set of tips on how to live the glamorous life of a professional bum – traveling and living in other people’s homes…rent free.

 

An Anatomy of Two Deals

A lot of people have asked us questions about the deal that results between home owner and house sitter, and so we received permission from our last two home owners to display the details of each job. For the sake of anonymity, we’ve changed the names of the homeowners (to Ben and Mitchell).

And what the hell, as long as we’re taking on new identities, we’ll change ours too (to Foxy Cleopatra and Dirk Diggler, but of course!)

 

Deal #1 – 2 months in beautiful British Columbia

 

How it happened: When Foxy and Dirk got home from South America for a family wedding, they were too tired to get on another plane. Foxy contacted Ben through one of the housesitting websites and Ben quickly followed up with an email. Several emails and phone conversations later, Foxy shared their references and Ben confirmed the required time frame to start roughly two months hence.

Foxy and Dirk’s responsibilities:

  • Live in and take care of Ben’s remote mountain home for two months
  • General/minor maintenance around property (i.e. snow shoveling)
  • Feed and give some lovin’ to one outdoor cat
  • Provide own method of transportation
  • Retrieve the mail from town
  • Pay for: fuel for car and groceries

 

Ben’s responsibilities:

  • Pay for: all regular house utilities and internet

Big perks: Ben was kind enough to take his two kayaks to a neighbours house on the lake so that Foxy and Dirk could use them regularly. And if you know Foxy and Dirk, you know they love their kayaking.

Downfalls: None, really! This was an ideal place to recharge batteries and get some travel mojo back. The only disappointment was the fact that Foxy tore her achilles tendon during the stay, and that it snowed way too much while they were there. But we won’t blame Ben for that.

Written contract? There wasn’t one!  Ben was so obviously charmed by Foxy and Dirk’s good nature and trustworthiness, that a handshake proved good enough.

 

Deal #2 – 6 months in sunny Roatan, Honduras

(Note: Foxy and Dirk are currently four months in)

 

How it happened: Just as Foxy and Dirk were getting ready to go to their house sit in British Columbia, Mitchell contacted them through one of the housesitting websites. For his new house on a remote part of Roatán, Mitchell wanted to hire a couple who also could speak some Spanish. He found Foxy and Dirk’s profile and approached them directly. Many emails later, an agreement was reached and plane tickets were purchased.

 

Foxy and Dirk’s responsibilities:

  • Our wheels!

    Live in and arrange for maintenance on Mitchell’s house and vehicle for six months

  • Prepare the house for realtor showings (house is for sale), which on average happens 2-3 times a month
  • Manage the local gardener (comes weekly for 3-4 hours)
  • Pay for: fuel for vehicle, groceries, internet, and flight to Roatan

 

Mitchell’s responsibilities:

  • Provide vehicle for use
  • Pay for: all regular house utilities, maintenance on vehicle and house, travel visa extensions (required beyond the first 3 months).

Big perks: Have you seen some of our pictures?  We’ve always talked about pursuing island living, here was our chance to test it out.

Downfalls: Because of the remoteness of Mitchell’s property, his expectation is that someone be onsite all of the time so that the house would indeed be “lived in”.  This did cause some issues at the start, as there was some disagreement on what that really meant.  It was resolved with some compromise.

Written contract? Yes, a lengthy one, and very detailed compared to other typical house sitting contracts.  Some of the notable terms:

  • Mitchell agreed to provide Foxy and Dirk with some security should the house sell early on in the contract; Mitchell agreed to pay for one months lodging on the island to at least ensure that Foxy and Dirk got some value out of the purchase of flights.
  • As stated above, there were some issues with the following statement: “The house sitter agrees to be in the house as much as possible.”  A very vague sentence, which if defined better at the outset, would have saved some grief.
  • With regards to utilities, an acceptable limit to usage is stated in the contract (largely based on an average of past usage).  Foxy and Dirk are responsible for the cost of exceeding the limit (has not happened).
  • Foxy and Dirk were asked to provide $500 security deposit to be returned at the end of the contract (less damages, if any)

 

In Summary…

 

Two very different deals in terms of location, length, and written terms, but overall, the spirit of each job is essentially the same. They are both mutually beneficial agreements to provide a valuable service (taking care of property) in exchange for accommodation. There is a lot of trust and responsibility that are required with each deal, and to enter into such an arrangement should not be taken lightly.

Here is a list of things to keep in mind when considering a house sitting deal:

  • Dates of house sit – Allow a couple of days on either side of the house sit in order to be educated on what needs to be done (before) and a debriefing (after)
  • Cost – Who pays for what?  Consider: utilities, internet, cable/satellite, travel expenses (not usually covered by home owner as they could just hire someone local), visas (for international sits)
  • Transportation – Consider location and how you will get around if the home owner is not providing a vehicle.  Is public transportation available?
  • Animal care – Are you willing to provide care for cats, dogs, even horses or chickens?  Know your limits, and be sure to ask up front what is required
  • Expectations – Be sure that everyone’s expectations (i.e. time required at the house) are open and well defined before committing to a deal
  • Expense reimbursement – Cash provided up front (for bills, etc.) or settled after?  Be sure that this is defined so that you can handle any cash outlay if necessary
  • References – Don’t be shy about asking the home owner for references from past house sitters
  • Other terms – Consider: termination (what happens if a family emergency requires you to leave early?); house guests (are you allowed to have visitors?); possible reimbursement for extra duties (if the work required by the house sitter is excessive, this must be addressed up front).

 

Interested in getting started in housesitting?

 
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89 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • April 20 2011

    I was hoping you guys would adopt the pseudonyms, Tits McGee and Turd Ferguson. 🙂
    Teri recently posted..Sprinter is

    • April 20 2011

      Ha! Trying to keep it family friendly here… 🙂

  • April 20 2011

    What a great idea of extending travel, saving money and getting to stay in someone’s home which is so much homier than a hotel. Great idea and great tips to make sure both parties have a clear understanding.

    • April 21 2011

      There are MANY positive reasons to do this. Hope this info will help!

      • July 2 2013

        hi this my first attempt. i,m 67 . am alone. have great health. went all over europe last year with family. but cant get any to go housesitting. but i want to. r there any other alone people ( i’m not single ) out there to share journeys / housesitting with. also i guess i pay for all the flights food etc. so just the actual house is free ??? any comments will be appreciated. thank u cheers Jannie.

        • L
          July 28 2013

          This opens as bigger question-do home owners prefer couples?
          I too am single and have house sat and would like to do more. Maybe we should talk? L

          • July 29 2013

            A lot do prefer couples, but I have also read some that ask for singles only. It will all depend on the home-owner! It might be a bit more difficult for single people, but as you know, not impossible.

  • April 20 2011

    Certainly takes some of the mystery out of it. Thanks Foxy and Dirk
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..Our Itinerary Released

    • April 21 2011

      You’re welcome! (I feel like I need a new gravatar to go with my alias)…

  • April 21 2011

    The disagreements with Mitchell sound a bit daunting but overall, this really sounds like something I’d like to do! I would have never contemplated it before, thank you!
    Penny recently posted..Always Unique- Totally Intelligent- Sometimes Mysterious

    • April 21 2011

      Hmmm…not daunting, really, just a bit of a difficult situation that essentially taught us a valuable lesson. And, you are welcome!

  • April 21 2011

    If those were your real names, do you think you’d get as many sitting deals? 😉 Seriously, though – great post – really explains it all.
    Andrea recently posted..Tired of Being Tired

    • April 21 2011

      I thought maybe the names might give us MORE jobs. Who wouldn’t want to hire Foxy and Dirk?? 🙂

  • April 21 2011

    So, you did negotiate overnight guests for your new gig, right? 🙂
    Betsy Talbot recently posted..What is it like to live on a ship

    • April 21 2011

      Haha! We shall see… 🙂

  • April 21 2011

    This is very interesting and very convenient. The first time I read about house sitting on your website I checked if it was possible in China, or anywhere in East Asia, and didn’t find anything…
    But I’ll keep looking, if I find any occasion like this anywhere here I would really love to do it for a couple of months..
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  • April 21 2011

    Very useful post, this and the 101. Will look into this as an option in Singapore. Thanks for sharing info and your experiences.
    Sophie recently posted..The Bedoon – Kuwait’s stateless people

    • April 21 2011

      You’re welcome Sophie. I have yet to see anything for Singapore, options out that way are kinda slim. Hope you find something though!

  • April 21 2011

    Great post! I house-sat during rainy season in Costa Rica, so there was interesting. I had such a special time living a house I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford, in a locals neighborhood, etc. I would totally do it again.
    Abby recently posted..Why I traveled 5070 miles to go to TBU

    • April 21 2011

      That’s one of the beauties of it…these homes that need sittin’ on are really nice, and typically in some stellar locations!

  • This series has been so helpful for us. We know we’d like to head abroad in the late summer, but our plans for London (our first destination) recently fell through, and then just this morning our backup idea of going to Scotland isn’t looking feasible for that time-frame.

    So…. seeing that we have no idea where we want to head first on our “let’s slowly bumble around the globe” trip, housesitting seems like a perfect option! We’ve just started signing up with the websites you mentioned in the first post, and now we’re just looking for a neat opportunity anywhere in the world. 🙂

    Thanks for the idea, inspiration, and helpful information!
    Christy @ Technosyncratic recently posted..Photo Essay- Arches National Park

    • April 21 2011

      So glad to be of help Christy! I hope you guys find something soon! Europe seems to be quite competitive, and we applied for many before landing on the perfect one in Ireland. I really hope it works out for you, let us know, as we may be in each other’s neighborhood over there are some point!

  • April 21 2011

    Hey Guys, How fortunate to be able to do this, and also provide some good insight into the pro’s and con’s of it all. I wasn’t aware this was so within reach of the everyday person, albeit hard to find opportunities like yours. Well done.
    Jason recently posted..Image of The Week- New Caledonia – Afternoon Sun On An Old Stone Building

    • April 21 2011

      There was definitely a bit of luck involved in getting ours, but it’s definitely possible for most people to give it a go. And I think the whole concept is gaining speed, I get daily email notifications with many opportunities…

  • Very informative post! Really appreciate all the information since this is something we are definitely thinking about. Will use all of your suggestions, I’m sure, in the near future!
    Debbie – European Travelista recently posted..Facebook Advertising Does It Work

    • Peter
      April 22 2011

      Thanks Debbie, best of luck finding a sit. If you have any other questions, feel free to send us a message.

  • April 22 2011

    The more we read about housesitting the more appealing an option it sounds. Thanks for the email!
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  • April 22 2011

    these are really, really great guides. Here is hoping for House Sitting 301 soon!
    Michael Hodson recently posted..Friday is the new Saturday

    • Peter
      April 22 2011

      Thanks Michael, I think the secret is out on housesitting. Hope these posts help. We think the competition is going to heat up for trying to score future housesits.

  • April 22 2011

    Useful and practical guide. It’s not something we’ve done, but you make it very approachable. Thanks, Dalene.
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    • Peter
      April 22 2011

      No problem!! (Dalene says as she sits right beside me) 😉

  • April 22 2011

    I’ve always wondered how it works. Great post! 🙂
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    • Peter
      April 22 2011

      Thanks! Again, if any other questions arise please let us know and we would love to help.

  • April 22 2011

    So when you house sit do you actually get paid or is the perk being able to travel and having a place to stay? I believe contracts should be required so that nothing is understated.

    • Peter
      April 22 2011

      Most of the time you do not get paid, and you are right, it is the perk of having accommodations at no charge. Regarding contracts, it totally is up to both parties whether or not contracts should be in place. I agree that to ensure that nothing is understated they should be in place. Now having said that, we’ve been in both situations, luckily no problems arose from the no contract in place.

  • April 22 2011

    Good post. We’re always looking for an excuse to avoid returning home and now we’re getting older and (hopefully) more responsible looking we might give this a try in the future.

    Plants of the World beware.
    Shane recently posted..Three Photos- Dohuk- Iraq

    • April 23 2011

      Haha! Luckily here in Honduras we have a gardener, otherwise, the plants and trees probably didn’t stand a chance… 🙂

  • April 22 2011

    Very cool! This is a fantastic resource. Thanks for sharing. Beth and I have dabbled with the idea of house sitting, so it is nice to hear some firsthand experiences about how the process works.
    Randy recently posted..It’s A Jazz Thing – Two International Jazz Festivals You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    • April 23 2011

      You’re welcome Randy! The process has been relatively painless for us so far, and we’ve luckily got to see fantastic places of the world that we otherwise may not have.

  • April 22 2011

    You guys have definitely inspired me to start doing this! 🙂
    Cailin recently posted..Favorite Film Friday 013

    • April 23 2011

      I’m glad Cailin! Hope you have a spare bed for us wherever you end up… 🙂

  • April 24 2011

    what a fun and thorough post dalene & peter, ahem, i mean foxy & dirk! i may have to check out housesitting once my free flight benefits kick in next year and i start my RTW! i’ve been doing it here at home for the past few months since my split, but hadn’t really thought of doing it abroad. do you find it’s often for more than a month?
    Lorna – the roamantics recently posted..Donating My Hair in Honor of a Friend on Earth Day

    • April 24 2011

      Hey Lorna! There are all ranges from jobs out there – from two days to two years. I’d say most of them are in the 2-3 week range (as a lot of people’s holidays are), but we’ve definitely seen plenty of 1+ month jobs as well. Good luck!

  • April 25 2011

    Told you I’d be back when I had some “me” time. You have me intrigued with the house-sitting concept, especially as retirement looms, & we still have snow banks in our Alberta backyard!! Those pics of Honduras beaches look pretty appealing right now!

    Care to share a “house sitting website” name that has been good to work with?
    Bruce recently posted..My New Toy – A Kindle

    • April 25 2011

      Hey Bruce – you weren’t kidding! 🙂

      I’d encourage you to take a look at our first blog post about Housesitting (here) as there are four websites out there that are popular, and they all offer something a little different. We’ve had the most success with housecarers.com but also a little bit with mindmyhouse.com

  • April 27 2011

    Great tips guys. I’ve been looking at places lately in Australia thanks to your recommendations. Good to know what to look out for and expect
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  • Great information here, I was wondering about how much you actually have to be in the house when you’re house sitting, I guess it depends a lot on the owner!
    Sofia – As We Travel recently posted..Daily Travel Photo – Sleeping Monk On Train

    • Peter
      May 6 2011

      Thanks Sofia! It totally depends on the owner and the requirements you lay out. For example Foxy and Dirk in the BC contract stayed away from the house for a couple nights here and there, but in Honduras they agreed to not be away from the house for one night.

    • May 6 2011

      Hi Sofia,
      At TrustedHousesitters.com we find the amount of time you are expected to spend in the house depends largely on whether the owners have pets that need looking after or if there are issues of security.
      If dogs need to be walked twice a day or cats/rabbits/fish need feeding each day then you will be limited to day trips to nearby areas. The same applies if worries about burglary mean the house needs to be occupied overnight.
      Other home owners just need a house to have a “lived in” look and general maintenance taken care of so a couple of days away isn’t a problem.
      Just make sure you discuss these sorts of needs carefully with the owners before the assignment starts – and as Dalene and Peter talk about sometimes a contract helps clarify matters. If you need a draft agreement/contract you can find one in the FAQs on our site.
      Happy housesitting!

  • Tracie
    May 10 2011

    This is such a cool idea! I’m curious though how you guys get spending money when you are there? Do you just save up for your trips?

  • June 19 2011

    Very interesting, currently housesitting for a friend but using housesitting to travel or just take a break sounds like a worthwhile proposition. Thanks.

    • June 19 2011

      Thanks for stopping by Iain. It really is our preferred way to travel, and has been dictating where we’ve been going lately! Not only do we have a great one lined up for Ireland, but we’ve got Christmas in Spain as well. Hopefully we can find some good ones in between!

  • Danielle
    June 29 2011

    Forgive me if this seems a bit personal, but my question is similar to Tracie’s. If you aren’t being paid for the actual housesitting (and really, free accommodations in exciting locales is payment enough), how do you afford spending money and day-to-day life?

    • June 29 2011

      Hi Danielle – not too personal at all! We currently are relying on same savings from the sale of all our things, but we are starting to make a wee bit of money off this blog. We have some other “pans in the fire” that we hope will start paying off so that we could keep doing this indefinitely. However, I must also point out how cheap it actually is – for 6 months in Honduras, we spent roughly only $4,000 (not including our flights). Can’t really beat that!

  • July 19 2011

    Hi, Dalene. Thanks for detailing exactly how you find these jobs and what to look out for in the contracts. It’s fascinating reading. Say, if you come across a job that requires the sitter to bring a kid and a dog along, do let me know!
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    • July 20 2011

      Haha! I’m sure that those jobs exist…or that they would allow for that if you just ask!

  • Jen
    August 10 2011

    ok well it looks like you are professionals at this – Glad and honored to have you housesit for us soon!!!
    Our main concern is our 3 cats. – after that, Brussels is all yours to explore! Since WE don’t even pay for our place .. money is a non-issue I think 🙂

  • January 30 2012

    Hey guys, I just stumbled upon your website while researching housesitting assignments. My wife and I are essentially in the same boat as you two, and after two years of living in Japan, we are looking to break out and pick up some housesits in some various areas. I see that you’ve recommended a few sites in your earlier post Housesitting 101 but was wondering if you had any that you specifically wouldn’t recommend?

    I’ve signed up for mindmyhouse already but haven’t heard anything yet. I like the layout of it but see that they don’t have quite as many listings as some of the others.

    Thanks for the informative post. If you are looking for ways to earn free hotel and airline points, feel free to check out my blog that I’ve listed.
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    • January 31 2012

      Hi Travis – which areas are you looking at specifically to do more housesits? Our suggestions for which websites would depend on where you are looking as some websites are better then others for specific places. I.e. Trusted Housesitters is great for Europe, and House Carers is better for Oz. Let me know if you have ideas on that and I can help!

  • February 2 2012

    Well, I recently just signed up for trustedhousesitters per your recommendations and it seems as though that is the go-to for Europe. That’s one area we are looking at.

    I know you got a gig in Roatan but am wondering if you there is anywhere specific to look when searching for South American housesits. I’m sure the market there isn’t quite what it is in more developed parts of the world, but there has to be something, right?
    Travis recently posted..My February App-O-Rama: Meet the Candidates!

    • February 2 2012

      I haven’t been keeping track specifically for South America, so I really couldn’t tell you – but when I was looking, I know there were very, very few. I just saw your email with questions Travis, I will try to get back to you very soon!

  • February 2 2012

    I love your website – but these guides are incredible and very detailed! I think I might try to slip into house-sitting in the near future! Thanks for being fantastic writers and explorers!
    Cheers!

    • Pete
      February 4 2012

      Glad you enjoyed it Chrystal. If you ever want to try and have any questions, please let us know! 🙂

  • March 10 2012

    Hello! God you are both such an inspiration! We have only yesterday signed up to trustedhousesitters.com and plan to leave for europe in late August. The only thing I was wondering was how long roughly did it take for you to hear back on your first housesit? Im already impatient! haha! We havent previously housesat before either, well for friends and family but not anything like this. Does that put house owners off at all? We are hoping to travel the world through house sits, couch surfing and wwoofing and its great to see people who are really doing it! take care xx

    • March 10 2012

      Hi Emma and Lee! Congrats on your decision to GO!!

      Our first one we got pretty easily, actually, although I know some people have had a harder time. If you have housesat before (even for family and friends), MAKE SURE that you play that up, and have them provide references for the site. References are SO key! Even have people put references up if they know you are good with pets, or even an old landlord. You do that, them I am sure you won’t be waiting long! Also be very enthusiastic and personal in your applications, that always helps!

  • March 10 2012

    looks as if your time frame on here may be off a bit too . . . =P x

    • March 10 2012

      Sorry? How so? This was written back in April of last year…in the middle of our Honduras house sit!

  • March 10 2012

    Also . . and sorry for the third post in a row! I saw that you plan to come to ireland and as we are just across the water and home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the uk, if you did fancy hopping over for a while I see no reason that you cant camp in the garden for a couple of weeks! light, love and safe travels x

    • March 10 2012

      Thanks! But we finished that housesit last August. 🙂 Next time we’re in the area I may bug you for that – haha!

  • Dan
    March 21 2012

    You people are so rad! My lady and I are in the midst of creating a mobile lifestyle and stumbled upon your blog after perusing some house-sitting options on the popular sites and digging around.

    You mentioned that one should have an emergency contingency built into the contract (very smart). For example, if our consulting business gets a big client that we don’t want to say no to, or Manhattan secedes from the union or something catastrophic and we need to blaze back home, how do we deal with that contractually? Do you have a typical arrangement that you would share with us???

    Thanks for being so awesome!

  • June 1 2012

    Thanks for the advice. We’re considering our first house sitting gig now. You’ve been very helpful 🙂
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  • June 24 2012

    I’m curious. Does one still need to have gainful employment of their own in order to house sit so that they can pay their bills (if one has credit card or student loan bills, etc)? It seems like this isn’t really a career change/supplemental income gig. Thanks for this wonderful blog! I’ve learned so much from you both (and envy you in equal measures *S*)

    • June 25 2012

      Hi Toni – I used the word “career” here very loosely as they are typically not paying gigs, of course you need to have some income or savings to pay bills and feed yourself! It is a great way to keep your costs low, however, if you are choosing to take your life on the road!

  • September 16 2012

    Thanks for the extra tips, guys!

    I’ve been with MindMyHouse for one year and have not found anything with them! I had a few almost opps, but nothing that went through. I must qualify, though, that I’m looking for gigs in SE Asia and Australia. Very few in SE Asia, as you pointed out. And MMH isn’t great for Aust, as it turns out.

    I’ll keep going and try THS and/or House Carers this year. Wish me luck!

    thanks again for the advice. cheers, Lash

  • October 17 2012

    My wife and I retired, sold our house, our possessions (kept our clubs) and her car and decided to do some slow traveling. We are just finishing up six months of renting in Tamarindo, CR. We got our first house-sitting assignment on an island off Vancouver in British Columbia for about three months duration. This is a wonderful way to travel. Creating a physical location for driver’s licences and credit cards is one challenge we have yet to solve. Can’t wait to get back to the states so we can order your book. We both enjoy your writing. Visit my blog if you like. It’s more of a diary of our time in CR.

    • October 19 2012

      Thanks for visiting Paul, we will most definitely check out your blog!

      Just so you know, our book is an eBook, so you can order it from anywhere!

      The way we’ve solved the licenses and credit cards is to have our mailing address be Pete’s Dad’s place. As far as anyone knows (i.e. the Gov’t) – that’s where we live! 🙂

  • February 4 2013

    I am a newbie. What one site would you suggest for someone just starting out? Looking to sit anyplace in latin America or Europe. Thanks. Johnny

    • February 8 2013

      Hey Johnny – definitely check out TrustedHousesitters.com – they are far better than the others in Europe (and use our discount code of HT09 to save 25%). Latin America is tricky, there are very few sits on any of the sites. Best to keep your eye on all of them. 🙂

  • Kay
    February 26 2013

    Hi! Working out the details of my first housesit and I’ve been caught of guard by mention of a security deposit… Obviously I’d rather not pay one, and they don’t know this but I would definitely pay for any (unlikely) damages. But they’re also asking if it’d be okay to reimburse me for any unforeseen vet visits. Is that a trust double-standard? I don’t know how to respond and would love your advice!

    • February 27 2013

      Hi Kay – excellent questions.

      We have paid security deposits in the past without issue. And also covered costs (for such things as vet visits) without issue as well. I agree with you that there is a bit of a trust double-standard there, but at the end of the day, it all will depend on what you feel comfortable with. House-sitting is so largely based on your gut feel of the situation – if you are having great discussions with the home owner and don’t believe that either will be an issue, then you’re probably fine. However, if you are having doubts (which it sounds like you are), then it is best to be completely upfront with your concerns about the situation.

      If they are insistent of a security deposit, then feel free to ask for explicit guidelines as to how and when this will be returned, so that it cannot be unreasonably withheld. And, if the cost of the vets are concerning and expected, then ask them to leave some cash with you to cover the costs up front.

      I hope I have helped (even somewhat)! In these situations, you really just have to go with your gut and do whatever you will feel comfortable with. If you want to talk this through further, feel free to send us an email to info at hecktictravels dot com.

      Cheers!
      Dalene

  • Missy
    September 17 2015

    Hello, I am new to house sitting and was wondering how liability works when I am sitting. Would I need to take out extra insurance?

    Missy

    • September 17 2015

      Hi Missy – you personally shouldn’t need to take out insurance (unless you are talking about travel health insurance, in which case YES, we would recommend that). It is really up to the home owner to ensure that you would be covered (in their home and car insurance, if applicable) while you are there.

  • Jana
    March 8 2016

    Hallo, housesitting appears to be a good opportunity to meet people, get the job, discover the regions and many others. But is it possible for a couple with two little kids (2 and 4 years)? Actually when we were unmarried, we worked in United Kingdom or Ireland every summer, because we both are teachers, so we have summers off. Now I miss our traveling very much. I think housesitting could be an experience for our family to spend an interesting summer but it could be a big problem for the house owners to let the whole family to move into their house. Could you write me your opinion or some advice. I miss my former determinaiton. Many thanks, Jana.

    • March 8 2016

      Hello Jana! There is no doubt that it could be a little bit harder to find sits that accommodate children, but it is entirely possible. I know of several housesitting families that do it quite often. The tough part will be securing the first one (maybe you could do for people you know just to chock up some references?) but then it should get much easier!

  • May 11 2011

    neat stuff – admirable. Got hooked in reading your comment on B-net ‘Go Home Early’ piece

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