How Does Housesitting Work?

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I’ve been talking about it, my friends have been talking about it, it’s all over the internet. What’s all this rage about housesitting, anyway? If you’re just hearing about it, this might blow your mind. If you’re unsure what it all means and why people do it, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Let’s go through the whole concept to answer this ever-popular question: How does housesitting work?

How Does Housesitting Work?

Housesitting is used by travelers, by homeowners, by pet owners, and by people all over the world. The premise is this: if you own a home and are going away, you ask someone to live in your home so it doesn’t remain unoccupied while you’re away.

You might be thinking, ‘Why would I have some stranger live in my house instead of asking a neighbor or family member to just check on it?’ Sure, that absolutely works for some people!

But housesitting is an easy solution for people who might not have that sort of network nearby at home. It works for pet owners who need more than just the occasional stopover from a sister on her way home from the office. It works for people who are leaving home for a longer period of time and simply couldn’t ask the neighbor to take care of the house and plants for two months straight.

Housesitting works because a housesitter promises to live in and care for your home while you’re away. It works because a homeowner offers a place to stay in an area a traveler might want to explore.

Housesitting works because of an agreement between two people who know that each one benefits when the other follows through on a promise.

Homepage for TrustedHousesitters

Most housesitting is arranged online via specific websites. Homeowners post a housesitting opportunity, including specified dates a housesitter is needed, information about the home and any responsibilities the housesitter will have while there, plus some additional details about the surrounding area.

Housesitters can peruse these posted opportunities and apply for ones that are a good match. That means the travel dates fit within a housesitter’s available schedule and that the housesitter has read the requested responsibilities and agrees to adhere to them.

Housesitters create a profile based on experience and interests, which gets submitted to the homeowner along with a personalized message to apply for a housesit. Most homeowners will want to chat with potential housesitters further by phone or video chat. That enables both parties to get a feel for each other and to see if it’s a good match.

If you think this sounds like online dating, you are not alone!

Amanda Walkins and Jonathan Clarkin TrustedHousesitters

Our online dating – I MEAN – Housesitting profile. Please love us!

Some housesitters prefer to complete local housesits while others use housesitting as a means to travel. Some homeowners prefer a housesitter to have their own vehicle while others provide a car with the property. Every housesitting opportunity is as different as every homeowner and home.

The crux of this housesitting popularity is the agreement made between two people. It’s people helping people, which makes me incredibly happy!

Housesitting Benefits for Homeowners

Housesitting has multiple benefits for homeowners, including added security, maintenance of the house, and – most importantly – care for all living things on the property. That might mean dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, or any other animal. It would also mean landscaping and houseplants.

Who hasn’t gone away for a week or two and returned to wilted and starved houseplants and gardens? It’s depressing, and could also be a massive financial investment gone to waste!

If anything should go wrong, a housesitter is there to handle the problem. There can be issues at any time of year – from pipes bursting to tree branches falling to mold growing. The last thing you need is to come home to find major problems have developed that would have been minor had someone been there to deal with them.

Homeowners benefit from housesitters caring for their home, their furry friends, and their gardens. Leaving your home for an extended period of time can be unnerving – you can only hope you come back to find it as you left it. Having someone there full time to ensure that all is well takes the stress away from you while you’re supposed to be off having fun.

homeowners use housesitters while away on vacation

Housesitting Benefits for Pet Owners

Homeowners with pets truly benefit from housesitters coming to take care of them in their own home. Kennels or shelters can be incredibly expensive and also very stressful for your pets. They are surrounded with unfamiliar smells and sounds and have no idea when you’ll be back.

If you leave your animal alone for a few days or weeks, that can feel like complete abandonment. That’s a very lonely experience and pet owners have to remember that our pets don’t understand time the way we do. Asking someone to stop by to check on your cat can be just as lonely and scary for your furry friend. But asking a friend or family member to live in your home while they have their normal responsibilities – getting to work, social events, obligations – can be a lot to ask.

Having a housesitter stay in your home to care for your pets in the comfort of their own territory is better for all involved. That person understands the responsibilities involved and is committed to fulfilling those obligations.

The famous Five French Cats

The reason we love TrustedHousesitters, in particular, is because of their focus on pets. All housesitters who sign up for that specific site know that animals are part of the package deal.

If you’re traveling and want to use housesitting as a means for free accommodation, sometimes caring for pets can inhibit your tourism opportunities. That’s something that housesitters need to take into account while signing up for these websites, which is why pet owners list housesitting opportunities on TrustedHousesitters specifically. They know all housesitters who might apply are animal lovers and won’t go off galavanting for days on end, leaving your pets alone.

cat sitting with TrustedHousesitters

This is what happens when you try to work while petsitting for five cats.

All the housesitters on TrustedHousesitters know what they’re applying for on that site – they’re applying to take care of your pets first and foremost, and then to enjoy staying at your home as a secondary bonus.

Housesitting Benefits for Travelers

The benefit of housesitting for travelers is obvious: a free place to stay wherever you go! But I personally think there are far greater benefits. It’s easy enough to find cheap accommodation all around the world now.

The increase in the use of sharing models like AirBnB and HomeAway shows the popularity of staying in unique accommodations over standardized hotels. Travelers want to experience a destination more intimately than a hotel can usually offer.

Hotels provide comfort and convenience – luxury even! But staying in a local home allows a traveler to get a sneak peek into local life. You’ll see what local furnishings and home layouts can look like. You’ll use appliances and maybe watch local TV. You’ll be in a neighborhood that might not have any tourists at all, allowing you to explore local life off the beaten path. It’s a more authentic version of a place as locals see it.

Housesitters who use TrustedHousesitters also get the added bonus of meeting and bonding with new animal friends. If you’re an animal lover but also want to travel, this is the best possible option for combining your two passions.

You can snuggle someone’s furry family member, offering them comfort and love while their humans are away. And all the while, you are in a new place with the option to explore and learn and even launch onto a new nearby adventure once your housesitting gig is done.

dogsitting with TrustedHousesitters

Our fluffy furball while dogsitting in Ireland

Long-term housesitting offers the opportunity to move somewhere new and try it out for a while, like we did in Ireland. It’s a way to test the waters before signing a lease and locking yourself into a place.

There are many opportunities for housesitting six months or more, which can offer a fantastic base from which to truly explore an area while saving on accommodation costs the entire time. There are also tons of options in the 1-3 months timeframe, which is an even easier option for most tourist visas.

How to Get Started With TrustedHousesitters

We use TrustedHousesitters for several reasons. First, I did a lot of research on the various options because I love to research anything and everything (seriously I could write so many more posts if I stopped getting sidetracked looking up random facts that aren’t actually that pertinent to my theme…but what fun is that?!). I love that TrustedHousesitters has such a fantastic rating from users on TrustPilot. I value the opinions of others just as much as you do!

Second, I love that TrustedHousesitters is primarily for animal lovers. The whole community is filled with pet owners and pet lovers. After we lost Lina, we struggled for a long time. Being able to spend time with other people’s pets has been monumentally helpful in my grieving process.

I’m not ready to bring another dog into our home, nor have we been asked by a dog in need the way that Lina came into our lives. Unless or until that moment comes, using TrustedHousesitters allows us to share our time and affection with other animals, which helps ease our own pain.

My favorite lap dog ever, Angus. This ball of love stayed with us for a week – not exactly housesitting – but his company lifted my spirits enormously.

Finally, I really love TrustedHousesitters for its variety. There are housesits all around the world spanning any length of time and offering all sorts of accommodations and situations. You can literally choose your own adventure – I used to love those books as a kid!

The options are almost too plentiful and I find myself perusing the website for far too long, trying to decide if we could swing a trip here or there, if we should just move again (I can’t help it, it’s a constant thought!), or if we could be of help to anyone desperate for a sitter.

I find myself looking for specific dates or for places I want to someday visit. I search for places I’ve never seen to look at photos of a local home – a bit voyeuristic, sure, but it’s out there in public view!

Basically, I love everything about the system and rave about it to everyone I know. That includes you!

If you’re considering traveling and using housesitting to save on accommodation costs, sign up for TrustedHousesitters and have a look at the listings.

If you’re a pet owner and want to be able to travel knowing that your furry family is cared for comfortably at home while you’re away, sign up and you’ll have access to an enormous range of potential sitters.

You never know where life will take you unless you say yes to opportunities. Housesitting is one that I’m happy we said yes to, and I know it will continue to provide new opportunities for us in travels to come!


 Housesitting enabled me to spend an idyllic week in Southern France. We also moved to the Irish countryside for a long-term housesitting assignment.

You can join TrustedHousesitters to see available housesitting opportunities all around the world and enjoy your own travel adventures. Have fun!


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Disclosure: Links on this site may be affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you click and purchase anything. It adds no cost to you, but it helps me pay my bills. Apparently, you can’t trade coconuts or banter for electricity…it’s most unfortunate. For more details on how affiliate links work, click here.

I’ve been talking about it, my friends have been talking about it, it’s all over the internet. What’s all this rage about housesitting, anyway? If you’re just hearing about it, this might blow your mind. If you’re unsure what it all means and why people do it, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Let’s go through the whole concept to answer this ever-popular question: How does housesitting work?

How Does Housesitting Work?

Housesitting is used by travelers, by homeowners, by pet owners, and by people all over the world. The premise is this: if you own a home and are going away, you ask someone to live in your home so it doesn’t remain unoccupied while you’re away.

You might be thinking, ‘Why would I have some stranger live in my house instead of asking a neighbor or family member to just check on it?’ Sure, that absolutely works for some people!

But housesitting is an easy solution for people who might not have that sort of network nearby at home. It works for pet owners who need more than just the occasional stopover from a sister on her way home from the office. It works for people who are leaving home for a longer period of time and simply couldn’t ask the neighbor to take care of the house and plants for two months straight.

Housesitting works because a housesitter promises to live in and care for your home while you’re away. It works because a homeowner offers a place to stay in an area a traveler might want to explore.

Housesitting works because of an agreement between two people who know that each one benefits when the other follows through on a promise.

Homepage for TrustedHousesitters

Most housesitting is arranged online via specific websites. Homeowners post a housesitting opportunity, including specified dates a housesitter is needed, information about the home and any responsibilities the housesitter will have while there, plus some additional details about the surrounding area.

Housesitters can peruse these posted opportunities and apply for ones that are a good match. That means the travel dates fit within a housesitter’s available schedule and that the housesitter has read the requested responsibilities and agrees to adhere to them.

Housesitters create a profile based on experience and interests, which gets submitted to the homeowner along with a personalized message to apply for a housesit. Most homeowners will want to chat with potential housesitters further by phone or video chat. That enables both parties to get a feel for each other and to see if it’s a good match.

If you think this sounds like online dating, you are not alone!

Amanda Walkins and Jonathan Clarkin TrustedHousesitters

Our online dating – I MEAN – Housesitting profile. Please love us!

Some housesitters prefer to complete local housesits while others use housesitting as a means to travel. Some homeowners prefer a housesitter to have their own vehicle while others provide a car with the property. Every housesitting opportunity is as different as every homeowner and home.

The crux of this housesitting popularity is the agreement made between two people. It’s people helping people, which makes me incredibly happy!

Housesitting Benefits for Homeowners

Housesitting has multiple benefits for homeowners, including added security, maintenance of the house, and – most importantly – care for all living things on the property. That might mean dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, or any other animal. It would also mean landscaping and houseplants.

Who hasn’t gone away for a week or two and returned to wilted and starved houseplants and gardens? It’s depressing, and could also be a massive financial investment gone to waste!

If anything should go wrong, a housesitter is there to handle the problem. There can be issues at any time of year – from pipes bursting to tree branches falling to mold growing. The last thing you need is to come home to find major problems have developed that would have been minor had someone been there to deal with them.

Homeowners benefit from housesitters caring for their home, their furry friends, and their gardens. Leaving your home for an extended period of time can be unnerving – you can only hope you come back to find it as you left it. Having someone there full time to ensure that all is well takes the stress away from you while you’re supposed to be off having fun.

homeowners use housesitters while away on vacation

Housesitting Benefits for Pet Owners

Homeowners with pets truly benefit from housesitters coming to take care of them in their own home. Kennels or shelters can be incredibly expensive and also very stressful for your pets. They are surrounded with unfamiliar smells and sounds and have no idea when you’ll be back.

If you leave your animal alone for a few days or weeks, that can feel like complete abandonment. That’s a very lonely experience and pet owners have to remember that our pets don’t understand time the way we do. Asking someone to stop by to check on your cat can be just as lonely and scary for your furry friend. But asking a friend or family member to live in your home while they have their normal responsibilities – getting to work, social events, obligations – can be a lot to ask.

Having a housesitter stay in your home to care for your pets in the comfort of their own territory is better for all involved. That person understands the responsibilities involved and is committed to fulfilling those obligations.

The famous Five French Cats

The reason we love TrustedHousesitters, in particular, is because of their focus on pets. All housesitters who sign up for that specific site know that animals are part of the package deal.

If you’re traveling and want to use housesitting as a means for free accommodation, sometimes caring for pets can inhibit your tourism opportunities. That’s something that housesitters need to take into account while signing up for these websites, which is why pet owners list housesitting opportunities on TrustedHousesitters specifically. They know all housesitters who might apply are animal lovers and won’t go off galavanting for days on end, leaving your pets alone.

cat sitting with TrustedHousesitters

This is what happens when you try to work while petsitting for five cats.

All the housesitters on TrustedHousesitters know what they’re applying for on that site – they’re applying to take care of your pets first and foremost, and then to enjoy staying at your home as a secondary bonus.

Housesitting Benefits for Travelers

The benefit of housesitting for travelers is obvious: a free place to stay wherever you go! But I personally think there are far greater benefits. It’s easy enough to find cheap accommodation all around the world now.

The increase in the use of sharing models like AirBnB and HomeAway shows the popularity of staying in unique accommodations over standardized hotels. Travelers want to experience a destination more intimately than a hotel can usually offer.

Hotels provide comfort and convenience – luxury even! But staying in a local home allows a traveler to get a sneak peek into local life. You’ll see what local furnishings and home layouts can look like. You’ll use appliances and maybe watch local TV. You’ll be in a neighborhood that might not have any tourists at all, allowing you to explore local life off the beaten path. It’s a more authentic version of a place as locals see it.

Housesitters who use TrustedHousesitters also get the added bonus of meeting and bonding with new animal friends. If you’re an animal lover but also want to travel, this is the best possible option for combining your two passions.

You can snuggle someone’s furry family member, offering them comfort and love while their humans are away. And all the while, you are in a new place with the option to explore and learn and even launch onto a new nearby adventure once your housesitting gig is done.

dogsitting with TrustedHousesitters

Our fluffy furball while dogsitting in Ireland

Long-term housesitting offers the opportunity to move somewhere new and try it out for a while, like we did in Ireland. It’s a way to test the waters before signing a lease and locking yourself into a place.

There are many opportunities for housesitting six months or more, which can offer a fantastic base from which to truly explore an area while saving on accommodation costs the entire time. There are also tons of options in the 1-3 months timeframe, which is an even easier option for most tourist visas.

How to Get Started With TrustedHousesitters

We use TrustedHousesitters for several reasons. First, I did a lot of research on the various options because I love to research anything and everything (seriously I could write so many more posts if I stopped getting sidetracked looking up random facts that aren’t actually that pertinent to my theme…but what fun is that?!). I love that TrustedHousesitters has such a fantastic rating from users on TrustPilot. I value the opinions of others just as much as you do!

Second, I love that TrustedHousesitters is primarily for animal lovers. The whole community is filled with pet owners and pet lovers. After we lost Lina, we struggled for a long time. Being able to spend time with other people’s pets has been monumentally helpful in my grieving process.

I’m not ready to bring another dog into our home, nor have we been asked by a dog in need the way that Lina came into our lives. Unless or until that moment comes, using TrustedHousesitters allows us to share our time and affection with other animals, which helps ease our own pain.

My favorite lap dog ever, Angus. This ball of love stayed with us for a week – not exactly housesitting – but his company lifted my spirits enormously.

Finally, I really love TrustedHousesitters for its variety. There are housesits all around the world spanning any length of time and offering all sorts of accommodations and situations. You can literally choose your own adventure – I used to love those books as a kid!

The options are almost too plentiful and I find myself perusing the website for far too long, trying to decide if we could swing a trip here or there, if we should just move again (I can’t help it, it’s a constant thought!), or if we could be of help to anyone desperate for a sitter.

I find myself looking for specific dates or for places I want to someday visit. I search for places I’ve never seen to look at photos of a local home – a bit voyeuristic, sure, but it’s out there in public view!

Basically, I love everything about the system and rave about it to everyone I know. That includes you!

If you’re considering traveling and using housesitting to save on accommodation costs, sign up for TrustedHousesitters and have a look at the listings.

If you’re a pet owner and want to be able to travel knowing that your furry family is cared for comfortably at home while you’re away, sign up and you’ll have access to an enormous range of potential sitters.

You never know where life will take you unless you say yes to opportunities. Housesitting is one that I’m happy we said yes to, and I know it will continue to provide new opportunities for us in travels to come!


 Housesitting enabled me to spend an idyllic week in Southern France. We also moved to the Irish countryside for a long-term housesitting assignment.

You can join TrustedHousesitters to see available housesitting opportunities all around the world and enjoy your own travel adventures. Have fun!


Liked this post? Pin it!

Learn how housesitting works so you can travel and stay for free around the world!

Learn how housesitting works so you can travel and stay for free around the world

Disclosure: Links on this site may be affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you click and purchase anything. It adds no cost to you, but it helps me pay my bills. Apparently, you can’t trade coconuts or banter for electricity…it’s most unfortunate. For more details on how affiliate links work, click here.

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Amanda Walkins

Expat writer and passionate proponent of seeking happiness, wherever it leads you. Your options are endless. Whether you are retired, working, or studying, don't be afraid to follow your own path. Do good and be happy.