How to find the best house sit site
House sitting websites compared – If you are new to house sitting or pet sitting, then you’ve probably discovered that you’ll need to subscribe to a website to get access to assignments.
Which house sit website should I choose?
We compare house sitting websites and detail the best services provided. We review the top 5 international house sitting platforms and give links to some of the country specific sites in popular countries like the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
- Trusted House Sitters
- House Carers
- Mind My House
- House Sit Match
Without doubt Trusted House Sitters is the largest and most popular international house sitting website, with a wide range of assignments in countries around the world.
HOUSE SITTING WEBSITES COMPARED
All of the subscription costs are shown in USD $ unless indicated
|Price:||$119 USD per year (special 25% discount offer – see link below)|
|Average Active House Sits:||1500 – 2000|
|Photo Upload:||Yes 13|
|ID Check:||Yes (3 different levels of check available)|
TrustedHouseSitters is the largest and most well known of the international house sitting websites. You will find house sits from all over the world, but they are particularly strong in Europe, Australia and the USA.
They have the most house sitting assignments to choose from. Although they are the most expensive, the huge choice will increase your chances of selection. Home owners are charged the same rate as house sitters for membership – this means that home owners are generally committed to the assignments they list, and less likely to be “testing” the water as can happen on some sites where home owners list adverts for free. If you want to join as both a house sitter and a home owner, the combined subscription is $149.00.
This website is also run as a professional business with a team of 26+ people including a 24/7 customer care team. The website has been improved and updated time and time again over the years.
There are a number of helpful filters, including the option to select house sits that are “family friendly”.
A possible downside for the “newbie” house sitter is that it might be more difficult to get on to the house sitting “ladder” due to the number of members. Make sure you set up “email alerts” and apply to house sits as soon as possible. Spend some time creating a stand out profile and video. Our advice would be to select an additional regional site to increase your chances of selection until you get established.
Definitely one to have at the top of your list. Some of our best house sits have been found through this platform!
|Price:||USD $ 89 year / $ 35 qtr|
|Average Active House Sits:||500 – 1000|
|Countries:||International, specialize France & Europe|
|Reference Upload:||Endorsements and badges (no external references)|
Nomador is newer to the scene but is already gaining ground on the three other most popular sites. This site was originally operated as a French house sitting site called Ilidor. Its French connection means there are still a lot of house sits in France, but the business is now truly global. So, international registrations are becoming much more prolific. We found the site a little more difficult to navigate in terms of pre-registration browsing, but once signed up it is full of great tools and helpful advice for house sitters and home owners alike..
The website’s modern design has a unique trust-based identity upload area for passports, driving licenses and other forms of ID. This identity check provides extra reassurance for homeowners. Your uploaded information is not shared and it is disposed of once the verification is complete.
Nomador also has a unique “Stopover” feature where home owners can register to offer free accommodation to members in-between house sits, or simply to build friendships. They also have a filter for assignments that are suitable for persons with reduced mobility. The ethos of the platform is to grow the sharing economy and build “community” – we think they have really succeeded with this!
The rate is the same for both home owners and house sitters. There is also a “Discovery Option” available FREE OF CHARGE which allows new house sitters to apply for up to 3 assignments. This free option extends to home owners too, but with some restrictions.
|Price:||USD $ 50 year (free for home owners)|
|Average Active House Sits:||300-400|
|Photo Upload:||Yes (14 images)|
|ID Check:||Being introduced (2017)|
HouseCarers is another long-standing, highly rated international site, with listings in countries around the world. Definitely worth considering, and the website has had a major overhaul so the user interface is much easier to use and with more features than before.
They have a limited FREE TRIAL although you can’t upload photographs or contact home owners. You will get daily alerts so it could be worth a try just to see what you get offered. There is no charge for home owners on this site.
We secured our first long term sit of 2016 with HouseCarers. We looked after a beautiful luxury property in Australia, with a pool and a fabulous view! We were very happy with their service and the ease of use of the website.
We’ve also negotiated a special 10% discount for house sitters.
|Price:||GBP £ 35 / £ 75 (basic and premium plans)|
|Average Active House Sits:||up to 50|
|Countries:||International but good for UK|
|Photo Upload:||Yes – 2 on basic / 7 on premium|
|Video Upload:||Yes – on premium plan|
HouseSitMatch is another relative newcomer to the house sitting scene. Initially the site focused on house sits in the UK and Australia but new countries are being added all the time. Their strength in Europe is currently in the UK and Spain.
They don’t have so many house sitting assignments, but founder Lamia Walker, offers a very personal service and their current ratio of home owners to house sitters is only 1:1.5, so your chances of securing a house sit assignment are much higher.
The premium subscription is worth the extra money as you can load more pictures and a video. The website offers lots of great resources, has a new member chat facility and we’ve heard that this is a good website to contact if you are interested in family house sits.
Home owners pay the same as house sitters. There are often special offers in the Facebook group, so it’s worth checking there if you are thinking of joining.
We will be definitely be trying out House Sit Match when we return to Europe.
|Price:||USD $ 20 year (Free for homeowners)|
|Average Active House Sits:||200|
|Facebook Group:||not active since 2013 – use twitter|
This is another good international website that gets regularly updated and improved. The site is inexpensive to join at USD $20 a year and so we would suggest it should be added to your top three as a matter of course. You’ve nothing to lose really at this price!
It has a good messaging system and a great search system with a useful map locator. There’s lots of relevant information to help you get started and they have some good downloadable resources. Home owners join for free.