A house sitting job entails living in someone’s home while they are away on vacation or extended leave. It usually involves a set list of duties to be performed at the house. The house sitter agrees to accept total responsibility of caring for the home, pets, yard, gardens, and pool areas. An opportunity can involve seeing other parts of the country,living in exotic locations for months at a time; performing duties you have never done (i.e. birthing a calf),and experiencing life in ways that you probably wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.
The benefits of being a house sitter. House Sitting is liberating, exciting, interesting and fun. Imagine living in Greece for the summer. You can’t afford it? Find a house sitting opportunity. That may be a little extreme or unusual, but it does happen all the time. The reason many people subscribe to the nomadic lifestyle of a caretaker, is an obvious one: Don’t have to pay rent. Nor do they have to worry about the financial upkeep of a home.You Don’t pay property taxes, house insurance or home owner fees. Many people become full time house sitters to allow time to pursue other occupations, such as writing. Many use the caretaker job to see other parts of the country or world.
What are the qualifications?
To be a professional house sitter you must be impeccably trustworthy. For someone to leave their home and possessions in your care involves great trust. You will be asked to provide personal and professional references. Go through a background check,and more than likely you will be required to be bonded and and insured for liability. And maybe as important, have skill and work ethic to perform duties around the house such as gardening, lawn mowing, garbage disposal, pool maintenance, readdressing mail, forwarding important documents, and almost all house sitting jobs include pet care.
How is this done?
There are many websites that list house sitting opportunities from around the world. The homeowner or property owner advertises the openings and includes pictures and details of the expectations. You then respond directly to the home owner. Most of these require a small joining fee to access all listings, but it is more than worth it.
Almost all assignments involve pet sitting. In fact, many view this as pet sitting at someone’s home. People often want someone to watch after their pets while on vacation, but don’t want to leave the house empty for two weeks. So, most jobs will involve taking care of pets and necessary desire to perform all that goes with that.