House sitting is when someone allows you to stay in their home because they need someone to watch it. It can be a great way to travel the world and save a ton of money on accommodations. Sounds awesome, right?
Before you jump on this bandwagon, there are certain things you should know about house sitting your way around the world:
You’re going to need experience.
Homeowners aren’t going to just let you go into their house and let you watch it. They want people who are experienced and trustworthy. It only makes sense because they are trusting their home in your hands.
You might start out by volunteering to house sit for others first or see if anyone that you personally know needs a house sitter.
You may even start locally as well where house sitting may not be as hot as other areas where everyone wants to house sit in a beautiful vacation destination.
Be a responsible house sitter.
Whatever you do, don’t throw raging parties and always make sure to follow the homeowners rules. You want to treat their home as if the home were your own. Many people get this wrong and don’t treat it correctly.
Keep in mind that a human being owns this home and it is a big investment on their part.
Sign up for house sitting websites.
There are many house sitting websites out there, and you should try signing up for the ones that interest you.
Create a great profile (your profile is pretty much everything in the house sitting world), look at possible listings, and always make sure to apply for jobs quickly because you have to keep in mind that there are probably many others wanting the same exact house sitting job.
With some house sitting jobs, they may also ask that you watch their pets. If pets are included in the job, you need to make sure that you actually know how to take care of the pets and that you plan on treating them like your own pets.
Never sign up for a house sitting job without fully knowing that you can provide high-quality service to be proud of.
You should always be honest and if you know for a fact that you cannot provide high-quality service because you don’t know how to treat animals, then you should skip the house sitting job. If you’ve never had pets before, then you probably want to skip it as well. Taking care of someone’s animal is not a job to take lightly.
Have you ever done house sitting? Why or why not?
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