Every House Sitting Site Compared

In Jan 2015, HouseSittingGuide.com took a look at all of the main house sitting sites to see which site has the most house sitting jobs available. It didn’t take long to find a winner.

Although we have tried to be as accurate as possible, many of the sites were difficult to use and so figures may not be 100% accurate. Figures are also a snapshot of that day and may vary over the month.

Anyway, enough with the stipulations! Hopefully this guide will help you in choosing a house sitting site.


Trusted House Sitters Logo

Trusted Housesitters is the world’s largest house sitting site and posts more house sits per month than any other site. It’s at the more expensive end of the scale but given the number of house sits it has, the pricing is more than reasonable.

How it compares:

Pros
+ More house sits than any other site (at least 3-4 times as many as the next site).
+ Lots of house sits in locations where hotels are expensive (e.g. UK, Australia, USA, Canada etc)
+ Great system for getting references (and including them in your profile)
+ Company are constantly improving the site and finding new homeowners to list their homes.
Cons
- More expensive than most other sites.

Price: $96 per year
House sits found (Jan 2015): 1,137
Website: trustedhousesitters.com


Mind My House Logo

Given the extremely low membership cost, this site is always popular. As it’s only $20 a year, many house sitters join this site and one other (usually Trusted Housesitters or Housecarers) to increase the number of opportunities available to them.

How it compares:
Pros
+ Extremely low membership cost per year.
+ Pretty design.
+ Nice messaging system.
Cons
- Old assignments often aren’t marked as filled.
- A lot of homeowners select ‘variable dates’ rather than giving specific dates or even rough dates of when the house sit is.

Price: $20 per year
House sits found (Jan 2015): 338 (note: it was difficult to work out if all of these were current house sits)
Website: mindmyhouse.com


Housecarers Logo

Housecarers is one of the longest running house sitting sites (since 2000). It tends to mainly have house sits in Australia and the US but there also plenty of others from other parts of the world as well.

How it compares:
Pros
+ Lots of house sits in Australia and the US.
+ When searching for house sits it’s easy to filter by the length of assignment you’re looking for (e.g. 1 week, 2 months etc)
Cons
- Design is clunky and it can often be difficult to use (although things have improved quite a bit over the past few years).

Price: $50 per year
House sits found (Jan 2015): 203
Website: housecarers.com


House Sit Match Logo

Housesitmatch.com is a relative newcomer to the house sitting scene. Initially the site focused on house sits in the UK and Australia but now there tends to be house sits from quite a few other locations as well, particularly Spain.

How it compares:
Pros
+ Is doing quite well for a new site.
Cons
- Membership expensive given the number of house sits.

Price: starting from £35 (around $55) per year and going up to £95 (around $150)
House sits found (Jan 2015): 107
Website:  housesitmatch.com


Caretaker Jobs Logo

Mainly caretaker jobs, which are not quite the same as house sitting. Most of the positions are in the US.

Price: $29.
House sits found (Jan 2015): 28
Website:  caretaker-jobs.com


Luxury House Sitting Logo

A handful of house sitting jobs, usually most assignments are in the US.

- Very few house sits.

Price: $25.
House sits found (Jan 2015): 19
Website:  luxuryhousesitting.com


 

Sites we didn’t include in this comparison

Caretaker Gazette

Price: $29.95 per year (for online subscription)
Website:  caretaker.org

You have to be a member of Caretaker Gazette to see their caretaker adverts. As we weren’t, we weren’t able to include them in this comparison.

Nomador

Price: $20 per year
Website: nomador.com

Unfortunately Nomador still had a lot of assignments listed where the start date had passed (and so had probably been filled). As it wasn’t possible to get an accurate idea of how many available house sits the site had, we didn’t include them in this comparison. Hopefully we will be able to in the future.

Country-Specific Sites

As we just focused on sites that post house sits from all over the world, the following sites were left out as they each only posted house sits from one country.

Australian Sites:

Aussie House Sitters
Mindahome.com.au
Housesitworld.com.au
Happy House Sitters
Easy House Sitting
Australian House Sitters
House Sitters Australia

UK Sites:

Mindahome.co.uk
House Sitters UK

New Zealand Sites:

Kiwihousesitters.co.nz

USA Sites:

House Sitters America
Mindahome.com

We also didn’t include the few Christian house sitting sites there are on the web as this was a bit more niche. You can find more information about there here.

FAQ

Are these sites listed in order of how good they are?

Yes. Figures are an estimation, although we’ve tried to be as accurate as possible.

How many sites should I join?

It depends on how much house sitting you’re planning on doing. If you’re planning on house sitting full-time you’ll probably end up joining several, although you might just start with one in the beginning.

Which site is the best value for money?

Usually the one with the most house sitting opportunities. House sitters, especially those just starting out, often have to apply for several house sits in order to get accepted for one. Joining a site with a lot of opportunities to apply for gives you a much better chance of kick-starting your house sitting ‘career’.