Long term house sits. Once you’ve done one you’ll be hooked. They’re great not only because you save a lot of money on not having to travel between house sits but also because they give you a real opportunity to really get to settle into an area and live like a local.
Below are some tips for finding the long term assignments on each of the different sites.
Trusted Housesitters is probably the easiest site for finding long term house sits. This page on the site lists every house sit that’s more than 60 days in length. The only limitation is you have to scroll through all of the listings (you can’t filter the long-term listings by country).
Tip: When using Trusted Housesitters make sure you click ‘current assignments only’ from the advanced search button to block it from showing house sits that have already been filled.
Trusted Housesitters costs $89.88 (USD) per year. A full writeup of Trusted Housesitters can be found here.
Housecarers don’t have a special page for long term house sits but it’s possible to filter house sits by the number of days (e.g. 6-8 weeks, 2-3 months, more than 3 months etc).
Housecarers costs $50 (USD) per year. A full writeup of Housecarers can be found here.
Finding the long term sits on MindMyHouse isn’t easy. You usually have to read through each assignment individually to find that information as many homeowners put select ‘variable dates’ rather than giving precise dates.
MindMyHouse costs $20 (USD) per year. A full writeup of MindMyHouse can be found here.
Nomador allows you to filter the house sits by a minimum duration (3 weeks, 1 month, 2 months etc) from the sidebar on the left hand side.
Nomador costs $89 (USD) per year. A full writeup of Nomador can be found here.
House Sit Match
House Sit Match doesn’t have any functionality for filtering results so you only see long term house sits but it does show the house sit duration so if you scan the pages you can pick out the long term ones.
House Sit Match has three different price options starting from £35 (around $55) per year and going up to £95 (around $150) per year. A full writeup of House Sit Match can be found here.
This site is run by the same company that runs Housecarers and it seems to be run as a completely separate site. There are a few assignments posted each month, mostly in the US. Most seem to be 3 months or more in length.
An annual membership to Caretaker-Jobs.com costs $29 (USD).
The Caretaker Gazette publishes its listings in a classifieds style and the people writing the adverts aren’t always specific about the dates or the duration of the house sit. As well as having to read each advert individually, you may have to get in contact with many of the homeowners individually in order to get a proper idea of the dates. Listings tend to be more for caretaker roles, although there are often some house sitting listings as well.
The Caretaker Gazette costs $29.95 (USD) to get access to their online classifieds. A full writeup of The Caretaker Gazette can be found here.
Luxury House Sitting doesn’t have a means of filtering assignments so that you just see the long term ones. The ‘homes’ page does list the dates of the assignment so as with some of the other sites, you’ll just have to skim through the listings.
Luxuryhousesiting.com costs $25 (USD) per year.
House Sit World
House Sit World doesn’t have any means of just showing long term assignments. The site is very dated and you will need to go through assignments individually to see whether they’re short or long term. There is a second House Sit World site which just hosts their house sits in Australia.
To view house sits go to this page and type ‘wanted’ in the search box on the right-hand side.
House Sit World costs $40 (USD) per year to be listed as a sitter. You don’t need to pay this to apply for house sits however as each listing contains the homeowners email address.
Some sites are country-specific (i.e. they only list house sits in that country). If you’re flexible on where you’re willing to house sit in the world and don’t have any specific plans to house sit in these countries it’s probably makes more financial sense to join a global house sitting site (e.g. Trusted Housesitters, Housecarers, Nomador etc) rather than multiple country-specific ones.
(Sites that list house sits in Australia only.)
Aussie House Sitters
Aussie house sitters has an option to select the ‘sit length’ in the left-hand sidebar of the house sit search.
Aussie House Sitters costs $65 (USD) per year. This allows you to apply for any house sit on aussiehousesitters.com.au but you will need to register separately for each of their other sites (housesittersuk.co.uk (for UK sits), kiwihousesitters.co.nz (for NZ sits) and housesittersamerica.com (for US house sits).
Mindahome.com.au doesn’t have a specific page for long term sits but you can order the house sits starting with the longest in duration first.
Mindahome.com.au costs $49 (USD) per year. This allows you to apply for any house sit on mindahome.com.au but you will need to register separately for each of their other sites – mindahome.co.uk (for UK sits) and mindahome.com (for US Sits).
The Australia-specific version of HouseSitWorld.com. This site only contains house sits in Australia. As with the main site, housesitworld.com.au is very out-of-date and difficult to use. There is also no easy way of finding long term house sits specifically.
Each state in Australia (e.g. VIC, NSW etc) has its own page. You will need to go to each individual state page and then scroll down the page to where it says ‘wanted ads’ to see house sits for that state.
The date of when the assignment was posted is included in the listing. It’s recommended that you don’t apply for house sits that are more than two months, but ideally two weeks, old as the homeowner is likely to have found someone already.
House Sit World costs $50 (AUD) or $40 (USD) to register to list yourself as a sitter, however you don’t need to register as a sitter to apply for house sits.
Happy House Sitters
Within the ‘my account’ section of Happy House Sitters, you can search house sits and sort by ‘Longest to Shortest’. Each listing on the results page then also shows the number of days.
Happy House Sitters costs $99 (AUD) per year.
Easy House Sitting
Easy house sitting is quite a small website but one with the functionality that allows you to only show house sits that are a specific duration (or longer). You can filter the results from the search tab in the left hand sidebar of the page.
Currently Easy House Sitting does not charge a membership fee to sitters.
Australian House Sitter
Australian House Sitter doesn’t have any functionality for filtering long and short term house sits so you’ll need to go through the listings individually.
Australian House Sitter costs $30 (AUD) per year.
House Sitters Australia
Another small Australia-specific site, this site doesn’t have any functionality for filtering long and short term sits.
House Sitters Australia costs $15 (AUD) per year.
(Sites that list house sits in the UK only.)
Mind A Home (UK Version)
Mindahome.co.uk is owned by the same company that own Mindahome.com.au so instructions are the same. Simply select ‘job time length – longest first’ from the drop down menu .
Mindahome.co.uk costs £12 a year.
HouseSittersuk.co.uk is owned by the same company that own Aussie House Sitters (aussiehousesitters.com.au) so instructions are the same, they just have a specific site for the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Housesittersuk costs £15 per year. This allows you to apply for any house sit on housesittersuk.co.uk but you will need to register separately for each of their other sites.
New Zealand Sites
(Sites that list house sits in New Zealand only.)
Kiwihousesitters.co.nz is owned by the same company that own Aussie House Sitters (aussiehousesitters.com.au) so instructions are the same, they just have a specific site for the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As with their other sites you can filter house sits by the ‘sit length’ option from the sidebar in the left-hand side.
KiwiHousesitters costs $65 (NZD) per year. This allows you to apply for any house sit on Kiwihousesitters.co.nz but you will need to register separately for each of their other sites.
(sites that list house sits in America only)
Mindahome.com lists house sits in the US. It’s run by the same company that run mindahome.com.au (lists Australia house sits) and mindahome.co.uk (lists UK house sits).
As with their other sites, you can order the listings by the sits that have the longest duration first. Just select ‘job time length – longest first’ from the drop down menu .
Mindahome.com costs $10 (USD) a year.
House Sitters America
Run by the same company that run aussiehousesitters.com (Australia house sits), housesittersuk.co.uk (UK house sits) and kiwihousesitters.co.nz (NZ house sits), this site hosts the company’s US House sitting opportunities.
As with their other sites, you can filter by sit length in the sidebar on the left.
House Sitters America costs $30 (USD) per year.