House Sitting Websites Compared

There are different types of house sitting websites. Some only focus on one country (for example there are several house sitting websites that only post house sits in Australia) and some post house sits from all over the world. This article looks at house sitting websites that post house sits from all over the world.

Quick Comparison

Site Annual Cost Website
Trusted Housesitters $96 Trustedhousesitters.com
Housecarers $50 Housecarers.com
Mind My House $20 MindMyHouse.com
Nomador $89 Nomador.com
House Sit Match $55-$150 Housesitmatch.com

Trusted HousesittersTrusted Housesitters screenshot

Price: $96 per year | Website: trustedhousesitters.com

Trusted Housesitters is the largest of the house sitting sites posting roughly 3-4 times as many house sits as the next site (there are usually 1,000 – 1,5000 house sitting opportunities available). It posts house sits from all over the world but is particularly strong in Europe (especially the UK and France), Australia and the USA.

The annual fee is more expensive than most other house sitting websites but get accepted for just one house sitting assignment, even for a few days, and the membership will have paid for itself. If you’re new to house sitting it’s a good site to be a member of: in the beginning you have to apply for a lot of house sits in order to get accepted for one and so it makes sense to be a member of the site that posts the most house sits.

Readers of housesittingguide.com have used Trusted Housesitters to find house sits all over the world including The Caribbean, England, Qatar, Australia and Spain. You can read about their experiences here.

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)
+ Trusted Housesitters is constantly improving the site and finding new homeowners to list their homes and they have a team of people working on the site (most house sitting websites are just run by one or two people).

Cons
– More expensive than most other sites.


Housecarershousecarers screenshot

Price: $50 per year | Website: housecarers.com

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 it’s not limited to those countries and there are always quite a few from the rest 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
– Isn’t always the easiest site to use (although the site is constantly being improved).


MindMyHousemindmyhouse-screenshot

Price: $20 per year | Website: mindmyhouse.com

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

The main complaint people have with MindMyHouse is that old assignments aren’t always taken off the site and so it’s very easy to end up applying for a house sit that’s already been filled. To get around this, it’s best to apply for house sits as and when they go live (you’ll get an email when this happens).

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.


Nomadornomador screenshot

Price: $89 per year | Website: Nomador.com

Launched in 2014, Nomador is a promising new house sitting website that’s gradually making a name for itself, particularly in France where it has a lot of house sitting opportunities.

How it compares:

Pros
+ Nice design
+ Good number of house sits in France

Cons
– Difficult to get the true number of house sits (i.e. those not already filled).


House Sit Matchhousesitmatch screenshot

Price: starting from £35 (around $55) per year and going up to £95 (around $150) | Website: housesitmatch.com

Housesitmatch.com is a 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.

Other Options

Caretaker Gazette ($29.95 per year for an online subscription) – You have to be a paying member to see the opportunities Caretaker Gazette has. We did speak to Caretaker Gazette owner Gary Dunn, who came back to us and said “we publish 1,000 – 2,000 rent-free living opportunities for our subscribers each year.” So roughly, 80-160 opportunities per month.

Caretaker Jobs ($29 per year) – This is an untried and untested website that has a handful of caretaker jobs (paid and unpaid), mainly in the US. We haven’t heard anything, good or bad, about it from any of our readers.

Luxury House Sitting ($25 per year) – Another untried and untested website. Has a handful of opportunities in the USA.

Country-Specific Sites

Some house sitting websites only focus on one particular country (e.g. Australia). If you’re looking to house sit in that country, and especially if you’re planning on doing a lot of house sitting in that country, it may be worth joining one or two of the sites that specifically focus on house sits from that country.

Generally speaking the country-specific sites are in countries that are well-covered by the global house sitting sites (Australia, UK, USA etc) so you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons of joining these sites if you’re already a member of one of the bigger global house sitting sites.

 

FAQ

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’.