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.
|Site||Annual Cost||Discount Available|
|Trusted Housesitters||$119||10% discount (1)|
|Housecarers||$50||10% discount (2)|
|House Sit Match||$55-150*||–|
(1) To get 10% off your Trusted Housesitters membership, go to the homepage and click ‘join now’. When you get to the checkout enter the code ‘housesittingguide’. A 10% discount will then be applied.
(2) to get 10% off your Housecarers membership, simply follow this link: housecarers.com and the price will automatically change to $45 instead of $50. If this doesn’t happen, try clicking the link again.
House Sitting Sites in Detail
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.
How it compares:
+ 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).
– More expensive than most other sites.
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Price: $50 per year | Website: housecarers.com
Discounted Price: Save 10% – Visit housecarers.com (price updates automatically).
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:
+ 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)
– Isn’t always the easiest site to use (although the site is constantly being improved).
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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. The site now has thousands of members and is one of the fastest growing house sitting sites.
Nomador offer a free trial to house sitters where you can apply for up to five house sits, giving you a chance to try it out risk-free. There are pros and cons to this. Naturally, it’s obviously great to be able to try out any site for free but because it’s such a great opportunity it does attract other house sitters as well, which increases the competition for each house sit both for its free and paid members.
How it compares:
+ Nice design
+ Good number of house sits in France
– Difficult to get the true number of house sits (i.e. those not already filled).
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:
+ Extremely low membership cost per year.
+ Pretty design.
+ Nice messaging system.
– 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: starting from £34.80 (around $55) per year for the basic membership or £58.80 for the standard | 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:
+ Is doing quite well for a new site.
– Membership expensive given the number of house sits.
More information about House Sit Match can be found here.
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.
Welovehousesitting.com (£49.99 – roughly $75 USD or £25 with discount code). This is a very new website with only a small number of house sitting opportunities, however it also has only a small number of house sitters as well so competition will be low if you see a house sit you like. £49.99 is expensive for a website with such a small number of house sitting jobs (even given the low levels of competition) however it’s still a very new site (launched 2015) so hopefully there’ll be more house sitting opportunities in the future. The discount code ‘WLHS50%OFF‘ will get you the membership for £25 per year.
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. It seems to be run by Housecarers, but there isn’t any crossover (e.g. these jobs don’t appear on housecarers.com as well) 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.
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.
- Australian House Sitting Websites
- UK House Sitting Websites
- USA House Sitting Websites
- New Zealand House Sitting Websites
Christian House Sitting Websites
There are a few house sitting and home swapping websites for Christians. You can find more information about them here.
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 should I join?
Trusted Housesitters tends to be the highest recommended as it has the most house sitting opportunities (often 3-4 times as many as the next website). When we interview house sitters about a recent house sit and ask them where they found it, most say Trusted Housesitters.
There are arguments for joining the other sites. For example:
- MindMyHouse only costs $20 a year so if you don’t get anywhere you haven’t lost much.
- Nomador and House Sit Match have a lot fewer house sitters so there’s less competition.
- Housecarers is in the middle i.e. reasonable number of house sits and not an unreasonable number of sitters, so go with that.
Ultimately, the answer is, it depends which means it varies from person to person.
Which site is the best value for money?
The one that you get the most house sitting opportunities through. That said, if a house sitting site costs $50 but you only get one, two week house sit in London, it’s still more than paid for itself.