Best (and Worst) House Sitting Websites


When figuring out how to become a house sitter, the most confusing and stressful part is sorting through house sitting website reviews to predict which will be the best house sitting website.

The Secret?

The best house sitting website
is the one that has the house sitting job you want!

In How to Become a House Sitter, I explain whay I recommend thinking about house sitting jobs from that angle first. However, if you’re waffling between onacee house sitting website and another, maybe my thoughts on the best (and worst!) house sitting websites will help.

(Related:  get free flights to your house sitting region.)

Luxury house sitting jobs in places like the home pictured here are usually gotten through word of mouth, but sometimes they can be found on the best house sitting websites.

House sitting vacancies can be hard to find. Check out How to Become a House Sitter for tips on how to stand out among the crowd of long term house sitting seekers. photo: stephen di donato

If you’d rather listen than read, you can hear me talk about house sitting and websites on a podcast episode of the Postcard Academy.

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International House Sitting Website Reviews


HouseCarers Review

While the interface won’t wow you, it’s my favorite international house sitting website!

$50 per year.

The Good: House Carers is an industry veteran launched when the internet was still just a baby.  They’re honest, fair, and have a large, established history.  While their interface isn’t as intuitive as it could be, they still dot all their i’s and cross their t’s.  Their membership price is fair, they have the second best sorting function and ad previews (after House Sitters America), and are friendly to homeowners (so more house sits!).  I’ve always found at least one house sitting job that suited my location and schedule on their platform, and have booked more house sits with them than any other international house sitting website.

The Ugly:  Upgrading a user interface that’s seen nearly every design iteration of the online era isn’t easy.  I’ve had to click around a bit to find what I wanted at times, but I guess that could be user error – haha.  Aside from that, my House Carers review is all positive!.

Nomador Review

This international website’s popularity is skyrocketing among sitters due to it’s free “discovery” option.

FREE for three contacts, $35 per quarter, $89 per year.

The Good: You can’t beat free!  Nomador is also the only site catering to those who aren’t house-sitting full-time and don’t need a full year membership. It has an impressive number of listings for its age (4 years as of 2018).  It’s heavy on European sits, but that’s changing.  The interface is excellent, and the search functionality is as good as House Sitters America.  I was able to click straight through to the listings after signing up.  Nomador is the only house sitting website I’ve ever seen that gives an idea of house and property size in the ad preview.  They don’t charge homeowners to list their sit.  They fend off scammers by requiring ID checks of homeowners who don’t want to list a sit but want to browse and contact house sitters.  They’re also the only platform that has a two-way, blind review system – like AirBnb.   Oh, and they’re the only platform building a “stopover” community.  These are homeowners who will host you when you’re between house sits and maybe ask you to sit in the future.  Nomador is run by a small team of people with values I admire.  Many people booking their first sit via the “discovery option” go on to purchase a full membership, which I think demonstrates house sitter satisfaction.

The Ugly:  They are still growing, so they may not have active sits in your desired region.  When you do a search, you have to remember to hide sits that are “no longer available.”  To me, the opposite should be the default.  Umm… I wish I had more cons to balance things out, but every time I think from a new angle, I just come up with another Nomador pro.  Bottom line:  you can’t pass up having a look at a free site!.

Mind My House Review

This international website doesn’t have quite as many listings, but the price makes it worth a look!

$20 per year

The Good: While not quite as established as House Carers, they’ve been around longer than Trusted Housesitters.  Mind my House has great pricing, and a modern, user friendly interface.  They’re home-owner friendly, which improves their listing ratio.

The Ugly:  They are still growing, and I’ve read mixed Mind My House reviews.  Some say the site has been great for them, others complain homeowner listings weren’t up-to-date, appearing available when they aren’t.  Bottom line:  If the site has a sit you’re interested in, $20 isn’t too steep a gamble to make in attempt to connect with your ideal house sitting job!


Trusted Housesitters Review

This international site is sometimes called the market leader, but it’s not my favorite.

$100 per year, $75 for 3 months
These guys are now charging $119 a year.

The Good: At least for now, they’ve got name brand recognition.  Their site design is prettier than more established, older sites.  That’s about the extent of the good things I have to say in my Trusted Housesitters review.

The Ugly:  To me, these guys are the gangsters of the house sitting websites.  Double the average industry price?!  For an email harassment program and nickel-and-diming price structure that doesn’t serve the community?!  They artificially inflate the number of available housesits by allowing homeowners to make “I’ll need a housesitter someday” profiles.  Their ad previews are unhelpful and waste lots of time.  They don’t allow result sorting, which leads me to assume aperhaps incorrectly they’re using an algorithm somehow designed to maximize their profit at the expense of users.  Their read-receipts in their messaging system create awkward situations or require extra back-and-forth.  Finally, I think Trusted Housesitters is digging their own grave by charging homeowners to list their sits.  Lucky for us, I suspect home owners will continue turning to more community-minded platforms (essentially every other house sitting website).

Why are there so many gushing Trusted Housesitters reviews?  Because they have a great business model – giving a cut of their insane membership fee to people who get you to sign up.  I’d probably make a lot more money if I lied through my teeth and claimed my Trusted Housesitters experience has been amazing and totally worth the ridiculous membership fee.  I stand by my maxim: like all house sitting websites, it’s only worth it if it lists a housesitting job you want.  If this is you, feel free to help fund honest reviews by using this sign-up link – it costs you nothing extra!

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House Sitting Academy Private Referral Network

This isn’t specifically a house sitting website.  The House Sitting Academy trains a very small class of enrollees per month who get house sitting lessons on a silver platter.  After graduation, members have lifetime access to international house sits not listed on house sitting websites.

$79/mo x 4 months OR $297 one-time: both methods get lifetime access

The Good: If you don’t love the uncertainty and extra time it takes to do things on your own, the Academy might be for you.  They personally lead you through an orientation to the house sitting world, using lessons and checklists to train you to the highest standards.  The materials are derived from the wisdom of over 60 house sitting pros.  Even the greenest house sitter will graduate confident, well-equipped, and be able to move straight into their first house-sitting job.  The Academy also includes monthly group coaching and mentorship with an experienced house sitting nomad.  The mentors come from all walks of life and around the globe.   The post-graduation Academy group is one of the best places to get connected with experienced home-owners who are clear about their expectations.  Most of the sits never make it to house sitting websites.  There is also less competition for sits vs. what you’d find on a house sitting website, since many in the private network are active house sitters already booked into house sitting jobs.  Even experienced house sitters might consider the academy purely for the lifetime access to house sits.

The Ugly:  If you are a do-it-yourself person, perhaps you won’t love having everything you could ever want to know about house sitting laid out in front of you.  Also, $297 can seem like a lot, depending on how you look at it having access to expert guidance distilled from decases of experience.  On the one hand, it’s the cost of two or three nights at a hotel at any tourist destination around the world.  And   On the other hand, it’s two hundred and ninety-seven dollars.  The Academy is good value for the right person.  Up to you to decide if that’s you!

You want to know trusted house sitters cost because you're looking for international house sitting jobs? Read on! Long term house sitting jobs almost always require taking care of pets - like this cute kitty!

Most house sitting jobs involve giving love to furred, finned, or feathered creatures. photo Eddy Van 3000

Other International Sites:

Luxury Housesitting  – international, reviews generally lackluster.  $25 a year.
Caretaker Gazette  – international, requires patience for outmoded and inefficient distribution system.  $30 a year.
Working Couples – international, more like jobs that include accommodation, $48 a year ($12 quarter) or $5 a month.
Senior Sits – international, actually just a front for House Carers to appeal directly to seniors.  “Free” but really $45-$55/year.
Sabbatical Homes – international, home owners pay to advertise their homes available for rent.  If you don’t have an academic affiliation, the cost is $20 to list yourself as a possible tenant, plus the cost of renting the home.


Location-Specific House Sitting Websites
Reviews

House Sitters America Review

Hands-down my favorite USA house sitting website.

$30 a year.

The Good: Fair membership price, best search function, best sorting function, best ad previews, no strong-arming, friendly to homeowners (so more house sits!).  Yeah, House Sitters America!

The Ugly:  Their number of house sitting jobs is is still rising as more people discover this awesome platform.  The silver lining, for house sitters, is lower competition than on house sitting services like Trusted Housesitters.

Aussie House Sitters Review

A wildly popular site in Australia.  Had fantastic experiences.

$47 USD a year b$65 AUD

The Good: This site is a gold mine of opportunities for a very fair price.  Every time I looked for a sit, dozens of opportunities that suited my location and schedule presented themselves.  Designed by the team behind House Sitters America, so the site has the same awesome search function, great sorting function, time-saving ad previews, fair approach, and homeowner friendliness (so more house sitting jobs!).

The Ugly:  I can’t think of a single negative thing to say in my Aussie House Sitters Review.  I recommend this site to anyone wanting a house sitting job in Australia.  And guess how much I get paid to say that.  $0.  Nothing!

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Rover Review

A USA site with a focus on pet care that sometimes includes house sitting.

Cost is 15% of the fees you charge pet owners.

The Good: Who doesn’t love the idea of getting paid for house sitting?!  If you haven’t read How to Become a House Sitter, maybe you don’t know that most house sitting jobs are done on a trade basis.  Their space, heat, internet, car, garbage service, gas, and electricity in exchange for the time it takes you to live their life for them.

The Ugly:  Unlike proper house sitting websites, Rover.com doesn’t allow you to search opportunities.  You need to wait for pet/home owners to come to you.  You sort of need to be based in a single U.S. city to utilize this quasi house sitting website.

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MadPaws Review

An Australian site with a focus on pet care that sometimes includes house sitting.

Cost is 20% of the fees you charge pet owners.

The Good: Who doesn’t love the idea of getting paid for house sitting?!  If you haven’t read How to Become a House Sitter, maybe you don’t know that most house sitting jobs are done on a trade basis.  Their space, heat, internet, car, garbage service, gas, and electricity in exchange for the time it takes you to live their life for them.

The Ugly:  Unlike proper house sitting websites, MadPaws doesn’t allow you to search opportunities.  You need to wait for pet/home owners to come to you.  You sort of need to be based in a single Australian city to utilize this quasi house sitting website.

Similar Australian sites:  PetCloud and Pawshake.

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HouseSit Match Review

A small, mostly European site based in the UK.

$50 USD a year.
Update 2018: $45 USD standard, $96 USD premium c£35 and £75, respectively

The Good: Their site is prettier than some of their competitors.  They’re owner-friendly.  (Update 2018: they’re charging homeoweners now!)  They’ve got the same silver lining as any newer site – less competition from other house sitters.  That’s about all for HouseSit Match review positives.

The Ugly:  Their search functionality isn’t awesome.  And one can’t ignore the big price tag for the small number of house sitting job listings.  But as I’ve said before, your ideal house sitting job could be on any platform.  It’s worth signing up if you see a house sitting job you want on here.
Update 2018: I find their new pricing structure annoying.  It seems to be a way to generate more revenue while still providing the same service… like airlines suddenly charging for carry-ons.  #progress?


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Other location-specific house sitting websites:


Don’t forget to check out the local version of Craigslist wherever you go.  Here are more sites for countries where house sitting is a long standing tradition:

United Kingdom:
House Sitters UK  – run by the awesome folks behind House Sitters America.  $22 a year.
Housem8 – UK based, some international.  $0 because it encourages use of a smart matching system vs. personal contact.

Australia:
Easy House Sitting  – new site, $0 until they have more sits to offer.
Mind a Home – $49 AUD a year
Australian House Sitter –  $30 AUD a year
House Sitters Australia –  $15 AUD a year
Happy House Sitters –  $69 AUD a year, $59 4 mo.

New Zealand:
Kiwi House Sitters – run by the awesome folks behind House Sitters America.  $65 NZD a year.
Town & Country Home Sit – more job, less house sitting.  Like Rover, charges homeowners, assuming they pay you a portion of the fee.
HomeSit – more job, less house sitting.  Like Rover, charges homeowners, assuming they pay you a portion of the fee.

Canada:
House Sitters Canada – run by the wonderful House Sitters America people, albeit with a different look.  They site was new in 2017, so membership is free while they grow their base.

I hope these house sitting website reviews help you find the house sitting job of your dreams – no matter which website you choose.


More House Sitting info:
How to Become a House Sitter
House Sitting Podcast Interview Shownotes

Money on the road:
24 Jobs to Do While Traveling the World
(Podcast) Create Content w/o Selling Out
How I Afford Years of Non-Stop Travel

How to Get Free Flights
How to Sleep For Free When You Travel

Strategies on the road:
Do You Make These 8 Travel Mistakes?
The Real Cost of a Round-the-World Ticket
Which Travel Insurance to Avoid

And if you’re new to the lifestyle, you’ll relate to:
Why a Hard-Working Perfectionist… Doesn’t Want a Job

Happy Traveling! ♣

References   [ + ]

a. perhaps incorrectly
b. $65 AUD
c. £35 and £75, respectively


45 comments

  • November 11, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing your assessment of the various sites is spot-on in my view. I’m a professional sitter going on 3 years in the US only and now using HSA exclusively. Trial and error got me this far but reading reviews is helpful.

    • November 20, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Glad to hear you’re also a fan of House Sitter’s America! They’re my fave! 🙂

  • October 20, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you so much for your informative article! Though I’ve taken care of houses and pets for friends and acquaintances on a semi-professional basis, I’d now like to turn pro! I really appreciate your ratings and recommendations, as it gives me facts to stand on and opens up the attractive world of travel. Thanks again Jema.

    • October 21, 2018 at 1:36 am

      You’re welcome! Good luck on your adventures, Erica. House sitting has given me some really incredible travel memories and life-long friends all over the world!

  • July 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Trusted Housesitters are now charging $130 per year

    • July 6, 2018 at 8:06 am

      No! That’s terribly! Ugh. I’ll update the page. Thanks for letting us know, Valerie!

    • July 6, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Just checked it out… it’s still showing $119 on my screen, but if I switch to AUD it’s $130. Glad to see they haven’t put their exorbitant prices any higher!

  • June 24, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Which housesitting platforms offer free + especially easy/simple registration to homeowners? I’m trying to convince my folks to sign up and at least see what’s out there instead of pleading with me to come sit their dog every time they go away.

    • June 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      The only house sitting website I’ve seen so far that charges home owners is Trusted House Sitters! All the others let home owners list for free. For a homeowner who wants an easy interface, I like House Sitters America and House Carers. The bonus of those platforms are that there are plenty of house sits. Nomador requires homeowners who don’t make a profile to go through a security verification process to protect house sitters from spam. Sounds like it might be a barrier for your parents?

      Good luck!

    • October 15, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      It is this very type of speculation that we, sitters, don’t like, Valerie.

  • June 20, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I signed up for TrustedHousesitters as a homeowner, and was so happy with it that I decided to put up a housesitter profile myself. I found their interface a little confusing, but soldiered on and even applied for the “enhanced verification” background check. And I waited…for a month…and when I finally asked about it, they sent me the report. I’d been failed for “enhanced verification” because a 2012 traffic ticket caused a “consider” designation on my report. I find TH’s policy of treating a traffic violation the same as a conviction for breaking-and-entering very annoying (and as a homeowner, it makes the fact someone doesn’t have one nearly useless to me in choosing a housesitter — do they not have it because they didn’t want to pay for it, or because they got a speeding ticket, or because they have a conviction for animal torture?) and am considering jumping ship. Do you happen to know what the other companies’ policies are surrounding this? I’ve asked House Carers America this question, but it occurred to me that perhaps you’d already done that research? Thanks so much!

    • June 23, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, Valerie! Some people have no problem with Trusted House Sitters, but there are plenty of us with frustrations. As the most expensive platform out there, I think they should have the lowest complaint rate… not the highest!

      I haven’t researched other platform’s methodologies. Honestly, I’m not a ‘background check’ kind of person. Maybe I’ll regret that someday, but so far, so good 🙂 Sorry I couldn’t help on that house sitting front. Good luck!

      • June 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Yeah, it’s not the end of the world. I actually put into my profile that I have a background check I can share, and I have just been offered three housesits from someone on HouseCarers who asked to see it.

  • May 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I can not support Trusted Housesitters for any potential house sitter! I did stellar care for dozens of happy homeowners in Mexico, US, Canada and Costa Rica. I sent many dozens of people to the site and got them ALLOT of business. Many people signed up with them on my recommendations. For two years. Then I had the house-sit from hell. It was complicated, but basically, a rat-infested home, owners that lied and manipulated, and then abused my services. WARNING TO ALL HOUSE-SITTERS: THEY WILL SIDE WITH THE HOMEOWNER NO MATTER WHAT. PERIOD. Despite volumes of proof from my end, photos, emails, etc, TH after years of my service, cut me off. Very poor support staff who can not think for themselves. They do NOT support the house-sitter!!! A total nightmare. I DO NOT RECOMMEND TRUSTED HOUSE SITTERS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Go elsewhere.

    • June 7, 2018 at 4:19 am

      Sorry that happened to you, Cathy. 🙁 Thanks for sharing your story and helping people make informed choices!

  • March 7, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Also another question… can you comment on the competition with other seeking housesitters to land an actual housesit on each site? I’ve just browsed TrustedHousesitters and am seeing a TON of my “dream housesits”, yet I imagine the competition with other vying housesitters would be really high and the chances of landing such housesit would be low (especially when new to site and don’t have reviews/credibility built up yet). Could you please comment on chances of actually landing your ideal housesit on sites on different sites? Thanks! 🙂

    • March 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Hey again! There is definitely competition on every house sitting platform. If you’re concerned, there are two authentic, down-to-earth, full-time housesitting Australian women who have a great (paid) tutorial on how to be competitive. If you’re a DIYer, you could piece together free information from around the internet to get a clear picture of how to be successful in applying. You could also join For Sitters, By Sitters. I think it’s $5.99 a month, so you could join for a month and ask all your questions of experienced fellow house sitters.

      I would say the competition doesn’t really vary by site, except where (as I think I mentioned in at least one of the reviews above?) the platform is new. When there aren’t many houses, not as many sitters are willing to pay to get on a platform. You can get a big leg up on the competition just by following my advice in “How to Become a Housesitter – 12 HouseSitting Tips” Section.

      Hope that helps, Michelle! Happy Housesitting!

    • April 4, 2018 at 7:34 am

      My experience was exactly as you describe. I had two reviews from two different housesitting assignments and my reviews were stellar. But there was SO much competition from “professional” house sitters that do this full time, that I didn’t have a chance and wasted my money. There was also glitches about the timing of contacting and responses that basically cost me a potential sit. The site you mention is expensive and not worth the money. I wasted a years membership and never got a sit.

      • July 10, 2018 at 6:42 am

        Yep and yep, I totally agree with your comments. I joined and did 2 short local sits and met the owners first just to get a couple of reviews. But then I applied for overseas sits- waited weeks for replies, so I tried being the first cab off the rank- no go either. You wait ages for a reply- and would have to resort to replying to stacks of places at the same time if you are serious about getting a sit. Also, plenty of owners want to meet you before which makes getting something o/s tricky, yes, admittedly some don’t need to meet first, I am sure. I think there are just too many sitters now. Waste of good money.

    • November 19, 2018 at 3:51 am

      Hi Michelle
      I’ve been doing house and pet sits with TrustedHousesitters for about six years now. One tip I have is to be quick off the mark in replying to any house sits that appeal. This means being at your computer, if possible, waiting for the next batch to be emailed, which they do twice a day. I’ve been amazed by how quickly some assignments are filled. It’s also worth spending time on your profile, and on your reply, so that house owners can get an idea of what you are like.

      Good luck.

  • March 6, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Fantastic article, Jemma. As a nomad who is abroad half the year but has a home base in Canada, I’ve been wanting to get into housesitting gigs for a while. I actually looked into it further just yesterday and the main one I was drawn too/thought it was the only one was TrustedHousesitter. The membership fee indeed seeem quite steep so am glad to know there are other options. I’m going to look further into some of these other sites you listed (thank you!), but I was wondering if you have any recommendations specifically for Europe? I’m heading there in less than a month and would love to be able to arrange a something ASAP if possible. Thanks again! 🙂

    • March 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Michelle! Excited for you and your adventures! Unfortunately, I don’t have any Europe specific recommendations beyond what’s listed here. I would say to prepare for possible push-back coming from abroad… homeowners love it when they can meet someone first and especially when that person is local. However, that said I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone in person first. Skype interviews abound! And it can be helpful to find a gentle way to remind them that local people have their own lives and therefore aren’t often available for house sitting, whereas people like you – willing to give up your home base – are easier to find.

  • February 23, 2018 at 11:07 am

    The discount code for trusted house sitters does not seem to work? I got a funny error message and customer service said the code is not valid….

    • February 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Ah! Mia! I’m so sorry this happened to you, and this makes me me feel even more negative about the company. I’ll try and test it. I’ll take the code down if I can’t get it to work. Thankyousorry!

    • February 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      Yeah, I just tried it myself and got a weird error:
      [“T”,”h”,”e”,” “,”p”,”r”,”o”,”m”,”o”,”t”,”i”,”o”,”n”,”a”,”l”,” “,”c”,”o”,”d”,”e”,” “,”y”,”o”,”u”,” “,”e”,”n”,”t”,”e”,”r”,”e”,”d”,” “,”h”,”a”,”s”,” “,”e”,”i”,”t”,”h”,”e”,”r”,” “,”e”,”x”,”p”,”i”,”r”,”e”,”d”,”,”,” “,”i”,”s”,” “,”i”,”n”,”c”,”o”,”r”,”r”,”e”,”c”,”t”,” “,”o”,”r”,” “,”d”,”o”,”e”,”s”,” “,”n”,”o”,”t”,” “,”a”,”p”,”p”,”l”,”y”,” “,”t”,”o”,” “,”t”,”h”,”e”,” “,”p”,”l”,”a”,”n”,” “,”y”,”o”,”u”,”‘”,”v”,”e”,” “,”c”,”h”,”o”,”s”,”e”,”n”]
      Freaking Trusted Housesitters! Grrr. 🙁

  • February 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Hey Jema,

    Great review! I’m a British expat in Australia and discovered house sitting when I first moved here in 2015 and travelled from Perth to Brisbane. Someone was asking me which site to use in the UK yesterday, so I’ll direct them here. I can also add a bit more insight for anyone wanting to house sit in Australia, as I’ve had over 50 house sits here and now get paid for it!

    I managed to get sits fairly easily in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney through Aussie House Sitters during my road trip. I then joined Happy House Sitters too when I moved to Sydney as I wanted to house sit full time; I actually got loads more sits through them even though their website isn’t nearly as good as Aussie House Sitters. They both have the annoyance of “expired” ads being left up though, as Julie has mentioned in another comment. I used to sort the ads by date added and didn’t apply to ones older than two days to avoid wasting time. But I managed to do it full time for a year using the two sites.

    I then discovered a site called MadPaws, which is aimed at local sitters rather than travellers, but it’s free for sitters to join and you also charge home owners a nightly fee and set your own rates, as well as offering dog walking/cat visiting/doggy day care services if you want (most sitters have their own home – I’m in the minority being a nomad). The website takes a cut and provides insurance. It took a while to get going before I built up reviews, particularly as the owners contact you directly rather than advertising. But I’m now fully booked with paid sits for the next year! I also earned an extra $1,000 over Christmas feeding cats in the local area while owners were away!

    There’s also Pet Cloud and Paw Shake which are similar. Hope that helps anyone wanting to house sit in Australia!

    Lisa

    • February 14, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Lisa! Wow – thanks from both me and other readers for all the info. MadPaws sounds like Rover in the U.S. In fact, their site is so strikingly similar, I think it must be the same company with different branding? How much is the cut they take? Rover’s is 15%. I couldn’t find MadPaws on their website.

      I’ve updated the article with your resources – cheers!

  • February 11, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Hello, could you recommend a safe and good website to use for house sitting in the UK. I see you’ve mentioned 2, just wondered if you could go into more detail please 🙂

    • February 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Eleanor, are you asking as a homeowner or as a house sitter?

  • February 5, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Are you familiar with HouseSitter.com? I didn’t see it on your site. I received a request that made me very skeptical.
    “From: Premal Patel
    Booking a Hardworking House Sitting Provider in Columbus, Ohio who willing to do adult entertainment.”
    I reported it to the website. I also asked what the person meant by adult entertainment. In case there was a communication problem with Premal.
    Didn’t hear back.
    Think I’ll go back to Trusted Housesitters. I’ve been with them from the beginning when they were free.
    Thanks, Rita

    • February 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Hi Rita. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend them. I’ve heard good things about the founder, but the positive review ends there. Other house sitters I know who are on the site are saying the same thing about spam. I’m sorry that’s happening to you! Nomador is really great for just this reason… they require ID checks of (people claiming to be) homeowners if they don’t post an ad. That keeps the spam down. Good luck in your search!

  • January 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Do you know of a trusted service in Tokyo, Japan?

    • January 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Mary – are you looking for a trusted service to hire a house sitter or to be a house sitter? Re: the former, any of the reputable sites will do. I have a soft spot for HouseCarers and Nomador – both platforms run by really upright individuals. I’m not a fan of Trusted Housesitters, but I can’t say they’re unprofessional. I just don’t like their ethics.

      If you’re looking to be a house sitter… I haven’t heard of any Japan specific services. Your question, given what I know about Japanese culture, made me curious! I found a recent article that confirmed my suspicion… house sitting is a strange concept just catching on for native Japanese, but there can be house sits in the homes of expats.

      Good luck!

  • January 17, 2018 at 3:18 am

    I do not agree about the aussie housesitters , I was a member and found them frustrating as many of the house sits were already taken and yet the ad was left on constantly. Julie Gray

    • January 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Julie! I hate when that happens. It’s been my experience on several platforms. It’s a bummer that there are plenty of flaky homeowners out there who don’t take their ads down when they no longer need someone. I experience this kind of thing on Craigslist/Gumtree, too. And I’ve been thinking about it for a new website I’m helping make right now… how do you force participants to be honorable in their dealings with other humans? I’d love to hear any ideas you have about how to get posters/homeowners/sellers to behave!

      • June 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

        Jema, I think you have to give them a rating for communications that isn’t based on what sitters say but what the site says — if they’ve got an ad up and don’t log in once a day/don’t respond to messages when they log in, the site shows that, and their “communications” score says something like, “Usually responds in 48+ hours” or something. Sitters should get the same type of score so that when I go to their profile, it tells me how long it’s been since they logged in, and gives them a communications score that reflects their login/response habits. I’ve got a message out to a homeowner who I suspect has flaked on me — I’ve found her ad on multiple platforms, and my message to her on TrustedHousesitters is still marked unread.

        • June 23, 2018 at 9:08 pm

          I’ve thought this for a long time! Scores should go both ways! Nomador does a good job of that. Good luck to you in your travels and house sits, Valerie!

          • June 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm

            Yes, scores should go both ways, but it shouldn’t require that the -sitter- rate the homeowner on their response time, as they’d likely not be honest unless they know for sure they wouldn’t sit for that person again. The -site- needs to keep track of response times.

  • December 3, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Great article. I’ve traveled all my life, usually for work (journalism). And I’ve always had cats. We’ve spent much, much time looking and looking via friends for house sitters in New England while living there, never realizing that there were these awesome websites to access. I finally stumbled on HousesittersAmerica last September when we were trying to figure out who would sit our New York City apartment — we’ve lived there for the past two years — and our two cats, while we were gone on vacation in Tuscany for 3 weeks in November. Right off the bat – maybe 3 days after I posted our ad – we made an agreement with a couple who stayed in our house for 3 weeks, and who will be returning in the spring for another 3. We’re going out of town for Christmas and within two days of posting our ad we had 5 responses. Two fell through. But another instantly materialized and we’re just about to conclude the agreement with her. I wanted to write a review of HousesittersAmerica for Yelp but it looks like you’ve done the job far better than I could dream of doing.

    • December 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Glad you found the house sitting website world, Ellen! It’s pretty hard to find house sitters visa personal networking, hey? I’m glad you liked Housesitters America – they’re my favorite for the U.S.! You do get the same experience with any online platform – house sitting or otherwise – I’ve found. The full range of humans definitely requires due diligence and patience, hey? But worth it – at least for me! Happy Travels 🙂

  • September 23, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Any information on housesitter.com?

    • September 23, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Hey Red – I’ll add them to my list to review. Off the cuff, I’d say their basic membership (in tiny, tiny, tiny print way down below the not-free options when you initially sign up) at least allows you to look around and get a feel for their site and its applicability to your needs before committing $. I did some research on the founder, and he seems like a solid, upstanding guy with good values.

      From my brief glancing through profiles, it appears to have the same issue as trustedhousesitters.com – they allow people to make “general” listings. By that I mean, people can create a listing for needing a housesitter “sometimes.” That’s annoying for housesitters looking for their next gig, as it wastes tons of time looking at profiles that aren’t actually opportunities. Another huge downside I see is that – at least with the basic version – there are no date-sorting features. For a professional or nomadic housesitter, this is a huge pain. For someone who just wants to house sit locally and maintains their own local domicile, not as big of deal (although still annoying from the planning point of view).

      I can’t find an FAQ on the site to talk about whether or not the house sitting jobs are paid or not. Nowhere on the listings I can see from the basic profile does it mention payment for services. This isn’t unusual for housesitting jobs, but it is unusual for a site that seems to cater to the local marketplace (i.e. expecting to serve people looking for house sitters who already live locally and are just generally available whenever a home owner might need them… [but for free?!?!?]).

      I’ve put a more in-depth review on my infinite to-do list! Hope that helps a bit in the meantime. Cheers!

  • August 19, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Great article. Could you let me know if the information is still current. Meaning, when did you write it and has anything changed for you as far as ranking, likes/dislikes, etc. Thank you for your candid reviews, I can’t wait to embark on my housesit journeys. Cheers!

    • August 19, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Hi Aimee – Yes – the article is current. I just updated it a few weeks ago, actually. Good luck with your house sitting – it’s a blast!

      Cheers,
      Jema

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