We have now been housesitting for 3 years, and are thoroughly enjoying it. We belong to an excellent house sitting community called TrustedHousesitters.com who have proved to be invaluable in putting us in touch with relevant home owners.
Here are our 3 reasons to house sit.
Exploring new areas as a local
Getting a chance to explore an area you might never of thought of visiting before. We have been lucky to have been invited back to Cardiff 4 times and love the city, each time we discover something new.
Because we are both in full time employment, we have chosen some of our house sits in our home county of Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties. You can read about our house sitting experiences here. This has enabled us to explore areas that are on our doorstep that we would of otherwise not explored. It has also given us an appreciation of how beautiful our home county of Gloucestershire is.
Spending time with some adorable furry friends
We have met some adorable characters along the way, that have proved to be excellent company, and it has been difficult to leave at the end of the house sit. We love the dog walking and the exercise doesn’t do us any harm either.
We have also learn’t new skills from looking after unfamiliar pets, but now are able to look a variety of fish and a bearded dragon!
We have only had one difficult experience so it is important you do your research. Only take on house sits that you feel totally comfortable with, we are glad we had this experience and learn’t this in the early stages.
This is a no brainer, staying in a property for free obviously cuts down on your travel expenses. However, this comes with responsibilities and it is crucial that you treat the properties with the up most respect. We have a checklist that we use and ensure that both owner and house sitter expectations are the same. We also ensure that we leave the property spotless which increases the chances of you being asked to house sit again.
If you would like us to house sit for you please do get in touch and you can find our Trusted Housesitters profile here.
These are our 3 reasons to house sit but would love to hear your reasons why you house sit in the comments below.