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TrustedHousesitters Review (And Tips for Using It!)

written by Sam and Veren March 25, 2024
TrustedHousesitters Review (And Tips for Using It!)

Quick note about house sitting and the pandemic: all of our house sitting content remains relevant, and we wouldn’t change any of our tried and true strategies. However, Covid-19 has changed the game a bit, so we’ve written an article specifically on how to approach house sitting in an ever-evolving pandemic world.

Do you want to save money while traveling, travel more sustainably, and make real local connections?

Maybe you want to save money on home and pet care while away traveling?

House sitting checks all of the above boxes, and like responsible tourism, has become one of the latest travel trends, especially for budget travelers – pet owners and potential house sitters alike.

If anything, the pandemic pet boom has accelerated the demand for pet and home care now that it seems everyone adopted a puppy or kitten at the height of the pandemic. All those pet owners are now itching to travel as it becomes more available, and they’ll be hard-pressed to find a more convenient, quality, and affordable option for pet and home care while they travel.

Homeowners and potential house sitters – this review is for both of you.

Considering house sitting right now but not sure where to start? Check out our guide on how to start house sitting.

If you came here looking for a TrustedHousesitters review, chances are you already know what house sitting is. 

How Does Trusted House Sitters Work?

On the off chance that you don’t: house sitting is an exchange in which a person, the house sitter, stays at someone’s home and cares for their pets and property while they are away. Usually, no money is exchanged between parties. If you’re still confused about what house sitting is and isn’t, read our article, Common Misconceptions About House Sitting.

So if you’re sold and you’re on board – what’s the next step

The most surefire way to tackle house sitting is online. However, it’s hard to know who’s slinging solid advice and guidance. As more people are trying to get on the house-sitting bandwagon, even more people are writing articles on how to house-sit, despite the fact that they’ve done only one or two house-sits or none at all.

There are a variety of TrustedHousesitters reviews floating around online, but they’re usually super positive as people try to reap affiliate benefits, aren’t actually up to date, or are sourly negative because the site didn’t work for them as they’d hoped for. Some of the worst culprits are mega sites with sponsored content heaping unadulterated praise (we’d give our website an A+ too if you paid us to review it).

Regarding the former (actual individuals who tried house sitting who were dissatisfied with their experience), there’s always some excuse – no one contacted them to offer a house sit (that’s not how it works), they were too young (guess what, we started house sitting at 23 and 28)… the list goes on.

Our blog covers many things about alternative modes of travel, but a cornerstone topic and strategy is house sitting. We just could not have built all this successful website without house sitting full-time and professionally. It was an incredibly valuable tool to help us support the life we wanted to create, one of more autonomy and freedom.

But maybe you’re just looking for someone to love on your furry babies while you’re away.

Or…

You just want to travel more and pet sitting could be your ticket to a life with more travel.

Either way, keep reading if you want an honest Trusted House Sitters review.

Is Trusted House Sitters Worth it?

Absolutely, with one key caveat: if you apply the right strategy and attitude.

We firmly believe that before you start giving advice – have some in-depth experience.

We have been house sitting through TrustedHousesitters since 2016.

We’ve house sat both full-time and part-time and in various countries in Europe (in cities including Berlin, London, Madrid, and Florence, to name a few) as well as the United States (in NYC, the US Virgin Islands, Oregon, Utah, and North Carolina). We have more than a few weekend sits; many lasted several months. Also, quite a few are repeat sits as well, becoming a part of a yearly rotation. For example, we did almost a year total in Salt Lake City, Utah if we combined our 2016 and 2019 sits.

Here’s a listing of some of our completed house sits so you can see where we’ve used TrustedHousesitters. Sadly, the map view has since been discontinued, so this map is now circa July 2018. We still think it’s cool to look at, which is why we’ve kept it in here, even though it’s pretty outdated at this point, many years later!

Our point? We know a thing or two (or several dozens) about house sitting.

Saying we got a ton of house sitting experience is still glossing over so much detail. For those looking for a deep dive on how to house sit like a pro, check out our book all about house sitting!

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As a pet owner you may wonder: what qualifies two sitters to advise me?

Well, we have nitpicked the brains of all the homeowners we have sat for in order to provide the homeowner perspective as well. It’s an essential aspect of our house sitting success and we can confidently say that understanding both sides of the exchange lead to great house sitter experiences for pet owners. If pet owners didn’t feel we could empathize and relate to them, they wouldn’t give us so many stellar reviews (25+ five-star reviews and counting).

So let’s get into it – the pros and cons of using TrustedHousesitters and how to leverage them to use the platform to your advantage. If you already know you want to sign up, just hit the link to sign up.

Click to sign up with our 10% off reader discount and you’ll already have saved a ton!

TrustedHousesitters Review and Tips on Using It

Our Comprehensive Trusted House Sitters Review

We will focus solely on the user experience of the website – for more info on house sitting, see our resource page and the many articles at the bottom.

TrustedHousesitters is a platform that connects people looking for house sitters with people looking to house sit. It’s important to understand that TrustedHousesitters is simply a matchmaking website. They do not personally vet each of the homeowners or house sitters – that’s your job. This is why clear and concise communication between both parties is so important.

Note: If you’re a pet owner still not sure about the whole “trusting a stranger” aspect, this episode below of our podcast is for you. We dive more deeply into the issue of trust and trusting “strangers”.

Subscribe and listen to The House Sitting Travel Podcast below or on your favorite podcast app. Just search House Sitting Travel in your app of choice or click these links: Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

Or simply listen to the episode below – no need to download anything, just hit the green play button! =)

Last but not least, if you’re not a member of TrustedHousesitters and want to join, click here to sign up with a 10% discount just for our readers.

And now, onto the Trusted house sitters review!

Overall, Trustedhousesitters is your best bet to get into house sitting whether you’re looking for one per year, several, or to house sit full-time. TrustedHousesitters is the biggest resource for finding house sits and house sitters around the world.

Note: throughout the review, we’ll often refer to TrustedHousesitters as THS to keep things short.

By the way, let’s just get this out of the way now: this is NOT a sponsored (aka paid for) post. We personally have used THS since 2015 (it’s still the only website we use) and get a lot of questions about how it works. This Trusted House Sitters review is 100% our honest opinions, informed by our years of house sitting experiences on the site.

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PROS of Using TrustedHousesitters

These are the best features about THS, how to use them, and why they’re better than other house sitting websites.

The Biggest House Sitting Website Worldwide

Don’t just take our word for it – check out Housesitsearch.com, a search aggregator that lists house sits available across the main platforms. A quick search yielded 14335 available house sits on a particular day. When we subtracted all others and searched only for THS, that number went to 11606. That means that THS has more than 4.25 times the number of sits than all other sites combined!

This cannot be overstated. The odds are in your favor here. More options for finding your perfect sit. And vastly more sitters than sits, so homeowners will have plenty of great choices. Often homeowners tell us it’s hard to choose as they receive many great applicants.

When we were first choosing which house sitting site to sign up for, a quick look at all the options showed that TrustedHousesitters had house sits listed in the most countries. So wherever we wanted to travel, we’d have a better likelihood of finding a house sit. They have many listings across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe (mostly Western Europe), and the United Kingdom.

Occasionally sits pop up in Asia, South America, and Central America, but these are less common (across all house sitting websites) as the idea of house sitting has still not caught on in these cultures.

In short, THS has the most sits compared to other sites, and who wants to have multiple subscriptions? We’re all here to try to save money on pet care and/or travel, right?

Sleek Website and Easy to Navigate User Interface

Outright, one can tell that Trusted House Sitters is a legitimate website. Many others are volunteer efforts whereas THS has professional user experience design. Getting around the site is intuitive with a clear layout. And because they’re a premium site, they continue to update and streamline the experience. Compare at a glance to any free house sitting site and you’ll see exactly what we mean. The adage “you get what you pay for” applies here.

Searching for house sits is easy, as you can filter by country, animal type, length of sit, and dates. Last-minute house sits are highlighted with a blue banner (these are great to jump on if you can when you are first starting out as they are likely to get fewer applicants). On all listings, there is a map of the approximate location, so you can research the area a bit before you apply.

A benefit of using THS over other websites is that once a pet owner finds a house sitter and accepts them through the site, that listing is immediately closed for applications.

This is what the search function for house/pet sits looks like (when logged in):

Pet owners can search for house sitters by location and view their availability calendar on their profile to see if they are available before messaging. You can also narrow the search by relevant pet experience, gender, age, and if they travel with children.

If you don’t want to put up a listing but instead prefer to contact house sitters directly, this is a great feature and option. However, you don’t need to use this feature unless you want to, as homeowners tend to get enough applicants just by posting a sit publicly.

We do get contacted by homeowners now and then, but often it is very last minute and we are already booked. Or it’s for someone we’ve already house sat for, and they want to check if we are available first before looking for another house sitter. Often, experienced house sitters have already lined up sits months in advance, so keep that in mind when putting up a listing. The sooner the better!

You can search by dates available, pet experience, and verifications.

Homeowners and house sitters alike have the option to include a lot of photos and a description of their needs and skills.

Applying for a sit is as easy as clicking the button and sending a tailored message. Read our guide How to Make Your First House sitting Message Win for more tips on what to include in this initial message.  

Useful Tools like the Welcome Guide

The welcome guide is easily one of the best features of THS, as it helps both homeowners and sitters tremendously. We always check with homeowners of a future sit if they’ve filled out the welcome guide. We even use the welcome guide template when accepting house sits outside of THS. It’s just that helpful.

This is where the owner can write down all the information about the house sit. There are 6 tabs: Welcome, My Home, My Pets, Transports, Neighborhood, and Emergency. Here owners can choose how descriptive they need to be, but ultimately provide all information necessary to carry out a successful house sit.

The welcome guide means homeowners can enjoy their time away worry-free and minimize interruptions during their vacation knowing that their house sitter has all of the resources they need to care for their home and pets. House sitters can provide pet care feeling fully equipped to handle the sit – all the necessary information to perform the sit is available 24/7 without worrying if they can reach the homeowner. 

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Throughout the process of applying, confirming, and performing the sit, a lot of information is exchanged. Having everything in one place is not only easier but supremely practical. House sitters can refer back at any time throughout the sit to double-check feeding schedules or house chores like when when to take the trash out. Pet owners can share the welcome guide with future sitters, so it only needs to be done once! Although, always make sure it’s up-to-date when you’re communicating with your future sitter.

24/7 Veterinarian Hotline!

Now, these are the sort of features that house sitters sorely need. The Vet Advice Line is completely free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We can’t stress enough how helpful this is. Sometimes pet owners aren’t available. Sometimes we don’t want to alarm pet owners. If a house sitter observes strange behavior in their pet charge, they can avoid going online in search of dubious diagnoses and instead speak directly with a qualified pet expert.

We actually had to use this once. One of our many cats at a pet sit was exhibiting very unusual behavior. The cat would lay there, not moving, looking exhausted, and completely lethargic if they did try to move. When we picked them up, while clearly conscious, they were unresponsive. Fortunately, we were able to reach someone on the vet advice line almost immediately. With their guidance, we immediately went to the local veterinarian for some diagnostics and were able to solve the matter.

It’s moments like this where we feel like THS really does care.

Easy-to-Use App

TrustedHousesitters is the only house-sitting site that has a mobile app. This has been so very necessary for such a long time! It’s super easy to search for sits or sitters, apply to listings, respond to applicants, and much more. We’ve written a whole post about it so make sure to check it out if you want more detailed information on the app (available for iOS and Android).

Read more: TrustedHousesitters App: Features + How to Use

Community Forum

During the pandemic, TrustedHousesitters launched a ‘community forum’ to connect the house sitting community during tough times. It’s still going strong and it’s an absolutely fantastic resource for connecting with fellow house sitters as well as home and pet owners (we’ve even been offered house sits by people we’ve connected with through the forum)!

This is yet another way that THS stands out from the rest as (to our knowledge) no other house sitting website offers such a robust forum directly on their website (NOT social media). House sitting is still such a niche way to travel that it can be incredibly helpful to connect to other people who are doing it too. It’s a very active forum, with new posts all the time, from introductions to questions to inspirational posts. Once you become a THS member, be sure to take advantage of this underappreciated resource!

BOTTOM LINE OF PROS

THS has the most sits and sitters, the best user interface experience over other sites, and handy features like the welcome guide, search functions, vet hotline, an app, and a community forum – all of which allow you to get right onto house sitting asap.

It’s important to stress:

THS does not take responsibility for your experience beyond the website.

THS helps provide you with the means to facilitate the house sitting process. Having a positive experience falls on your intuition and judgment.

CONS of Using TrustedHousesitters:

THS is far from perfect. We’re not going to lie and sugarcoat things. There’s a lot of room for improvement.

We may have more gripes in number than pros, but the PROS heavily outweigh the cons. THS helps us house sit to our heart’s content.

In the next section of our THS review, we include our tried-and-true methods for coping with each con, to make sure you get the best user experience. We want to help you succeed in landing that perfect sit or sitter.

In fact, we have so much to say that we wrote the definitive guidebook on house sitting! The House Sitting Handbook is your ultimate guide to successful house sitting, packed with all our best tips and secrets that we’ve learned over the years. Click here to learn more and to get your hands on The House Sitting Handbook!

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Most Expensive Membership Fee

“You have to pay for this? That’s a scam!” 

This is usually the first thing people say when we tell them about how we house sit. It’s understandable, but extremely short-sighted.

Why?

Pretend for a second that this was all completely free.

Now imagine you’ve got a house sitter lined up for your remote cabin in boreal Canada.

Then your sitter cancels the day before your sit.

What do they have to lose on canceling? Not much, especially if they haven’t paid a dime in order to secure your house sit.

Sure, there are people who honor commitments regardless of cash. We like to keep money out of the equation as much as possible. However, when it comes to obligations, a price tag weeds out the less serious people and flakey folk (this goes beyond house sitting as well). If you’re serious about house sitting, you need to put your money where your mouth is.

That being said, THS does have the most expensive membership fee out of any other house sitting website. People naturally are surprised when they see the one hundred-dollar-plus annual membership fee. Currently, it costs a minimum of $169 to join THS. If you want a combination of a house sitter and a pet owner account, they offer a price that’s cheaper than both separately, fortunately.

Additionally, they’ve recently expanded the available plans beyond basic. A premium annual membership to THS costs $259. This upgrade provides many more amenities, such as accident and house sit cancellation insurance. While these can definitely help (having access to airport lounges is pretty sweet), they are by no means necessary.

You may be wondering, “Is TrustedHousesitters worth it?”

Short answer: well, yes. Long answer: keep reading to make it worthwhile.

How to Make it Work for You

Sign up with our 10% off reader discount and you’ve already saved a ton!

Pet owners:

All you need to do is secure a sitter for more than a few days and you’ve already eclipsed the cost of membership with your savings. We’re sure you already know how expensive kennels and paid pet visitors are. You’re here to save and get the best possible care for your pets. Truth is, there are vastly more sitters than sits. The scales are tipped in the pet owner’s favor. Finding your ideal sitter is quite literally inevitable.

House sitters:

Land a house sit for even just a few nights a year and it pays for itself. Recouping the membership cost is pretty simple. Put in the time and effort, and you’ll find a sit.

How much does the average hotel or hostel cost? Let’s aim super low and say $50 a night? Then consider that when house sitting, you’re getting an apartment or house for the same price as a couple of nights in a sterile hotel room removed from the general populace. House sitting gets you get a cozy place, sweet pets, and a local’s experience. Even AirBnB charges nightly for that experience.

In the end, this price is negligible for us and should be for you too. We have been house sitting since 2015. By our modest estimation, we’ve saved the tens of thousands (if not $100K+) through house sitting over the years. We’d wager the cost of membership that if you’re here reading this, you can afford that membership fee.

For many popular desinations, we would have had to spend way upwards of $100/night (we’re looking at you London and NYC) for a mediocre micro-hotel room. Trust us on this one. We scour the web for our accommodation options with every trip we book.

With house sitting, we exchange pet care for all the comforts of an apartment or house, with cute cuddly animals to boot! Not a bad deal in our book. Even if you don’t plan on using THS long-term, it’s easy to balance out this cost with at least one sit per year in most places.

In the end, the most important thing to remember: you get out of this what you put in. Don’t expect to hear from your ideal sits or sitters if you put up a rushed profile. Homeowners will definitely have an easier time finding sitters, while house sitters will have to do a lot more cold calling.

Persistence is key.

This leads to our next con.

Biggest Site = More Competition

While the fact that TrustedHousesitters is the biggest website is a pro, it can also be a con, especially when you are first starting out. If you’re new to house sitting, it can be demoralizing to see that you’re up against 20+ applicants for a particular sit. You could begin to feel it’s not worth the effort.

How to Make it Work for You

Pet owners:

You’ll likely have a good amount of sitters to choose from and many will be great. This con arguably works in your favor.

However, if you put up your listing last minute, especially around busy times like the holiday season, you will likely have fewer sitters to choose from. This con is more of an issue for house sitters.

House sitters:

You get one shot and you need to make it count. Remember: THS is a matchmaking website and they won’t apply to sits for you. Write a winning personalized first message, giving all the reasons why you’d be the perfect sitter. Think of it as a job application and your profile as a résumé. Landing a housesit on THS is entirely possible – you just need the right strategy. It’s why we wrote a whole damn book on it.

Also, avoid super popular travel destinations for your first sits. You’re guaranteed to lose out to sitters with more reviews. These places are hugely competitive. Pet owners frequently don’t look past the first dozen people (contrary to what THS believes), so you’ll be wasting your time.

Need more tips? Read our post How to Start House Sitting and Save Money Traveling

Lackluster Customer Service That Favors Homeowners

This is another example of how unbalanced the THS system is.

Pet owners:

No worries here unless you’re a social justice warrior.

House Sitters:

Take notice and adjust your expectations.

The issues have ranged from user functionality of the site to downright favoritism to homeowners. We’ve repeatedly messaged them only to get canned, generic responses that condescend or play down issues.

It’s easy to read between the lines and see “Yes we understand this is important, but not enough for us to care.” Unfortunately, THS seems to default to homeowners’ complaints and regularly deflect the concerns of sitters.

We haven’t personally had this experience, but we are members of various house sitting Facebook groups where people have shared their disconcerting experiences.

How to Make this Work for You

As we keep stressing, house sitting is an exchange: both sides are vulnerable in different ways.

Owners have property and pets to protect. Sitters need to be wary of pet owners asking for too much or exchanging too little. Both would be left in a tight spot with last-minute cancellations.

If you think THS official assistance is warranted, message THS on their chat function. Customer service can always improve. They’re growing bigger and bigger every day, so they will listen if their customer base shows up in sheer numbers.

Ideally, you can minimize the need for customer service by effective communication. You should be discussing your expectations and needs with the person you are house sitting for or the person that is house sitting for you. Only choose to engage persons who recognize this is an equal exchange.

Sitters: Not confident you can tell? Inform your intuition with 10 Tips for Avoiding Bad House Sits
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The Trusted House Sitters Reviews System Needs Work

In the very beginning, only sitters received reviews.

After many years and customer pressure, THS updated its review system to allow for pet owners to be reviewed as well. We’ve advocated hard, along with countless members, for a double-blind review system, much like Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Finally, THS listened to us and updated the review system in summer 2023.

Sitters had to heavily rely on reviews; this is where things got lopsided. A homeowner with no reviews will still get house sitters yet a house sitter with no reviews will have a much harder time landing a house sit. Often, sitters are hesitant to leave a bad review for pet owners in fear of retribution. When reviews so disproportionately affect a sitter’s likelihood to be selected for a sit, this behavior is understandable.

Currently, there is a fourteen-day window for both the sitter and the owner to leave a review. Reviews will become visible once the window closes, much like the aforementioned double-blind systems already in place with other sharing platforms.

In the bygone era, when there was no obligation or reminder, sitters had to constantly remind owners to leave us a review, stressing its importance to us. Often, even the best owners forgot. Now both the sitter and owner are automatically reminded via email. Reviews cannot be viewed until either both parties have each left one, or after the 14-day window has ended.

Why is this still left under CONS despite the most recent update we’ve always wanted? Reviews still heavily favor owners.

While we advocate for both parties, we’re primarily focused on the sitter experience. Sitters can still struggle to get sits while owners get the pick of the litter with little to no reviews. Maybe now owners will feel pressure to up their house sitting game, but there is still nothing concrete obligating them to leave reviews (like an algorithmic penalty that limits post and search visibility).

A common gripe from sitters is that they fear a negative response to their honest (and possibly critical) review of owners. All it takes is one bad review, especially if it’s the most recent, to mar the pristine image of a highly-rated sitter.

Hopefully this new review system improvement helps the exchange become more fair and honest. Only time will tell. We’re not exactly sure what will change this predicament for good, but the double-blind improvement is definitely a big step in the right direction.

How to Make this Work for You

Give pet owners a chance to review. Be patient. Owners are often very busy with the return from their travels. It’s understandably not an urgent task for them, especially if they find their home exactly how they left it (a personal calling card of our pet care that we’re very proud of).

Try to have your review ready beforehand, so once they post you can leave yours too right then and there. If they do not leave a review within the designated time frame, you can always still post yours, and they can opt to respond to your review. In case you don’t leave a review and the owner does, you can always reply to their review as well.

Lousy Email Alerts that Will Hopefully Change Soon

Sadly, this con still persists, as their email alert system used to be great. In the past, THS would send you the latest listings in your chosen countries straight to your email as soon as they were posted. However, due to some complaints from users who didn’t know how to change their preferences, THS has now disabled this option and only sends one email of random house sits per day.

Considering how essential it is to get your application in as quickly as possible, removing these automatic updates has been a huge blow to frequent house sitters.

Luckily, there is a solution!

How to Make this Work for You

Download the App! Through the app, you can set alerts and receive instant notifications when listings go up in your chosen countries.

You can also use HousesitSearch.com and use filters to find sits in your chosen countries. However, there is no alert function here, so your best bet is still the app.

Background Check Required for Sitters only

While we don’t like this feature and its implications, it’s now required. Pet owners are not required to do the same.

A police background check doesn’t quite equal a trust check. Just because someone doesn’t have a criminal record does not mean they will be a good house sitter. It’s up to you, sitter or owner, to read a situation and effectively communicate your needs and expectations. Also, if this is required for sitters, then why not homeowners?

The usual pet owner rebuttal is “we’re letting strangers into our homes!” First of all, they shouldn’t be a stranger by the time they come into your home. Secondly, it dismisses the vulnerability of the sitter. Pet owners are just as capable of harm towards sitters. Need we spur anyone’s imagination on this?

Ultimately, we do appreciate that THS gives users the option to include different levels of verification, like identification and external references. Of all of our house sits, we have only been asked for a background check once. While we complied, it did leave us with an uneasy feeling. Are we guilty until proven innocent?

We have since decided to decline any house sits that require a background check. This is a personal decision and one that many experienced house sitters make. Only you can decide what you feel comfortable with, whether you are a pet owner or a house sitter. 

How to Make this Work for You

You can opt to do it, instead of being principled snobs like us pro sitters. It’s a simple matter of clicking a couple of times, and at least it’s free. There’s also an option to link your Airbnb profile now, so hopefully, that’s something that can take the edge off the potentially-criminal-house-sitter vibes.

BOTTOM LINE OF CONS

Unfortunately, THS has some glaringly bad problems that unfairly sit mostly on the shoulders of house sitters. Homeowners will not experience most of these problems as these issues mostly work in their favor (but they could be fixed and still work for everyone  – get on it THS!)

TLDR; TrustedHousesitters Review Bottom Line

Homeowners: using TrustedHousesitters is a no-brainer. This site primarily caters to you and your needs. Expect a plentitude of house sitter options and everything you need to assure a successful sit.

Housesitters: this is your best bet to get started house sitting. In spite of its shortcomings, it’s overwhelmingly the best site out there.  Other sites just do not have the numbers, regular updates, or user experience like THS. Don’t be put off by the competition that comes with a larger site. Focus on less popular destinations and you’ll encounter much less competition, which is essential when first starting out.

Unless you’re exclusively interested in a specific country (e.g. Nomador is great for France), it’s highly likely you’ll end up using THS. Ultimately, THS is the only site that truly opens up the entire world to you.

THS won’t limit you to a country or even a continent. Whether it’s an almost year-long stay near Vancouver, British Columbia, a 6-month stay in Costa Rica, or a 2-week sit in Berlin. Even if you only plan to house sit at least once a year, THS is your best shot at house sitting.

At the end of the day, it’s a match-making service that does its job well. We’ve met lots of incredible people and lovely pets through the site. Overall we couldn’t house sit like we do without THS.

Don’t Forget to Sign Up with our Exclusive TrustedHousesitters Discount Code!

You could sign up for free, but you’ll only see the house sits and cannot apply to them. You will also miss key details; dates and location are just part of the picture. 

As a free member, you only see house sits twenty-four hours after paid members. These twenty-four hours are crucial to apply for house sits. As mentioned earlier, pet owners will likely be overwhelmed with applications and close the sit to new applicants. Many house sits get closed within twenty-four hours and you’ll be none-the-wiser.

If you are certain that house sitting for you, get signed up asap.

Sign up with our 10% off reader discount!

If you’re just curious about house sitting, no amount of housesitting website research is going to change your mind. You need to take the plunge. There will be trial and error. It took months for us to land our first sit.

But things are different now. We have tons of resources to help you have the edge we didn’t have. Check them out below.

More House Sitting Tips and Resources

We have so many tips and resources for house sitters and pet owners who would like to use house sitters! We are always adding new blog posts and new podcast episodes, so be sure to sign up if you’d like to stay in the loop for current and future house sitting.

For House Sitters

Of course, our book, The House Sitting Handbook, is the ultimate resource on everything house sitting. Get a free preview before you purchase to get a peek into the book using this link.

Listen to a rundown of the 10 steps in the house sitting process in this episode:

Common Misconceptions About House Sitting

How To Start House Sitting and Save Money Traveling 

How to Make the Best Profile

How to Make Your First Message Win

10 Red Flags it’s a Bad House Sit

For Pet Owners

Thinking of Using House Sitters? 5 Things To Consider

5 Steps to Using House Sitters For the First Time

How to Prepare for House Sitters As a Homeowner 

5 Tips for Avoiding Bad House Sitters

Happy house sitting!

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*Editor’s note: This post was originally posted in December 2017 and is updated whenever there are new features or updates on TrustedHousesitters. We have had to close comments as we, unfortunately, get a high amount of spam comments on this post. If you have questions that we did not address in our post on how to start house sitting or using TrustedHousesitters, please feel free to email us! If you are having an issue with TrustedHousesitters, please contact TrustedHousesitters directly. We do not represent the company and are simply sharing our experiences after using the site since 2015. Happy House Sitting!

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