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What Is a House Sitter and How to Become One

What Is a House Sitter?

A house sitter stays in or visits a home while the owners are away for an extended period. Some house sitting jobs can be for any amount of time, from one night to several months. Some house sitters may only visit the home in their care during the day to collect mail and ensure the house is in good order for the homeowner’s return. Others stay overnight at the property, watering plants, caring for pets, performing maintenance, and keeping the home in good order. A house sitting gig is a great way to make some extra income and can save you money if you need short-term housing. Professional house sitters may work through a company or as individual freelancers by privately responding to listings.

How to Become a House Sitter

House Sitting jobs typically don't have a minimum requirement for education, but some employers may prefer that you have a high school diploma or GED. Some employers may also require that you be of a certain age. Many house sitting jobs are informal arrangements between the homeowner and the sitter. To find house sitting jobs, you can advertise your services in your personal network and post your services where appropriate. Homeowners also advertise their need for a House Sitter.

How to Be a Good House Sitter

To be a good House Sitter, always keep in mind that you are a professional guest in a someone else’s home. Be sure to follow all the instructions and rules that the owner provides to you. Treat their belongings and personal items with respect, and don’t go snooping for secrets. When using their home goods, treat them with care. If you work for a house sitting business, it is important to act professionally and follow company rules. Clean up after yourself and leave the house in a better condition than when you arrived.

Is House Sitting Safe?

House Sitting is a protective measure for homeowners who do not wish to leave their home unoccupied. There are also safety considerations for House Sitters, especially those who are staying in the home of someone they do not know. As a House Sitter, you should always interview the people you are sitting for to gain a sense of where the home is, the safety of the area, and if anyone else is in possession of house keys. A third-party app or service may vet users, but it is important to use your best judgment and feel free to say no to situations that are uncomfortable.