Free Accommodation can be a Reality – How to Become a House Sitter in Australia
If you like the idea of being able to kick back and relax in the privacy of a bona fide house, with your own bathroom and no noisy dorm room neighbours to contend with, then house sitting could be for you. This lesser known, but awesome option when it comes to getting to actually live somewhere for free, is something that is open to anyone if you’re willing to be responsible and are quick off the mark. House sitting isn’t just about saving money, you’ll also get to experience a new place and feel like a local wherever “your” new neighbourhood might be.
House sitting opportunities range from weekends to weeks, or even months if you’re willing to stay put for that long. There are all types of houses and apartments all over Australia, from city centre apartments to rural homesteads. It helps if you’re ok with pets as the majority of homeowners who sign up need house sitters to tend to their dogs and cats, and even ducks and sheep depending on where the house is.
There are various sites to check out, including Aussie House Sitters, which is one of the largest house sitting operations in the country, and Trusted House Sitters. Both have an excellent reputation and a huge list of houses on their books, so you’re likely to find one that fits the bill. Try and be as flexible as possible when it comes to your needs, being too narrow in your search may mean missing out on top house sitting opportunities. All the sites have a membership fee, averaging around $80 per year which is nothing compared to the cash you’ll save.
Remember to write a quality profile of yourself to be in with the best chance of being chosen. Highlight any previous house sitting experience, if applicable make it clear you love pets and animals, and always be enthusiastic and ready to Skype or talk on the phone with the owner if they request it.
House sitting means free accommodation and the chance to experience Aussie life as a local – give it a try and revel in all those home comforts.