The Life of a House Sitter

House sitter in Auckland City New Zealand

I live in other people’s homes and it’s pretty rad.

I’ve fallen in love with the house sitting lifestyle, and with cheaper flights and more of a work/life balance in demand, people are wanting more (and more)  breaks. That’s where I come in, the house sitting gal that you never knew you needed.

Read on to find out my thoughts on house sitting, and what I offer as part of the package deal.

How Did I Get Started?

How did I get into house sitting? Well, I did it for my mum while she went to Asia for a holiday at the beginning of 2018 and it’s been going strong for the last 10 months. What started out as a favour for the family has quickly branched to friends, friends of friends and completely random people (who then become friends) which contact me through my Instagram or Facebook pages.

I don’t actually advertise that I do this, it’s simply word of mouth and through my social media. There are people who do it as an actual job though. Imagine that! You can find job boards for house sitting all over the world. It’s a thing.

Why Do I Do It?

I house sit for a whole bunch of reasons. One of them being that I like change – when I’m not staying at my own place, I live in other people’s homes and I love it. Sometimes I have jobs backed up one after the other, especially over long weekends or holiday periods.

It’s good fun, and it allows homeowners to go away on holidays and business trips knowing their animals are comfortable and not feeling stressed in a pet boarding home/cattery. It’s peace of mind for everyone involved. Plus, I’m partial to a pet snuggle so they really get treated to lots of affection when I’m staying.

I’ve got so busy with requests that I’m even moving out of my place late January 2019. Living that rent-free life is pretty sweet, it makes it much easier to save for travel.

Feeling Unsettled

How do I overcome the feelings of not being settled, or not having my own space? Well, it does take a bit of getting used too and can be a little hard at times. I love being surrounded by my things and having my own space so that part of house sitting has probably been the biggest challenge so far. What I’ve found it comes down to, is finding new ways to feel settled in someone else’s space –  having animals around also helps, a good cup of tea, books and my favourite beauty products (a good facemask) to keep things as regular as possible.

Where Are My Belongings?

Funny question, I’ve been living a bit of a nomadic lifestyle for the last 10 months or so and it’s really made me realise how little I need to enjoy life. I’ve been slowly decluttering my life for the last 5-6 months and it’s getting more aggressive as of late. I have belongings in my current home, at my mums and at my best friends (haha).
When I house sit it entirely depends on how long I’m staying as to how much stuff I’ll take with me. I’ve done everything from a month to 2 days. Usually, I’ll take my carry-on sized suitcase and pop everything I need in there. I’ll also go home occasionally throughout my longer stays to pick up items I may need.

A Few Simple Rules

There are a few simple rules I’ve found when it comes to living in and looking after someone else’s home.
When I’m house sitting photos within that home are very limited unless it’s a super close friend but even then I’m particular about what I share as it’s someone else’s space.
Trust is another important aspect – it goes without saying that you need to be trustworthy and respectful around other people’s property. Sometimes you’re dealing with sensitive information like alarm codes, and handling keys and animals.
You have to like all kinds of animals because people often want you to not only live in their home and look after it while they’re away, but you need to feed and care for precious pets too.

Gettin’ Hunnids

Currently, I’m not charging (SAY WHAT?) well, I only just started out in early 2018 and I wanted to build up trust, word of mouth and few referrals.

My daily rate really comes down to a few points:

  • Staying the night or daily drop-ins
  • Animal feeding + dog walking if there are pets
  • Location of the home
  • Light housekeeping including watering plants, rubbish bins and mail/packages.

My rates as of February 1st, 2019 can be found here.

End Game

House sitting is definitely not for everyone, but the benefits of living somewhere different each week, not paying rent and looking after other people’s animals are a bonus for me.

Do you live in Auckland, New Zealand and need someone to look after your place while you’re away? Send me an email at to discuss availability.

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