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.
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Sunday mornings with the most photogenic cat in the world, Mango. I love all the house-sitting I get to do. Hanging out in beautiful, new spaces and being trusted to look after someones pets ❤ Ya'll need to wait for the house/puppy I'm looking after in January… #cutenessoverload . . . . . #misscharlottecake #catsofinstagram #crazycatlady
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.
Where Are My Belongings?
A Few Simple Rules
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.
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 email@example.com to discuss availability.