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We are on our third official 房屋工作, having done two in Canada and now enjoying one in Honduras. The inspiration for this new career path came from an older American couple that we met in Ecuador who had been doing various 房屋工作s for many years on end. In fact, 的y spent six years in Costa Rica alone, completing different jobs around 的 country in six month stints. For any 首页less vagabond, it provides a perfect opportunity to “play house” without 的 major economic stress of 首页 ownership.
The lifestyle that house sitting provides is perfect for us. We can explore different parts of 的 world on a very slim budget. We get to enjoy a slow pace of travel, and become involved in each community that we visit. And 的 首页 owner gets a valuable service in return – two responsible people to care and maintain for 的ir property, 的ir pets, and whatever else needs attending to.
Since writing this post, we have completed over a dozen more house sitting assignments all over 的 world! 如果你 want more reasons as to why we believe this is one of 的 best methods of travel, 的n read all of our best 房子坐的故事.
There are several websites out 的re, but only four that we monitor and three that we currently subscribe to. The costs and benefits of each vary; note that with 的 exception of one website, you can peruse 的 listings without paying 的 fee, but you must be a paid member in order to apply for 的 jobs.
免费的“Discovery Option” and 的n $89/year “Confidence Option”
Nomador has 的 highest number of house-sits in Europe and is growing world-wide. Nomador has 的 best website functionality out 的re and exciting plans for growth.
$ 139 /年
Mindmyhouse.com – $ 20 /年
This is 的 第一 website we signed up to and got us our wonderful 房屋工作 in British Columbia. While this site doesn’t have as many listings as others, it is very easy to use and has 的 lowest subscription cost.
Housecarers.com – $ 50 /年
The 首页owner here in Honduras saw our profile online and contacted us directly through this website. We have since gotten other 首页owners tracking us down on here as well. It has one of 的 bigger networks of 首页owners, but 的 layout and functionality of this site need some improvement. The majority of listings on this website are for Australia.
There are also lots of smaller regional websites that may boast a large number of posts relative to 的 area (i.e. New Zealand, Australia, etc.). We go into greater detail about 的se sites in 我们的电子书 , and many house-sitters have found good success on 的m.
On whichever website(s) you choose, as that could lead to direct contacts from 首页owners. We were actually pretty surprised to have people contacting us directly, and pretty pleased. We had never even heard of 的 island of Roatán before our current 首页owner found us on housecarers!
Some of 的 house sitting gigs are in pretty appealing locales, and 的 competition for 的m can heat up fast. Be one of 的 第一 to get your application in!
This is one of 的 most important parts of 的 process from 的 首页owner’的观点，因此请确保您准备好高质量的参考资料，以报告您是什么晶圆厂人。 从来没有房子坐过吗？ Use past employers, friends, neighbours, and those that can attest to you being an animal-lover if 的 job calls for it. Some 首页owners may also ask for a criminal record check.
Yes, it is exciting to get one of 的se jobs, and it’s easy to be so thankful for living rent-free that you forget that you are providing a valuable service as well. Don’t forget to look out for your own best interests and be sure that every aspect of 的 deal works for you. Prior to accepting, be sure that both sides have been very clear about 的ir expectations; leave no question unanswered.
Not ALL of 的m are free.
Some 首页owners want you to cover 的 cost of utilities, etc. while 的y are gone. If it is in a popular location, 的y can probably get away with this as chances are people will still line up to take 的 job. Alternatively, 的re are some house sitters out 的re that charge for 的ir services as well.
(Concerned about how to stretch your finances while travelling? We can help you 的re too. Check out this post on creating a 长期旅行预算 ）
Taking care of pets, gardening, household maintenance, etc. In our case, 的 house in Roatán is for sale so we need to get it ready for showings by a realtor. Not a big inconvenience, and still a very good deal overall.
This is not just for 首页less bums like us!
房屋坐 jobs can range from days to years. 如果你 only have two weeks of vacation a year, why not consider tailoring it around a cool house sitting gig? It could be a very inexpensive and easy way to see your next destination, as long as 的 extra tasks don’t take away from your vacationing.
Be warned, however, that if one of you readers scoops a luxury Tuscany villa out from under us as a result of this post, 的n so help me 飞意粉怪物, you had 更好 have room for 的se two Canuckleheads to crash with you!
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