A travel job that is often forgotten, probably because it seems to good to be true, are the house sitting jobs. While the job is not as unobtainable as some may think, they are in high demand. Depending on your personal situation, finding the right house sitting jobs could be an excellent way to get out there and see different parts of the world.
House sitting is also referred to as house carers, property caretaker, property managers, etc. As such, many house sitters are providing a service of keeping up the appearances of the house while the owners are away or otherwise unable to do this.
House sitting jobs are perfect for couples who enjoy each others company, retirees, and adventurous live abroad people. Sometimes you may be in remote parts of the world with little access to cities or creature comforts, so be prepared for anything. As well this can be a great job for nomads who work online, freelance writers or meditation gurus.
Below you will find advice as well as some of my personal favorite resources for obtaining any house sitting jobs that tickle your fancy.
You can find house sitting jobs all over the world. Just have a look at any of the myriad house sitting job websites for a list of world wide destinations for you to live. Deciding on a destination will greatly depend on everyone's personal living situation, comfort in non-English countries, and family situation.
There is a surprising amount of jobs in Europe, Australia, and North America that can be found on any of the great house sitting jobs websites.
House sitting is not a free ride for you to crash at some rich fella's house. It is an opportunity for you to provide house sitting services and in return you will live rent free. Many people even get paid for this, making it a great job for retirees and independent couples.
Your responsibilities may include yard work, cleaning, feeding animals, maintenance, painting and other house related upkeep duties. It is important that when you seek out a house sitting job that the owner of the property knows your capabilities, either as an individual or as a couple. They are trusting you with a lot of responsibility by leaving you to live in their abode, and in return you need to be completely honest about what you can do.
A lot of places that I have looked at also require you to look after pets or other farm animals. This may include horses, dogs, cats, fish or whatever else. These are all details which you will have to work out as you land your first house sitting job.
It can't be expected that you traipse around the world interviewing with every person who needs a house sitter, although it would be fun. Luckily we have this thing called the internet that connects house sitters and property caretakers with the people who need them. On the web, you can sign up for any of the house sitting websites that connect you to your next property.
Generally these websites cost money to join, but considering there are not a lot of better ways to find house sitters, these sites are a great start. Many websites will allow you to read the section looking for house sitters, but you have to pay for the access to contact them or set up a profile. Some of the more popular sites that will connect you with house sitting jobs include Trusted House Sitters, House Carers, and Caretaker.org.
Your profile on the house sitting websites is the home owners best resource for getting to know you, the person who may be living in their house for months on end. Do you have The Shining, or perhaps a son who communicates telepathically with axe wielding grounds keepers? If you do, I would keep that part quiet.
In all seriousness, setting up your personal profile is a very important step in the house sitting process. You must make sure to put out there everything you can do to add value to yourself and your partner as house sitters. What skills do you have? Have you ever done this before? Done anything similar to it? What do you do for work normally? Are you handy around the house? In what ways? Will you get bored and leave halfway through your 6 month stint? These are important things for the owner to know about you.
Like any job, you will need personal and professional references to add comfort to the property owner about your character and to prove your abilities are what you say they are. This is important when acquiring any job, so double check your references and make sure they like you. Even better if you offer your references a place to stay when they come visit you in whatever exotic locale your house sitting jobs take you.
The biggest reward when working house sitting jobs is the fact you get to live in and explore new places and meet new people. This is what makes life great and hopefully, if you're reading this website, it is something you value as much as I do. Beyond that, you will find some house sitting jobs pay you cash stipend. That's right, you could get paid money for looking over some else's house. If you do get paid, you should expect to be putting in your fair share of house work. In other words, a house sitting job doesn't literally pay you to sit in the house all day.
Then there are the house sitting jobs that don't pay, but offer a place for you to relax free of charge. This is excellent for couples looking for time away from whatever rat race they are escaping or retirees seeking an inexpensive vacation. The deal you work out with your house owner will be unique to their situation. And finally, some house sitting offers actually ask you to pay for things like your own food, and utility bills. If you're new to the house sitting job scene, you may have to take someone up on this before you get paid.
That's the low down on house sitting and the jobs available. You can get yourself started by signing up to any of the house sitting jobs websites. From there, make an excellent profile, then start selling yourself to prospective home owners and offer your services. If you play your cards right, you may find an excellent house sitting is easier than you thought.
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