For the majority of people, globetrotting is an unchecked box on our bucket lists. This is mainly because either we have too much responsibilities or we’re too short on cash. However, Trusted House Sitters is a platform that gets both type of people a little freedom and an opportunity to travel the world worry free.
Today, we are going to review Trusted House Sitters, a prodigious platform for pet owners and sitters. You can access the platform via a web browser or a mobile app.
House Sitter? What is that?
Well, house sitting is not a new practice. People leave someone they trust in charge of their homes while going away for centuries now. The person(s) who looks over someone’s place while they are away is known as a house sitter.
What are the responsibilities of a house sitter?
The duties of a house sitter can vary depending on the agreement. However, commonly a house sitter has to live in the house and take care of everyday tasks like keeping the house clean, watering the plants, taking the garbage out, and assembling the mail. Furthermore, the owner can ask the sitter to do specific or additional tasks like mowing the lawn, cleaning the pool, or starting the car after a few days to make sure the battery does not die.
And what about pet sitters?
Pet sitting, in addition to housesitting, means to also take care of the owner’s pet(s). This includes everything from giving them food, taking care of their hygiene, to taking them out for a walk. Generally, it is preferable to hire people that are good with, are comfortable around, and not allergic to animals as pet sitters.
So how does Trusted House Sitters help?
Trusted House Sitters is a membership-based community of house sitters and pet owners. The platform’s main focus is on pets though, it is not essential to have a pet to join the community. Apart from the membership fees of the platform, the homeowners do not have to pay the sitters for their services. Although, they do have to pay for the running expenses of their home and pets. It is a great meeting place for travelers who love pets.
For People Wanting a House Sitter:
It is a great service for people who want to go on a vacation and need someone to take care of their home and pets while they are away. That too, without paying them anything for their services.
So, How Do I Join?
To join, you need to simply go to the Trusted House Sitters website, choose your subscription plan and provide your details. You can choose from three membership options; basic owner, standard owner, and a premium owner. The type of membership describes the services you’re going to get.
Where Will I Find a House Sitter?
Simply create a listing with details and pictures of your home and pets, and the dates you want a sitter. After that, sitters that are interested will apply for the post. You can choose the sitter of your choice from the applicants.
Are These House Sitters Trustworthy?
The sitters must complete a verification to become a member of the platform. There are two levels of verification in which Trusted House Sitters verify the information provided by the sitters. Furthermore, you can read the references and honest reviews of previous owners who took the service from the sitter on their profile. Then again, there are so many applicants and it is up to you to choose someone that you’re comfortable with.
Furthermore, if you’re a standard or premium owner you get Home and Contents Protection from the platform without any additional cost. This will insure you up to $1 million USD against property damage, theft, and public liability protection. So, travel freely knowing your home is in good hands.
For Travelers and House Sitters:
It is great opportunity for house sitters to travel around the world and stay there for free in exchange for housesitting services. This opens a whole new world filled with adventure for people who don’t have enough cash to travel just because the hoteling cost is too high.
Where to Sign-up?
You’ll sign up at the website by choosing the sitter subscription plan and giving your details and description. You’ll then need to verify your number, email, identity, and referrals. This will make you a trusted house sitter.
How Will I Find Houses that I can Sit?
You’ll have an unlimited access to listings all around the world. You can choose the listings of your choice and apply for them. If your track record is good and the owner is comfortable with you on video call, he’ll seal the deal. It’s as easy as that.
Are these Homeowners and Places Safe?
Just like the homeowners get to choose the sitter, the sitter also gets to choose which house to sit. You can filter from many listings the ones that you think are safe. You can do that by checking the membership of the owner and their reviews and if they have a surveillance system or not. And if you’re not comfortable there you can cancel the sitting.
Trusted House Sitters is a trailblazer for the growing industry of housesitting. It provides both homeowners and sitters with safe opportunities. We need more services like this.