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Your House Sitting Story
Can you tell us your story? Why did you start house sitting?
We arrived back to New Zealand after completing a 3 month trip around Europe and including Tokyo. Then thought we did not want to return to motorhoming as we had tired of doing this after 10 years owning our converted bus/motorhome. Plus there were too many other motorhomers on the road vying for that special place to park up!
Then we thought why not do housesitting fulltime? From that idea grew much planning which is now our reality!
How has your lifestyle changed since you started house sitting?
We were used to moving around from our home into our motorhome, which we did live full time for a number of years. We rented out our home. Plus we have travelled over the years to Australia, America, Uk, and Europe, before we began housesitting. With our varied lifestyles it has made us very adaptable, in coping with different environments. Many years ago we owned a small orchard in the countryside so we do enjoy housesitting in the countryside as well as urban areas.
What is the most enjoyable part about house sitting for you?
Meeting new people, caring for animals [we miss having pets] and explore [done mostly in between housesits] different countries as well as the immediate neighbourhood.
What is the least enjoyable part of house sitting?
To be honest there isn’t anything we don’t not enjoy about housesitting. 99 percent of the people we meet have been wonderful with 80 percent that have become friends [sort of like penpals]. We have had a couple of not so good encounters, which we have learnt from, as not everyone that we will meet will be honest and likeable.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start house sitting themselves?
The biggest one would be if you are not genuine animal people – don’t do it. Or if you are just looking to have free accommodation to explore around an area – don’t do it.
It is a big responsibility looking after someone’s [usually] biggest financial asset – their home. Not least of all their much loved pets.
Get some local experience of housesitting behind you before moving overseas.
Do you live anywhere or have a house? (As in do you still have a home that you go back to in between house sits, or do you house sit fulltime?)
We recently sold our house back in New Zealand, which luckily for us was a good time to do so as the housing market has cooled down! When we settle down again we shall re-enter the housing market. Until then we are loving the lifestyle of being fulltime housesitters.
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A little bit of advice
What advice would you give home owners offering their home to house sitters for the first time?
Follow your gut instinct.
Do you have any preferred websites that you like to use? Why?
Have you had any incidents or bad stories when house sitting? How did you deal with it?
Not reacting, being professional.
People are often blown away when they find out what house sitting is and how it works, we have found this the hardest part to explain to people. Have you had the same experience? What do you tell people when they ask what do you do?
Yes, we have had the same experience! We tell them we are caring for animals and their owners home, that is our focus while there. Being a local. Travelling is done in between housesits.