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What Kind of People do House Sitting

Updated on May 14, 2013

The kinds of people who house sit are as diverse as their reasons for house sitting. Some may be professionals with full-time jobs who only want to house sit for free accommodation while on holiday. Others may house sit so they can spend time learning about a specific location and its people. Some people will only do short-term assignments locally only while others prefer longer stays in far-flung countries.


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Globetrotters

Many people see an opportunity to travel as an opportunity for discovery. Fly-by visits to the predictable tourist attractions aren’t enough to satisfy their quest for exploration. What they want is total immersion in the culture. They want to taste authentic cuisine and learn the local customs of the people. For these wayfarers, house sitting is an ideal way to travel. In exchange for looking after the property while the homeowner is away, they live rent free in a beautiful home and become a member of the community.

As they become more at home in the neighbourhood, they will become friends with people who can help them understand the history and traditions of the region, discover new and exotic foods and become fluent in the language. They will also find new and exciting places that don’t normally appear in the guidebooks.

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Academics

During the course of their careers, professors, teachers and students may need to relocate for a time for work or education purposes. Living in a rented accommodation for the duration would seem an obvious choice. It is less tedious and expensive than living out of a suitcase in a hotel room, but it is still an expense nonetheless.

By taking on a long-term house sitting assignment, they can find a residence close to where they will be working or studying. These homes are fully furnished, and most, if not all, have an internet connection so they can research, work and/or study at their own pace without disruption. With the money they will save by not having to rent, they can afford to spend their free time touring the area.

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Writers

There are certain types of professions where it isn’t necessary to stay in one place. A writer working on a period novel, for example, can get a long-term house sitting job in the area where his story takes place. This situation will give him ample opportunity to visit museums and libraries where he can study the fashions, furnishings and engaging characters of the era.

House sitting also provides the writer with an environment free from the distractions he could fall victim to in his own home.

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Full-Time Professionals

It can be difficult to save money for a home while renting. That is one reason many full-time professionals will do local house sitting assignments. The money they save by not renting can go towards a deposit for their own home.

House sitting assignments also offer exceptional opportunities to learn about a place they may be interested in moving to. During their stay, they can get acquainted with the neighbourhood, local schools and businesses before they commit to moving there.

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Retirees

With no work obligations and the kids leading lives of their own, many retirees take advantage of their newfound freedom to hit the open road and travel to the places they have often talked about. House sitting gives them that chance.

Unlike package tours with set itineraries, house sitting gives them the flexibility to come and go as they please. It’s like having a holiday home where they can go where they want to on a whim without the hassle of changing hotels. Many retirees who are or have been homeowners themselves bring a wealth of experience when it comes to running a household.

As you can see, there is no one particular type of person who house sits. They come from myriad backgrounds, occupations, ages and abilities. What they do have in common, however, is that they are responsible people who understand the importance of taking care of someone’s home.

So if, you are responsible, flexible, and an animal lover you’re the type that can do house sitting.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello, Suzie. So nice to see you.

      House sitting is seems custom made for the writer with wanderlust.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and the votes.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Great article to go with the other house-sitting ones. this type of "job" would make such a good idea for writers who love travel. Just like me! What amazing material it would give writers and have a place to stay. Sign me up! Thanks for all these great tips! up, useful, interesting & shared!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice of you to visit, Theresa. The fact that you've traveled with the military gives you a bit of an edge. Going from place to place is probably second nature to you. And think of the stories you could write about the places you've been.

      Thanks for dropping in. Glad you liked the hub.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Excellent and well-written essay. Makes me want to go house-sitting , right now!! :) And I fall into several of your categories: an academic, a par-time writer, soon to be retiree. :) This was great. Sharing.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @moonlake - I don't think it's a good idea to ask family to house sit. Although they do their best, they can have emergencies and have to bail out on you. With a house sitter if they is an emergency on their part, the agency (if they work with an agency) can find someone else to cover.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your house sitting tale.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I think this would be a good idea for anyone that can house sit. I once had my niece house sit. She was a teen not a good idea!! I wish I could find a house sitting job for us in Arkansas in the winter months. Get the heck out of this cold weather. Voted up.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Phyllis Doyle - It was good of you to stop by and have a read. Thank you for lovely comments.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Thelma Alberts -I agree. I think it's probably the best way to educate yourself on other countries and their cultures. Thanks for reading.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great and informative hub, phoenix. House sitting is really an interesting idea that benefits the sitters and the owners -- and, for a writer, this is a wonderful way to really get into the atmosphere of a book by being in the area where the story in the book takes place. Awesome ideas you have.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I think short term house sitting is a great and cheap way to to travel other countries and learn the customs and traditions of the local people. Besides that it´s one way of widening our horizon. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting to know house sitters come from all backgrounds

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, nighthag. I like to experience the real culture of an area when I travel. It's the best way to learn about other people and how they live. That's the biggest appeal about house sitting for me.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      what a great way to travel, yet at the same time experince the local community in a way that a normal tourist cant.

      Wonderful write up, inspiring even :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for stopping by, Marlene. I'm glad my hub was useful to you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I have to admit that when my husband and I first retired, becoming a house sitter was a thought I had in mind so that we would have an opportunity to travel. You have provided wonderful information which explains the various types of house sitters.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you both for posting this. It looks good on you FB page.

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      Leanne 4 years ago

      Thanks Phoenix, you might like to like the HouseSit Match Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HousesittingSocialNetwork... - page where I have posted your blog - thanks!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for stopping by and I wish you success with your new venture.

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      Leanne 4 years ago

      I found all these comments really interesting along with your story Phoenix. Coincidentally myself and my UK partner (Starting a Biz) have just launched a house-sitting website that specialises in Australia and the UK. Please feel free to read my blog for a few pointers that may assist: http://housesitmatch.com/blog

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your stories with us. It shows that with a bit of planning, house sitting can provide you with great experiences.

      Thanks also for the votes. They're most appreciated.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      I have a friend who rents her house in Southern Calif and then house-sits year-round. Every year she has a house-sitting 'gig' in Mexico and last summer during the Olympics she was in London and loved it! We have done it for short bits, but usually with people we know, not for an agency. This was very informative. Voted up, useful, interesting.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Be that as it may, you were a good friend to take on the challenge.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ha Ha

      Yes - I am still have the friends. They were pretty desperate and were all too familiar with my "short comings." It was a flip of the coin - although they had a last-minute house sitter, it was an extremely accident prone one!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh dear. Well at least the dog escaped intact. lol.

      I'm glad you commented here as it shows that house sitting is not without it's problems. To be fair though, it was a last minute favour and you were probably a bit nervous because you didn't want to let your friend down.

      Thanks for sharing your story. Are you two still friends by the way.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @housesittingservice - I have done my fair share of traveling and it a great experience, but I should emphasize that not all house sitting assignments are idyllic. All situations have their ups and downs and a good house sitter should be able to deal with any issues that may arise. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hey - Excellent job writing such an intersting article about a subject I wouldn't have thought would catch my eye. I read it from beginning to end and enjoyed the insightfulness.

      I did house sit once as a last minute favor for a friend. I say "once" because I never attempted it again and would rather keep my friends than scare them away. I am quite accident prone and managed to break a drinking glass as well as screw up their remote control television system. Atleast I succeeded in walking the dog without losing her.

      Great job.

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      housesittingservice 5 years ago

      Great you have traveled all over the world.This is really impressive you guys have great life.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Helna. I appreciate your stopping by.

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      Helna Reneesh 5 years ago

      great hub really helpful.....

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Glad you liked this, Kelley. Thanks for stopping and sharing and voting.

      Thanks for your comment CassyLu. It's always good to hear from someone who's been there and knows. Thanks for the vote

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      I was a house sitter while I was going to College. I actually did it for a few of my professors and some of their friends. It was amazing getting to experiance how the rich and famous live in the nice fancy homes :) My little car in the driveway was so out of place. But it was a great learning experiance and an awesome way to learn about new areas. GREAT hub! Voted up and useful :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Very interesting subject to write on. Where I live we have house sitters and we have sitters in the hospital. Since I am a nurse I am more familiar with the jobs in that area. Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Alex. I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Lovely hub..so a thumbs up from me..

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, kittythedreamer, for stopping by and sharing your comments. They are most appreciated.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      I never thought of house-sitting as being so beneficial, but I can definitely see it being good for writers. Thanks for sharing your house-sitting knowledge with us. ;)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, KDuBarry, for taking the time to read my hub. I'm glad you liked it. If you're considering giving it a go, please do your research. Read house sitting blogs so you can see what's involved.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Ah, you have to dig much deeper than what the word gives! I never gave much thought on house sitting; however, after reading this hub, now I can see it may be a great option to go with when working! Thank you for sharing, Phoenix!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for stopping by, Rahul. Your very kind comments are most appreciated.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Very interesting write! And a very unique head to write on!

      You encompassed all possibilities here I must say! Before reading this article, I thought of house sitting as a job the jobless will do... but you have changed my opinion in towards the opposite direction!

      Now even I would do the job to support my college and living... regarding the benefits of the learning factors

      Great hub! Shared

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ha-ha. Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Okay, it's sounding better and better... ;D

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent suggestions, starting a biz. Thanks for posting them.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm sure you're not the only one who feels this way, cebutouristspot. I too would be wary of letting someone look after my home unless I knew them very well.

      Thanks for the vote and I hope you do give house sitting a try. It would probably make a really interesting hub.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Hmm am not sure that I see myself opening my doors for a house sitter maybe its a cultural difference but I hope one day I can try out house sitting other people house just for the experience. Voted as interesting :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your comments. Glad you liked the hub.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your kind words, Dee aka Nonna. I'm glad you liked this hub and appreciate your votes.

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      What a wonderful way to experience different things in different places or even in your own home town. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you all for stopping by to check out my hub. It's much appreciated.

      rebeccamealey - I believe you've just given me the subject for my next hub. Thank you much.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Interesting.How does one get started house sitting? Are there agencies that manage it? These are questions that I will look for. Thanks for planting the seed in my head!

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      richfsr 5 years ago

      Thanks, I'll try to keep them interesting.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Thanks for stopping by and SHARING. I've visited your other hub too. Looking forward to reading more.

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      richfsr 5 years ago

      Very useful info. Might think about housesitting myself.

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      gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      I would love to be in the position to take part in this one Day.

      Voted ^ useful & interesting

      THANKS FOR SHARING

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your commenting.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      House sitting is a great way to give free accommodation. For travellers it cuts out the one of the main expenses; accommodation. if you are on a long trip, it is scary how expensive accommodation can become, but by house sitting you can completely cut out this cost.