If you’ve ever thought of either hiring a housesitter or housesitting for someone else, then chances are you’ve heard of TrustedHousesitters.
TrustedHousesitters is a service used by homeowners and travelers who are either looking for someone to care for their home and pets while they’re away or who are traveling and looking for accommodation.
I’d heard of TrustedHousesitters years ago from fellow bloggers who raved about using the site, but it wasn’t until last year when we got a kitten that we actually signed up. Since then, we’ve had 3 different sitters stay at our house, caring for our kitten and all of the experiences have been exceptional.
For us, the toughest part about choosing a sitter through the site is that there are literally dozens of amazing applicants to choose from. We love having the peace of mind of knowing our baby and our house will be taken care of while we’re away and all of our sitters have even sent us updates, photos, and videos.
We’ve partnered with TrustedHousesitters to give you 12 reasons we love using this site when we travel!
Why We Love Using TrustedHousesitters When We Travel
They Highlight Trust
To kick this off, let’s talk about the TrustedHousesitters service itself. What I love so much about using this site is that they highlight trust above all else. Every single person using the website comes vetted, referenced, and rated, so you know exactly who you’re letting into your home, or who’s home you’re sitting.
Plus, TrustedHousesitters has a team on call 24/7 that will help you out should any questions or concerns arise.
Before I found TrustedHousesitters, it was always such a struggle to find someone to watch our house while we were traveling. Our friends and family quickly burnt out of the gig, and it wasn’t easy finding someone to take in our cat while we were away.
TrustedHousesitters is just so easy to use, and there are many great options for sitters. All we have to do is go on the site, enter the dates we’ll be away, and watch the applications roll in!
Peace of Mind
Let’s be honest, leaving your home and pets behind when you travel can be stress-inducing. By bringing a house sitter into your home while you’re away, you can rest assured that your pets are being cared for and their schedules adhered to, and you don’t have to worry about leaving your home unattended.
As I said above, every housesitter I’ve had has sent me photos and updates throughout their stay; it’s such a relief to get first-hand updates and know all is well.
All The Comforts of Home
From a housesitter perspective, it can’t get much better than having a fully-stocked house to temporarily call home.
Especially if you’re traveling long term, staying in a hotel can get old fast, and you’ll quickly find yourself craving a kitchen, laundry, and your own space to retreat to every night.
Of course, for both housesitters and homeowners, saving money is a huge perk of a TrustedHousesitters account. For sitters, you’ll save a ton of money on accommodation, and you won’t have to eat out all the time or send out your laundry to have it washed.
Plus, for homeowners with pets, you’ll save a lot of money on kennels, boarding rates, or paying someone to come in and watch your furbabies.
Yes, having a TrustedHousesitter’s account means paying an annual fee, but it more than pays for itself once you start using the service.
Keep Your Home Safe & Well Kept
Leaving your home and garden untended for an extended period of time generally means shutting down your garden, cleaning out your fridge, and hiring a lawnmower, but why worry about leaving your home empty when you could get someone to look after it?
By choosing a house sitter (and agreeing on the details), you’ll have someone to water your garden, mow your lawn, and have someone around should a pipe burst or an appliance stop working.
Further, by getting a house sitter, you’ll have someone coming and going to help avoid opportunistic theft.
Less Stress on Your Pets
Sure, leaving your pet in a boarding house is stressful for you, but for your pet, the experience is ten times worse. Your pet doesn’t know they’re in a safe place around people they can trust, all they know is that they’re in a cage surrounded by chaos.
Getting a sitter means your pet gets to stay in their home and receive the same amount of love and attention they’re used to. Not to mention, on the off chance that your pet gets sick while you’re away, you can rest easy knowing that the sitter has access to a 24/7 Vet Advice Line on TrustedHousesitters!
A Cuddly Pet Experience
Speaking of pets, if you’re someone who doesn’t have any and wants to hang out with some animals while traveling, then housesitting is the perfect option. Before I got my cat, I would have loved to stay in accommodation that came with pets included.
This video is a heartwarming first-hand account of caring for someone’s pet abroad, and what the TrustedHousesitter’s experience is like as a whole.
Have a More Authentic Travel Experience
If you want to really dive into the culture of your destination, then there is no better way to do that than by housesitting. You’ll get to shop at the local grocery stores and markets, check out the parks and cafes, and adjust to the small quirks and differences in daily life in every country.
Plus, if you speak the language, you could even meet and hang out with your neighbors.
Explore Off the Beaten Path Destinations
While you can find a hotel in any major city center, by using TrustedHousesitters, you’ll have way more choice of where you can stay and what you can do while you’re there.
TrustedHousesitters is used by more than 23 000 people, so chances are you’ll be able to find an awesome place to stay no matter which country you’re traveling through. On the website, you can find luxe city escapes, rustic country homes, and everything in between.
Travel More Sustainably
If you’re concerned about your impact on the cities you visit when you travel, then house sitting is a great way to reduce your tourist footprint. Especially when stacked up against paid short-term house rentals, you’ll help out the local housing economy and get to live like a local while you do it.
Meet New People
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of house sitting, but becoming a TrustedHousesitter is actually a great way to meet new people and build a community.
Becoming trusted in somebody’s house will help you forge relationships with that person, have someone to ask questions about the town, and you’ll maybe even have the chance to return the favor someday.