House & Pet Sitting - How it Works

House and Pet Sitting, how it works

House Owners need someone to look after their house and pets while they're away. House Sitters provide this service in return for rent-free* accommodation. It's generally that simple.

A wonderful alternative to cat and dog boarding - the mutual benefits are literally amazing. In terms of cost alone, a house sitting arrangement can save both parties hundreds of dollar per week - and that's only the beginning.

House Sitters America is the best place to start your house-sitting experience. We are friendly and supportive and our site is simple and easy to use. So have a look around the site and dive in.




House Sitting - Yes, it REALLY works

You will be surprised how easy this is. Seriously.

FOR HOME OWNERS: Having a trustworthy, caring person in your home, looking after your pets and garden while you're away is priceless. It means that you can contact them at any point to check in - or you can just relax and enjoy whatever you're doing.

And it's EASY TO DO - A home owner can easily find 3 or 4 great sitter candidates within hours of registering. A day or two later they could have made an agreement with a fantastic sitter - and suddenly their entire holiday is SO much easier to organise.
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FOR SITTERS: Free accommodation in lovely homes across the nation, looking after gorgeous animals and discovering new places. Does it get much better than this?

Just dive in - it's really easy. Create a compelling profile page and start contacting home owners. On a good day, you'll find a great house within a couple of hours and tie it down the next day. It's not always THAT easy, of course but it can be. The point is - it's not hard.
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IT REALLY WORKS: And it works best right here. House Sitters America has been doing this for years - helping lovely people organize wonderful house-sitting experiences. We are practical and helpful and you'll quickly find that the people you meet through this site are overwhelmingly genuine, open hearted and friendly too. It might be time to dive in, as either a House Owner, or a House Sitter.


House and Pet Sitting in America - the free alternative to dog boarding. Image is in Denver, Colorado

Becoming a House Sitter

Step 1: Register. This is a simple process and will cost $30 for the year, unzoned.

Step 2: Find a House. Search through the houses available and contact the owners. Often, house owners will also contact you directly, having found your profile on the site.

Step 3: Sit. Sign a sitting agreement and organize things like emergency phone numbers and pet routines etc. The rest is living rent free* (and maybe organizing your next sit). Find out more FOR HOUSE SITTERS


House and Pet Sitting, how it works for House Owners

Placing a Free House Ad

Step 1: Place your Ad. This is simple, 100% FREE and you are automatically registered as a House Owner with full membership privileges.

Step 2: Find a Sitter. Search through the sitters available and contact the ones you like. You will also receive enquiries from Sitters who have seen your Ad.

Step 3: Greet. Sign a sitting agreement and discuss emergency phone numbers, pet routines etc. Show the sitter around the house and introduce them to your pets and/or garden. See the Home Owners Checklist.

Step 4: Leave. The house, your pets and your garden are all in good hands, so just relax and focus on your journey. Find out more FOR HOUSE OWNERS




Your website is the best we have seen, and has had excellent results for us. We've been house sitting for the past 2 years and are fully booked up until 2016. Sue and Tarquin

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We found our sitter in one day. We actually have several more sitters interested for the future !! I love your site !!!!! It was very easy for me to use. We loved the organization on the running conversation....that is so helpful !!!!!! You are providing a wonderful service and since we have 5 pets you can be sure we will be back soon !!!!!! Thank you for helping us to get away to see our grand babies and have great holidays. Kathy

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*FREE: House sitting is usually free, for both sitter and house owner, although this is completely up to the individuals. There are usually some costs that need to be covered by either the sitter or the house owner e.g. electricity, phone usage, vet fees etc. How these costs are handled needs to be agreed before the sit begins. House sitters pay a single annual membership fee, while house owners pay nothing to advertise their house or to contact sitters.