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Can I say that this is our first foray into house sitting and your Website and any initial anxieties have been completely dispelled. The site is very intuitive and easy to use and provides a perfect forum for the two sides of house owners and sitters to interact. All extremely useful. Chris and Jean - Northamptonshire

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Just a quick message to say what a great site you have. I only registered as a sitter a few weeks ago and within two days had two 'sits' organised. In fact I am on one now in Shoreham and having a wonderful time. Whilst on my trip here I have had two more approaches for house/pet sits. I looked at several websites but yours was by far the best. It's opened up a whole new world to me. Thanks. Anne B

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House 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 that simple.

House Sitting is becoming increasingly popular, and it's not surprising. 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 UK 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 come on, register now and start your next adventure here.




House Sitting - Yes, it REALLY works

You will be surprised how easy this is. A home owner could literally have lined up 3 or 4 great sitter candidates to choose from, within hours of registering. A day later they could have made an agreement with a fantastic sitter and suddenly their entire holiday is SO much easier to organise. Click here to see more FOR HOUSE OWNERS.

Likewise for sitters, it is often the case that you can locate a house sit in a matter of minutes, start the discussion within a couple of hours and tie it down the next day. Click here to see more FOR HOUSE SITTERS.

It's not always this easy, of course but it happens far more regularly than you would expect. It's easy because people are highly motivated - House owners really want a responsible sitter to care for their pets and/or garden/house, and sitters really want the chance to live rent-free* in lovely houses around the United Kingdom.

It really works, and it works best right here. House Sitters UK has been doing this for years - helping people organise wonderful house-sitting experiences. We are practical and helpful and you'll quickly find that the people you meet through this site are 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 Minding, how it works for the house sitter, save money, the image is a jar of coins

Becoming a House Sitter

Step 1: Register. This is a simple process and will cost £20 for the year, unzoned.

Step 2: Find a House. Search through the houses available and contact the owners. Often, house owners will actually contact you directly, having found your profile on the site. When a house owner gets back to you, decide if you want to proceed and start organising the sit.

Step 3: Sit. You'll probably have signed a sitting agreement by now and sorted through emergency phone numbers and pet routines etc. The rest is living rent free* (and maybe organising your next sit).



House and Pet Sitting, how it works for House Owners

Placing a Free House Ad

Step 1: Place your Ad. This is a simple process, it costs nothing 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. Chat, think and choose your favourite. Make an arrangement and you're sorted!

Step 3: Greet. You'll probably have signed a sitting agreement by now and talked about emergency phone numbers and 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 you can relax a little and focus on your journey.

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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.