For House Sitters

House Sitting is a wonderful way to save money, take some time out to achieve a personal goal, travel or just expand your personal horizons.

We have a large variety of wonderful houses available at any one time, right across the country. These houses range from inner-city units and suburban houses to beach houses, mountain retreats and hobby farms. The owners of these houses are keen to find reliable, honest and friendly people to look after their house, pets and/or garden.

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Thousands of house sitters have started their adventure with us, and stayed on because the experience has been so rewarding. We are supportive, friendly and well-connected. Become a house sitter and leverage all of this to begin your own sitting adventure.

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House Sitting and pet sitting in Canada - Hi5

LIVE RENT-FREE* AND... SAVE MONEY

House sitting is normally a simple exchange - you get to stay in lovely houses across the country, for free, in exchange for looking after the pets and/or garden.

The House Owner doesn't have to pay for dog or cat boarding, garden maintenance or extra security, all of which are expensive and more or less unsatisfactory.

And you (the house sitter) don't have to pay for accommodation.

Free accommodation in lovely homes across the nation, looking after gorgeous animals and discovering new places. Does it get much better?

House Sitting and Pet Sitting in Canada - Sitter with cat

TRAVEL & GET A BIGGER VIEW

There is no better way to experience a new place than to live local.

Add to that the ease of living in a comfortable home, the joy of caring for some beautiful pets and the knowledge that you have good support from neighbors and locals, should you need it. House and Pet Sitting is an amazing way to see Canada.

No matter what reason you start house-sitting, you can't help but become a bigger person through the experience. You meet new people and animals and discover a little of how others live. You walk through new settings, shop in unfamiliar places and see the world from a slightly different perspective.

It's really easy to get started - don't be shy.

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THE PRACTICALITIES

Register as a House Sitter, create a great profile page and start talking to House Owners. Yes, it’s pretty much that easy to get started.

THE MESSAGING SYSTEM:
Our in-house messaging system provides a secure and convenient communication channel for our members. No personal contact information is made available to anyone until you to choose when and how. All your conversations with house owners are kept securely in the one place, allowing you to access them from any device at any time. You can also attach documents like references or photos to your messages.

YOUR LISTING: 
We make it really easy for you to put your best foot forward. As you start picking up house sits, you can request endorsements from the home owners, which will make it even easier to get more sits. You can add photos and even a video to spruik your house sitting talents. Indicate availability throughout the year and any preferences that are important to you as a sitter. Remember that many house owners choose not to place an Ad but prefer to contact sitters directly - so the better your listing, the more enquiries you will receive.

STAY LOCAL OR TRAVEL AFAR:
Some house sitters want to stay locally, close to work or family, while others want to travel. Both of these options are well catered for.

REFERENCES: 
Get as much supporting documentation as you can to provide confidence for interested house owners. This should include references, referees and documents like a criminal record check.

AGREEMENT:
Once you've agreed to sit for a house owner, it's wise to draft up a house sitting agreement. This process is great for aligning expectations and forcing both parties to consider aspects that they might have otherwise missed.

ORIENTATION AND BRIEFING:
When you arrive at the house, make sure you've got a good grasp of how everything works, the routines of any animals and any emergency procedures and contact people. Hopefully, the house owner has completed a Welcome Pack,which we provide a template for, and which should give you a great base of important and useful information.

House Sitting and pet sitting in Canada - Running the dog

THE BENEFITS ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST FINANCIAL

House sitting can really broaden your horizons, providing endless opportunities to experience different places and lifestyles.

There are some really special pets that you'll get to spend time with, some great new neighbourhoods to discover and some wonderful house owners to meet and potentially remain in contact with.

House sitting is a truly wonderful way to experience life, and save a heap of money at the same time.

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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.