There are many different kinds of people who housesit - Retired couples, professionals who work from home, singles, young families, and those who love to travel and make new connections. There is no one stereotypical 'sitter' however, all sitters are caring, responsible and have plenty of life experience.
The reasons why people house sit are as varied as they are numerous. Many have been pet owners in the past and want that special connection with a pet again. Some do it as a lifestyle while traveling and enjoying the benefits of living rent-free. Most house sitters just enjoy the change of scenery and the chance to meet and befriend new pets and people.
You might be wondering, why people would choose to house sit for free. The truth is - because they love animals and the unique travel experiences that house and pet sitting provides!
In exchange for caring for your home and pets, your sitter gets to experience life in your location. Because our sitters aren't motivated by money, you can find a sitter whose number one priority is to care for your home and pets.
A house sitter handles the day to day running of the home while ensuring your pets are happy in an environment they are familiar with and cared for just as you do.
A house sitter lives in the house while the homeowner is away and takes care of the home, pets and garden. When the home is occupied it is much safer than if it was left empty. Also, the pets are well cared for, the garden and lawn are maintained and the mail is collected, as well as any other jobs the homeowner and the sitter mutually agree on.
This is up to the homeowner and the house sitter to negotiate. A house sitting agreement is helpful in clarifying the owner’s expectations and ensures both parties are clear on the terms of the arrangement. It is very important to discuss all aspects of the house sit before it begins to avoid confusion and ensure everything runs smoothly. Terms that may be noted in the agreement include: details of pet care, information on house and garden care, who is responsible for paying for utilities etc.
House Sitters Canada offers a housesitting agreement template that you can adapt to suit your individual needs.
Yes! We do not charge homeowners anything to find a house sitter.
The most common form of house sitting is where the sitter looks after the house and pets in exchange for free accommodation and no money changes hands. There may be the occasion when a homeowner will offer some money to the house sitter, e.g. if there are a lot of pets to care for and jobs to do.
There are some professional sitters who choose to advertise on House Sitters Canada and they usually ask for payment in return for their professional service. The vast majority of house sitters are pet lovers who believe receiving free accommodation in exchange for basic house and pet keeping responsibilities is a fair and positive exchange of services.
House Sitters Canada does not accept homeowners charging house sitters rent. In the majority of the cases the arrangement is a straight swap where the house sitter cares for the house and pets in exchange for free accommodation. There maybe times when a homeowner may ask for a weekly contribution from the house sitter, e.g. if there are no pets to care for and very little jobs to do, or if the house sit is for a longer length of time. Remember, all the details are negotiable between both parties and should be discussed prior to confirming your house sit.
There is no one correct way house sitting works. Each house sit is unique and everything is negotiable between the sitter and the owner. In most cases, the owner is usually happy to cover the utilities in exchange for the sitter taking care of their home and pets. On longer term sits, e.g. 4+ weeks, it is normal for the house sitter to contribute to, or even cover the utility costs e.g. heating, cooling, electricity and possibly internet.
As each sitting job is unique, it is up to the owner and the sitter to negotiate the payment (or non payment) of utilities before the sit commences. It is important that both the owner and the sitter are clear and open in what has been agreed to and that it is documented to avoid any confusion.
House sits run smoothly 95% of the time. On the odd occasion where something may end up broken or damaged by the house sitter, the house sitter will normally cover the cost if it was their fault. If the damage was caused due to the age of the house, the wear and tear on an item etc. then the homeowner should cover the costs of the repairs.
Some home owners like to use a house sitting agreement to prevent any potential problems. House Sitters Canada offers a house sitting agreement template that you can adjust to suit your needs.
We approve ads at regular intervals throughout the day. Generally, all ads are approved within 24 hours of being submitted.
When you login to your homeowner account you have the ability to deactivate your ad. Deactivating means you remove the ad from the website so it's no longer visible and sitters can no longer apply. When you de-activate your ad, the details are still kept on your acount for use the next time you need a sitter. Even though your ad is deactivated, you are still able to message all of the sitters you have in your messaging area.
NOTE: You can also email us and ask us to delete it for you.
You will need to have an email account when you first register as a homeowner so you can activate your profile. Once you have registered you have the ability to choose to be contacted by phone if that’s preferable.
If a homeowner has security cameras in or around their home it's important to inform the house sitter of this while negotiating the house sitting job. Some house sitters may not feel comfortable if security cameras are installed where others maybe ok with it. It is necessary that the homeowner inform them before the house sit has been confirmed.
House sitters have the option to get the main account holder ID verified. Only the main account holder needs to have their identification confirmed to be classed as ID verified.
House sitters with a successful verification will receive an ID badge icon that is displayed on their sitter profile. This is an optional service made available only to house sitters.
We have engaged Trulioo Global Gateway, an internationally trusted service working across every level of business and government, for our ID Verification. Personal details are checked against public databases, purely for the purpose of confirming that a person is who they say they are.
House sitters have the option for the main account holder to be verified and it costs a one-off $5 verification fee. Once processed and successful a verification ID badge icon is displayed on the sitters’ profile to acknowledge this.
ID verification is provided through the Trulioo Global Gateway, which is an internationally trusted service working across every level of business and government. Personal details are checked against public databases, purely for the purpose of confirming that a person is who they say they are. These databases are different for each country, and they are all established and secure sources with strict protocols, including Government Departments and Credit agencies.
No. ID verification is only available for house sitters.
Some house sitters may choose not to get ID verified. This can be for many reasons with one of the main reasons being a reluctance to submit their personal details online in case of identity theft. We understand this and that is why ID verification is optional.
There are many other things that you can do to feel comfortable when engaging a house sitter. You can ask for references that you can contact directly by phone, ask if the sitter has a police check, read any reviews from previous house sits that appear on their sitter profile, meet the sitter face to face, and even ask to sight their drivers licence or other identification if you feel that you need to.
House sitters register and list their profile on the House Sitters Canada website where their profile can be viewed by homeowners. Homeowners can then contact the sitters of their choice to see if they are available to house sit. Some owners choose not to place an ad; they simply browse through the list of sitter profiles and click "Contact" to message them directly.
All registered house sitters are also able to contact any of the homeowners that have advertised on the website.
It's very simple really.
We do not screen our sitters. We are a meeting place for sitters and homeowners to find each other only. As a homeowner you are able to ask for whatever you need to feel comfortable that you have the right person. You can ask for reviews, police clearances, etc but it's highly recommended to always ask for references. Someone you can call to validate the sitter.
After speaking with a few sitters, most home owners feel very comfortable with the process. Also, many sitters offer references and police checks as part of their profile. As a homeowner you can read as many sitter profiles as you like and contact those sitters who seem most suitable.
It’s easy! Homeowners can either place a free ad and have one of our registered house sitters contact them or, they can scroll the list of house sitters and contact any whose available dates and profile look suitable. We recommend doing both to increase your chances of finding the perfect house sitter.
The reply rating system is intended to make communication a faster and happier experience for all members. A reply rating appears on a member's homeowner ad or sitter profile as a series of 5 dots. This rates the member's responsiveness to first contact messages.
If a member has responded in a timely fashion, i.e. within 5 days to every first contact message, their reply rating will remain at the ideal 5 points.
For every first contact message that goes un-replied, a point is deducted. To redeem a lost point the member needs to answer promptly to the next two first contact messages that are received.
Membership badges are earned for loyalty based on how long the members have been with us.
It’s a nice way for homeowners and sitters to know how long a member has been listed with us. Earning membership badges can also result in the house sitter earning ‘Reward Credits’ which can reduce their next membership fee when renewed.
Reviews from a previous house sit (from either the house sitter or home owner) add a lot of credibility to a member’s profile, and rewards and promotes positive experiences.
Both house sitters and home owners are able to review and rate their house sit. These reviews and ratings appear automatically on the house sitter’s profile and the home owner’s future home owner ads.
Members can receive and create a review and/or star rating for a completed house sit. The star ratings apply to 4 areas, and allow 1 to 5 stars for each:
These individual star ratings will then be averaged to create an overall star rating from 1 to 5 stars. If an item is irrelevant (e.g. there was no garden) it can be marked it as N/A and it will not be included in the star rating.
Reviews can be posted with or without star ratings attached.
Both members also have the option to respond to their review once which is displayed underneath the review on their profile or ad. An email notification is sent when a member has received a new review or rating.
Members can also ‘feature’ a review which means this appears at the top of their reviews on their sitter profile or home owner ad. This ‘featured’ review also appears on the preview of a house sitter’s profile.
All endorsements received under our previous ‘Endorsements’ system have been converted to ‘Reviews’ and will still appear on sitter profiles and home owner ads.
We pride ourselves on our customer service and endeavor to reply to all email enquiries within a few hours of recieving them. However, please allow up to 48 hours depending on weekends and public holidays.