Robyn-Lea, Founder, Compare HouseSitting ™

housesit-worldMy house sitting lifestyle commenced in 2011 as a temporary measure between vacating my lovely little flat by the seashore and deciding “what next”?   Read more

I’d heard about people house sitting Australia and wondered if it might be an alternative to handing over a large percentage of my income to a landlord on the open market.   My late night musings blossomed into believing house sitting just might enable me to live rent free for a while – give me a reprieve from working full-time, allow time to explore my options. Read more

House sitting Sydney

Sydney-house-pricesMy search of house sitting websites revealed a range of services offered online.   The majority were database directory listings enabling home owners and house sitters to search for each other.   Others offered a matching service much like a dating agency.   While these provided value added service, matching services were quite expensive, so I joined a directory listing website on which I could see a lot of ads by home owners seeking house and pet sitters in Sydney. Read more

My inaugural sit was for a couple who were about to retire.   They had three cruises booked for the remainder of the year ranging from four to ten weeks.   Empty nesters with a big house, I was offered a bedroom and bathroom on the lower level to call my own on the condition I commit to being their live-in house and pet sitter in their absence over the coming year.Read more

Housesitting – a lifestyle choice

house-sitting-AustraliaFast forward four years, what commenced as a stop gap measure is now a lifestyle choice.   My house sitting buddy and I joined another site and between the two, have been happily housed for the past four years: sometimes in  New South Wales, sometimes interstate.   Now we have verifiable references we are offered sits for months at a time, mostly new assignments but often past home owners invite us back to house sit home and pets.

house-sitting-experienceNo longer burdened by the financial pressure that come from living in one of the world’s most expensive cities, I get to live in beautiful homes in stunning locations with pets for pals. Read more

I consider it an honour to be selected by home owners and a privilege to live in their home as their trusted house sitter.  Four years later I still find myself pondering how house sitting truly is a win-win arrangement – a win for home owners, a win for house sitters and a win for pets.

house sitting coupleshouse-and-pet-sittersExploring Oz to ‘try before you buy’

Couple in mid 60’s, on selling their Guesthouse in Queensland, decided house sitting provided the opportunity to live like a local in different areas of Australia before settling down for the long term.Read more

House sitting Australia gives them opportunity to do just that – house sitting Brisbanenot just stay a few days then make the long-term decision to settle, but a chance to live like a local and ‘experience’ an area – the weather, people, proximity to lifestyle activities they enjoy and so on.

By housesitting they’re able to glean insights into the local housing market; learn things known to the locals, things real estate agents won’t tell you such as the recently released Estate near the ocean is re-claimed marshlands that will flood during heavy winter rains.  Housesitting can be different things to different people – a means to an end or an end in itself.

house sitting experiencehouse-and-pet-sittersHouse sitting Australia to visit family

70-something Mother Susan, recently widowed, owns a home in regional New South Wales but for six months of the year is house sitting Australia to spend time with her children who live in different areas of this vast continent.

During the winter months, when the humidity and heat at Australia’s Top End is bearable to southerners, Susan searches for sits in and around Darwin to spend time with her son, his wife and their new baby.   In summer she can be found house sitting Melbourne to be near her upwardly mobile single son and at various times looks for opportunities to house sit Sydney Northern Beaches where her daughter lives. Read more