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An international house sitting service for house sitters since 1999.
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House Sitting International

House sitters wanted for House sitting jobs in
New Zealand, South Africa, Caribbean, South America, Asia

A FREE home minding service for home owners looking for Housesitters since 1999.
Owners can list a FREE house sitters wanted ad.

International House Sitters may register for FREE for home minding jobs in
South America, Central America, Caribbean, South Africa, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, Scandinavia
- one FREE registration for as many areas as you like.
(a small fee applies for UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Canada)

Home owners, have sitters look after your home & pets while away
In return, sitters gain free accommodation.
Benefits everyone !

What is International House sitting
How does it work
House minding costs
House carers responsibilities
Duration of house-sits?

House sitting international directory;

House Sitters Wanted - ads for all areas international

  • From home owners needing House and pet sitters to look after their homes
    most owners will find someone suitable from the list of available sitters at the time they start looking.
    House Sitters wanted ads from owners needing sitters - here
    This is Owners advertising they need a house sitter for ALL areas including Central America, South America, Caribbean, Pacific, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Middle East.

House and pet sitters Available

  • Registered house sitters who are available to look after your home in Chile, Costa Rico, Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Caribbean, Mexico, Singapore, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Dubai and elsewhere... sitters are available for almost all international areas.
    This is International house sitters registered as available for house-sitting jobs.
    Owners looking for a house or pet sitter will usually find someone suitable from these lists of registered sitters.
  • Owners - To place a FREE sitters wanted ad
    Sitters wanted Anywhere worldwide

  • Sitters - To register as available for home minding jobs anywhere
    Register as available for sitting

    One small fee for Europe, UK, Australia, Canada, USA, or FREE for all other areas Worldwide.
    No fee to change or update your house minding details.
    We do operate on a non-refund basis once your details have been listed.

  • Why Register?
    Registering as available lets owners know who is actually available
    for house minding jobs and gives the carers the opportunity to write a little about themselves and why the owners should select them.
    Some owners are happy to place house sitters wanted ads however many prefer to retain control over who knows they're going to be away and will find someone suitable from the list of available sitters at the time they start looking.

I was thrilled to receive the email . . . and since then Christiane and I have corresponded and set up our dates for my pet-sit with them. . . quite a lot of back-and-forth discussion and she's sent lots of photos of the cats and the apartment . . .
Merran, New Zealand to Paris France housesitting.

Panama House sitting Central America

Hi, We have really enjoyed being on house sit world and tell all our friends about it.
We have been offered some lovely house sits but most were when we were in Cyprus.
Thank you for the wonderful service and for keeping in touch.
George & Irene, England to Australia, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus


Our last housesit was for four months last summer in Marxequiera, Spain, caring for a lovely villa, fruit gardens, pool and 'Biggles' a wonderful tabby cat with attitude!
Sandi & Ron, UK to Spain housesitting.

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International house sitters -
10 Years experience - to UK, Europe, USA, Canada
Sitters Australia and Denver, Colorado, USA
Sitting in Argentina and Australia - reflection on Housesitting
Home minders New Zealand to Australia - Repeat sitters

House sitting Norway, Sweden, Finland

The Guardian - A surprising number of householders worldwide will let you live in their home for nothing while they are away. House-sitting is completely one-way - you don't have to offer yours in exchange - and it is becoming a global phenomenon. is the place to go, either to advertise for a sitter or to find somewhere to live rent-free around the globe...
Home minding Article The Guardian, England.
Housesitting Article
The Irish Times
Housesitters article from THE SUNDAY MAIL article
For those who missed our few moments of fame
on TV


Norway, house sitting Scandinavia

House sitters International

From Norway to New Zealand, Costa Rico to Brazil, South Africa to Japan, Jamaica to Israel - House sitting jobs anywhere International.
National and International travel options are huge with so many places to visit, things to see and experience, and with modern-day travellers having a little more time to enjoy each area, house caring has become a two-fold benefit.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - House sitting South America
Travellers can house sit someone else's home as an affordable means of accommodation, giving them potentially longer to explore and enjoy an area at a more leisurely pace.
And, while they're away, having a house sitter mind their own home gives the peace of mind that is so necessary for a happy holiday - the pets are being looked after in their own home, the mail collected, and lawn maintained.
Cape Town, House sitting South Africa

Thanks to the universal reach of the internet, Housesitworld is able to cover all international areas without having to open a physical office in every city. We've had successful sitters in all areas Worldwide, from northern Scandinavia to south America.
Jamaica - house sitting Caribbean

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House sitting International - this page
International House sitting Blog Facebook HousePetSitting
House sitting New Zealand

What is House sitting?
Housesitting has become very popular in recent times as a concept that is mutually beneficial to both the home owner and the house sitter - The home owner gets their home, pets and gardens cared for while they're away and the house sitter gains rent free accommodation in return for minor household duties they would be doing wherever they lived.
Who are House sitters?

Housesitters are ordinary people just like you - from all walks of life and available for all sorts of reasons. Some are saving for a home, renovating their property, moving to a new area, re-establishing their lives, travelling with their own pets or wishing to save on motels or simply needing a break from the mobile home while touring. They range from young singles or couples to families to retirees, from professionals to home makers and all offer something different - as the home owners also have different and varying needs. No one "type" makes the "perfect sitter" for every situation.

What do house sitters do?

The house sitter is expected to look after the home owners home as if it were their own - providing "lived-in" security, mowing lawns, maintaining gardens, collecting and forwarding mail, caring for pets and generally keeping the home neat and tidy.
House sitters would generally be responsible for their own food, telephone and utility use. Whilst most agreements would be in exchange for free rent, some sitters may offer more of a formal caretaker role or perform other agreed extra duties in exchange for an agreed fee. This is totally up to the home owner and the sitter and should be agreed to in writing before commencing duties. (Remember, a house sitter is not expecting to work on your property full time but is looking for a genuine "home" to live in, with it's normal attendant responsibilities - House sitting should be a mutually beneficial arrangement)

Security and References

Security - Whilst a house sitter can provide lived-in security for your property while you're away, it is the responsibility of the home owner to ensure adequate home and contents insurance coverage is maintained.
It is also the home owners responsibility to check the bona fides of the sitter. Apart from checking referees, an interview should be conducted and prospective sitters introduced to your pets to check compatibility. This would also be a good time to introduce your neighbours - this helps the sitter learn the environment and feel more comfortable in strange surroundings and, by bringing your friendly neighbours into the background, acts as a semi backstop for both parties. Requesting a police clearance and considering the lodgement of a bond is also a good idea.
See also "Agreements" below.

Finding a house sitter

Finding prospective sitters - Home owners can peruse our database of available sitters for FREE and make selections at the time they start looking. Simply click on "find a sitter". Type your location into the search box to see a list of available house sitters. Click on their link to read more about the sitters.
Should you not be able to find anyone suitable for house sitting, we will run your "sitter wanted" ad for free.

Registering as available to house sit

Registering as available for house sitting. The wording of your ad needs careful consideration as you will need to convince the home owner that you will be suitable to mind their home while they are away - say the obvious like, if you have experience, say so, if you can provide references, have a history with animals or other desirable skills, say so. Be honest, say a little about yourself, why you wish to be a house sitter and why the home owner should choose you ahead of others available.
To register, follow the links to "register as a sitter
", complete the registration form and you will be
included in our on-line database for up to 12 months. Home owners looking for a sitter will then know you are available and be able to contact you to arrange an interview.

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?
To find a house sitter is free.
To register as available for sitting - some areas are free, some require a small fee, eg USA, Canada, Europe, UK, Australia all require one small fee for a 12 month listing - one fee only - for as many areas and country's as you like.
Fees are; US$40- or CAN$50- or EURO30- or GBP20- or AUD50-.
Should you need to change your details, please use our "change details" form on our site - there is no charge for this.

How long before you get a sit?

How long before you get a sit - we have had successes within 24 hours however the average is some sort of response within 2-3 weeks - the earlier you register as available, the greater your chances.
Please keep us informed of your up to date availability as it's free to update your details with new areas and dates once you have something.

How long do sits last?

How long do sits last - we have had sitters gain positions lasting from 1 week to 3 years with the average being 2-3 months - most sits fall in the range 1-6 months.

Articles & Experiences
Many owners and sitters have forwarded their sitting experiences, well worth reading should you be considering house caring as a lifestyle choice or simply for a unique holiday experience.

A month in Tuscany

For those who missed our few moments of fame on
Sistine Chapel
See the Sistine Chapel without crowds

Eiffel Tower
View of Paris from
Eiffel Tower

Useful links for house and pets sitters International
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Travel Insurance


Argentina / Australia - reflection on House sitting
Hi Danny, I thought this could be of interest to you . . .
I started writing this Memoir during a three and half month Sitting assignment at MacMasters Beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales. I had been spending my time, since retiring, between Buenos Aires in Argentina and different centres of Australia.

There was a comfortable apartment at Malabia 1451, Palermo Veijo in Buenos Aires and, after living in various parts of Australia, I had enjoyed the experience of living in an entirely different city. Situated between an Up Market Shopping area and more traditional houses, this proved to be an absorbing environment. I walked a couple of blocks most mornings to get the Buenos Aires Herald, the only newspaper in English, and in the process enjoyed an ever-changing streetscape. Gentrification was the order of the day and there was an explosion of renovation and new development everywhere.

In my first three years away there was one marriage and three births of my first grandchildren and I had managed to be around for most of them. However, this was becoming unmanageable and expensive. The solution came with some long-term housesits in Ballarat; Exeter (twice); Upper Lansdowne (twice); Hannam Vale and four short-term opportunities in Geelong where my son Campbell and Jodi and Audrey and Eve live.

It was great to be able to live close by in the same city without being under their feet. The House Owner was so obliging that other members of the family were able to visit at the time of childbirth. Although I will have to make some long-term decision, this recent opportunity has given me the chance to experience various options without making a specific commitment. Reasonable access to family and a comfortable climate will help to make the final decision when one needs to be made. . . .
Best regards, Eric M.

House sitters and Owners
Spain, Cyprus, Australia, Panama, Mexico, Singapore, Ireland, Greece

Hello, I have an ad running with you, looking for a house sitter (for 6 to 12 months).
I wish to cancel this ad, as the place is filled.
Many thanks,
Jamie, Málaga, España, Spain Nov 2012

Keep an eye on our property our Pets garden whilst we are away...
Thank you the post is now filled in...
George & Monique, Cyprus, Nov 2012

Currently looking after a delightful dog called Occy whom I'm not sure how I will say farewell to at the end of the housesit.
That has been the only downfall of this adventurous year interacting with the animals, ... becoming very attached to them, yet what fond memories!!!!!
My New home that I've been building is due for completion in January, yet I have decided I will still house/pet sit from time to time as I've enjoyed the experience so much...
Christine, Perth, Oct 2012

please can you change our dates = we are now fully booked until 1 JULY 2013 then avail for 6 weeks till 15 Aug 2013.
... have a great remainder of the year.... great website! stay well!!!
kind regards
Grant and Joy Adelaide Oct 2012

... We cannot get over how wonderful this has all been, should have done it years ago and travelled the world!!!!!!
...Our house sits have resulted in continued friendships via emails & phone calls, and we have been invited to visit & holiday anytime.
How good is that!!!
Coral, New Zealand to Australia, Oct 2012

Please cancel my ad for house sitting in Rhodes island Greece. I found someone.
thank you and best regards.
gioiella, Rhodes island Greece, Sept 2012

We are returning home to New Zealand ... are still receiving invites to house sit in Victoria and Tasmania.
we will be more than happy to register for another 12 months. Your website is very successful.
Regards, John and Linda
New Zealand to Australia, Sept 2012

We are fixed up again this year with a house sit in Rockingham (again).
Could you remove us from this year's list.
We'll be in touch early next year to re-register  (for the 6th year)
Cheers Paul & Pam, UK to West Australia, Sept 2012

Hello ... I have filled my housesitting position in Bocas del Toro Panama.
Please remove my ad and thank you!
Donna, Panama, Aug 2012

Hi, I have just got a housesit for 12 months starting from the 15th July 2012 to 15th July 2013.
Could you please change my availability to not available for 12 months asap as I am getting a lot of calls.
Thanks... Sue, Brisbane Australia, July 2012

Just saying thank you for your support web site...
I get many many requests from far and wide...
Currently house sitting here in Singapore, ...but will be back in Gympie August if you are free for lunch.....
All the best Dianna...sharing the JOY.x
Australia to Singapore, July 2012

...We managed a House Sit in Brisbane - fantastic!
Have friends for life with the couple we met...
Thanks SO much
All the Best
Jo and Andy, Ireland to Australia, June 2012

Hi there ... We have had so much fun and can say that a lot of this has been due to your wonderful website for housesitting...
Fond regards, Cheryl & John
West Australia and Tasmania, April 2012

Dear Housesitworld –
Due to an overwhelming response to our add placed on your website (for less than a week), we now have nearly 20 offers – which is truly amazing!! We initially thought the hard part would be finding someone, but it turns out that the hard part will be choosing someone amongst all of the quality applications from your members.
Thank you so much for providing this service - we will highly recommend this to all of our friends and family as sittees(?) and sitters alike.
We will definitely be using your service again and again.
Thanks again –
Steve & Nat. Sydney, March 2012

House sitter wanted Mexico
I have a deluge of interest. Thank you so much.
Can you kindly remove the ad until I filter through these current responses? I'm getting overwhelmed.
Thank you so much for your house sitting service.
Mike, Mexico house sitters, Jan 2012


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