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Oxfordshire Housesit – Our first experience

Housesit gave us this view of Oxfordshire

Dianne and Mike decided to travel the world one housesit at a time. An Oxfordshire housesit was their first experience. As new home and pet owners themselves they felt fairly well prepare for their first housesitting experience, however, each new experience brings opportunities and challenge. Dianne is an accredited, professional travel agent since 1991, and Mike has been a professional broadcaster ...

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New Blog Competition from HouseSitMatch

Enter our 2017 Blogging Competition Enter our 2017 Blogging Competition Theme – ‘This is what I have learned about housesitting…’ Tell us your fabulous stories in a blog, submit it to us by 1 December making sure to include your own images and we will offer the winner £55 in Amazon or Book Depository Vouchers, or payment by Paypal! We ...

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Harrogate housesitting for an Akita

Harrogate housesitting

When experienced housesitters Mike and Diane aka Travelloafers chose to apply for a Harrogate housesitting assignment on HouseSitMatch describing a resident ‘large dog’ that they’d be required to care for, they had no idea the fun that was in store for them. Read their blog to find out what happened when they met Rex!  HOUSESITTING TYRONAUSAURUS REX! When considering a ...

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Homeowners Housesitting – Top 10 Tips – Preparing an Empty Home

Character home - homeowner top tips for housesitting

  For homeowners housesitting can provide an excellent safe guard, especially for an empty property that is vacant for a period of time. In some cases this is unavoidable but creates a risky situation with opportunities for burglary and vandals with no guard in place. Housesitters can offer a solution to prevent any unwanted visitors or harm inflected to a ...

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Petsit like a friend anywhere in the world – Beijing anyone?

Little did Katie know when moving to Beijing that she’d miss neighbours from home who petsit for her. Katie teaches in the Chinese capital and as an expat she loves learning about her host culture. To help establish her new home she adopted a cat, then faced the challenge of who might petsit or look after her friendly feline when she ...

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Selling property – Top tips for selling your home

Selling property is a challenge, the process can be slow. There are ways to speed up the process. Check out the top tips and trending marketing techniques available from experienced estate agents and realtors. If your property remains unsold, security for homeowners can become a major issue, especially when an empty unsold property sits vulnerable in a rural setting. Circumstances ...

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Long term travel and the leap of faith!

Housesitters pose with their first petsitting charges Hudson the dog and K2 the cat

Long term travel has always preoccupied travel agents Dianne and Mike. This year they finally took the plunge, they sold everything, upped sticks in Canada leaving family and friends to travel slowly across the world. A life long dream of journeying to discover the world one country at a time through slow travel, and living like locals in a neighbourhood ...

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How to choose a bathroom sink

romantic bathroom with sink matching bath

Ever bought a sink for your bathroom? Every so often we all need to refurbish and refresh our bathrooms. As homeowners we can often worry about what kind of sink we should get, will it match the rest of the bathroom. It is certainly one way to transform the bathroom, so it is certainly worth taking a little time to ...

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Bed and Breakfast in Oxford University – Yes really!

Bed & Breakfast at St Hugh's College in Oxford

Bed and breakfast in St Hugh’s College – Oxford’s Secret Garden Bed and breakfast in Oxford – is something you might consider? Ever thought about St Hugh’s College? Good friends Kathy and Inka wanted a weekend city break with a difference and had considered Oxford with its reputation for history, culture and wonderful architecture. Both are keen museum goers, and often ...

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Homeowners: How to improve property value

Homeowners welly boots planted

Homeowners can enhance the value of a home If as homeowners you are considering putting your home on the market, there are plenty of measures you can take to enhance the value. Yet while some ideas will add instant appeal and saleability, others can result in you spending huge sums for very little return. Here, we take a look at ...

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Cheap accommodation: a comparison of today’s options

a yellow couch in front of a mountain

Which type of cheap accommodation is best? In today’s online world there are lots of options when it comes to finding cheap accommodation. The internet has enabled all manner of search tools across the world, whether you are looking for an inexpensive hostel, a housesitting gig, or a free sofa somewhere fun. Nick Caley one of our registered housesitters and ...

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Petsit bookreview ‘The Wall’ by M.Haushofer

Housesit Match Review The Wall

This petsit book review draws on the mysterious and powerful link between reading and travelling and indeed housesitting. It’s not just about filling the hours of a long journey or being occupied in periods of waiting. A good book takes your mind to someplace new, into something unfamiliar, as much as travel does to the physical body. A good book will ...

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Catsitters Tale by homeowner Teresa

Catsitters provide a critical service to many of our homeowners. One homeowner in particular, finds finding cat-sitters through HouseSitMatch an invaluable service. Homeowner Teresa lives in Spain and loves and rescues cats, consequently, she regularly needs catsitters to help her care for her own pets and the cats she has rescued herself. She has long been a lover of cats and ...

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Housesitting Home-maintenance – Expert Top Tips!

Pre or post housesitting home-maintenance is an area of work some of us delight in, and others among us will dread. Actually, I probably fall into the camp of any time of year home-maintenance phobic fear. A home with pets living indoors offers another challenge when you invite in the housesitters. We know the added fun of pets in the ...

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Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maples

Bright Acer leaves coloured red and yellow

Housesitting gardens with Japanese Maple Trees Housesitting gardens is a personal pleasure that is becoming important to me. I am a homeowner and a housesitter, and a self-confessed lover of Acers, or Japanese Maple trees. It goes without saying that I am passionate about colour in my own garden and have several Acers dotted around either in pots or planted in ...

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Housesit book review: ‘How to be Idle’ by Tom Hodgkinson

Housesit match book of the week how to be idle

A housesit assignment can inspire one to read voraciously. Recent graduate Nick became a housesitter after University, and that’s when among other books he read ‘How to be Idle’, while on the housesit assignment. In this book review, Nick shares his thoughts on the sentiment of Tom Hodgkinson the author on the art and state of being idle, and at ...

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Housesit book review: ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ by Will Wiles

A grand piano in a classical apartment housesitting assignment

Housesit book review – ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ This housesit book review reveals how there has always been a mysterious and yet powerful link between reading and travelling and now housesitting.  They all three make for a great partnership especially on a housesit. It’s not just about filling the hours of a long journey or being occupied in periods of ...

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Housesitting student – benefits from an ascetic life

Alex the housesitting student caring for two spaniels

Housesitting student enjoys the company of Spaniels Alex, a housesitting student, finds caring for two Spaniels in a quiet English village just the escape he needs from normal distractions of home life. He was trying to finish his dissertation, so a peaceful new location with simple pet care routines was exactly what he needed. Cliched thinking often suggests that countryside ...

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Enjoy housesitting? Let me count the ways!

Enjoy housesitting? Many people do. House and petsitting is a growing phenomenon. One way we like to better understand how people enjoy housesitting experience is to host a housesitting blog competition in 2016 we asked ‘what is your favourite thing about housesitting?’ And we were stunned by the quality of entries. Thanks so much to all who entered. It has ...

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With housesitting – you never quite know what to expect!

about housesitting - Mike walking the dogs

WINNER OF THE 2016 NEW VOICES BLOG COMPETITION Mike and Marion, a retired British couple from Tenbury Wells started housesitting only a few years ago. They thought that with their love of animals and experience of running their own small holding they would be set and ready for anything that ‘housesitting; could throw at them! Their winning submission for the ...

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The Price of Oil in Winter vs Housesitter Costs

Housesitter costs vs the Price of Oil

Consider the price of oil in Winter vs housesitter costs Weighing up any housesitter costs you might incur vs the price of oil and just turning up your heating when you leave the house empty to go on holiday is important. The question of rising and falling oil prices and the impact of heating your home in a cold climate ...

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Preparing for housesitters – Top Tips

housesitters

Welcome your Housesitters Having new visitors in our homes can make some of us a little nervous, and puts a little steam into our dusting and vacuuming routines before they arrive. Preparing your home for housesitters can also inspire some people to go the extra mile to prepare their home for a guest, a newcomer, and this is not a ...

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New Blog Competition from HouseSitMatch

Enter our 2016 Blog Competition We love reading and sharing your housesitting and travelers’ tales. Why not tell us about your latest adventures and why you love housesitting by entering our Blog Competition. Blog Competition Prize And, if we publish it on our HouseSit Match blog you WIN £50 in Amazon or Book Depository Vouchers!  Yes £50 that’s right! Our ...

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Marbella Housesitting – the Solution

Marbella housesitting villa

Whether living in your native country or abroad in a holiday destination like Marbella in Spain it goes without saying that as a pet owner you will worry about pet care when you want to travel. In a city like Marbella housesitting and finding good pet sitters can be more challenging for an expat because you are away from your ...

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Mrs Beeton – Tips for perfect housesitting!

Illustrated victorian picture of a handshake

What can Mrs Beeton teach us about housesitting? An ambitious legacy Written in 1861, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management has long been seen as a stalwart of advice for the occupation of housekeeping. Despite beginning to write the book when she was only 21, having no real experience, and borrowing (read copying) extensive material from other female writers at ...

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David the Dogman debates – housesitting solution or kennels

housesitting solution

The housesitting solution becomes the right solution for some pet owners in the most unexpected ways. ‘David the Dogman‘ dog trainer with some 50 years experience shares his story of Boy Boy one of his favourite dogs.  He explains how he chose him, trained him and how when he was left at a kennels he nearly died of gastric torsion. ...

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Housesit Match has been a perfect fit for us

One of our Housesit Match homeowners very kindly sent us a blog describing how she believes our housesitting platform has been a good fit or ‘match’ for her and her husband and their pets. So as a way to share her Housesit story, and perhaps encourage other home and pet owners to step forward and ask us to help them, ...

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