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The Return Housesit

Once you have completed a successful house/pet sit it can be a natural next step to be asked for the homeowners to ask you to a Return Housesit.  You move on in life, richer for the experience and the relationships you’ve formed with the owners.  Often though, you have become attached to the pets. We have recently discovered that once ...

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Pet Memory Perles

A pet memory can provoke profound emotions. When pets pass over the rainbow bridge whether at a young age or in mature years their souvenirs are treasured. Photographs and family films all help us to remember the character and personality of the animal. Many of our members at HouseSitMatch tell us about pets we have known and helped through our ...

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Housesitting in Ireland near Bono

Caslte in Ireland

Housesitting in Ireland – Favourite sits by the Travelling Housesitters Meet Jayden and Brittany a housesitting couple We are Jayden & Brittnay, a New Zealand & Aussie couple. We met in the Australian Alps and quickly discovered each other’s passion for travel. We were eyeing off South America as our next trip. However, one snowy Sunday afternoon we came across ...

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NEW 2018 HousesitMatch Video Competition – Win £200!

Video Competition

Enter the New 2018 Video Competition – Win £200! Announcing our New HouseSitMatch Video Competition! Enter and you could win £200 in top prize, and 3 runners up also win £75 in vouchers or Paypal payment. Ever wanted to tell the world about why you love housesitting and how it works for you? Well now is your chance. Here’s how… ...

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Petsitters & Business Travel: How to connect with Pets

If you travel a great deal for either work or leisure you may already be regular user of our petsitters and housesitting service. Anna Naylor from Maiden Voyage one of our partners, a social network that makes business travel safe and social for women, has given us some ideas in this blog about how to connect with your pet while ...

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Marlow housesitters keep the neighbourhood and pets safe

Cocker Spaniel sitting on grass

The search for Marlow housesitters, or housesitters anywhere, is something we can help you with. From time to time we interview our members to better understand how they found us and how we help them. Recently, Martin told us about why he decided to look for Marlow housesitters. A spate of burglaries in this Thames side town has made him ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 5

Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 5 Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 5 Entry. Bragi Jonsson an Icelandic security guard and shepherd has travelled across the world by housesitting, protecting property and pets wherever he is housesitting. In his blog entry ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 4

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 4 Entry – Dianne and Mike Lang recently started traveling across the world as housesitters to see more of the world. They sold everything they own and hit the road. Here’s what they learned ...

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2017 Winner Housesitting Blog Competition

Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 3

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever, here we share with you the Winner – Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 3 – Anel and John Ryan have travelled across the world and found themselves caring for and protecting property and pets against not one but two hurricanes from their very first housesit. ...

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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 2

Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 2

Each year HouseSitMatch hosts a Blog Competition and this year our entries are better than ever. Here we share with you the Housesitting Blog Competition Finalist 2 Entry – Jacqueline and Glenn Lamb travel while they housesit around the world and tell us what they have learned about affordable travel and housesitting. In their blog entry Glenn and Jacqueline offer ...

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Housesitters needed for pets in China

Housesitters needed for our rescued puppy

When a Welsh couple moved to China for a temporary job they did not expect to remain as Expats for a lengthy period. Two and a half years later they are established with a household full of rescued pets and are posting ads saying housesitters needed to care for our pets. They are seeking pet lovers to care for their ...

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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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