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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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New housesitter tries petsitting in Marlow

New housesitter petsitting in Marlow

New housesitter Nick Caley shares his first week’s petsitting diary. A first time housesitter Nick followed advice given by HouseSitMatch his housesitting network, and after several chats to get to know the owner he traveled to the ‘sit’. He describes his first meeting with Mary the homeowner and Willow her dog, as well as their daily routines. For Nick the ...

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Housesitters help keep pets safe at home & save money!

Housesitting reduces pet stress

People who have pets are often fearful leaving them to go on holiday or work trips.  I was after an unfortunate incident when my Spaniel lost his voice and nearly starved pining in a kennels. The idea of having Housesitters help care for pets in our home came later. We were much happier once we started asking for housesitters help ...

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House-sitting Guide from an Experienced Hand

handshake representing a housesitting agreement as in the House-sitting Guide

House-Sitting Cardinal Rules This is my House-Sitting Guide – I like to say that I have three Cardinal rules as a house-sitter : 1- Cherish the animals 2- Care for the property like it is your own 3- Clean and protect the car if you are given access to the vehicle. Best practice House-Sitting Rules Of course I also go ...

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Sydney, Australia – Spectacular Spectacular!

View of the Sydney harbour bridge from Milsons Point Sydney

There is so much to absorb on a first visit to Sydney, Australia – the views, the sunshine, the food, the stunning architecture. Fortunately, even on a short visit you can enjoy the city from many angles for free!  Many residents and visitors often complain about how expensive it is to live in Sydney, so while we only spent a ...

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Traveling Australia: Melbourne, city of the senses

When Traveling Australia, Melbourne offers a fabulous first taste, in fact the entertainments and delights hit all the senses. The city boasts sophisticated skylines, lush botanical gardens, and a range of museums and galleries, with easy access to beaches and delectable restaurants. It is a thoroughly enjoyable distillation of the Australian experience.  Recently we were fortunate enough to win a holiday ...

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Traveling Australia for the first time!

Iconic view of Sydney Opera House and the Central Business District from the ferry in the harbour

Traveling Australia is a long term dream for many – we were lucky enough to win a business competition for HouseSitMatch recently which enabled us to do just that. Thanks to Kia Motors (UK) Ltd and the Guardian newspaper Small Business Network  my partner David and I were fortunate enough to win a prize in the name of our business HouseSitMatch to take ...

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How house-sitting enables my travel

housesitting with the dogs, makes the best travel possible

Travel and house-sitting I’ve been travelling the world for a very long time now with my Mum, and one thing I really love is when we house-sit, especially the long ones, because it makes me feel like home.  We have seen so many places and amazing things.  I love to travel. I love looking after the dogs When we are ...

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How Housesitting helped us live a dream!

My family lives a different lifestyle; we don’t own a house or a car and have very little in the way of worldly possessions. We live with less so we can travel the world full time for as long as we want to. With the help of housesitting websites like HousesitMatch.com, that bring together housesitters like us with home owners ...

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Why Homeowners Choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting

What are the Unique Benefits? – why do homeowners choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting… Making housesitting arrangements from a homeowner’s perspective can be a very economical and safe way to care for your pets and property, but not without challenges. More and more homeowners choose HouseSitMatch for Housesitting for a number of reasons. From a housesitter’s perspective the HouseSitMatch platform offers an excellent ...

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Long term house-sitting near Kiev – Part 3

Long term house-sitting - organised preserve jars

Settling into the Long term house-sitting :- When accepting a Long term house-sitting assignment anywhere in the world, you need to consider your readiness to live in an unfamiliar environment for an extended period, and what simple things you might need to call that place home for a while. If you are an experienced house-sitter ready to set up ‘home’ ...

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Blog Competition – HouseSit Match

Illustration of girl with megaphone housesitting

Enter our New HouseSit Match Blog Competition! We love hearing stories of how house-sitting has enabled your green or sustainable travel. Enter our Blog Competition and send us your story in a WORD Document with at least 2 relevant photos. The photos for your Blog Competition entry can be of the pets your cared for, the property or garden or ...

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House-Sitting

Pet-sitter playing with six small dogs

What is House-Sitting? Our HouseSit Match Definition of ‘House-Sitting’ House-sitting is a mutually beneficial arrangement between two parties – most usually taking place between a homeowner and a house-sitter – enabling the owner to leave their property and pets in the care of the sitter for an agreed period of time. The house-sitter in exchange gains free accommodation. The arrangement ...

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House-Sitting Webinar & Expert Panel

House-sitting webinar HouseSit March the house-sitting network aims to offer an easy to use matching service and expert advice to professionalise the business of house-sitting. One of the new initiatives started by the founder is a series of online talks with experts and practitionners. This is the summary and recorded video of the first house-sitting webinar. House-sitting webinar expert panel: ...

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Personal experience house-sitting in Paris!

House-sitting in Paris Not so long ago some friends in Paris asked us to do a spot of house-sitting in Paris while they were in Spain for five weeks, July through August. A tough challenge I grant you, but we agreed to step up to the plate – these are long standing friends you understand. Almost all the occupants of ...

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Now we are ‘HouseSitMatch house-sitting’

poolside scene in a Mediterranean villa housesitting

Fancy HouseSitMatch house-sitting..? Since starting the HouseSitMatch network I have heard some fabulous stories about people who when house-sitting with HouseSitMatch have collaborated through our site to solve their travel, as well as their pet-sit and home care challenges. The aim of this blog is to share some of those stories and describe some examples of house-sitting with HouseSitMatch. New ...

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Professional Couple Swap Commute for house-sit

PROFESSIONAL COUPLE SWAP LONG COMMUTE FOR HOUSE-SITTING IN LONDON Alick and Sarah – Homeowners turned Trusty House-Sitters About four years ago Alick an architect and Sarah a designer decided to move out of their one bedroom flat in London in search of their ideal country hideaway. They found a charming 15th Century cottage in a village setting and set about ...

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Tips to Stay Cozy – House-sitting comfort ideas

House-sitting Comfort – Top Tips for House-sitters For a lot of people, one of the main draws of house-sitting is the idea of changing their environment, enjoying a change of scene and having a nice, comfortable place to stay for a few days – almost like some sort of luxury hotel! Of course, there are plenty of responsibilities that come ...

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House-Sitting – To Pay or Not To Pay

dogsitters, housesitters, pet sitters

Should homeowners pay for house-sitting..? As a house-sitter you may be curious about various aspects of your new potential house-sitting assignment… What will the pets be like, will there be a garden to tend, how big is the property you must care for while the owners are away. Naturally, you may also be wondering if there is a paid recompense ...

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Match in 24-hours Solves Pet-Sitter Emergency

housesitters, housesitters UK, home owners with pets, pet owners, pet sitters

Student solves professional couple’s pet-sitter emergency Here’s the meet and greet photo Story Meet Kate and Tom, they just moved to the area and needed a new house-sitter in a hurry, they were let down by a new contact and found themselves in a pet-sitter emergency. So they called up HouseSit Match to see if we knew anyone who was ...

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Long-term travel, made affordable

housesitting, affordable travel, housesitting in Australia

Ideas for long term travel, and what to do to make it affordable… Long term travel gives opportunities to learn, explore, and broaden horizons. Here Rachel Morgan Trimmer Founder of the Career Break Site offers ideas on making long term travel affordable Long-term travel is a wonderful opportunity for those who can do it and those who can afford it. ...

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Need Some Travel Tips for the UK

Sicilian Avenue London

Need some travel tips for the UK? Top 5 UK Travel Destinations When travelling in the UK there are some attractions that everybody wants to see and so you do the postcard tour, which of-course can be great fun. However, it doesn’t take a great deal of effort in London to step off the beaten track for a peak at ...

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