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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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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 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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2017 Housesitting Blog Competition FINALIST 1

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 1 Entry – Angela Williams and her husband Frank travel while they housesit around the world and tell us what they have learned about housesitting. In her blog entry Angela offers some special words ...

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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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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: ‘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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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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Housesitting Ile de France and losing myself in the country

housesitting Ile de France

It’s long been an ambition of mine to find the right housesitting opportunity and lose myself in the French countryside. This September I escaped home obligations for a short while and tried housesitting Ile de France.  This peaceful rich agricultural landscape is in the heart of the Brie and Champagne region of North Central France. A housesitting assignment came up with ...

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