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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

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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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New pet photo competition!

Do you have a cheeky pet, worthy of the funny pet photo competition?   Enter today, it’s easy! Ever thought your beloved kitty could be the new Grumpy Cat? Think your pooch has the potential to reach super-stardom? Enter our new pet photo competition! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Euro News Weekly to launch a pet photo competition aimed at ...

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Travelling Solo: A housesitter’s guide

Full moon shining over Maidenhead Bridge

At HouseSitMatch we find we are increasingly attracting more professionals and semi-retired professionals travelling solo or as couples and housesitters. Many want to pursue a long nurtured dream to travel. As is our want when we meet someone with an interesting perspective on ‘life, travel and housesitting’ we approach them to share their experience of housesitting through HouseSitMatch. Here is ...

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Housesitting family – Travel more, for less!

Housesitting family riding two camels in Dubai

Karen and Cam King sold their home in Victoria Australia 18 months ago to start a world tour with their two children to become a housesitting family. Cam was a chef on an oil rig, and Karen ran a cake baking and decorating business. They were living a comfortable life, working hard but frustrated by not being able to travel ...

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Retired couple housesits in Spain

Detail of window in Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba SPain

Retired couple housesits: Cave homes to Cathedrals We increasingly find that housesitting is becoming a thing to do as a retired couple. Traveling the world for the first time without dependents, without mortgage or job worries, housesitting enables you to exchange your years of experience as a home owners, pet owners and professionals for free accommodation around the world. In exchange ...

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Expat homeowner: housesitting helps at home

housesitting helps one homeowner in Durham

From time to time we ask our homeowners what drove them to seek a housesitter, and how does housesitting help them manage their property.  A new expat homeowner recently joined HouseSitMatch looking for a long term sitter (10 months) to housesit near Durham in the UK. And, as we usually do, we approached the owner to ask if we can ...

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Travel to enjoy ‘the unexpected miracle of life’

The joy of travel can offer unexpected surprises, each destination with its own hidden secrets, some unexpectedly stunning, some unexpectedly affordable. Sometimes,  there is nothing you read about your destination that can really prepare you for what you can discover from a country and its culture! Such unexpected surprises not only help you learn a lot more about a country, ...

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Repositioning cruise: travels best secret

Repositioning cruise and sunset view from deck

The secret of traveling the seven seas is not as many think the location of Atlantis, but the routes and access to the best repositioning cruise! What’s a repositioning cruise..? Well may you ask! It’s a way that some clever travelers find to travel across the major oceans at a fraction of the standard price of a traditional cruise. Ships reposition from ...

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Poland Affordable Travel

If you’re a keen traveler and always looking for new affordable travel experiences, housesitting or otherwise, blogs drawn from real life travel can become a great source of inspiration and timely information. At HouseSitMatch we are keen to share great travel finds with our network, and we were delighted when Celine our student intern returned from a two week trip ...

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Pet travel – HouseSitMatch Vet’s 3 Top Tips

Pet travel

Our HouseSitMatch Veterinary consultant Dr Matthew Bayliss BVSc MRCVS helps us to understand current advice for pet travel from and into the UK. Let’s face it, even through we may prefer to have housesitters in our home taking care of our pets while we are away, sometimes you just have to take your pets with you! And with so many ...

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New Start-ups in the Sharing Economy

Since our launch and finding ourselves squarely in the Sharing Economy we have drawn inspiration from other start-ups operating in this space. And every year since the launch of the FT Summit on the Sharing Economy we have taken our student interns with us for them to be inspired by the excellent ideas in action operating with the values of ...

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House sitting in England Makes Peak Season Affordable!

Summer is the most expensive time to visit the UK. Never in my wildest dreams did I think my family could afford to travel throughout England for more than a month during peak season! But, we did because of house sitting. We arrived the Last week in May to start house sitting in England, the beginning of the peak travel season. ...

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