House or pet sitting is a great way to find inexpensive accommodation, but it’s not always just about traveling the world or taking short or long term vacations.
As circumstances change throughout your life, there are a number of other practical reasons why house sitting might be an option worthy of consideration.
Here are our top five reasons:
Living as an ex-pat
We don’t have to necessarily make bold, life changing decisions and long term commitments now that house sitting provides the option to acclimatize more gradually. We can use a medium term house sit to test the water before signing up for a lengthy and expensive rental agreement.
If you’re thinking of either temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of your citizenship, then house sitting gives you a great way to orientate yourself in a new environment.
It’s particularly difficult when relocating abroad to be sure that you’ve picked the best district to live in. Organise a few consecutive house sits and give yourself time to compare the options. A great benefit is that you’ll also have immediate local contacts who might be able to give you invaluable advice about the best and safest residential areas.
House sitting is becoming popular around the world in many new previously unavailable countries. If there’s an expat community, it will also be likely that there is a house sitting community to cater for home owners who take extended trips home to visit family and friends.
Relocating to a new town or city
So you want a change of scene – a new town, city or maybe even a rural location. It’s stressful enough upping sticks and moving, so why add to the stress by rushing headlong into a long term property rental or house purchase before you know exactly what your new location has to offer?
Signing up for a house sitting assignment will give you the opportunity to live in different parts of the town or city of your choice, so that you get to experience what’s available before committing long term.
But what about your stuff? Well remember that your accommodation will be free while house sitting so you’ll be able to afford to put your possessions into local storage.
It’s likely that some of your utility bills and Wifi could also be free for a while. It’s also a great opportunity to reassess and downsize your possessions!
If you are pet sitting a dog then this will provide you with a great way to meet the locals. My experience is that when you are walking dogs, people often stop and talk to you!
Completing a large project
Are you writing a book, creating a new online business, writing a dissertation, studying online or attending a long term course? Sometimes it becomes difficult to maintain focus in a familiar environment. It’s all too easy to pop round to the neighbours, invite friends over or simply cosy up on the sofa to watch a movie.
A great way to rekindle your enthusiasm and focus on a long term project is to settle into a new environment, away from the distractions of home. This can be expensive if you turn to traditional options such as hotels and holiday rental properties. House sitting can give you the opportunity to take care of a property for an extended period of time, so that you can work on your project uninterrupted.
Living a freedom lifestyle
There’s a growing community of people that have chosen to live a mobile, international lifestyle, travelling from one country to another without a permanent home or job.
Ian and I belong to this category and we use house sitting almost exclusively as a way of experiencing different countries and cultures while making our living working remotely on the internet. It’s a liberating lifestyle and we are more than happy to give back to the house sitting community by offering our services to look after people’s properties, possessions and pets.
If you are considering opting out of mainstream society to become a global or digital nomad, then house sitting is a great way of finding free temporary accommodation within a homely environment.
When a relationship or marriage breaks down you may find yourself in a difficult situation where both parties have no option but to continue living in one property together while trying to sell it.
When tensions are running high, it’s good to separate yourself from the situation. This gives you both the chance to evaluate the most practical options without hostile arguments or disagreements.
If one of you moves out to a local house sit, then it gives you the breathing space to deal with all the practical and legal issues, without the further expense of a rental property.
Of course you need to be of a sane mindset – house and pet sitting is a big responsibility and you certainly don’t want conflicts to transfer from home to the house sit!
House sitting offers flexible options for living – if you want to find out more please check out our other articles. Take a look at our comparison article – get it right from the start by choosing and subscribing to the most effective house sitting websites!