What to Consider Before House Sitting (part 1)

There are many things you need to consider before you decide to house sit. For example, what is your travel personality? What are you comfortable looking after in someone else’s home? How long do you want to be away? What locations are you willing to travel to? These are all things to consider when it comes to house sitting.

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If you spend time taking those silly social media quizzes surely you know the importance of personality tests. Okay, I am kidding there but all jokes aside, knowing your travel personality could be the very thing that makes or breaks a good house sitting experience. You don’t want to be the person who throws up a tent on the lawn of a luxury house and has all the neighbors talking…or do you?

Warning: House sits may contain, pets, animals, homes, mother-in-laws and just about anything else you can think of, so what are you comfortable looking after? Maybe a little dog like Toto would be just right for you, or perhaps you have a wealth of experience as a dairy farmer and being on the farm is more your speed.

Duration. Marathon house sitter or more of a 2k kind of person? You have to consider two things here: how long are you willing to be away from YOUR home and how long you are willing to be in someone else’s home. Do you want to pack for a week, a month or a year? Do YOU need to get a house sitter?

Location, location, location. Don’t take a house sit in tornado alley if you have no idea what to do in that kind of emergency. Don’t say yes to Iceland in the winter if you don’t like winter in the states. Or do say yes, and just school yourself on how to be prepared by asking the right questions.

House sits come with all sorts of varied responsibilities so it is best to think about what you would be willing to do, be, have, etc. BEFORE you go. Don’t be shy about asking the homeowners questions either, it can save you a lot of hassle.

Want to know your travel personality? Take the quiz.