Full time international house sitters, Jodie Thompson and Natalie Smith, have witnessed a dramatic increase in awareness and interest about their traveling lifestyle, and for good reason!
Over the last 6 months many of the online platforms that match house sitters to home owners have increased their listings and memberships in sought after destinations, particularly with Expat communities.
There are expats living in unique destinations all over the world and most of them take trips back to their homeland, sometimes regularly, leaving homes empty and pets that need looking after.
“When an expat home owner (or renter) has a good experience with their free house sitters, neighbours, friends and other family members start thinking about using house sitters themselves for their next vacation and/or even trying house sitting themselves! It is becoming a real word-of-mouth reciprocity movement around the world.” Thompson notes.
“And we know firsthand how much money both parties of these arrangements can save, making low cost holidays a real reality for both the home owner and for the house sitter.”
And it’s not just a money saving experience. House sitters are being welcomed into their new neighbourhoods and communities rather than just being treated like a tourist. “It changes everything about the experience of the destination. You really feel like a welcomed local that is providing a very valuable service.” Smith points out.
Due to the increase in demand for their house sitting services over recent months, the pair started a free Facebook group called ‘House Sitting World’ as a place for current and budding house sitters to share their home owner referrals and stay up to date with all the best tips on travel and house sitting.
“We are members of the Trusted House Sitters platform ourselves, and there are many other great platforms as well, but after a year of full time, back to back house sits, we are getting more referrals than we are able to do ourselves. That’s why we started the group.” says Smith “So we had a place to be able to recommend other great house sitters to our clients and share insights, and for other house sitters to do the same.”
The demand for information has also inspired the couple to create the world’s first digital magazine dedicated to House Sitting, and during it’s pre-launch, interested parties can download a free guide to getting started in house sitting by visiting www.InternationalHouseSitting.com
Visit http://InternationalHouseSitting.com for more information.
Name: Natalie Smith
Organization: House Sitting World