Trusted Housesitters Pricing – A Pro or a Con?
Some users (both house sitters and homeowners) have mentioned the price as a downside. Personally for me, it was a great investment. So far this year I’ve traveled for 45 days without paying for hotels. It also saved me a fortune as the owner of a very fussy cat.
They have changed their pricing structure to a single year long subscription for both house owners and house/pet sitters at $199 per year. If you want to sign up as both, you can simply add $29 a year. You also get 24/7 access to a free vet line advice.
TrustedHousesitters pricing plan was designed to encourage you down the path of year long subscription. For lots of members annual membership great, if you take more than one holiday, want to start planning in advance, or are travelling for a long period, a year membership is perfect. For those looking to just dip their toe and try the housesitting thing, the pricing is a little unfair, but don’t forget you can browse available house sits or house sitters for free before signing up.
How TrustedHousesitters Works
The TrustedHousesitters system is different for sitters and homeowners.
Housesitters need to sign up and create a profile. The basic steps for this are easy and won’t take more than 10 minutes, but to really build a profile and increase chances of success it will take a little longer and some thought. After setting up a profile, housesitters should browse available posts or set up tailored email alerts. Applying is easy, when you find an opportunity you like, simply click ‘Apply’ and send the homeowner a message using the in site messaging system.
As a homeowner you sign up and create your posting. This includes an introduction, information about your home and the location, and the responsibilities and pets the housesitter should expect. This is quick and easy, and now TrustedHousesitters has increased the number of photos allowed, you can include your favorite snaps of your pets and home. Once a post is live you will (hopefully) start receiving applications, this should continue till you hit the ‘reviewing applications’ button. Once you’ve picked your favorites, go ahead and set up phone calls, skype calls, and ask all the important questions. When you’ve decided, click the ‘confirm’ button and seal the deal. At the end of a house sit you’ll have the opportunity to leave a review of the sitter(s).
Advice for Housesitters
Being a housesitter definitely requires a little flexibility, otherwise you’re going to spend a long time waiting (and probably not finding) your ideal location at the perfect timing. That being said, this summer we’ve been extremely lucky and found three house sits in the exact three locations we wanted that have lined up perfectly. Here’s my advice for securing your ideal house sitting opportunity:
- Set up email alerts. TrustedHousesitters (and other house sitting websites) will email you every time a new house sit that meets your criteria is posted. You’re going to get a lot of emails and some of them might not be relevant, but it will ensure you don’t miss your dream house sit!
- Apply quickly. Don’t hang around before sending in your application, we received over 30 applications in less than 24 hours. At that point, we decided to close the posting and ‘review applications’. Remember that once the homeowners are in the reviewing applications phase, you cannot apply any more.
- Have an application ready to go. Prepare a stock response that you can tailor to each posting. This will save you time and make applying to lots of different posts less daunting.
- References, and lots of them! TrustedHousesitters has three distinct types of references: TrustedHousesitters Homeowners Review, External House/Pet sitting References, and Character References. When you first start, take advantage of the external references to bolster your application. After a house sit don’t forget to ask homeowners to leave you references.
Advice for Homeowners
- Make your requirements clear. Different pets and homes require different levels of care; make this clear from the beginning. If you’re looking for someone with specific skills/characteristics, include that. If your pets require medicine or extra care, include that. If your home is in a remote location, include that. The more information the better and the more likely you are to find your ideal match.
- Understand what you need in order to feel reassured about the arrangement. For some people, a Skype call is perfect. For others, a face-to-face meeting (though is it often not possible), and some people want to see police checks and sign agreements. My advice is to know what works for you and try to create a sense of mutual trust.
- Advice and instruction, leave clear information about the important details, be it about the pets, house or the nosy neighbor. We’ve always appreciated the extra information, what only the locals know; the best nearby pizza place, hidden treasures to find, but most important the closest supermarket!
What's the Verdict on Trusted Housesitters?
Trusted Housesitters Review 2020 – Conclusion
TrustedHousesitters is by far the most developed and professional solution out there for both homeowners and housesitters. With thousands of house sits currently available and over 19,000 registered housesitters you should be able to find your perfect match. The system isn’t without its flaws, like the search filters, but these are minor and we predict that they will be resolved in the near future as the site becomes more and more popular. All of our issues with the platform are minor gripes and, on the whole, both the community and the level of opportunity in Trusted Housesitters are unparalleled. Check them out today and see for yourself!