House Sitting - How to get FREE world travel accommodation

House Sitters - learn how to get the best pet sitting and house sitting jobs and save on your global travel.
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  • Lectures 67
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 5/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

House sitting is a now a popular mainstream alternative to a regular vacation. It's also a great option for longer term travel accommodation.

Simply put, house sitting involves looking after someone's home and pets while they're away. In return you'll get to live rent free in a comfortable home in a worldwide location of your choice!

No rent, no utility bills and no property tax or insurance.

This course provides all the information necessary to make house sitting a reality – even with no previous experience.

Our step-by-step process gives you the head start you'll need to secure the house sit of your dreams

  • Learn to save money on accommodation, house sitting anywhere in the world
  • Take practical steps to register with the most successful house sitting websites
  • Discover how to build credibility
  • Prepare a profile that sets you apart from other applicants
  • Create a professional and relevant set of interview questions
  • Make a great impression right from the start

Imagine traveling the world, visiting new and exciting places and staying as long as you want. You can live like a local, experiencing the region's culture, whilst providing an invaluable service to home owners.

But, it's not quite as simple as an introduction to the pets and a quick handover of keys. 

There are many things to consider and this course covers everything you'll need to know, from website registration through to managing your ideal house sit.

Contents and overview

You'll progress organically, step-by-step through this interactive course of 50+ lectures.

First we'll figure out exactly what type of house sit will be best for you. We'll get started together by registering online with some of the most successful house sitting websites. We'll build your credibility and produce a compelling profile to attract the best assignments.

We'll look at all the practical issues including how to create a set of relevant, personalized questions for an interview.

You'll learn how to handle your house sit from handover to completion, develop your skills and guarantee a great reference at the end of your assignment. All the tools and resources are provided for you to become a successful house sitter.

By the end of this course you'll know how to present yourself as a professional house sitter so that home owners are reassured of your ability to look after their home and pets.

You won't find a better option to live an exciting life full of travel and adventure. House sitting gives you the freedom and choice to live anywhere in the world, virtually rent free.

What are the requirements?

  • You need no prior skills to become a house sitter.
  • You simply need a passion for travel and a love of animals.
  • You will need an internet connection and an email address to sign up to relevant house sitting websites.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Save a fortune on travel accommodation costs
  • Select and register with the world's most successful house sitting websites
  • Learn secret marketing strategies to secure any housesit
  • Write a compelling profile to secure any house sit
  • Apply for house sitting assignments around the world with no previous experience
  • Ask all the right questions in a house sitting interview
  • Prepare a house sitting contract that protects both home owner and sitter
  • House sit successfully from handover to completion
  • Develop your house sitting skills
  • Confidently handle any difficult situations
  • Use house sitting to facilitate a lifestyle of global freedom

Who is the target audience?

  • Are you looking for an inexpensive vacation option?
  • Would you like a long term international lifestyle change?
  • Do you want to travel more and live like a local in a comfortable homely environment?
  • Do you enjoy looking after pets and have a responsible and caring attitude?
  • Are you retired with time to travel but a limited budget?
  • Would you like a retreat to complete a long term project free from the distractions of home?
  • Are you saving for a deposit on a new home?
  • Do you want to try out a new location before committing to a house purchase?
  • If you answered YES to any of these questions then you are in the right place!
  • If you want to save large amounts of money on travel accommodation and live in a variety of different homes and locations around the world, then house sitting provides the perfect solution.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Benefits of the House Sitting Lifestyle

In this lecture you'll get an introduction to the world of house sitting and how it provides free accommodation. Discover how this course will give you all the skills to successfully secure the house sitting assignments of your choice.

There is also a useful downloadable index of all the documents and resources that can be accessed while following this course. Simply click the second button to the top right of the screen to view and select this downloadable file.


Find out who benefits from house sitting and how it will change your vacation and travel experiences forever!


There are many benefits that house sitting can offer over a regular holiday or short term rental. This lesson reveals everything you can expect to gain when you become a house sitting professional.

Learn what you can expect to save on hotel costs when you become a successful house sitter.

Find out why house sitting wins hands down over costly holiday rentals.


Long term house sits provide the biggest savings. See how you can save between $20,000 and $40,000 USD every year by becoming a full time house sitter.

Section 2: Basic Considerations

Find out why house sitting has become so popular. Discover why people prefer to use house sitters rather than leave the homes vacant and their pets in catteries or kennels.


Discover whether you are suited to house sitting. Find out why it might not be the right choice for you.


Should you choose a short term or a long term house sit? This lesson will help you decide which term will be best for you, and how that might change over time.


This lesson tells you where in the world you will find house sitting opportunities and reveals the up and coming locations.


Find out whether you are likely to receive payment for your service and why this could limit your opportunities.


Discover just how at home you can make yourself in your temporary home.

Section 3: Getting Started

Learn the first steps you'll need to take to becoming a successful house sitter.


It isn't essential to have house sitting experience. We all have to start somewhere, but there are some basic considerations that will help you secure your first assignments. Here you'll learn what they are.


Gain valuable experience by house sitting for family and friends. Learn why this is important and how simple it is to achieve.

Section 4: House Sitting Websites

There are many house sitting websites to choose from. Find out which can offer you the best service and how much you can expect to pay. Take a guided tour of the top international sites.

Downloadable Resource:

  • House Sitting Websites Compared - website links to all of the top house sitting companies

Learn what to look for in a good house sitting website - pick only the best to showcase your profile.


Learn how your own website or blog can benefit you when applying for assignments.

Section 5: Creating Credibility

Learn why your credibility is key to you becoming a successful house sitter. Find out how to get references even if you are a newcomer to house sitting.


Another way to enhance your credibility is to obtain a police check from your national or local police authority. Not all countries can provide police checks but the download gives the information we have found.

Help us keep this up-to-date by posting any new information on this topic as it becomes available!

Downloadable Resource:

  • Website Links for Police Check Information

Social media sites are a great way to spread the word about your house sitting availability. However, you do need to be careful about what information you make available to potential home owners, for obvious reasons. Here we look at how to make sure your Facebook page in particular, can be customised to only show acceptable posts!

Section 6: Your Perfect Profile

When you've decided which house sitting website(s) you want to register with, you'll need to create a great compelling profile. Here you'll learn why it's so important.


In this lesson you will learn how to best use photos to enhance your online profiles. Discover which images work best to attract people to your profile information.


Your profile title is of equal importance to your photograph. It should sum you up and show what you're offering. It's at this point the home owner will make the decision to click and find out more information about you. You need to make this count! Find out how in this lesson.


So what else do you need to include in your profile. How you portray yourself could make a big difference to your success, so give this plenty of thought.


Here we give you more tips to market yourself more creatively in your profile. The way you write makes a difference to how people will interact with your profile.


When you finally get to the point of registering, you'll be asked some other standard information - in this lesson we look at what other details you will need to have ready.

Here you can also find a sample of our own profile from which you can take ideas and inspiration.

Downloadable Resource:

  • Sample Profile with picture

A recap on references and their importance to your success as a house sitter.


Here we go through a typical registration with UK Housesitters and look at our profile to see all the options you can utilise and amend online.

Downloadable Resource:

  • Sample Profile with picture
Section 7: Applying for an Assignment

Once you've registered with the house sitting site of your choice and uploaded your profile, you can start looking at assignments. Here we'll look together at some of the house sitting options available.


Searching online might uncover a few good sits, but the best assignments are usually snapped up in the first few days. Find out why using email alerts is so important.

Downloadable Resource

  • Template Letter: rejecting an assignment

There are many things to think about when traveling overseas, especially when house sitting and even more so if you're thinking about taking on a long term assignment. Let's take a look at some of the issues you'll need to think about in this lesson.

Downloadable Resource

  • World Travel - Checklist of things to consider

So you've found some house sits that look interesting and you'd like to apply. Your profile is on the website and you're good to go. Now you will learn how to compose an application letter that is as compelling as your profile.

Downloadable Resource

  • Email Template - sample application letter

If after a couple of days you haven't heard anything back then a reminder email can prompt a response.

Downloadable Resource

  • Template Email: following up an application

At the end of the day, even with all the preparation in the world, you could still get rejected. There are many reasons why this might be and here we look at some of them. Find out how to turn rejection into a positive situation.

Downloadable Resource

  • Template Email: Thank you for considering us

Section 8: Interview Preparation

An interview is important for both the home owner and the potential house sitter. There'll be lots of questions you'll want to ask each other. This lesson prepares you for this important conversation.


SKYPE offers a great method of conducting an interview with video facilities, as long as you have access to the internet. Discover more about this FREE online service.


For pet sitting assignments, you'll want to divide your questions into four categories. This lesson teaches you what they are and what types of questions you should be asking. There's also a useful download of questions you may be asked by the home owner.

Downloadable resources:

  1. Checklist Questions - for you to ask in an interview
  2. Checklist Questions - you may be asked by the home owner
Section 9: I’ve been accepted – what next?

So you've completed your interview and found out everything you need to know about the assignment. You and the homeowners are both happy and you're keen to go ahead. Now you can start planning - but what exactly does that involve? You can find out in this lesson.

Downloadable resource:

  • Checklist - Start planning your house sit

It's becoming more and more common for a house sitting agreement to be used. In this lesson we look at the pros and cons of having this paperwork in place.

Downloadable resources:
  1. Sample House Sitting Agreement (courtesy of MindMyHouse)
  2. Sample Security Deposit Lodgment Form (courtesy of MindMyHouse)

So you have your first house sit confirmed. If you are planning to house sit long term, this is only the start. In this lesson you'll learn how to manage your ongoing assignments.

Section 10: Moving In

So handover day finally arrives and you want to create a great first impression. In this lesson you will find out exactly how to do just that.

Downloadable resource

  • Checklist - things to discuss at handover


Once the owners have left the property, you can start to make yourself at home and really get to know the pets. But what else is expected of you during the house sit - find out in this lesson.


Keep in touch with the owners at the agreed intervals and by the agreed method. But how often do you really need to report - what's too little and what's too much? Find out in this lesson.


At some point your house sitting experience will come to an end and there are a few things you can do to further impress your home owners, and secure that great reference you want to help you get future assignments.This lesson discusses what you should do.


At the end of your house sit, don't forget to broach the subject of a reference, especially if they're happy with your services. There's really no time like the present. Here's the best way to ask ......

Downloadable resource
  • Sample references

You shouldn't only update your profiles with new references. Keep profiles periodically updated with any new skills, relevant information, and a selection of new pictures. Find out what else you can do to keep your "sales brochure" fresh and enticing here in this lesson.

Section 11: Develop Your House Sitting Skills
The more you can demonstrate to prospective property owners you're a capable, responsible and reliable house sitter, the better your chances of securing your chosen assignment. So it's worth developing extra skills and abilities that will increase your desirability as a house sitter.

A large number of house sits involve taking care of pets. House sits without pet duties are sometimes available, but they are nowhere near as common as assignments with pets. Find out why it helps to have a love of animals!


If you have experience of farm life, then you'll be well positioned to secure rural assignments.

If you don't have experience, but would like to be seriously considered for such opportunities, you should probably gain some skills to give your profile some credibility. Find out how you can do this here.


Your home owner won't expect you to be a qualified electrician, plumber or carpenter.

However, a few basic DIY skills might serve you well, and will go a long way to reassuring your home owner that you'll be able to deal with any minor emergencies. This lesson tells you about some great books to help improve your DIY skills.


An important part of looking after properties with land.


Find out everything you'll need to know to manage and look after an off-grid property. Learn from the expert! Ian has his own off-grid island in the Caribbean!


There are many security systems on the market, so it would be impossible to know how they all work, but a basic understanding of these systems can always be useful. In this lesson we will discuss the easiest ways to improve your skills in this area.


It is possible to find house sits for beautiful properties, many of which will have a swimming pool. In fact, a swimming pool may be the reason that someone would rather have a house sitter than leave the property empty. What skills will you need to learn to look after a pool? FInd out in this lesson.


How do you handle the issue of transport - getting around while you are on your house sitting assignment. We look at the options available in the lesson.


Look at ways to improve your language skills.

There's a downloadable link here to some of the better online language courses - use your housesitting time to add a new skill to help increase your chances of success in non-english speaking countries.


Could you deal with staff on an assignment? Management or team building skills could come in useful here.

Section 12: Other Ways to Find House Sitting Assignments

Once you start out on your house sitting lifestyle, word of mouth will be a very effective way to get new assignments. Let everyone know what you are doing, friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours.

Let's look at some other ways that you can spread the word via personal recommendations.

Many people use Facebook and other social media sites such as Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin to let people know about their house sitting services. In this lesson we look at how you can create a social media advert for use time and time again.

You can also follow the facebook pages of the websites we mentioned earlier in this course. Here are some ideas to help you.

Wordpress is a great platform on which to create a simple house sitting blog or website. Find

out how we can help you with this.

Section 13: Dealing with Difficulties

We can't possibly advise on every situation you might encounter, but we can at least highlight some of the things that could go wrong, so at least you're prepared.


Occasionally you might arrive at the handover, and discover that the home owners have an expectation of you that they didn't mention in the interview, or the run up to the assignment. Discover what you can do to resolve any problems in this lecture.


The biggest concern to any house sitter is that something happens to the pets in your care. What should you do if you have a pet emergency?

Section 14: Freedom Lifestyle and Location Independence

So many people stay in jobs that they hate, live lives that don't satisfy, and are stuck in a place they don't even really like. Many people now feel a sense of quiet desperation.

They know there's the possibility of something better out there, that life could be different, and more exciting. Ian talks here about how you can gain the courage and motivation to take the first step.

Section 15: Happy travels!

Well that's a wrap! You have all the information you need to get started - here's a final sum up from us both.

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Instructor Biography

Ian Usher, House Sitting Magazine Publisher | Fulltime World Traveller

In 2008 Ian sold his "entire life" on eBay to tackle his bucket list of lifetime goals. He now helps other people achieve their own goals, while living as a full-time house sitter and co-publishing a digital online magazine dedicated to house sitting, travel and roaming incomes.

In 2013, Ian was invited by TEDx Vienna to talk to 900+ people about “Living an Unlimited Life". In the same year, he was featured, along with his partner Vanessa Anderson, on a UK documentary “Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild". The program followed the couple's lives as they shared their remote island lifestyle in Panama with a few million people!

Ian's real life experience and inspirational story has made him somewhat infamous in the area of goals. His progress continues to be followed by the media and more recently he has been featured in educational study books. He is also a blogger for Richard Branson's Virgin website and other online magazines.

Ian and Vanessa are currently house sitting in Central America, where they have just launched the new digital magazine "House Sitting - The ultimate lifestyle magazine". This magazine is available on FREE subscription and can be viewed as a full responsive app on Android and Apple devices, or as a simple Flipbook version.

Ian and Vanessa are also developing their own information for people interested in lifestyle change and leading happier, more fulfilling lives. They continue to kick start people as they embark on their own life challenges and helps them to aspire to and achieve their own goals and lifestyle transformation.

So, what on earth would make someone decide to put their whole life up for sale… on eBay?

When Ian decided that it was time to leave the past behind and move on to the next chapter of his life, that is exactly what he did. The results were surprising, entertaining and challenging. However, the auction was only the beginning of the adventure.

What does someone do when they have sold their life? Well, just about anything they like really! Armed with a "bucket list" of 100 lifetime goals, and a self-imposed time frame of 100 weeks, Ian embarked on what could truly be described as the journey of a lifetime – a global adventure spanning six continents, two years, and almost every emotion.

Ian's first book, "A Life Sold", documents his compelling story and tells the roller-coaster ride of life, as experienced by one traveler who is simply looking for a new start. The film rights to his story have recently been purchased by Walt Disney Pictures.

Here's what some of Ian's previous students have said:

“I appreciate your reminder that we can start anew and create the life we want at just about any point along the way. It is inspiring to hear the stories of people like you who have found the drive to go after what you want and need in a bold and unexpected way."
Monica W, Laramie, Wyoming, USA

“I want you to know you have inspired me immensely to do whatever I need to do to see the world."
Dennis S, London, Ontario, Canada

Instructor Biography

Vanessa Anderson, Course Development | Course Instructor | Writer

Vanessa works with her partner, Ian Usher, to develop and teach professional courses at Udemy.

She has a strong business background, having owned and managed her own business in the UK for almost 15 years. Before this she spent many years developing and teaching software courses working as the Training & Development Manager for Wordplex UK.

Now Vanessa's life is very different! She left England in 2013 to live a more fulfilling lifestyle aligned with her own dreams and aspirations.

Vanessa and Ian live as "global nomads", working remotely as they travel the world, experiencing different cultures and different environments. They were featured last year on their small island in Panama, on "Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild" - an hour long documentary showing how they lived remotely in the Caribbean.

Currently she is based in Shenzhen, China where she works part-time teaching English to local businesses and VIP students. She is also with Ian to develop a series of "Lifestyle Transformation" courses that will feature on Udemy throughout this year.

Vanessa blogs about her lifestyle for "Sapore di Cine" and other online magazines. She regularly contributes to her own website where you will find inspiring stories of her travels during the last two years.

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