What is House Sitting and How to Get Started With It

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House sitting is one of the best ways to stay somewhere for free when you’re going on a holiday, or spending more time in another country.

When you house sit, you’re looking after someone’s house and/or pets. It’s a win-win situation because the other person knows he’ll find everything the way he left it and his home will be taken care of, and you get free accommodation with everything you need to live well at a new place.

That might interest you if you’re a frequent traveler, a digital nomad, want to explore a new country on a budget, want to escape reality for a while, just started working remotely and are ready to go to another place, are a couple that’s taking a few months off to travel the world, or are pensioners looking for some quiet time away from home.

Whatever the case is, there are people out there who would love for you to spend some time in their places, feel at home, play with their pets, and do everything you would be doing on a standard holiday.

What Makes House Sitting Possible

We live in a shared economy now. Which means we have access to all sorts of resources, share them, stay connected, and thus make everything cheaper and more pleasant.

That’s the case with house renting and couch surfing, transport, lending and borrowing money without having to go to the bank, crowdfunding, sharing office spaces, all the digital marketplaces out there that let you sell or buy anything, or offer your services (whatever they are) and get paid for it.

House sitting is one of them.

Some time ago such opportunities didn’t exist because the Internet didn’t allow people looking for house and pet sitters to find and connect with travelers. What’s more, it wasn’t a safe thing to do.

Such jobs were paid, couldn’t be monitored by a third party (like it is now with the site you’re using to find each other, which takes care of the payment and makes sure both sides are real and trustworthy people).

A Few Important Things to Know About House Sitting

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It’s an agreement you make with the home owner, and you’ll have some responsibilities along the way.

Depending on the house sitting assignment, you might need to take care of some animals and take a dog for a walk twice a day, clean litter boxes of cats, or anything else the landlord has mentioned in his offer. Which means that even if you don’t think it’s necessary to feed or clean that much, you should follow the instructions. They are never too many, but some owners just want their pets to feel like nothing has changed.

Needless to say, you should be an animal lover, or at least willing to be around animals, keep them company and make some compromises.

Next, there’s the communication aspect.

First impression is critical here. How you present yourself when approaching a home owner to house sit for him will result in his decision as to whether or not to continue communicating.

Even when you’re at his house, though, you’ll need to keep in touch. That might be one call every few days, but it can also be a daily picture with the pet on WhatsApp. So be prepared to be social and to show that you care.

There will be some other tasks to complete, like keeping things organized, watering plants, letting someone in at a fixed time, or else. It’s never a big deal, but you should pay attention to details and stick to the plan.

Of course, you should feel at home, especially when you’re staying for a few weeks at that place (which is the case most of the times), but you should always keep in mind that this is someone else’s house and treat it with respect.

Where to Look for Assignments

There are many options, but a couple of platforms are the best in this niche. Meaning, they offer many opportunities, work well in terms of searching, loading and processing anything, and are a place where all home owners and house sitters have a profile at.

Let’s begin with my favorite one, Trusted House Sitters. There’s an annual subscription of around $95 that lets you submit proposals to trusted home owners.

Then, there’s Nomador, Luxury House Sitting, House Carers and Mind My House.

To get started, register, pay to become a member if necessary, and start creating your profile. You should seem friendly, and focus more on your relevant experience, countries you like and what can be expected from you once you’re there. These are the things home owners want to know.

A picture of you smiling and holding your own pet would be much better than one with friends, for instance.

Write a few paragraphs about yourself and what you do in your description too, and keep in mind that the words you use show your personality.

Then, you’ll be ready to go. If you’re looking for a place to stay in a particular country, that’s how you’ll search house sitting assignments.

If not, you can browse some near you, or just see what’s out there and decide to go to a new country after you’ve been accepted and know you’ll have accommodation there.

How to Make The Most of House Sitting

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Be open-minded.

It’s not something average people would do. But they don’t really travel, connect with new people or benefit from the opportunities of the digital world either. So just go with it.

Have an open mind about all this. Another person is going to travel and is leaving his home to you, together with all his stuff. A decade ago that would have sounded crazy. Now, it’s a daily routine for some.

Appreciate having such options with the click of a button. It’s never been that easy to connect with such people from all over the world before.

Some places might be quite spacious and even luxurious, so you’ll feel great there. You might be offered a bike, will be able to use the Internet, and any other gadget or comfort that’s in the house.

Just imagine how much all that would cost if you were paying for it.

It can lead to friendships too, be it with the home owner, or people living in the area.

To make the most out of traveling by being a house sitter, feel like a local while you’re living there. Be it for a week, or half a year.

Now that you know what house sitting is all about, share your experience with it. If you don’t have any, are you willing to give it a try?

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4 Tips for Newlyweds to Manage Their Finances Flawlessly

4 Tip for Newlyweds to Manage Their Finances Flawlessly

June is around the corner!

What does it remind you?

Isn’t it the smell of champagne and roses?

Yes! It’s again the time to rejoice the cheerful wedding bells. So, if you are planning to tie the knot soon, congratulations!

Howbeit, preparations for the wedding day might be making you worried over these months. Whether it is about picking up the wedding dress or booking a caterer for the wedding feast, your finance is moving upside down!

But, wait!

Don’t think that such monetary hotchpotch will come to an end after the wedding day. There’s still a long way to go! You and your partner are going to spend your entire life together. So, both of you have to practically start thinking about how to manage money.

No! I am definitely not scaring you! It is just that the approach in which you’ve been handling finance till now have to change now. After marriage, it’s not just you, it’s about you and your partner living together.

So, it is required for you to understand the basic know-hows effectively.

Read on to get an idea. 

1. A Serious Talk on Pecuniary Goals and Habits

You both are staying together, it’s essential to know each other’s financial point of views. Especially, you can remind your parents in such a situation. For example, how your parents used to manage money, when they used to pay the bills, what have been their successful financial decisions, and so on. It will let you both curate your financial life perfectly.

Also, you need to discuss your habits when it comes to managing money. Whether you are a saver or spender, how you usually decide on purchasing something, what your reaction will be if there is a sudden financial loss etc.

Once you are done with understanding each other’s habits, figure out a suitable way to manage money, and that’s it!

2. Stick to Your Budget.

When it’s about spending money, be cautious and stick to your plan. Let no any indulgence drive you towards unnecessary expenses. You and your partner both should cultivate this habit to save remarkably.

Moreover, you’ve to always look for smarter ways to save your hard-earned dollars. For example, learn how you should use things limitedly for household chores, how you can save on shopping etc.

One of the smartest ideas could be grabbing the lucrative discounts and coupons while purchasing everything, whether it is a small household stuff or any prominent furniture or jewellery. Additionally, there are a number of such exhilarating websites now which can let you always fetch the right discount at the right time!

Browse through the websites like Dealslands and many such others present around, you’ll definitely start believing in what I mentioned above. 

3. Numbers Are Important.

When it comes to managing finances together, you and your partner should share every related information. You should start with tallying up your asset and debts. Next, just subtract the debts from assets to determine your self-worth. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to inform your income to each other.

The conversation between you both should be open and honest. There should remain no scope for any hidden fact. The more transparently you will talk, the more perfect your financial plan will be.

4. How Do Your Budgetary Habits Differ from Your Partner’s?

It is very important for you to figure out the difference between how you and your partner think about money.

Try to find out the agreeable amount of saving for you both. You should understand what his/her priority is when it comes to paying off the debts or spending on quality things, what money saving traditions that he/she thinks are absolutely non-negotiable, and so on.

Once you have a clearer idea, an impeccable plan for managing your bucks will be ready! 

This is how you need to start planning your finances together to attain unparalleled results. Initially, it might be quite unnatural for you to understand the aforementioned facts. Well, it’s nothing wrong with that! You are new to this life.

However, don’t lag behind in following these tips in future. Thus, to manage finance as a family will not be tough at all!

About The Author

Arina is the marketing manager at DealsLands, coupons and discounts provider company. She is passionate about fashion, make-up, beauty treatment and lifestyle. In addition, Arina also supports non-profit agencies that provide healthcare solutions to handicapped and disabled people.

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