TrustedHousesitters is an online community of pet lovers helping each other travel the world, enjoying unique experiences, while saving money.
We provide a simple solution to a universal problem, what to do with your home and pets when going away? We help connect home and pet owners who need a sitter with trustworthy people who want to house sit; reliable pet lovers and experienced home minders who are happy to travel to your home and look after it while you’re away, for free.
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How TrustedHousesitters started...
Andy Peck, Founder of TrustedHousesitters, discovered house sitting in 2010 when he cared for friend's dogs in a villa with a vineyard and pool in Galicia, Spain. Despite being wowed by the location, he was more taken aback by the extent of the difficulties pet owners face in finding ideal home and pet care when going away.
Andy enjoyed downtime walking the dogs and particularly fell in love with the scruffiest dog, Dave. It was apparent that with house and pet sitting, you might arrive loving the location, but leave loving the pets more.
After speaking with other pet owners he knew there was a huge need for a comprehensive house sitting website. He recognised that the relationship between owners and sitters was far more effective when no money changed hands between them. By providing a win-win for both sides of the network, deeper connections were made, as well as spurring a new trend in the way to travel.
Andy met his fiancé and co-founder Rachel soon after and, selling his car to buy round the world tickets to house and pet sit, they gleaned first-hand insights into pet owners’ needs while promoting the business along the way.
Since then, they have grown rapidly to a 24 strong team based in Brighton, UK, with each new member of staff encouraged to experience house sitting for themselves to understand members’ needs and apply these to the website.
How TrustedHousesitters works:
A subscription based model with annual fees of less than £80 for both home / pet owners and sitters which gives unlimited access to all available house sits and sitters. A 24/7 TrustedHousesitters Vet Advice Line is included in the membership, which gives access to free advice from qualified vet nurses for both homeowners and their sitters.
When sitters register they are encouraged to create a trust profile with detail including a criminal background check, third party references which can include character, employer, landlord and if they have any previous pet care experience. They detail why they want to house sit, which countries they want to house sit in, photos, video profiles and are provided with feedback/ ratings given by pet owners from sits arranged through the site.
Example of a house sitters profile:
A daily email with the latest sits is sent to registered users for the countries of interest, who apply securely through the website to homeowners.
A little taster...
Why TrustedHousesitters works…
…For Home & Pet Owners
…For House Sitters:
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