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11 Oct 2012

Written by Liam

Over 30 years experience in financial services, residential lettings and property sales. Director of a leading national estate agency chain, until leaving in 2008 to pursue other commercial interests. Vast experience in new business development, business change, management development and business strategy.

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How to rent for free and see the world – Money tip #197

 Most of us have house sat for a friend but have you ever thought about doing it for a stranger? There are a number of established websites out there, such as Trustedhousesitters.com, which help homeowners find house and pet sitters.

For homeowners the benefits are obvious, a happy pet and/or secure home during a period of absence, for a fee to the website.

But for house sitters themselves there are a number of benefits:

  • House sitters can usually live rent/bill free in exchange for their services
  • You can choose assignments in the UK or more exotic locations around the world.
  • Long term house sitters can save thousands a year on rent.
  • For those who can work remotely the combination of rent free accommodation and office space gives them a truly exciting and flexible lifestyle.
  • Or you can simply house sit as an alternative to renting a hotel room or holiday accommodation.

How much does it cost to get started?

Some websites are free to register with while others such as Trustedhousesitters.com charge an annual registration fee of £38 to both home owners and house sitters.

So what are you waiting for, live the dream and save a fortune.

Further reading:

BBC News - House-sitters aim to avoid high rents


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