Have you ever considered how you can get paid to house sit? How about travel the world while still saving money?
When you think of Dublin, a few things may come to mind, rainy days, a pint of Guinness and maybe even leprechauns. However, what if I told you Dublin makes me think of saving money? You would call me crazy right? What if I told you can get paid to house sit while enjoying a good beer, would you do it?
We are Brittnay & Jayden, an Australian & New Zealand couple who are obsessed with the nomadic lifestyle. Our story starts in the snowy Australia Alps one Sunday afternoon.
We found some seriously cheap ($300AUD) one-way flights to London we just could not pass up. Before we knew it we had brought the flights and start applying for work visas.
Fast forward two years, we were having a blast in London, and with 25 odd trips away or so under our belts we were not ready to leave. However, like all good things, it was coming to an end, due to our visas running out.
One of our housemates suggested we move to Dublin. It was very similar to the UK, a visa was easy to obtain and best of all, they spoke English. Dublin it was!
Unfortunately, we were not aware that Dublin was one of the most expensive cities in Europe to live in. We were absolutely shocked at house prices.
Looking online we could not find anywhere that was under $1450 for a room.
Luckily, we heard about how we could get paid to house sit through a friend and quickly decided this is how we would work around the expensive rental market in Dublin. We signed up to websites so we could get paid to house sit.
After a few stressful days, we finally got a reply to house sit for our first place.
An Australian couple wanted to have a chat over Skype. They needed house sitters for three weeks while they were on a family vacation in the South of France. The call went well and they confirmed they would like for us to housesit.
We arrived we were greeted by the Australian couple and chauffeured around the beautiful suburb of Dalkey where their house was situated. Little did we know this was one of the most affluent suburbs of Dublin and celebs like Bono and Enya would be our neighbors for the next few weeks.
One thing the couple forgot to mention until they were running out the door, was that they were actually looking after a tortoise for one of their friends. They had never looked after one before and advised us to ‘just google it’.
Our month in Dalkey with Roxy the elderly lab & the tortoise was flying by. Time was creeping up on us and once again we were going to be homeless. Back on to the house sitting websites it was.
Luckily there was a house sit ad advertised just up the road which was starting just a few days after our first was finishing. We applied quick smart and explained how we were just down the road and would love to catch up with them for a coffee and a chat.
We headed down to the local pub to meet up for a wine and a chat. We bonded instantly and her two little chihuahuas loved us! Success, we had a new home again!
We arrived at the new house sit, and we were absolutely amazed at the house. The owner had told us that the house was featured in (and won) ‘Home Of The Year’ in Ireland the previous year. The home was a newly renovated, funky 70’s style home. Complete with huge walk-in wardrobe, hot pink interior and artwork hung all over the house. It was to date one of the coolest homes we have ever set foot in!
Fast forward another four months and we have completed four more house sits in Dublin and have managed to save just over $5000! We outline how we managed to save this amount below.
We are obsessed with the idea of house sitting and the fantastic opportunities it gives both house sitters and house owners. Below we have shared out top tips on how to become a housesitter for anyone who is interested in starting out or just genuinely interested how this idea works.
Primarily house sitting saved us around $1450 per month on rental costs, however, some other areas where we saved money were:
Food Costs: This was something we did not think about. Every house sit we have completed we have been told by the owners to consume anything in the house we please (especially any perishable foods). This saved us a ton of money.
Utility Bills: Over 6 months utility bills can add up, especially in Dublin. Living in a home where the utility bills are covered managed to save us around $85 per month, over 4 months this adds up to a massive $340!
Transport: In Dublin, the transportation system is slow, untrustworthy and expensive. House sitting has enabled us to live in areas of Dublin that are very close to town, which would otherwise be very far out of our price range. This was saving us both around $7 per day. One house sit we had we were even given a yellow mini! This was perfect, it allowed us to see far more of Dublin than we would have using the sub-par public transport system. Also with Jay having free parking at work we were able to save on really expensive parking fees.
General Household Goods: You wouldn’t expect it but buying household goods can also add up over the months. Not having to buy items such as washing detergent, toilet cleaner, shower cleaner, paper towel and floor cleaner ended up saving us around $30 per month!
The first thing that you should know if you want to get paid to house sit is that you need to sign up for house sitting websites. They are the best way to get your name out there and get noticed. We have listed our two favorite sites below. They are both websites that cost to sign up to, however, once you lock in your first house sit you have already got your money’s worth.
The hardest part is getting that all important first good review. The more good reviews you have the more likely someone is to hire you. If you don’t have any house sitting references you might need to get creative. Use Airbnb references, a character reference from a boss or even a professional reference. Every little bit helps!
For the most part, you will be looking after someone’s pride and joy. Make sure you are up to date on your pet first aid. If something goes wrong while the owner is away they want to know that their little bundle of joy is in safe hands.
Police checks are the ultimate peace of mind for homeowners. If you have never obtained a police check before they are usually free and really easy to get your hands on – just get in touch with your local police or countries Justice Department.
Get your name out there and apply for every house sit that you can! It is a very competitive market out there so make sure you don’t just count on one house sit you have applied for.
You need to be open to all types of different locations, pets and homes. You are never going to find a house sit if you limit yourself to specific pets, locations or homes.
We both love house sitting & genuinely get excited about the idea. We have made some lifelong friends through this fantastic idea and can see ourselves continuing to travel and house sit our way around the world with help from House Carers and Trusted Housesitters long term. We document our travels on our website The Travelling House Sitters and Instagram @thetravellinghousesitters if you would like to see where we are and what we are up to. We are currently in Chiang Mai, Thailand!
Hi, I'm Zack. I write for FreeUp. I enjoy writing about investing, personal development, and general life hacks to improve your life. When I'm not working on the blog or running my own business, i'm probably reading something on global affairs, riding my motorcycle or struggling through a trail run in the mountains somewhere.
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