How does it work?


What type of people Homesit?

Someone like you or your friends! House sitters join Homesit for a range of reasons. They are responsible people who love animals and enjoy discovering different parts of New Zealand. House sitters tend to be people who find it suits their circumstances at a certain time in their lives, such as moving cities or countries, changing jobs, retiring or saving, often for a mortgage..

Is house sitting with Homesit the lifestyle for you? Hopefully these questions and answers will help you decide. 

1. Do I have to pay rent?
No, Homesitting is a reciprocal arrangement. You receive free accommodation, in return for which the homeowner receives your services of housekeeping, minor garden maintenance and loving care for their pets. You pay for your own living expenses, toll calls and food. The homeowner usually pays utilities, ongoing costs and of course food for their animals. 

2. How long will it take to obtain a housesit?
Simply fill in the online form Apply to be a Sitter, pay the annual fee of $45 and you are under way. Every Tuesday you will be sent the current sit list by email. All the available sits in New Zealand are listed. You then simply contact the Owner of the sit you are interested in. Their preferred communication method is listed on the sit list and take it from there.

it is up to the prospective sitter(s) and the client to arrange to meet and decide whether or not they feel comfortable with each other.

3. Is there a cost to join up as a Sitter.
Yes - there is an annual fee of $45. You will be asked to pay this when you submit your online application.

4. Can you guarantee continuity of sits?
NO. You cannot rely on Homesit to provide a permanent roof over your head. Assignments can be as short as a week or as long as several months. Before you register, you should make arrangements to stay somewhere between sits. 

6. How long is the average housesit?

Sits can range from long weekends to several months, with autumn/winter sits being longer than Spring/Summer ones.

7. I only want long-term sits; anything over two months would be okay. What are my chances?

Not great. In the winter the average sit is between four and eight weeks duration, and in the summer between two and four weeks. If you're not prepared to accept short housesits you will need to have interim accomodation that helps you cope with gaps between housesits.

8. I work long hours, leaving early and arriving back late, is this a problem?

It can be. Homesitting is attractive to owners because it provides security for their property and loving care for their pets. If you are not going to be there for much of the time, owners do not see much advantage to them and know their pets will be lonely much of the day. Many housesitters work from home or are retired couples.

9. I'm allergic to cats and I don't care for dogs, will this affect the sits I'm offered?

Yes, 98% of our assignments involve pets, if you don't like animals it is unlikely we will be able to offer you many sits. Many of our owners have both cats and dogs, as well as chickens, rabbits and possibly other animals on lifestyle blocks.

10. I don't want to spend my weekends mowing lawns and weeding gardens, do I have to?

It depends, every housesit is individual and you will be able to meet and agree on the homeowner's expectations and needs in advance before proceeding:

  • some owners have contractors who come in regularly.

  • some owners may not require garden maintenance

  • for those that do, you should consider whether this is ok for you or whether you might pay for a contractor so that you do not have to do it. Otherwise, you should not take the sit.

  • you will always need to clean up and leave the home as you found it.

11. I smoke, although I'm prepared to go outside if necessary. What do clients usually think?
Almost without exception, clients specify that the sitter must be a non-smoker. You must be honest about this because a non-smoker is usually very perceptive about who is or is not a smoker and whether anyone has been smoking in their home. Some owners will indicate that they don't mind outside smokers.

11. Can I still Homesit if I have children and/or pets?
Sometimes we have clients who would be happy for a family to move in but the reality is that they are rare. Similarly, as the majority of our housesits involve caring for the owner's pets, it isn't possible to take your pets with you.

If you feel that this is the lifestyle for you, please complete our online application form on