[English version of this post originally published on June 20th]
Hi guys! Hope you're having a great weekend! Today I'm going to translate to English a post I wrote a few weeks ago about my first experience petsitting last June. I'm going to tell you what petsitting is, how it works and how it worked for me in Amsterdam.
WHAT'S PET SITTING?
Pet sitting is staying at someone else's house to look after their pets while they're on vacation. It can also be referred to as house sitting, as we will also be looking after their house. On one side a person (or family) will be searching for another person (or couple) to stay at their place and take care of their pets. On the other side, we are looking for a place to stay rent-free, feeling like home and living like a local. There is not money involved in this exchange(that is to say, we don't get paid for looking after the house either), and for both roles we need a suscription. The web site I'm suscripted to is one of the most well-known, Trusted House Sitters (clicking on that link you get my 25% discount promotion).
HOW MUCH IS THE SUSCRIPTION?
It varies depending on the country you're from, if you're going to be the sitter or the house owner (or both combined) and the kind of suscription you opt for (basic, standard or premium). I paid US$122,85 for a year basic sitter suscription, with a 20% off discount code. US$122 seems like a lot of money for a web site suscription, but it lasts and entire year and we will save way more money than that in accomodations.
HOW DO I APPLY TO SITTINGS?
First you'll have to confirm your identity by verifying your email address and phone number and uploading an ID. Then you'll complete your profile with your description and one or more pictures (I only chose one picture of me with my best friend's cat). You can also ask friends and relatives for up to three external references to include in your profile, and link your Airbnb user there so people can read your Airbnb evaluations.
Once your profile is completed, and it shows you are a trustworthy responsible person (this is key to be picked) you can start applying to every sitting you feel interested in. Trusted house sitters has a bunch of filters that can help you search for your most convenient sitting, such as date, duration, pets, destinations and kind of accomodation.
If you have any questions about this topic, you can leave it in the comments and I'll reply as soon as possible.