Are you interested in free accommodation when you travel? Would you like to save on pet boarding fees or spare your pet the stress of staying in a kennel when you leave for vacation? There are many benefits to housesitting for homeowners and house sitters. Alternatively, there can be an equal amount of challenges to landing the assignments you want or finding the perfect house sitter to care for your home and pets. Housesitting platforms offer resources and services to help their members find the right fit, so to speak.
We belong to three different housesitting platforms to give us more choice of assignments and destinations. Working with different sites we’ve learned some are better than others when it comes to service and support.
HouseSit Match was the last platform we signed up for and we were impressed with the director of the site, Lamia Walker, right from the start. She is passionate and totally committed to improving the user experience on her site.
Here is a HouseSit Match review, it highlights services available on the site and how some of those services make HouseSit Match different from other housesitting platforms.
The Ability to Build a Compelling Profile
HouseSit Match offers two types of listings for homeowners and house sitters, Standard, and Premium. The listing is an ad to compel homeowners or house sitters to check out your profile. On the Standard listing, you can upload two photos or seven on the Premium.
The best part is in your profile; you can upload as many photos as you like and add footnotes and descriptions to each one! With a Premium listing, housesitters can upload a video to their profile as well. We feel the more information you can provide the better, it helps homeowners and housesitters gain confidence to decide who will be the best fit.
The Free Resources Available
Convenience is being able to find all the information you need in one place and HouseSit Match offers that and more. Members have access to specially prepared legal contract templates (drawn up by lawyers in each country), visa information for every country they have listings in, a blog, and hints and tips to help both homeowners and house sitters. Lamia and her team are working all the time to add and improve helpful information on the site.
The Personalized Service and Support
This is how HouseSit Match excels at communication. A member of the HouseSit Match team calls all new homeowner subscribers to help with onboarding and share tips for building a compelling profile as well. What impressed us was the Live Chat available on the site. Lamia personally helped us to communicate with homeowners anytime we needed. She acted as a liaison to help us land our favorite housesitting assignment so far! She really takes the time to get to know her subscribers. This helps her guide members and make the best matches for housesits.
The Biggest Difference with HouseSit Match
The biggest difference dealing with HouseSit Match is definitely the personal service. It is clear that Lamia wants homeowners and housesitters to have great housesitting experiences. The attentive service eliminates a lot of the uncertainty that exists in housesitting and makes the whole process easier and really friendly.
HouseSit Match has a great interface that is easy to use. Lamia continues to improve the site, adding new resources as the platform grows. If you are interested in housesitting, HouseSit Match is a great site to start on because of the excellent service. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of being a newbie. If you belong to a housesitting platform (or two), HouseSit Match is a great site to join to widen your net to find more assignment opportunities.
If you have questions about house sitting, I wrote a detailed post with answers to 20 of the most popular questions we are asked on the subject. You can check it out here.
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