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Unlock year-round adventures by becoming a home and pet sitter

Working flexibly as a homesitter is a great way to make the most of the warm summer months, as well as escape for some cosy winter getaways in a role that involves taking care of people’s homes and pets when they go away.

The UK’s leading home and pet sitting company, Homesitters Ltd is encouraging people to sign up to become homesitters as they are experiencing growing demand for their services as more people are travelling again and want someone to look after their home and pets.


Ben Irvine, Director of Operations at Homesitters Ltd said: “For retirees or those working part-time or flexibly from home, who want some adventures and to travel more, home and pet sitting can be the answer. It’s flexible, can fit around other commitments and allows people to visit new places without the cost of hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation.

“Our homesitters love the homesitting lifestyle with many choosing to spend the summer months taking on lots of assignments and making the most of the holiday season, whilst others choose to only do assignments in the winter as they enjoy holidaying themselves in the summer.

“Homesitters are paid a modest remuneration, reimbursed for mileage when they travel to and from an assignment, and receive a daily food allowance, so it can be an inexpensive way to see more of the UK while earning some extra money in the process. Those doing assignments in the winter can make savings on their home utilities bills too.”


Ellen Hart is a former orthopaedic nurse from Berkshire who has been enjoying homesitting since she retired. She has been providing top-notch care for homes and pets, and is a shining example of how homesitting can be a fulfilling and rewarding year-round role.

Ellen’s first assignment involved looking after a labradoodle puppy, a dog, a cat, five bantam hens, a cockerel and a rabbit – it was a great success and she hasn’t looked back since. She now has more than 60 assignments under her belt.

Explaining why the role appeals Ellen says, “I wanted to do something useful and interesting when I retired.  Since becoming a homesitter I have stayed in gorgeous properties ranging from beautiful townhouses to characterful thatched cottages and met some lovely people.

“The assignments are varied, sometimes there are animals and in other cases, the owners want someone to look after their home while they’re away for security reasons and to let in the cleaners and gardeners.

“I am lucky that I love driving which has meant that I have taken on assignments in many different locations including Kent, Hampshire and London. Looking after cats is my favourite thing.  I love making sure they are happy and we have great fun together.

“A real highlight is going back to repeat clients as it’s like a home from home, you know where everything is and the animals are so happy to see you again.  Some clients even leave little treats for me such as chocolates, special teas or nice cheeses – one lady even made me a ‘pamper bag’ which was really thoughtful.”


Ben Irvine adds: “Ellen’s experience shows how homesitting can be a fantastic way to spend the summer or winter months. Whether you’re a retiree like Ellen or someone seeking a rewarding seasonal opportunity, it’s the chance to have new experiences and create memories looking after beloved pets and homes. We’re currently recruiting so urge people who think they may be suitable to apply.”


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