House sitting is a rewarding way of life and the financial benefits are huge. Free board, no electricity bills, no phone line costs, no rates, no rent. My living costs while house sitting were around $100 a week.
So what is not to like?
To be honest not much, but there are a few things you might miss if you take the plunge into house sitting.
1. You can’t have parties
Having a few people over for dinner would probably be fine, but having a large group might not. Anything that might cause undue wear and tear on the house or annoy the neighbours would not be a good idea. Now I am in my own home, I can invite all the family over any time.
2. You usually can’t go away for the night.
Since the only reason you are there is to occupy the house for the owner, it would probably be a breach of your agreement (even if it is just verbal) to be away overnight. Exceptions might be for a long house sit where the owners have set up a backup for any animals.
3. You can’t decorate it how you like