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Published May 9th 2011
If you don't like the idea of leaving your home unattended while you go on holidays, then consider the many reputable organizations throughout Sydney who offer house-minding services.
Most of these businesses act like an agency. They require that you fill out a registration form detailing your requirements, and the duration you'll be requiring the house-sitter's services. The agency then contacts the candidates they think best match your requirements, and after a shortlist of perhaps 3, the interview process is then handed over to you. All house-sitters come with references, and undergo a police check, so you can rest assured that your property will be well looked after.
Conversely, if you would like to become a house-sitter, you can register your interest, and take on an appealing and flexible line of work. Becoming a house-sitter would suit many different sorts of people. Depending on the duration, it would be ideal for retired couples, university students, or even people looking to re-enter the workforce. Perhaps you've just gone through a divorce, or want to leave home - or perhaps you're renovating your own home and need somewhere to stay. the possibilities are endless.
Here are a few of the best house-sitting agencies:
So if you're looking for a job with no pay, but a change of scenery, then house minding could be for you. If you need to go away for a period of time, and need the peace of mind that your home is being well cared for, the services listed above could be just what you're looking for.
I visit Sydney regularly for work (or should I say un-paid work, I intern) and so it really is a huge dent in my budget to try and afford accommodation. I'm seriously considering checking out house sitting for next time I go to Sydney, but first I'd have to decide on which agency to go with.
I've used student accommodation before, but even this gets expensive when you're staying for more than a week. I'm still not ready to make the move to Sydney, but I am looking for a way to be able to spend a lot more time there.
I do think it is a great idea, as it means you can have much longer holidays in areas that you wouldn't otherwise be able to. I'll definitely be checking out the places you've listed, thanks!
you could also try airbnb as another accomodation option. Homestays with great people in some great places. 192 countries worldwide. You can find many options almost anywhere in Australia. Just google airbnb, its brilliant.