Q: I am planning on going to England for a year and wondered whether Home Base Holidays has a house sitting link. Ideally I would house sit for a year at someone's home while they are travelling - in exchange I would look after the house in all areas (garden, bills, pets etc ). If you do not do this could you give me any information on a reputable company that does? - Sue
A: The majority of Home Base Holidays members are looking to arrange home swaps but house sitting offered or wanted are options members can also choose. It may be difficult to find a member in England who wants a house sitter for as long as a year but do check the current offers for possibilities.
From Browse Listings on the left, choose Europe, then England. Under Type of Exchange, tick the box beside 'House sitting wanted'. You will see current listings on the right. Click any of interest to read full details of their requests. If you find some possibilities, you can list your house sitting offer for a free two week trial.
There are several companies that specialise in home sitting in the UK but we haven't had experience of any to be able to advise you which may be the best for you (or what their conditions are for becoming a house sitter). Here's some I've heard of (I think the first is primarily for home owners who need pet care while they are away:
I hope this helps and that you will consider joining Home Base Holidays. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Sue's reply: Thank you so much for your response. It has been so helpful. I really appreciate the effort you put into helping me. So refreshing in this era of computer generated replies!