Pet-Sitters For Free - Through The Sharing Economy

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Offering free accommodation to petsitters can secure free petsitting at home

Pet lover and new expat in Alicante

Living in Alicante offers so many delights and pleasures that is hard to summarise in a short article. As a newcomer to Alicante, an expat living this Mediterranean lifestyle we have many advantages, and we face challenges too. If we are setting up a new home many of us bring our pets from our homeland to help us to establish our home as an expat. Some of us choose to adopt animals from the numerous local shelters. Then what happens when it is time for us to go on holiday? Our usual petsitting arrangements are not available so how do we manage? 

Finding affordable petsitters you can trust

 Keep pets safe at home when you go on holiday

Naturally pets come with responsibilities and a duty of care, so when we travel away from home for the holidays we must ensure we are equally careful in managing their well-being while we are away. Many people choose traditional costly options for pet care, however, in today’s connected world where many of us are online at work and at home we can find safe and affordable solutions through the ‘Sharing Economy’.  It is this connectedness and willingness to collaborate that makes these solutions affordable.

Affordable home and pet care 

It is often when we find ourselves facing an unfamiliar challenge that we look for alternative solutions. For example as a new expat in town many of us start searching for reliable and affordable pet and home care but it can make planning holidays a challenge. Many of us can face this issue several times a year. Today online networks like offer access to checked and registered petsitters and housesitters who would be willing to step into your shoes and care for your property and pets while you are away. The standard police and background checked sitters keep your pets and property safe.

Are there costs? 

Unlike traditional live in sitters or kennels the housesitters listed on forgo their daily charge, in exchange for a place to stay for free. It’s an old-fashioned barter in the traditional sense. The price of access is a modest annual membership fee to join the network. This cost is an enabler giving you access to the registered sitters, to view their profiles and so allowing you to post your holiday dates in adverts. 

How is Security managed through the network?

One of the major differences of HouseSitMatch to its nearest competitors is that there is an automated and formal process for ID and Police checking for all sitters during the registration process. In addition, there is help at hand should you need it either via Livechat or through direct access to the admin staff. Moreover, HouseSitMatch is a managed site to ensure good neighbourly behaviour online. 

Who are these housesitters and petsitters?

Most of our petsitters and housesitters are retired or semi-retired professionals wanting to see the world on a budget. Some are digital nomads who travel around the world taking their work with them wherever they go; all they need is a wifi connection in your home. Housesitting from one location to the next through a managed network like HouseSitMatch enables all the sitters to indulge a love of animals, while feeding their sense of adventure through travel. 

It is easy to join our membership network online and we can help you get started.  Check out our Trustpilot references online to see what our verified members have said about us.

“… HouseSit Match must be the best in the business. So polite and helpful in every way. We have and will continue to recommend them to friends, family and others that want to do a Housesit or even a swap.10 out of 10.” 
David – Home and pet owner in Alicante, Spain

Standard membership costs £49 per year and is a DIY service with you matching to your housesitter.
Premium membership costs £79 per year and offers larger adverts and more support at every stage.

Do you need a house or petsitter? Get in touch. House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and petsitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation!

Register as either housesitter or homeowner now with a 20% off introductory offer using coupon code ALICA2020.  

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