House sitting via Airbnb?

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Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

House sitting via Airbnb?

I've been hosting for a year and have just been informed that my rental is up for sale. I'm considering traveling a while vs renting another space. Is house sitting an option via Airbnb? I've received lovely reviews as a Superhost. Would like to connect with hosts who would be open to this idea. If not, sitting service recommendations would be appreciated.

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NanciandNathan0
Level 5
Lake Buena Vista, FL

HI Sel, Great idea! We are open to house siting! In fact we are traveling for 2 1/2 weeks in November.  Any interested parties would need to be pet friendly (ie...not adverse to kitty litter & feeding duties) as they come with the house. 🙂

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Deborah1227
Level 2
England, United Kingdom

I'm looking for someone to host my home in the UK.  I live in the USA.  I currently have a part-time person who has some health issues.  It is a 6 bedroomed Victorian river mansion but only 3 of the rooms are let out as one houses the host/s.

Julie619
Level 2
Seattle, WA

Great thread! I, too, am a former Airbnb host (in the house I shared with my late husband; I’ve since moved to a studio apartment I cannot use as an Airbnb) and miss the lovely experience of making people feel at home. I’m in Seattle and could help Puget Sound hosts who need a house sitter for their Airbnb. Sel and all: Thanks for sharing your ideas. Happy travels to all!

Isabelle940
Level 2
Montreal, Canada

Hi everyone!

We are a Canadian & Brazilian couple and we could be interested and available to 'airbnb sit'!


Here's a little bit about us!

I'm 31 years old, from Canada. I'm a freelance photographer & graphic designer. I'm also very devoted to my yoga practice, I have been practicing Ashtanga, every morning since 16 years and I also practice meditation. 


I speak French and English, and I'm learning Spanish (I would say I have an intermediate level of Spanish at the moment, I understand well.) I have a lot of customer service experience (receptionist, cash, waitress, administration help etc). I'm also certified veterinary nurse with 13 years of experience in the veterinary field. I worked in vet clinics for 13 years. I have been housesitting locally and internationally since a few years now (Montreal, Ireland, UK, Hawaii, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize). I also have experience with Airbnb management.

My partner Silas is from Brazil and is 32 years old. He can help in everything manual, from gardening to construction, cooking, reception, cleaning etc. He loves nature and outdoor activities, especially gardening and permaculture, bio-construction, self-sustainable living and cooking. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English. He can help in the kitchen as well. He also has experience with Airbnb (cleaning, guests, general help and various projects here and there).

We are slow travellers, and we like to feel the place and connect with locals, therefore we want to settle here for a while. We spent 1 year in Mexico before coming here, where we were managing an Airbnb. Together we cover many skills, we are responsible, quiet and love simplicity.

We can help for check ins, check outs, making sure all is good for the people arriving, cleaning etc.. 'running the place''

Things we can help with

Airbnb
-Online management, communication with guests, bookings
-Airbnb listing: Photography, Description, etc.
-Guests management: check ins, check outs, orientation, presence for guests etc.
-Bnb management: cleaning, making sure things are ready, maintenance, making sure things work without problems

Garden
-Daily maintenance
-Helping with current/new projects
-Growing new veggies/fruit trees

Property
-Presence on the land
-Maintenance
-Cleaning
-Construction help

Animals
-Daily animal care

Other
-Graphic Design
-Photography
-Any visual content for any projects
-Yoga classes to guests
-Housesitting

We are open to locations and dates!

Lisa1578
Level 1
Driggs, ID

I am looking at house sitting options as well. I live in Idaho but am thinking of traveling for the month of January. I'd love to connect if you're looking for a house sitter in the U.S.

 

Lisa

Mini5
Level 1
Venice, Italy

Hello , I'm not sure how old these posts are but I'd love to know if you found any solutions. I am an Airbnb host of a private room in my 2 bed 2 bath apartment in central Venice, Italy. I'm wanting to do some short trips and need someone to take care of my booking whilst I'm gone. Eg check in and prepare the room after check out (I would continue to do all admin). I have used "Trusted Housesitters" in the past but have just been informed that I can no longer use their platform for this. Personally I think it's an incredible opportunity to live in a beautiful city in a centrally located apartment in exchange for only a couple of hours of "work".

Would love some feedback 🙂

Victoria329
Level 2
Squamish, Canada

I am on this site reading with interest. We have a home in BC Canada with an AIRBNB suite in the basement. We live upstairs & have been managing the suite for 2 years now. We love it!  It is an easy job that requires someone to be available to clean when guests leave. We have a lot of pride in our suite (home) as we built & designed it. To date, we have over 160 reviews. All are amazing!  Today it took me only about 15 min to clean because the couple stayed only 1 night & didn’t use the kitchen or have a shower. They left  it spotless!! It would be nice to be able to find a ‘house sitter’ to live in our home upstairs, that is interested in cleaning the suite, so we could continue to operate it & get away for awhile. It’s a great deal for the house sitter as it is not like pet sitting, where you have to be around all the time. AIRBNB house sitting could give you lots of free time. Some times we are booked Everyday or it could be a week or two booking. You clean between 11 am ~ 2:00 ( or you may be able to start sooner if the guests leave early) giving you the rest of the day to yourself. I believe that the house sitting sites are for people looking for pets sitters. We are looking for a ‘House’ sitter. Someone that could give our home the care that we give. Be quiet & respectful & not party.  The problem is, where do you find the venue to find the right person? This sounds like what Sel is talking about. 

Kristin233
Level 1
Boston, MA

Hi Victoria,

I saw your comment and was reading Sel's original thread about house sitting. I was also looking online for House sitting opportunities in December and January (for me to house sit for someone else) and also use AirBnb often. I have stayed at a few places through AirBnb and always enjoy the kindness of the hosts, the hosting experience, and meeting others from around the world. I'd be interested in House sitting and helping clean for you during the winter months, if you're still looking for someone to help take care of your home? I know how important it is to create a clean, quiet, and peaceful place for guests to live and stay and I would be honored to help house sit for you. Let me know if you'd still be interested in a House sitter, or if you know of anyone else that could use a house sitter during the upcoming winter. 

Sincerely,

Kristin 

Jon179
Level 2
Maidstone, United Kingdom

Hi All,

 

We think that there is a huge gap in the market for this, housesitters for Airbnb hosts that want to go away but don't want to lose their bookings. We've been housesitting for the past year continually and are experienced Airbnb guests and can't believe that there isn't some sort of process in place for hosts to use.

 

So if any hosts out there are considering a long holiday or a period of traveling then we'd love to connect and see if we could help each other out. Seems such a great idea.

 

Jon

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

Curious...does the co-host option fill this gap at all or is that more theoretical?

Paula18
Level 2
Camp Nelson, CA

Me too! After 4 seasons of hosting wonderful visitors I am looking for Winter hosting/business sitting... It snows where I live in the Sierra Nevada, and I am looking for Plan B. Time to explore a new area with new friends!

Got any leads? Presently I am living in Monterey.

Thanks, Paula 

Keith1
Level 10
SF, CA

I'm just a little confused.   Were you a renter who was hosting in the space you were renting and living?  and the owners are selling the house and not renewing your lease?
Or 
were you housesitting for homeowners and hosting on their behalf (presumably with some sort of profit sharing arrangement for the guests you were hosting and managing)?

There are a few stories related to housesitting and airbnb.. Some good, some bad.  I'll start with a fun one that happened here in SF almost a year ago:

http://sfist.com/2015/09/17/sf_couple_leaves_for_burning_man_an.php
(for those who don't want to read the article, here's the most fun bits:
John and Ed received an email when they were en route to Black Rock City saying, "Thanks for letting us stay in your apartment this weekend!" And when he emailed back saying there must be a mistake, the friend wrote back, "No, it’s definitely your house - your car, your wedding photos, your cats. We found it on Airbnb." Turns out the professional housesitter, whom John and Ed had met with and already used twice before this year, had put the apartment on Airbnb for $2,000 for five days.).

The housessiter was hired from: TrustedHousesitters.com

My business partner in our STR cleaning/Management services company has done housesitting for a few clients.
We have some who don't like leaving guests alone in the house, so when they go out of town they want someone there -- I guess they just don't trust their guests, but this makes little sense to me.  It's not because they want someone available to the guests or to interact with them per-se, just so the guests know they're being watched.

The disadvantage of this type of housesitting is that it's sporadic and usually short term.   In your case you wouldn't have a guaranteed home on some days.  YOu also couldn't really 'settle in' as you'd be in space someone else normally occupies.

I think you're more looking to live in someones vacation home which normally sits idle and you could turn it into a money making opportunity for the owner.
If not, that may be the best niche for you.

Keith

Paula18
Level 2
Camp Nelson, CA

Hi Keith. I had 5 years of FUN hosting with Airbnb (700 travelers, 5*).  I would love to explore a new area, and Host; many times, people will leave a home unoccupied while deciding what to do. I could be there working in the yard... 

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

Keith, I am a renter and hosting via Airbnb legally. The owners are now ready to flip the house and sell it so I will be moving out. I saw that story yesterday! Oh my goodness, could you imagine? Right now I'm exploring what the options are. I think it would be great to stay in someone's vacation home and be there as an Airbnb host for them while they are away. I hadn't thought of that, actually. Presently I am looking to spend some time on the road visiting friends and family and if a house sitting position comes available I will make my way there. Not looking to settle in unless it's my own rental. Thank you for inquiring about that. It gave me an opportunity to ponder and clarify my potential plans. I will definitely not be house-sitting and renting out somebody's space on Airbnb!! LOL not without their permission anyway.

Keith1
Level 10
SF, CA

Would they sell the house to you?

Often it's easier for an owner to work out a deal with someone living there already--no showings, no fixing up things, you already now all the nuances of the home..

If you can get a mortgage for the 80% and they'll carry the 2nd that might be a good option.

Also, sometimes banks will allow you to transfer the mortage to a new owner, but in this case you'd likely have to comeup with a large down or find a 2nd mortgage.

Then, you don't have to move, you own something and you can continue hosting and leveraging the built up reputation you have in your listings.

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

You are a wealth of information. I'm taking notes! Actually I've wanted to move for a while. So, this isn't an option I'd explore here but possibly in the future. Thank you so much as I hadn't been thinking of that.
Helen3
Level 10
Bristol, United Kingdom

I don't know about where you live, but in Europe we have quite a few companies who arrange for housesitting, where vetted individuals and couples  can live in a property free of charge (or just pay for utilities ) after being vetted by the company.

 

I think if you Google house sitting service or similar quite a few options should come up.

 

In terms of BnB I can see hosts might want someone to babysit their property while they are away, but not sure if it would be cost effective for them to have someone else stay their on a longer term basis?

 

 

 

 

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

Helen, thank you. I am, quite literally, at the very beginning of exploring this alternative. I'll be looking into those companies as well. It sounds interesting as an option. Oh, I'm in Atlanta.

NanciandNathan0
Level 5
Lake Buena Vista, FL

HI Sel, Great idea! We are open to house siting! In fact we are traveling for 2 1/2 weeks in November.  Any interested parties would need to be pet friendly (ie...not adverse to kitty litter & feeding duties) as they come with the house. 🙂

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

Nanci&Nathan, can we connect to see if it might be a good fit for me to house sit? I'll be not too far from you in November and very much enjoy pets. Last msg glitched lol

Sel0
Level 2
Sandersville, GA

 

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