As a competent and responsible couple who will be available for a long-term housesitting or caretaking job (anywhere in the American West, BC or SE Alaska) throughout next winter and beyond, what are the best venues for us to both search for options and advertise our skills and availability?
A quick Google search yields a gaggle of paid subscription options for this sort of thing (e.g. this
), but what really works? Would like to hear about your own personal experiences with such sites, or your best suggestions as to alternatives.
We are a healthy, educated, responsible and resourceful couple enjoying the adventure of a transition in our lives and have a great deal of flexibility over the next couple of years. At the same time, we'd like to economize and live simply without traditional career commitments so as to nurture some of our pet skills and interests (think photography, art and writing) and potentially enable wholesale career shifts.
If we can find a good match to a need, what we'd really like to find is someone out there who seeks a long-term housesitter, property caretaker or sabbatical coverage for, at a minimum, several months over winter 2013-14 or, for the right situation, up to a year or two. Our preference is anywhere in the American West. We'd have a reliable vehicle and would need high-speed internet access with which to pursue our personal goals.
We have a half dozen strong related references for similar jobs in private homes--and innumerable personal and professional references. We've dealt competently with pet and plant care, yard upkeep, snow removal, roof leaks, cave-ins and floods in the absence of homeowners. So we've done this before. We want to find just the right match that helps a property owner on the one hand, and on the other provides us with a reasonably comfortable long-term living arrangement. We could run an inn, or safeguard an empty house, the possibilities are endless.
We are more than willing to subscribe to a site or two that truly works to match our availability to those with needs. But what are the best tried and tested options?