Apart from their scorpion encounter, Dan and Tracy have had mostly positive experiences as housesitters. Their favorite stay was at a ranch in Durango, Colorado, where they watched 13 barn cats and spent the winter skiing.
To ensure a safe and comfortable experience, the couple recommends drawing up a contract with the homeowner. Make sure you outline the terms of the agreement, including the address and dates of your stay, along with who is responsible for paying for utilities.
"Most pets and people are great, but you do have to do more due diligence so you don't get into a negative situation," says Dan. While Dan and Tracy accept long-term assignments, they also recommend housesitting for shorter trips.
"Housesitting can be a great way to vacation, even if you aren't looking to do it full time," says Dan. "If you want to spend the holidays somewhere new, you might look for a housesitting gig for a week or two."
Whatever your goals, you can find ways to cut back costs and save money. "There are so many different ways to live a nomadic lifestyle, and each one has its quirks," says Dan. "Do your research and connect with other people living the lifestyle before you set out on your own journey."
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