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House Sitting Spain: how to live in Spain for FREE

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Living in Spain is a dream for many. But making that dream a reality can be a challenge - how can you afford to live in Spain? 

I have a special trick. I can teach you how to not just live in Spain luxuriously, but how to also live in Spain FOR FREE!! 

I lived in Spain in a luxury mansion, complete with two swimming pools and located right next to the beach. And I did all this rent & bill free. 

How did I do it?

I simply started house sitting in Spain - I am a house sitter: I stay in other people's houses whilst they themselves are away on holiday.

But, despite what I like to think, I'm not a super-special, super-lucky person. It's actually super easy to start house sitting in Spain yourself, and I set up this blog to help you do just that:

House Sitting Spain

How to find house sitting jobs in Spain

House sitting was once almost exclusively done by retired people who mostly found their sits by word of mouth. Nowadays, thanks to the internet, most house sitting jobs in Spain are found online (and by people of all ages - for example, I started when I was 21). 

A quick google search will show you that there are many house sitting websites out there, but which is the best one?

When I first started house sitting, I signed up to all of the sites, in the end, the one I had the most success with (read: the only one I successfully found house sitting jobs on), was TrustedHousesitters:

house sitting spain

TrustedHousesitters (or THS) is the largest house sitting website out there, thus there are a multitude of sits for you to choose from.

It's also has a well-deserved trust reputation (it's in the name!) which attracts lots of luxury sits, like this one:

spain house sit

Complete with pool, right next to the beach. Or this one:

house sitting spain

With a view to die for. 

Put simply, with new house sitting jobs in Spain popping up every day on THS, it's the best place for you to find your dream house sitting job. So how do you start?

Step 1. Sign up to THS Spain

For just $119 per year, you get access to house sitting jobs not just in Spain, but all over the world (THS is a worldwide house sitting website). I've renewed my membership five years in a row and have house sat all across the globe with them.  

But Laura, you said it was living in Spain for FREE, why do I suddenly have to pay $119?

Okay, hear me out, $119 per year = $0.33 per day. In my opinion, "how to live in Spain for $0.33 per day" doesn't have quite as good a ring to it as "how to live in Spain for free" 😅 I'm sorry!! 

To make it up to you, allow me to give you a TrustedHousesitters discount code:

Once you've clicked, the price will be automatically discounted from $119 to $107.10:

house sitter spain

Or $0.29 per day. 

If you compare this cost to the price of hotels in Spain (which can easily cost $107 per night), you'll be laughing.

If you compare this cost to the price you pay on rent/mortgage + bills, you'll be laughing even more - yes, you've just cracked making travelling cheaper than staying at home 😱

Step 2. Fill out your profile

Fill out your house sitting profile honestly and clearly, and don't sell yourself short :) list anything and everything that's relevant: knowledge of Spanish, experience with looking after houses and/or pets, good references, and any jobs where you were responsible. 

Step 3. Apply, apply, apply

Once you've signed up and filled out your profile all that's left to do is apply, apply, apply - only apply to house sits in Spain that you're available for (obviously) and ones that you feel confident in your abilities (don't sit 15 cats if you're allergic etc, again, obviously). 

Don't worry if you don't get the first few house sitting jobs in Spain that you apply for - the competition is fierce! But not that fierce, keep applying and you'll find your dream sit in no time. To give yourself an edge, check out my post how to become a professional house sitter filled with top tips on how to get hired. 

Okay, so you've found out where to find house sitting jobs in Spain, you know how to get started, maybe that's all you came here for. But if you'd like to hear some real experiences on house sitting in Spain, keep reading :) 

What's house sitting in Spain like? 

The house we were looking after was right on the Costa del Sol. It was perfectly located - a short drive East took us to Malaga, full of history, tourists and partying. A short drive West was Marbella, which is extremely fancy and teaming with celebrities! 

house sitting spain

Our immediate area still hadn't been discovered by tourists or celebrities, which meant we could have the beach and the sea to ourselves:

house sitter spain

We made sure we made the most of it and went swimming every day, or went out on the boat and tried to spot dolphins and tuna.

live in spain for free

And in the afternoons, after our siesta, we liked to head North into the mountains.

housesitting in spain
housesitting in spain

Which was where we were able to see the famous Spanish dancers - Flamenco Dancers:

house sit spain

We also spent a lot of time wandering around a town called Fuengirola, enjoying the Spanish markets.

spain house sitting

 To be honest, though, a lot of our time was spent eating. 

The Costa del Sol really does have something for everyone.

And it's not just Costa del Sol, our other favourite places in Spain include Barcelona, Madrid, and literally the whole of the north. This blog post is particularly useful when house sitting in Madrid: best neighbourhoods in Madrid

But what about the house itself? When we first started House Sitting we were only interested in living rent-free - and with high renting fees who wouldn't be interested in that? 

However, we quickly learnt that it wouldn't just be any old free accommodation. More often than not the houses you will House Sit will be jaw-dropping

And this house sit in Spain was no exception, it came with two pools and this was the main one: 

spain house sitting

Now, generally with house sitting, you're expecting to keep the house 'in the way you found it'. This doesn't mean cleaning up the Home Owner's mess (that's called volunteering), it just means hoovering/dusting/moping up after yourself (like you would if you were a guest in a friend's house).  

However, in this particular house sit in Spain, as is often true with fancy houses, we didn't have to clean at all - they continued to employ their cleaner! 

And yes, that meant we (luckily) didn't have to clean the pool either. 

housesitting spain

But if we're not cleaning up after ourselves and are spending days in sunny Spain for free, what are we doing in return?

As a house sitter in Spain, your title will almost always be stretched to pet sitter, i.e. the main reason you are there is for the pets:

pet sitting spain

In return for looking after some cute pets, you get to stay in the owner's house. Pets are always happier in their own homes than in kennels (not to mention it's A LOT cheaper), so everyone wins - the house sitters, the homeowners, and especially the pets. 

So if you, like us, love animals you will be in heaven. If you pet sit dogs, your duties will be to walk the dogs, feed the dogs and cuddle up with the dogs - and if you're a dog person this won't be a chore at all! 

pet sitter jobs spain

Even if you're not a dog person, don't worry, there are also lots of cat sits out there too. We usually opt for the dog sits though, because we get to go on morning walks that look like this: 

spain house sits

These three dogs (Kenzo, Inca and Jason) loved walking through the beautiful mountains, and they also loved walking on the spectacular beaches:

spanish housesitting

So, to summarise, we spent six weeks house sitting in Spain - living rent-free in a mansion. Our days were filled with walking cute dogs on the beach or in the mountain, relaxing in the pool and in the house and taking occasional day trips to the big cities. 

All in all our House Sit at the Costa del Sol was amazing and we loved it! 

But as a house sitter do you have the freedom to go sightseeing in Spain? 

Surely you have to stay inside with the dogs all day?

Well firstly, if that had been the case, you've seen the house and pool - would relaxing in that house and pool for six weeks (for free) be the worst thing that's ever happened to you? 

(As digital nomads we do actually tend to voluntarily spend a lot of time at 'home', and we highly recommend house sitting to other digital nomads or anyone wanting to work on their own business.)

But that aside, in general with most house sits, it's just like looking after your own dog, as long as your dog has been walked and has water (and preferably other dog company or a toy), s/he can be left alone for a few hours (generally up to 4 hours, but longer if they have a dog flap and shorter if they aren't used to it). Always check with your homeowners first. 

The point is, you're not a prisoner to the house, and mostly you'll have more freedom than ever before - with the burden of paying for accommodation lifted, your possibilities are endless! 

Summary: house sitting Spain - how to live in Spain for FREE

For many, house sitting in Spain is the dream - luxurious accommodation in the sun, with a pool, for $0.29 a day? Yes please! If you liked what you saw here, sign up to THS and start living your own house sitting Spain adventure! 

If you're looking for more on house sitting in Europe, check out my other guides

So what do you think? Would you like to live in Spain for free? Would you like to start house sitting in Spain? Let me know in the comments below!

And come and say hi to me on Facebook and Instagram + keep up to date with the latest House Sitting tips and tricks!

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