In recent years the practice of house sitting has become popular with those who do not wish to leave their property empty for any substantial period of time. Extended holidays, sabbaticals, or waiting for a property to be sold are among the reasons property owners might need to leave their home. Organising a house sitter to look after a property can minimise resultant risks.

Since many basic property insurance policies insist that a property is not left empty for more than 30 days, the house sitter has become a popular option. They help guarantee the security of a property much better than an occasional visit from a friend or relative. They might also take care of pets, ensure the property is not trespassed on or burgled, and generally keep the property in a good state of repair.

For some though, the idea of having a stranger stay in their home does not make them feel comfortable. It can also take some time to find an ideal candidate. As an alternative, unoccupied property insurance can offer cover for any extended period in which a property is left empty; most policies cover periods of more than 30 days. While premiums are higher than those of regular property insurance, such policies do offer peace of mind for any period of absence.

While house sitting remains an attractive option to some home owners, many prefer to rely on appropriate insurance policies, together perhaps with occasional visits from relatives or friends, who can keep an eye on the property both in terms of security and upkeep.