When I lost my job in July, I was faced with the overwhelming opportunities of freedom. Freedom, however, does not come easy when you’re broke.
In a slump, I booked a ticket to Halifax, Nova Scotia to check out the job scene and visit friends. Here I am with my money quickly disappearing, no immediate job prospects, and I’m not nearly through with the city. I’m also not ready to give up my home in St. John’s.
The best solution? House sitting or swapping.
House sitting and house swapping allow you to live in a place for an extended amount of time rather than being a tourist. Plus you get all the benefits of a home, for cheap! Even if you’re house sitting locally, a change of scenery is never a bad thing.
But as a first-timer, it’s important to know homeowner expectations as well as your rights, especially before meeting potential clients. Here are some things to keep in mind.