Add a profile photo to your profile
Profile Photos adds trust, and connection to your profile.

Members who upload photos get browsed eight times more than those without!

Your digital picture must be in JPG OR PNG format.

Photographs that contain copyright material will be deleted.

First scan or upload your photograph to your computer hard drive.

The Photo Upload Page can be accessed at any time by Selecting the Photo Icon at the top of your Dashboard following login.

Photo upload is available, and encouraged for Homeowers, to attract the best candidates. Many house sitters will not consider Housesits without photos. We encourage photos of the inside of your home, your backyard, pets, and local scenery.

House sitter Guest Members may prepare their profile with photo Upload. The photos will display on your profile, when your contribute to the running costs of the Housecarers community with your annual subscription.

Photos containing offensive material will not be accepted. Celebrities or other artwork cannot be posted. copyright material will be deleted. Your photo must be in JPG or PNG format.

Your profile picture appears on your profile/ad. All other pictures display in your linked photo gallery. It is the first photo uploaded to slot 1. The link to your gallery will only show when you have a photo loaded to position 1.

  • Login
  • Select the Photos Button at the top of your Dashboard
  • Select a photo from your computer with proportions to suit the frame on your profile. Hint: Rectangular photos with ratio approx: 3 wide: 2 high; will resize better than tall or skinny ones. We auto resize the profile photo to fit, but the top may be cut if it is a tall/ skinny photo.
  • If needed, Here is a free - easy to use resize site: https://www.picresize.com
  • The profile Picture must be uploaded to position 1 /slot 1 of your gallery .
  • Sitter Guest members may upload photos. They will display on your profile when you contribute to the running of the Housecarers community with your Annual Subscription.
  • Homeowners attract the best House Sitter candidates with photos of the inside of your Home, Pets, Scenery, Backyard
  • House Sitters Increase your response with a photo. Homeowners like to see a face.

The picture in position/ slot 1 is your profile picture - it is featured on your profile or ad, and links to your Photo Gallery - full size pictures.

We reduce the Profile photo to fit the frame on your profile. Rectangular photos with ratio approx: 3 wide: 2 high; will resize better than tall or skinny ones. We automatically reduce your picture to suit the profile frame width, and keep the aspect ratio. If the original is tall and skinny, we keep the top and allow the bottom to overflow (hidden), this means legs may be chopped - even bottom of face, or partners face. This won't happen if you upload in the ratio of 3 wide to 2 high.

Here is a free - easy to use resize site to first create a version of your photo in the right proportions. Visit the site then follow the steps below.

  • Visit https://www.picresize.com/
  • Upload the pic
  • Drag the resize tool to the center of the area you want to keep
  • Drag the edges out until it is approx 204px high X 291px wide
    OR
    As we will reduce the picture - any proportions of 2 High : 3 Wide - eg 400px high X 600 wide
  • Click Preview, then click Done
  • Right click on photo to save to your hardrive ready to upload to Housecarers

I have uploaded the photos I want, entered the captions and descriptions, then hit the "continue" prompt, but every time I return to the ad to see how it looks, the old photos are still there, the new captions are with the old photos?

Your computer stores the original photo in your browser cache. It is correct on our server but not on your computer. Please select CTRL F5 to force your computer/browser to download the replacement photo. CMD F5 on Apple. Mobile devices have different ways of refreshing the page.

Housecarers reduces the file size on upload. However if you have a high resolution photo it can take up a lot of file spaces and take a long time to upload, or your connection may drop out. e.g. High resolution photos are now typically 4 Mb. If you first reduce the file size (not dimensions), it will upload quicker without dropping out. You can first save the picture as low resolution (for Internet that is fine. High resolution is for Printing) using your camera software. Or you reduce using Office

Housecarers reduces the file size on upload. However if you have a high resolution photo it can take up a lot of file spaces and take a long time to upload, or your connection may drop out. e.g. High resolution photos are now typically 4 Mb. If you first reduce the file size (not dimensions), it will upload quicker without dropping out. You can first save the picture as low resolution (for Internet that is fine. High resolution is for Printing) using your camera software. Or you reduce using Office

Reduce Photo Using Office

  • Right click on your photo your computer will Say "Open With:"
  • Select Microsoft Office
  • Click Picture Menu at the top of the page
  • Select the Compress Picture Option
  • Then select Compress for Web Page at the right of the page
  • click Ok
  • Save the picture giving it a new name and to a location you can find, as it is now ready to be uploaded to your housecarers profile

OR
You can use this free online Resource:
Visit https://www.picresize.com

This can happen if your photo has a long file name or the name includes special characters like &. It is better to keep the file name short and simple e.g. MyProfilePic.jpg or AtTheBeach.png

Please do not include special characters like & in your file name. It will cause errors. Just alpah and nummers eg MyHolidayPic.jpg MeAtBeatch.png

Housecarers pioneered house sitting. We launched the World's first House sitting membership site way-back in October 2000. We have distilled 21 Years of customer feedback into refining and improving our secure matching process.

Register as a Home Owner or House Sitter to participate

Homeowner Premium Membership


USD$25.00   is required to activate your Premium Homeowner membership. 

  • Receive a verified supporter badge on your profile.
  • Add or Edit Your own Private notes to any House Sitters profile for reference.
  • On request we will access and load to your ad, Professional photos of scenic attractions in your vicinity to attract quality applicants.
  • On request, to attract more quality applications we will promote your confidential Housesitter required ad on our network of related social media sites. We forward applications to you for your consideration.
  • Participate in the Referral Rewards program.
  • Receive a bonus 6 months Membership when you take up House sitter paid membership.
  • Try Housesitting with free accommodation for a break away across your country, locally, or around the world! Refer yourself and add 6 months to your premium HO membership AND receive 6 bonus months Housesitter paid membership Totalling 18 months.

  • Know that you are contributing to the growth and improvement of a valuable worldwide community resource, that is helping home owners Leave the responsiblities of home ownership for a well earned break.
  • Help keep More Pets in their familiar environment with their routines intact.
  • You will be contributing to the running, and promotion of the Housecarers Community. We started the first world wide Housesitting Membership established in October 2000. Your contribution will help us continue this work to help more people. We see ourselves as a community, rather than a corporate site. We will never lose the personal touch.
  • More benefits and features will be added with your funding, and contribution to the Housecarers community.

Much of the revenue from Premium memberships is used to run, maintain, and promote the service. Membership Fee Revenue helps us match sitters with homeowners each year worldwide.

Search for House Sitter Results are ordered as follows

  • One third of search results are in random order so everyone has the same chance of appearing near the top
  • One third of search results are in join date order, rewarding long time supporters of the community
  • One third of search results are in Referral Point order, with the Referal Rewards Program. The more referral points the higher you appear in search results.

Search results are Cached for 1 hour by the system, to avoid performance response problems. This means search results will change every hour. Please bear in mind that you should include your desired locations on your profile, to appear in specific searches. Homeowners will normally perform Specific location Searches matching where they live. If they do not find sitters they may then perform a more general search for sitters who are flexible about locations.

Why you need a Good Profile Photo

A profile photo is one of the first things that people will see when they visit your post, so make sure it's a good one!

If you're serious about being a successful house sitter, make sure to upload a recent picture, and that shows your face. This helps potential homeowners know who they're letting into their homes, and it helps build trust and credibility. It doesn't have to be a professional photo, but it should be a clear photo that lets homeowners see who you are.

So if you don't have a profile photo yet, get one! And if you're not sure how to take a good profile photo, check out our tips for taking the perfect profile photo.

Tips for choosing the right picture for your House Sitter Profile.

  • Use a recent picture that shows your current appearance.
  • If you have a professional headshot, use that.
  • Use a high-quality camera: If you have a smartphone with a good camera, that will work fine. Just make sure the photo is clear and in focus.
  • If you're hoping to attract families, consider including a picture with children or pets.
  • The background of the photo should contrast with your clothes
  • Choose a picture that shows your face clearly.
  • Avoid using group photos or photos with other people.
  • Avoid using photos that are blurry, dark, or otherwise difficult to see.
  • If you're not sure which photo to use, ask a friend or family member for their opinion.
  • It is important to consider lighting. If possible, choose a photo that is taken in natural light, as this will help to bring out your best features.
  • If you are taking a selfie, be sure to use the front-facing camera and hold the camera at eye level to avoid any unflattering shadows.
  • Take care with the angle of your shot. It's important to have a clear view of your face so that viewers can see your features. Avoid photos that are taken from below or too close to the camera, as these can make your features appear distorted.
  • Editing

    Avoid using filters or editing your picture too much.

    When it comes to editing your photo, less is more. A simple crop and minor adjustments to the brightness and contrast can make a big difference in how your photo looks. Avoid using filters or over-processing the image, as this can make you look artificial.

    Bottom Line

    Choose a profile picture that will help you attract a compatible Home and Pet owner.

    But don't agonize too much about your selection. It is important to have a profile photo loaded even if it is not perfect.

    Remember that your profile picture is just one part of your profile - so make sure the rest of your profile is complete and informative as well!