Attendance of the House Sitting Academy does not constitute compulsory attendance, and as such it is the sole responsibility of each Academy Member to complete their own study and employment of the material taught within.

Attendance of the House Sitting Academy does not exempt an Academy Member or Academy Graduate from personal or legal liability that may arise on, prior to or after a house sit. The House Sitting Academy does not accept any responsibility for the actions or in-actions that arise from a House Sitting Academy Member or Academy Graduate on, prior to or after a house sit.

PLEASE NOTE - Upon the completion of your studies, as an Academy Member, you will be required to sign off on the disclaimer above and acceptance of full personal responsibility for your house sits in order to Graduate the Academy.

If you are not prepared to sign off on this at the conclusion of the Academy course, we regret that you will not be able to Graduate the Academy.


The information contained in the House Sitting Academy is for general information purposes only. The Academy is provided by Natalie Smith and Jodie Burnham, and contains interviews, tips and experiences from a host of veteran sitters from around the world.

We endevour to share with Members every thing we possibly can to ensure they are confident and competent in their duties as house sitters.

However, while we endeavour to provide House Sitting Best Practises and ensure students learn and employ these on every house sit, it is entirely up to the House Sitting Academy Member or Academy Graduate to undertake the study and subsequently employ the practises they have been taught within.

THE SILVER ACADEMY MEMBER BADGE - Upon joining the Academy, a Member is entitled to a Silver Academy Badge to be placed onto their house sitting profile and profile photos. The Silver Academy Member badge indicates that they are an Academy Member, but does not imply they have started or undertaken any study within the Academy.

A GOLD ACADEMY GRADUATE BADGE - Indicates that the Member has testified to undertaking the required study, understood the material therein, and committed to employing House Sitting Best Practises on each of their house sits, thus Graduating the Academy.

The SILVER and GOLD Badges are shown below. If you see a house sitter that displays something else, then they are NOT an Academy Member or Graduate.

PLEASE NOTE - We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the ability, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to a House Sitting Academy Member or Academy Graduate on, prior to or after a house sit.

Any reliance you place on such qualifications is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from the actions or in-actions of a House Sitting Academy Member or Academy Graduate on, prior to or after a house sit.


  • PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Make sure you fully check out the profile, references and any promotional material an Academy Member or Graduate presents, just as you would for any other potential sitter.
  • CHECK THEIR REFERENCES. Each Academy Member is encouraged to have a host of these available so they are fully transparent to home owners.
  • Do a VIDEO SKYPE CALL and ensure you resonate with the house sitter, and that they have all the skills you require for your house sit.
  • Academy Members are encouraged to undertake extra studies and skills training for house sitting related activities and pet care. If they state they have these then please ASK TO SEE PROOF.
  • Above all, ENSURE YOU ARE FULLY SATISFIED WITH COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND before choosing any sitter, Academy Member or otherwise.

If you have any questions about this Disclaimer, joining the Academy and graduating, or utilising the services of an Academy Member or Graduate, please connect with us by clicking on the 'Contact Us' button in the footer on the bottom of this page, and we’ll get right back to you.

Kind regards

Nat and Jodie