This was in the closed thread one year ago.
It mentions that a HO can unpause their listing. But they have to decline applications. I think HOs that want to see more applications would rather not have to decline.
From the forum September 2022:
"Some other members also questioned how we settled upon the 5 application limit. We found that 5 applications are the right amount to help maximise member success. Our surveys also showed that most owners find 5 applications are just enough (or more than enough), and they can always unpause their listing to receive more.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that this process will only affect a small number of listings, as only a small percentage of sits receive 5 applications within 24 hours.
We will further share this new process in our owner member newsletter later this month. We will also update some of our key owner and sitter emails with the new process. Owners will continue to receive an email when they have reached 5 applications, letting them know their listing has been paused, and a message will appear on their dashboards and in the member’s inbox, too."
If hosts and sitters hate the 5 sits thing, I was wondering what is the reason for this.
And I guess the only reason is (as always use to be) money. Only standard and premium users get the alert in time to apply, so basic users are forced to upgrade if we want to get a chance to get a sit.
I agree this has ruined THS and probably I won’t renew my subscription. There are other platforms much cheaper where you don’t feel you have to fight for an opportunity.
@ziggy I absolutely understand your concern about snagging sits on the other side of the world but the UK is the absolute best place to get sits these days- there are so very many opportunities over there- especially in summer, but all year round too. Like you, we did back to back sits last summer- 5 months with not a single gap. (30 sits!!) The first 3 months we booked ahead from different points of Europe- ok -only 1 hour time difference- but the last 2 months we just booked as we went along- we were in the UK selling a property and didn’t know how long we needed so just kept tagging sits on. It was easy.
And this year in February we flew to UK unexpectedly, and at short notice, from Bali.
We managed to book our first sit- 12 days - from Bali and then next 8 after arrival- 2 months back to back in Feb and March.
I say all this to encourage you. If you set up a couple of sits ahead of time- from Australia- you can just continue booking as you go after arrival and also fill any gaps too.
Don’t panic if you can’t fill your schedule all in advance. There are new sits popping up every single day. If you have use of a car in UK its even easier.
And from UK you have only a one hour time difference to more easily pick up sits on the continent too, if you wish.
Everyone hates the 5 app & pause but the UK is definitely the easiest place to get sits these days just because of the sheer number if opps.
@Lokstar thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I will be doing exactly as you suggested, it’s just that I have been to the UK so many times now I was just hoping for a change in another country. But I do love the UK and I can stay until they deport me so I’ll go again. I don’t usually plan any of my travels, I just buy a one way ticket to somewhere and hopefully things work out lol They always do so I will, as you say, line up one or two before leaving Oz then pick more up after I arrive. Certainly a lot of sits there but oh my, the poms certainly love having more than one dog! I can cope with one at a time I’m afraid
@ziggy We are just finishing up a 6 month stint in France & Spain- 3 months in each. The first Sit we booked (way back in January from Bali!) was for end June/July. After we reached UK in Feb we started started planning around that first Spanish sit. It all fell magically into place. After our UK stint we drove to France for Easter with our family and began a series of 4 back to back sits in France followed by 5 almost back to back in Spain. We’ve literally only had about a week- in total -of overnights to pay for in the last 6 months! Once you are in the right time zone it all gets so much easier.
After replying to your first main comment I read all the other 150 comments that followed including a few more from you! So now I know a bit more about you e.g that you mainly sit cats! 2 of our Spanish sits have been cats only & all absolutely delightful! And each property we’ve sat in France & Spain this summer has had a pool!- also delightful!
@pamcho@pietkuip good afternoon to you both. I am a Premium member and receive my alerts at 47 mins past the hour. I often find the sits are already reviewing even if I immediately open them , it can be quite frustrating.
@pietkuip I would suggest just stay with the basic membership- it has served us perfectly well for 5 years- and we feel absolutely no need to pay more & ‘upgrade’ We operate like @ElsieDownie - just keep plugging away and you will get more than enough sits to keep you happy! If the sit is gone its gone- don’t sweat it- there are so many more sits just waiting to be snapped up! To be honest -so far- we have not been seriously inconvenienced by the 5 app thing (hateful though it is!) If I see something I like that’s on 4 apps I send a quick- save the space message- and then research and apply fully at leisure. (Or withdraw if on further reading it does not suit) I’ve also done your ‘apply & tick dates’ method but to be absolutely certain my application gets through I still tend towards a ‘save the space’ approach.
Until, or unless, THS drops the 5 app & pause its each man/woman for himself!
@ElsieDownie thankyou! The same for you!
Did you see my comment on your ‘Round the world in 90 days’ post? I started writing it at the time (May) then lost it! So only finished & posted it a few days ago!! Happy travels!
@Lokstar thanks for all your words of encouragement, I will definitely keep trying. I did try for sits in France and Spain when I was there last year but nearly all were either already gone or too remote without a car. I do sit for dogs also, just that at present I am recovering from major shoulder surgery so can’t take the risk of dogs pulling on leads etc, the recovery has been far too long and painful already so not wanting to tempt fate.
But try again I shall and really appreciating the motivation from yourself and others on the forum