Sitters saving listing but not applying?

Hi we don’t allow members to share their listings in posts however if you clink on the forum members name a box will appear and in @keelyreyes box is the URL link to her listing. You should be able to see it from there.


I have saved numerous housesits but the dates haven’t seemed to match my availability.

I have also unsaved members that I have house sit for or thought they might be a good match but having dealt with them or read their provided feedback I noticed were very picky and expected all high and mighty.


@keelyreyes as @silversitters stated, I have gone through and favorited places and homes/pets I am interested in sitting for in the future or when they post a sit, I get a notification immediately and that helps to nudge me to send an application. I have been invited to several sits and I feel bad telling them that I am not currently available until (date in future) and that I look forward to being able to spend quality time in the future. I didn’t realize when I first started saving to my favorites that I would be invited without an application. I always, always apologize for the inconvenience and ask for hopefully a future sit with them

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Hi @keelyreyes - Your listing looks ok. You say that it is not accessible by public transport but also do not say that sitters need a car, does this mean the taxi service is good or your place is walkable to most places?

When did you panic and pay for sitters for your June holiday? Before that, you should have contacted THS to ask for help in boosting your listing and also adding it to other THS social media platforms.

November is a long way away so I would not worry yet. Many sitters do not like to book too far in advance for fear of unexpected circumstances popping up that would force them to cancel

Good Luck


Thanks for all the helpful responses. I will keep trying :slight_smile: As for transportation, our area is not really walkable as it is in the suburbs. Not sure how taxi/uber service is but I will research and add that information to the listing.

Hi, I’m currently in my free trial and just boosted my listing for August, debating whether to take the plunge and sign up, depending on applications. 4 people favourited me, I contacted 2 (as I am not good with last minute, I absolutely would have panicked too!) and invited them to sit (I waited for the refusal first). No 2 seems nice and we video chat on Tuesday, fingers crossed! I think people also like to be reached out to, it might be the difference between looking and applying maybe?


Hi @Helen74 and welcome to the forum. That’s great news that you have a video chat arranged after reaching out to a sitter who favourited your listing.

I once favourited a sit in Scotland I had spotted while browsing new listings (we are in south west England) but wasn’t sure about applying because of the distance. The homeowners sent us an invitation and we went ahead and did the sit. So you are right, it can sometimes make the difference between looking and applying. It was a great sit, we’d definitely return if the opportunity arose. We discovered a great region of Scotland that we’d love to get to know netter too!

Hello, I’m also new but a sitter.
I am saving lots because i love the animals and would like to care for them at some point…I’m not applying as i cant do those dates. However, I hope to be able to sit for those families in the future and saving will make them easier to find when/if they request other dates.:blush:

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Welcome Marie! I hope THS brings you as much joy as it has me!
I too save sits that appeal to me but that I cannot meet their current dates. I have had conversations with hosts that way sometimes if they reach out. It is nice to set up a communication for future possibilities.


It may simply be they like your listing but the dates don’t work for them. Perhaps, you’re either listing during very active periods when people already have other sits or periods when people travel less than normal.


Hello @Helen74 and a warm welcome to TrustedHousesitters and to the Community Forum :wave:t2::slightly_smiling_face:

That’s great to hear that you have a video call arranged for Tuesday and fingers crossed all goes well :crossed_fingers:t2:

For reference you can also add your TrustedHousesitters profile on to your Forum profile by following the attached link, should you wish. This will then enable others to offer you helpful advice and feedback and will also give your listing extra exposure!

I have attached a thread and a link to a blog you should also find helpful

Also, remember you can use the spyglass symbol at the top of the page next to the TrustedHousesitters logo and search for any questions that you may have as they have most likely already been answered on here and of course if not then please just ask!

I have attached a thread below, it would be great if you could join in with this as we think you could offer great feedback and your input would be a great addition. :blush:

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Hi @keelyreyes. As a sitter I can agree with others in that I favour sits that look interesting but the current sit dates don’t work.

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Hi … where is your location and dates needed?

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@Purplepatti That is great that you are wanting to connect. If you click on the other members name then a green message box should appear and you can direct message them that way and find out any details :grin:

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@Purplepatti if you tap on photo of forum member you will get their profile come up with a link to their listing

Thank you… I’m new to this site & still learning!:grinning:

I was in a similar boat - reaching out to sitters who had saved our listing - until I read why sitters often save them rather than applying. This is our first time using THS, and I reached out to some local sitters who didn’t have a ton of reviews so we could build our ratings together. We ended up with a couple from out of town, but I’m trying to figure out all the angles!

Hi @keelyreyes I just looked at your listing and it looks great- plenty of good pics & clear explanations. November is a long way off so I would not panic at all yet that you have no applications. Many sitters, ourselves included, would not apply so far ahead especially for a short sit of only 5 days. I would say a short sit where transport is needed is more likely to appeal to a sitter more local to you. If I was a host I would certainly reach out to sitters who’ve favourited me. We are sitters and sometimes a host who we’ve favourited reaches out to us and invites us- sometimes- if we’re sitting on the hedge for whatever reason & are actually available- its just the nudge we need to apply! If we’re not available- at least we know we like each other so a future sit is possible! Just reach out- you have nothing to lose!

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Well I’ve just confirmed my first sitter from that reach out - she’s from Argentina, coming via Berlin, neither of us have feedback and we had a video call with my muy dodgy Spanish as she is coming here to learn English :joy::joy::joy: I’m taking aaall the risks! As is she to be fair…
But she seems lovely and I’m excited!
Now I just need to book more holidays so I can do it again​:crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers:


I see so many that I would ABSOLUTELY love to sit at, but the dates do not work. In that case, I favorite the owner so that I can be notified in hopes that a date will come available that I can sit for them! It’s a bucket list of sits for me when I favorite them!!