House Sitters America

House sitting & pet sitting exclusively for the US

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Platinum (36mths+)

We will take excellent care of your home, pets, and plants. We do not mow lawns or shovel snow.

House Sitting Preferences
  • 1 - 2 weeks, 2 - 4 weeks, 1 - 2 months
  • Dog(s), Cat(s), Fish, Bird(s)
Preferred Locations
  • Alabama: Gulf Coast, Arizona: Phoenix & Central, Tuscon & Southern, Connecticut, Georgia: Atlanta Metro, Georigia Coast, Illinois: Chicagoland, Kentucky: River Region, Louisiana: Greater New Orleans, Maine: Downeast Acadia, Mid-coast, Southcoast, Sunrise Coast, Maryland: Capital, Lower Eastern, Upper Eastern, Massachusetts: Berkshires, Cape Cod, Central, Connecticut River Valley, Eastern, Martha's Vineyard, Missouri: Kansas City Area, St. Louis Area, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York: 1000 Islands Seaway, Adirondacks, Capital/Saratoga, Catskills, Central Leather Stocking, Chautauqua/Allegheny, Finger Lakes, New York City/Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk), Niagara Frontier, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Southeast, Rhode Island, South Carolina: Capital City & Lake Murray, Historic Charleston, Low Country & Resort Islands, Myrtle Beach & The Grand Strand, Tennessee: East, Middle, West, Vermont, Virginia: Central, Eastern Shore, Northern, Shenandoah Valley, Tidewater, Wisconsin: Southern Gateways (Milwaukee)
  • NEXT 6 MONTHS    
  • 2024: 17Jul-23Jul 2024: 19May-15Jun | 1Dec-31Dec

Try Us, You'll Love Us!!



(NOTE: We have received all Pfizer vaccinations and boosters for Covid-19 and expect you have too.)


We are Rick and Rory Ackerman, both retired business professionals, and currently living in Columbia, SC, USA. We are experienced house sitters. We are in excellent health and NON-SMOKERS. We thrive on traveling the world, having a variety of memorable experiences, and especially meeting new people. We both have university degrees and, although we are not fluent, can get by in Italian, French, German, and "Aussie English" (even a little Greek). We pride ourselves on our sense of humor, too! We love to laugh.

Though we don't currently have pets of our own, we carry treats with us wherever we go--you never know when you'll meet a new friend. The neighborhood dogs and cats know us well.

We will go just about anywhere the house sitting opportunities are! We don't require much other than a comfy bed, reasonable proximity to local amenities (like a grocery store), a washer/dryer, and a reliable internet connection. Although we drive to our house sits, we take advantage of public transportation if available. Our references will attest to our trustworthiness.

We travel extensively (at least three to six months each year). We avoid hotels, preferring to rent apartments where we can better experience the local culture. House sitting adds wonderful variety to our choices and experiences; not having to pay for lodging during a house sit enables us to travel for longer periods of time. PLUS, we'd get to meet you!! We LOVE dogs, cats and birds; but can't have our own because we travel so much (wouldn't be fair to them). So we'd love to temporarily adopt yours! We are also capable of administering meds if your pets require it.

We have been homeowners for many years, and not only know how to take care of a home but also perform minor repairs, should the need arise. We are very well-organized, make friends easily, and don't get flustered when things don't go exactly as planned. We will bring the utmost professionalism, strong work ethic, and respect for your property and the environment. In other words, we will treat your home as if it were our own. We have owned and cared for dogs, cats, and birds (we miss them) and will make every effort to transfer our love to your pets!

We are available for interviews: in person, if not too far away; via SKYPE or Facetime otherwise. We've been selected for several sits after phone/SKYPE interviews.

(We have several endorsements/references from other house sitting sites that we would be happy to provide.)

Reviews (6)
A+ all around great experience. Rick and Rory were excellent house sitters. Great communication beforehand. We were new to the process and it was helpful to start out with a video call to get acquainted. Easy to plan with, through a couple of back-and-forth emails we finalized scheduling for their arrival and the sit. They shared clear and informative plans for their travel to the area and arrival times. They arrived on schedule as planned. During the sit they took great care of the cats and ... MORE
ALEX ( Massachusetts, Jul 2023 - 1 month 1 week)
I appreciate your terrific care of Ringo and my home. Thinking both are in many ways better. The house is sparkling clean, plants are in great shape and Ringo is.. charming, Ringo. Know you are always welcome to sit & stay here. and that would be wonderfu.
EVELYN ( Georgia, Jun 2022 - 14 days)
As a first timer to House Sitters America, we were apprehensive but that was dissipated as we became familiar with Rick and Rory. When we left for our trip, I was confident that are cat was going to be well cared for. Upon return Bella, our cat, was content, our gardens were well tended, and the house was cleaner than usual. Our trip was made more comfortable because of the good care Rory and Rick provided.
LOLA ( North Carolina, May 2021 - 12 days)
No rating Rick and Rory did an excellent job of taking care of our home, plants and garden plot while we were gone for six weeks. House was probably cleaner than when we left, the plants were well tended (and even a replacement for an unhealthy one) and the garden was weeded and watered. Altogether everything we asked for in house sitters.
ROBERT ( Oregon, May 2019)
No rating Rick and Rory are wonderful housesitters! They took great care of our home and most importantly our pup. They stayed in touch while we were gone and sent us cute pictures and updates. They're very conscientious and left our home spotless. Tucker loved them! They were wonderful about taking him on his daily walks, playing with him and just letting him chill with them. They're are fun easy going couple who will take great care of your pet and home.
DOUGLAS ( North Carolina, Feb 2019 - 2 weeks 2 days)
No rating Rick and Rory were phenomenal: very professional, good communicators, high attention to detail, and wonderful caretakers of home and pets. When we first agreed to work together, I had three low-maintenance cats. A few weeks before Rick and Rory were scheduled to stay at our home, I found out my elderly cat was in severe kidney failure and would need daily fluids, daily medicines, and extra help getting him to eat. After discussing with Rick and Rory, they decided to come anyway. They ... MORE
BETHANY ( North Carolina, Dec 2018 - 1 week)
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