This is for both the homeowner and the house sitter.
House and pet sitting can be a win-win-win for everyone. The homeowners, the sitters, and of course, the pets.
How much are a person’s time and all responsibilities worth? Pet sitting rates vary on the jobs required. You can review our article titled Homeowners’ Peace of Mind here and House and Pet Sitters Responsibilities here.
The tasks may include all of the following things (and more) that people get paid to do.
- Pet Boarding / Doggy daycare
- Dog walking
- House cleaning
- Home security
- Homeowners’ insurance compliance
- Gardening and yard maintenance
Exactly where you would like your house and pet sitting services to sit upon this economic continuum is, of course, an agreement made between both parties.
It is very important to consider that a conscientious house sitter often carries a great deal of responsibility and should be compensated for this accordingly. I take the view that almost any service provided for nothing is…… well, you get what you pay for. Think carefully before proposing your services or requirements.
Professional house sitters and pet sitters provide a valuable service and should be paid accordingly. It’s important to be clear about the ‘freebie or casual’ sitters by offering much more than them, for example, but not limited to:
- A legal agreement, guaranteeing a contractual obligation to turn up. I have had clients contact me because the free/casual sitters have canceled with short or no notice.
- Impeccable references
- Offer drop-off and pick-up at the airport. It can save time and money.
- Proven competence, reliability, and complete peace of mind for everyone.
Homeowners – What is it worth to you to have your fur babies happy and comfortable in your secured home?
House Sitters – What are your time and your responsibilities worth to you?