House-sitting costs $15 to $35 per hour on average for short-term care. Longer house-sitting jobs have rates of $40 to $80 per day for drop-in pet and general upkeep services. A pet sitter charges $50 to $125 per night for full-time care and overnight stays for high-anxiety or high-maintenance animals.
House-sitting is a service where someone goes to your home and watches your cat, dog, or pets while keeping up with your minor housekeeping tasks. You can negotiate the amount of time they spend at your house from a few hours per day to a full-time job with overnight stays.
Remember to make a list of the specific tasks you need a house sitter to complete each day. Then you can discuss what their fee includes and if you'll need to pay extra for anything.
A house sitter can do any routine work that protects the property from burglars and keeps everything in good working order.
Typically, you can ask a house sitter to:
You can pay a house sitter either before or after the job is complete, according to the terms of your contract. Some house sitters in high demand can ask for an initial deposit, while others are happy to wait until after their stay to receive the full payment.
You don't have to tip a house sitter, and many people don't include gratuity charges in their bill. Nevertheless, a tip is appropriate if you received high-quality service and you want to encourage the sitter to work for you again in the future.
Tipping guidelines for house sitters are:
Before hiring a house sitter near you, follow this checklist:
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