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Old 01-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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What would you pay a house sitter?

We are fortunate enough to have a relative who is coming to live in our house while we are away. The only thing he has to do other than the usual household duties- trash, mail, etc. is take care of our two cats. What would you pay?
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:36 PM   #2
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A fridge full of beer!!!!! The only problem is we can't get rid of him when we get home.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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Not a single Cent! I don't pay a renter to stay Free why would I pay someone who wants to Baby Sit an Empty House!
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:08 PM   #4
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To me a reliable in house pet sitter is pretty valuable. You might want to check on the cost of an overnight pet sitter in your area. Craigs list is good for this. Check in the pet services section.
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We have a pet sitter who stops by the house twice a day to look after our cats. She will also bring in the mail, newspapers, junk flyers, etc. Checks around the house and property to ensure all is well.

Pet sitting is what she does. Maintains lists of vets and emergency contacts. Knowledable about cats. Handles meds if needed. Spends some time playing and observing to ensure all is ok. Has boarding if needed should something happen to the house. Has backup boarding should something happen to her boarding facility. Has reciprical agreements with other pet sitters should she have a issue or conflict and cannot provide coverage.

Professional, reliable and we have used her for several years.
Ususally about $15-20/visit.

I would trust her services over any friend or relative as house sitter.
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depends on length of stay. Normally we pay about 10/day, plus stock the fridge. If its summer and they have some things to do around the yard, price goes up. This is for a daughter of a friend.

Its a heck of a lot less expensive then boarding our 3 dogs and cat.
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We are fortunate enough to have a relative who is coming to live in our house while we are away. The only thing he has to do other than the usual household duties- trash, mail, etc. is take care of our two cats. What would you pay?
How long will you be away? Do they need to take cats to vet etc? Seems some compensation is due to ensure the things needing done are actually done.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #8
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Ya, how long are you going to be away? You have to expect him to be able to live. He'll need food, beer, and gas money so he can go to buy food, beer, and cat food. And, if he not working except to stay in your house he will need to pay insurance on his car and other insurance bills. Basically, what you asking is how much does it cost a person to live each day , rent free of course.
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If it's family I wouldn't pay anything. Just have a stocked fridge and leave enough money to pay for incidentals. We have a two family home and our daughter lives in the apartment so she takes care of our house, bills, snow removal etc. in lieu of rent.
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It's actually an adult nephew who is unemployed, lives at home with his parents, so has no normal expenses. He'll have use of our vehicles. We'll be leaving some food, but not enough for the 8 weeks we'll be gone. So he'll have to buy that.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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We have a friend that looks after our house, but doesn't stay at the house. We don't pay him to babysit the house but we do pay him to mow the grass or remove the snow whichever the case may be. Just makes sure the place looks lived in and not vacant.
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