How Much Should I Pay A House Sitter?by Kathy Green • March 11, 2015
Finding a house sitter without help can be a challenging and time consuming task. Part of this challenge is the decision you have to make around money. What is a fair wage? How much should or could you pay for this service.? But there is help available. Please read below for some valuable guidelines regarding this decision.
Important Factors to Consider When Deciding
There are several factors that influence the salary for a house sitter. Each of the following should be considered carefully:
Amount of Time
One of the biggest factors influencing a house sitter’s salary is time. Do you require house sitting services for a few hours during the day, or for a more extended time such as an overnight or a week? If you require these services for a few hours a day, a reasonable industry price is $25-$30 per day. However , if it’s for overnight, prices can rise up to as much as $50 per day. When you consider this price, relative to the cost of house cleaning, you're actually getting a pretty good deal. The best part is that - like a housekeeper - many house sitters are comfortable with light chores, clean up, and re-organizing your home. Many professional maids will charge up to $40 for a single hour - which makes the average house sitter look incredibly affordable.
If your need for a house sitter encompasses an extended period of time that stretches into weeks, or even months, the pay scale would change again. For employment of this type there would be a set weekly or monthly fee, and this would not necessarily reflect what would be paid for shorter daily visits. In the case of a longer away, the price would become prohibitive if the daily fee was multiplied by the numer days that you are out of town. Rather, a bit of a break is given to the house owner as the house sitter is getting a good guaranteed salary because of the length of your trip. These amounts should be negotiated between the two parties and be fair to both the employer and the employee.
Your house sitter’s wage is also influenced by the number of responsibilities that they have to take care of. Responsibilities can include cleaning the house, watering the indoor and outdoor plants and so on. The more responsibilities given, the higher the compensation required.
If you own pets that will require baths, feeding, walking and entertainment, you should expect to pay considerably more. You can also hire a pet sitter to give your pets the individual attention they deserve, but this then involves coordinating the two employees and their respective jobs.
The rates for house sitter services are also dictated by the geographical location of the home. A professional house sitter will cost more in in large urban centres than in the smaller cities and rural areas. A professional house sitter in cities such as Miami and NYC can cost as much as $50 daily compared to a professional sitter in Salt Lake City that would likely charge in the area of $30 daily.
Should I Hire A Professional?
If you expect to be away from home for longer than 2 weeks, you should consider hiring a professional sitter rather than asking someone you know to do the job. These family members, friends or neighbors may have trouble saying “no” to your request, and may feel that you are imposing on them, ultimately causing bad feelings. And what do you pay people that you know personally?
Professionals usually have a detailed fee structure that they would use in order to come up with cost estimates for the services you need. This number is certainly negotiable, but that is more easily done with a stranger than with a friend.
As well, with a professional, you have the protection of the individual being bonded and insured in the case of an emergency. A final item to consider here is that, if you only need occasional visits to your place, a quality housekeeper might also be sufficient.
If you're a busy individual you might also be wondering what to pay a nanny or what to consider before hiring a housekeeper. Take a look at the linked resources, they can be a huge help in trying to navigate these waters.
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