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  1. Maxy24

    Maxy24 Active Member

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    How much would you pay for an in home pet sitter (comes to let the dog out, gives walks, feeds, whatever you ask)?

    I have always watched for a couple of my neighbors and always just let them give what they want. But I'm thinking of putting up some signs around the neighborhood since I don't have a job and it would be good to make some money. I'm watching an elderly Golden right now and am getting $25 a day (that's what the owner offered). I come over in the morning for bathroom, feeding, and medications, then the afternoon to bring her to the lake for an hour, then in the evening to let her in (she is kept on the deck after going to the lack so she can dry off) and I spend some time with her, and finally before bed. Does that sound like a good price, I'd be sort of embarrassed to put up a sign saying I'd sit for less after they are paying me $25, they'd feel sort of scammed I guess. They'll definitely see the signs.

    Also, would it be a flat rate for any number of dogs or should it go up a little bit as the number of dogs increases?

    Then I'd also be offering to sit for cats and small animals (rodents, reptiles, birds) and I'm not sure what to charge for them either. Obviously they are less work than most dogs, require fewer visits. And I have no idea what I'd do for a combo of species :rolleyes:

    Soooo, I'm just clueless when it comes to pricing stuff, I don't think I could handle doing a yard sale because I wouldn't know how much to charge for anything lol. Just looking for opinions and experience with sitters you've used, though it might vary by area a bit.
     
  2. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I charge $20/day, $100/week, if I'm staying at their house (which includes them providing food or leaving food money) If I'm traveling to their house multiple times, it's $10/30 mins I'm there. That's for up to 2 dogs OR unlimited cats.

    As far as cats go, $10 a litter clean added, cause litter boxes are gross :p

    I've only ever done rodents and lizards as an add on, and they take nothing so I don't charge for that. If it was rats I probably would charge cause they are more hands-on. Ferrets I've only done for the rescue, who charge $7/day a ferret
     
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    $20/day is about average. If you had to administer meds or clean cages or something, maybe $25/day
     
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    I only pet sit for a select few people (neighbors/close friends) and I just let them pay me what they will. BUT, I would not feel like I was charging too much if I requested to be paid $20-$30 a day, depending on what all is required of me. I'm typically paid $10-$15 a day on average.
     
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    Another thing to take into account is what other people charge.

    Honestly, I'm on the higher end for around here for a weekend or anything less than a week, but have managed to make people believe I'm worth it ;)
     
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    Jules Magic, motherf@%$*#!

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    Hmmm... I pay $15 for a 45min. visit, three times a day.. So $45 per day.

    Anyone want to pet sit for me in September? lol!
     
  7. JessLough

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    YESSS.

    Work makes trips undoable right now :( My boss needs to come back. NOW. I hate her job :rofl1:
     
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    Jules Magic, motherf@%$*#!

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    Booo :( That would be SO COOL.

    Well, make her come back! :)
     
  9. JessLough

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    Hmm.... when would you need to be booking a pet sitter?

    She's *allowed* to come back after the 17th of July, so I'm assuming we'll hear SOMETHING by then, and I've been meaning a trip out that way...

    ETA: Yah, totally just realized it's already the 8th of July. OMG MY BOSS MAY BE BACK SOON.
     
  10. I always house sit in addition to dog sitting, and I charge $30/day. If it's far from work, I add on gas costs. Keep in mind that I leave their house cleaner than it was when I arrived, and I do quite a lot with their dogs.
     
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    Huh. I guess I charge a lot then :p

    $16 per 15 minutes, $18 per half hour visit, $21 per 45 minutes - all not including mileage.

    No extra charges for more dogs, or for cleaning litter boxes/cages. Take care of any and all animals in the house within the time frame paid for.
     
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    We just paid a pet sitter for two full days and two nights. She came by 4 times for an hour each during the full days and then the last stop was at 1030-1130pm and back again at 730am. We asked her to rotate them/give them attention outside in pairs and then back inside and straight to crates. She fed and everything. We paid her $40 per day. The agreed price was $30 per day but we left 5 dogs this time so we thought that wasn't enough LOL
     
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    Definitely take into account how far you are from the place you are sitting for. I charge less when it's closer to my home since I'm using less gas. I do charge for the amount of times I have to go back to the home each day. You could put up signs saying to call for prices.
     
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    Oh I'll only be sitting for people in the neighborhood, I can't drive. I'm not looking for this to be a business really, I just want it to be known that there's a girl in the neighborhood who will watch their pets if they are interested. I don't exactly know how to communicate that with a sign, I don't want people to think it's a professional business because it's not.

    People on another forum are making me worried, saying I need insurance or I could get sued if something happens. Maybe signs are a bad idea and I should just stick with the people I already sit for and word of mouth.
     
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    Our pet sitter charges $15 for a 30min visit. She always ends up staying closer to an hour though! We have her come by 3 times a day, so it's $45 a day.

    Jess watches our pets/house for us on big trips though, which is awesome :D
     
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    What you should do is your research on what people's options are. Phone some local kennels and house sitting services, both for with pet and without pet for the house sitting. If you can, do some kennel tours and pretend you're looking for a place to board, so you know what's out there and what they're like, what someone would be paying if they had their dogs there.

    You should have some sort of legal butt cover, but it can be as simple as doing some research and writing something up that says that you are not to be held liable for anything. Also, have a vet permission form along with a credit card number for each pet, in case you come and find them ill and need to take them in - so you're not footing the bill because the owners turn around and say they're not going to pay you back. And if the pet is elderly you may want to bring up the topic of what their final plans are or if they have any.
     
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    Oh yeah, my petsitter is also licensed, bonded, and certified in pet CPR.
     
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    You're too sweet. :p
     
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    I pay 100$ for a weekend here which is Friday to Sunday. That includes three horses, four dogs and five cats as well as two gliders.

    Usually I they want to come early enough that can be sat morning to. And I tend to come home early lol!
     
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    I get paid $45 a day when I house sit. They have one dog and two cats, and I spend the night there. I feed them, walk the dog, give him his medication, get the mail, water plants, and clean the litter box.
     

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