Jump to content

*spinoff topic* is my mum getting ripped off?
housesitting job


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

#1 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:53 PM

Just reading another topic about a bad house sitter and got me thinking...

So my mum is going to be "renting" a house off a couple that she met through another family member.  She will be there for 4 months while they are overseas.  The house remains fully furnished with all their belongings etc, and she will be looking after their pets.

She will be paying discounted rent-$200/wk (I've been to the house & I'd estimate that it could get maybe $400/week as a rental.  But, now I'm thinking....is she getting ripped off?  Its really more like a house sitting situation, and from reading the other thread it seems like house sitters don't normally pay rent???  At the time that she organised it, DH & I sort of said to each other that we thought it was a bit steep, but I don't have much experience in the world of house-sitting so I didn't really think any more of it.

So WDYT?

#2 Justaduck

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

Usually people PAY you to housesit and look after your pets?

#3 wesse

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:31 PM

I had a house sitter in for a month in April. She had two dogs to feed and to collect the mail - thast it.

I paid HER $150/week and left money for our weekly cleaner - and the house was immaculate when I returned home. original.gif

#4 Stellajoy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

I would PAY people to look after my house and animals for 4 months.

#5 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

I would never expect someone to pay me to live in my house and look after my dog!  If someone I knew was happy to do it for free I would be so grateful, but otherwise I would pay someone.

#6 elmo_mum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:39 PM

a friend use to housesit cos she was "in between houses"

long story short - she either
paid nothing
or
paid utilities
or
she got paid (generally when pets were involved)

so yea
$200 per week to look after someone elses house...
i think she is being ripped off

#7 SylviaPlath

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

My MIL has given some money ($100pwk) to people who have stayed in her house and so called "house sit". They had a dog to feed morning/evening but that was the only requirement. I thought that was a bit weird to be paying someone to house sit, especially given that she lives 8 mins on the express train into the city, in a five bedroom, two bathroom house etc. The perks are pretty good.

A lecturer I had at uni used to get one of the students to house sit for him 6 months a year. They were required to cover the utility costs but that was it.

I dont really have an opinion on this topic, only telling you of people's experiences.



#8 la di dah

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:44 PM

200 a week is only about fifty dollars shy of our weekly mortgage payment. And we don't have to be nicey-nice in someone else's house and the only pets to feed are ours.

I would say she's paying to work as a housesitter?

I am not sure about getting PAID to housesit, usually I thought it was just you get to use their place, no utilities, etc. but paying to do it? Seems really odd to me, no offense.

Unless maybe it was a really cool house right on the beach or something?

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

If your mum is also paying rent or a mortgage elsewhere then I think it is very wrong to expect a house sitter to pay.
IMO having a decent house sitter is doing the home owner/occupier a favour, not the other way around.
They could leave the house empty and accept the possible problems that may occur in that time and if they have pets they could pay thousands to have them put in a kennel but instead they get the benefit of security and pet minding. I can not see why house sitters should be charged rent for doing the favour and in essence possibly saving them a whole heap of money.

#10 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

I think she's being ripped off.

#11 Feral Alpacas

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

She's being ripped off OP. They are saving money by not getting the pets in a kennel, and they are having someone watch their house and pay for the privilege. They will be making a profit at your mother's expense, when she is doing them a favour. Very wrong IMO.

#12 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

Thank you.  I agree- I think they are taking advantage of her.  Its a house sitting situation and they are treating it as if she is renting their house.

#13 Baggy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:57 PM


I agree with everything STBG said.

I've actually never heard of anyone that had to PAY to house-sit for somebody.

#14 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Yes, your mother is being ripped off.  

Is there any way she can back out of it and let them find some one else to rent their house and look after all their belongings and their pet/garden while they are off on holiday?  wink.gif



#15 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:18 PM

Wish I'd gone with my gut & said something earlier sad.gif

I doubt if she'll back out, shes too bloody nice LOL.

#16 BetteBoop

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

Yes, she's being completely and utterly ripped off. It's very, very unlikely they would find any tenant for the period of time they're overseas so if she backs out, they will get no money anyway.

On top of that, they will need to arrange for someone to check in on the house and look after the pets.

They're making and saving a heap of money by ripping her off.

#17 Krunchie29

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:25 PM

let her pay the "rent" but then get your mum to give them a bill for looking after the animals!  wink.gif

#18 opethmum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

I think she is being taken for a ride and is providing the steady flow of spending money for the holidaying couple. Tell her to look elsewhere because she is being taken advantage of. People who do that and taking advantage of the vulnerable make my blood boil.  


#19 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

QUOTE (Madame Catty @ 08/11/2012, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The situation isn't that bad.  Is your mum happy?  Is she going to be saving some rent money? (if she had to rent elsewhere?).

Don't say anything to your mum if you think she won't change her mind.  She doesn't need to know she's being 'ripped off'.  I think it's unusual to pay rent if you are looking after the house and pets, but it's still cheaper than renting a whole house.


Thanks Madame Catty!  Yes, this is her thinking (shes getting a nice house in a great location for the price of a s**tty unit in a crap location.  I don't want to upset her, and because of how the arrangement was organised (friends of another family member) I'd sort of rather not "rock the boat"...I think I'll take your advice wink.gif

#20 JoMarch

Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (Krunchie29 @ 08/11/2012, 04:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
let her pay the "rent" but then get your mum to give them a bill for looking after the animals!  wink.gif


Love it! grin.gif

#21 jessie123

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

I don't necessarily think she is getting ripped off.

If she doesn't have any other accomodation and is saving $$ by doing this then it is a win win situation. The other couple might think they are helping her out. I would also consider how the conversation happened.

Will she also be paying utilities ?

I think it also depends on what pets she is looking after.

#22 katpaws

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

We once house sat for six months - and paid over $200 per week plus utilities and a bond. The people we housesat for owned the house and were being paid to be relocated for the six months. I was not really impressed by having to pay that much. After they came back they hit us for $$$$s in utility costs - we had already paid over $1000 already so we let them keep the bond. I thought that was a bit rich, considering that their heating was broken which caused costly bills and they knew it was a problem. I also cleaned the house spotless, even though before they had a cleaner come in each week but the house was pretty dirty when we moved in ie mould, dirty floors and carpets. Before we left i cleaned every cupboard and space, even where we had not used the space. Every bit of mould etc removed. They were shocked when they came back and were surprised the house could look so clean.

Edited by katpaws, 08 November 2012 - 05:49 PM.


#23 vanessa71

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

I have a friend that used to house sit on a regular basis, she never had to pay a cent to do so. I think your mum is being ripped off.


#24 Diamond~Sky~Lucy

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

I think that if your Mum is not having to pay rent elsewhere, and it is in an area that she is happy to be in, that she has a good deal going.  I guess that if there was a better alternative for her that she most probably would have taken it!

#25 MrsLexiK

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:39 AM

I'm not entirly sure she is being ripped off.  Did she have anywhere else to go? how did the offer come about? If it was her stating she was inbetween houses and didn't have anywhere to live etc and someone offered she could have cheap rent at their place then I think that is different.  To someone just approaching her and asking her to housesit and saying you will have to pay half the rent.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Ambulance service under fire: baby seats to go, response times 'worse than ever'

The NSW Ambulance Service is removing child-safety seats from ambulances, while the Victorian service is facing criticism over lengthy response times following the death of a three-year-old.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Is e-reading to your toddler story time or just screen time?

When reading increasingly means swiping pages on a device, and we're advised to read to their children early and often, should parents be turning to e-readers for storytime?

Community mourns inspiring young dad

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

Meningococcal kills Queensland toddler

Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highlights the danger the illness poses.

Nicole Kidman: 'I hope every month that I'm pregnant'

Nicole Kidman is hoping to add to her family, but says she's doubtful it will happen.

Recall: Aldi Wooden London Bus play set

Aldi has announced a recall of their popular Wooden London Bus play set.

Great gift ideas for first birthdays

From soft toys to balance bikes, here are some great ideas for first birthday gifts.

Mum learnt she was pregnant hours before giving birth

Kim Walsh arrived at the doctor with abdominal cramps. Hours later, she was cradling the baby experts told her she could never have.

How cancer has made me a better, happier person

I'm a far better person post-cancer than I ever was before. The goal now is to stay around long enough to find out who I can become, and what I can achieve.

Pete Evans says a paleo diet can prevent autism. He's wrong

Pete Evans is not a paediatrician or even a nutritionist or dietitian. So why should we believe his extreme views and remove food groups from our children's diets over the advice from those more qualified?

Let's get back to commonsense parenting

Forget the new 'Lawnmower' parenting trend; try using plain old-fashioned commonsense instead.

Woman sues after having a mixed-race baby

A US woman is suing a sperm bank after it sent her vials from African-American man, instead of the white donor she had selected.

Bonding ideas dad will love

Dad may not say it, but he could be feeling lost, confused and seriously left out. However, there are lots of things new fathers can do to be more included in the excitement of pregnancy and new parenthood.

The house that hope built for childhood cancer

Baby Laelani Baker was diagnosed with cancer before she was even born. Her heartbreaking story is just one of the reasons the Build for a Cure project is raising money for vital research into childhood cancer.

Does stay-at-home parenting get better?

Parenting doesn’t ever get easier; the challenges just change. But the challenges of caring for young children definitely lessens as they get older.

Inquest into the short and tragic life of Chloe Valentine

As the first phase of an inquest into the death of Chloe Valentine drew to a close, there was no doubt Chloe's life was marred by appalling neglect.

When mothers kill

The act of killing one's child is unthinkable for most, and a mother who kills her offspring has a special power to inspire shock and revulsion.

6 beauty tips for tired mums

For those of us with young children, eight hours sleep is a distant memory. And while we can’t do much to secure more shut-eye, there are some ways to fake it.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

A year without Vicki

Vicki had a three-month-old son when she first felt something wasn't right. She was gone within a year.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.