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#1 JHC

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:46 PM

We are going on a holiday for 10 nights and wanted to ask a friend(about 25 years old) to house sit and dog sit our 3 dogs. The friend will have full use of the house - heating, cooling, washing machine, everything , she will also need to feed and give TLC to 3 small dogs. She won't need to walk them. She will need to buy most of her own food as only the basics will be available.

We have looked at a dog resort and they seem to be quoting $31 per day per dog, hence me looking at other alternatives. We have 2 cats that we will be sending to the cat resort to have their own holiday away from the dogs original.gif

So how much would you pay her?

#2 The-Missus

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:49 PM

Um, nothing.

Everyone that I've known who has been asked to house sit has been provided with all the things you've listed ... they are effectively getting free rent and in some cases food.

I just assume that house sitting was a win/win situation for both parties.

So, I personally wouldn't offer any money but certainly a small gift when you return wouldn't go astray.

Edited by The-Missus, 19 January 2011 - 03:54 PM.


#3 PurpleNess

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:50 PM

I paid my live in house sitter $15 a day, which was darn cheap if you ask me. I'd say 20-25 a day would be a fair price, she gets a holiday too!

#4 Pinkk_Sprinkkles

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:53 PM

Does she have her own place or does she live at home?

If at home I wouldn't pay her any thing, she'd probably be happy to hae a break!

If she had her own place, maybe $20 a day?

#5 fr0g

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:56 PM

We had a friend stay for 10 days.  It was like a holiday for him; we didn't pay him anything but we stocked the fridge with Coopers Pale Ale and the freezer with frozen pizzas.

We bought him a gift and he was stoked.  He has subsequently sit for us since, so no dramas from his perspective.

We asked him to feed our menagerie and exercise our dog daily, which he did.  

He's awesome!

#6 ZombieFerretOfDoom

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:57 PM

QUOTE (The-Missus @ 19/01/2011, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Um, nothing.

Everyone that I've know who has been asked to house sit has been provided with all the things you've listed ... they are effectively getting free rent and in some cases food.

I just assume that house sitting was a win/win situation for both parties.

So, I personally wouldn't offer any money but certainly a small gift when you return wouldn't go astray.


This - I've never paid a friend to house/pet sit.

The people I've asked have always been ones that I know would benefit - ones who were living with parents and would enjoy having a place to themselves, or who worked near my house and would have a drastically reduced commute, etc. They benefit from living in my home, I benefit from having someone in my home and (when I had them) looking after my pets.

I do always bring them a gift when I come back from holidays, but that's it. Everyone that I've asked to housesit has leapt at the chance to do it again, so they don't seem to feel hard done by.

#7 ~cake~

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:58 PM

I had a friend and her little family housesit for us for 4 nights recently. They had to feed our dog and cat for us. We paid them nothing, but I did leave out chocolate, glossy mags, and some beer for them as a thank you. I also gave them free reign on anything they could find in the pantry etc.  

They are currently living with her parents and it's a but cramped and difficult, so they were thrilled with the break.

#8 miinii

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:58 PM

I would think nothing! I wouldnt accept any money if a friend asked me to do this

#9 RichardParker

Posted 19 January 2011 - 03:58 PM

I've done a fair bit of house-sitting and I used to charge between $10-20 per day depending on how much there was to do.

Even though there are benefits, it is actually quite an inconvenience to house-sit for someone, particularly for a short period of 10 days or so - there's quite a bit of disruption involved.

Paying money also removes any 'favour' aspect to the arrangement, so you don't owe them anything in return.

#10 emmej

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:03 PM

QUOTE (may-b-baby @ 19/01/2011, 04:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If at home I wouldn't pay her any thing, she'd probably be happy to have a break!

If she had her own place, maybe $20 a day?


This!  I always ask people who are living with parents or share housing as I know they appreciate the break!

#11 jfl

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:03 PM

It depends on the situation.  If she is paying rent or a mortgage, and you are not providing food, and your house is not like a holiday (eg on the beach or in the country), then I think $25 -30 a day is reasonable, especially as it is for 10 days. A weekend - maybe a nice gift would be fine.

Also, it is worth sorting out things like whether she is going to use your phone and internet, and if you have any objection to her having friends around.

#12 JHC

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:09 PM

She lives with her parents, who just got back together after seperating early last year. Her home life is a little stressful atm and she jumped at the chance to house sit when it was mentioned.

Our house is probably the same distance to her work just in the other direction to where her family home is.

#13 fairymagic

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:11 PM

I would probably offer at least $20 per day - after all you're saving a fortune by not kennelling your pets. We paid a family member once $30 for a weekend but that was all they would take because we are family. She does it as a job with regular clients and Im guessing she is paid more than $20 per day to do it when she does it.

Yes they are getting free reign of the house but like PP have stated, if she is normally living at home and is expected to still pay board there plus she is obviously going to be paying for her food at your house, I think some compensation is warranted. She may refuse any money anyway but I think it would be nice to offer. Perhaps if she does refuse you could stock up on some "luxury" food items in the pantry or perhaps either give her a voucher for your local DVD rental place?

#14 sassymummy

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:12 PM

Nothing. lol.

It'd be like a vacation for me to go stay in someone elses home... and getting to snuggle their pets would be an added bonus!

With your extra details about her living with her parents and life being stressful, and again with the distance from her work... I'd say nothing is more than satisfactory.

However, if you want to be sweet, maybe you could give her a bulk lot of money... like, hand over a sum of money as a thank-you, or get her a thank you gift.

Or maybe load the pantry with some yummy treats and let her know she's welcome to them - like lollies, chips, soft drink, etc.

Or get her a voucher to be massaged?

I dunno, I think it'd be nice to get her something as a thank you, but not so much officially paying her... kwim?

#15 CZ1

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:15 PM

At minimum I would suggest a gift but I think it would be kind of rude to just expect that they'll do everything you ask and not be compensated for her time and effort.

I doubt she would expect the $900 you would have to pay elsewhere but I'm sure you are just looking for a more economical alternative - not to expect a freebie from a friend. Perhaps $15-$20 per day?

#16 ~elle~

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:23 PM

I've done house sitting a few times - while at Uni and beyond living with mum & dad.
I was glad of the change and several times I got a gift which was lovely.
I think I would have been very embarrassed to get given cash - so I'd go with a lovely gift.
Maybe a giftcard to itunes or something with a long expiry.
Recently there was a thread about gift cards to local beauty salons for facials etc that only had a 6 month used by date - so check first!!

#17 Stained

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:30 PM

I have never heard of anyone being paid to house sit...
I recently rang a local business that come to your house and feed/walk your dogs and it was $20 a day, just to give you an idea of what that is worth...

#18 QuisbySchmoo

Posted 19 January 2011 - 04:46 PM

We paid our house/dogs/cat/parrots/finches sitter $500 for the week that we were on holiday last year.

Well worth the money in my opinion especially when she had to feed the finches their daily intake of termites.  biggrin.gif


#19 QuisbySchmoo

Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:02 PM

cclap.gif Silentmoose.

We pay a house sitter (which is really a menagerie sitter in our case) for the job.  I also do not understand why anyone should feel grateful for having the opportunity to look after your house or animals.  How bizarre to have that thought.


#20 jfl

Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:25 PM

I agree, Silentmoose.  As I said in my PP, unless your house is the equivalent of a holiday destination, spending 10 days in someone else's house looking after 3 dogs is hardly being done a favour.  Especially when you still have to buy food. I do think that is stingy when the homeowners are being saved hundreds of dollars in boarding fees.

10 days means you can't just pop a few things in an overnight bag, especially if you are working as she apparently is. And, in someone else's house it takes a few days just to work out where everything is and how everything works - I once minded a friend's place where I never did figure out where some of the light switches were, and it took a few days to work out the heating/cooling system. These things are not a big deal, but it is not the comforts of home either.

It may be that this friend is not having a good time at home just now because of her parents - but taking advantage of that to get out of paying her (bearing in mind the savings) would be pretty stingy.

#21 tanny76

Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:27 PM

Ive never paid a housesitter/dogsitter..  we just make sure the fridge is fully stocked and let them eat and drink whatever is in the house biggrin.gif

#22 **Kaz**

Posted 19 January 2011 - 05:32 PM

My ex husband's Aunty use to come and house/dog sit for us while we went away I paid her nothing.  However I always bought her a gift back.  Plus made up meals for her, slices, cakes, and stocked the fridge up with soft drink, vegetables, fruit, meat etc.

#23 JHC

Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:34 PM

eeeek I don't know what to do now happy.gif




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