Totally OT--regarding house-sitters

lovehadleyMarch 2, 2010

We are going on vacation this spring and will be gone for a week. (Well, DH and SS will be gone for a week, DD and I are staying on longer with my family.)

We were going to board the dog and pay my friend $30 to drop in every other day and feed the cat, scoop the litter, etc.

BUT...I talked with the kennel today and by the time I'd reserved a cage, and upgraded for daily playtime, and a daily is going to be over $250 to board her.

DH & I were taling and he suggested asking my cousin to housesit/petsit. She has babysat for us in the past, and the kids love her. Not that she'd be babysitting this time, but my point is, we really trust her. She is 23, has a 3 year old, and is really responsible--works full time, and she's a junior in college. Non-smoker, non-drinker.

So--how much do you think we should offer to pay her? It would only be 6 nights that we'd need her to actually stay at our house. She lives at home with her parents and I gotta believe that it might be a "break" for her to be at our house.

I was thinking we'd offer $100 for the that too little, though? I know our house is closer to her work than her house, but she might have to drive out of her way to take her son to his preschool. So I guess gas would be a consideration.

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Are you leaving food? That might be a nice "incentive/bonus". How long do you think it would take a person to do the "chores" associated with the pets?

Here's some math for you:

$100 / 6 days = $16.67 per day.
$30 / 6 = $5.00 per day (for the cat, per what you would pay your friend)
so, 16.67 - 5.00 = 11.67 per day (for the dog)

Do you think the walking and feeding of the dog is worth $11.67 per day, and do you think it would take longer than one hour?

I'd personally bump it to $150, and I'd buy some groceries for her (milk, meat, snacks). Consider the fact that you will get someone physically in your home (what if a pipe bursts?) and the value of her presence as well as an animal sitter, and the comfort the animals will have being in their own home.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 3:16PM
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I think $150 sounds good, silver!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 4:41PM
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Silvers's arithmatic is great...$150 tops if you are going to stock the fridge with goodies. (not to mention the bar) And you ARE giving her a vacation from her parents home. I've had different young relatives housesit and petsit for me especially when I was single. I basically traded the use of my home and car (which a couple of them loved driving my car vs. their own beaten up bucket vehicles) and a fridge of goodies, bar with liquor for house and dogsitting. I don't remember even paying money since they got the car, the house, the food and the booze. My dog of course, had no complaints! They rode her around, she stayed at home and everyone was happy.

She's getting a good deal, you should feel relieved and the animals too.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 6:27PM
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150 plus food sounds reasonable.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 6:59PM
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I'd lock the bar.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 11:48AM
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Lock the bar.... AND....

Maybe leave her a nice bottle of wine (not expensive... nice!) and a note telling her how much you appreciate having someone you trust in your home while you are gone; something to the effect that you will be able to relax knowing she's there.

(showing trust and verbalizing it in the beginning makes people want to show you how trustworthy they can be)

I know you say you can trust her, and I'm sure she's lovely. But she's young too... and we've all made poor judgment calls.

A small something when you return would be gracious too. A box of chocolates or something. Under $15.00, but something to show you were thinking of her and appreciate her. A trustworthy house-sitter is hard to find, and family is forever. I'd keep the wheels greased.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 11:53AM
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LOL, I guess Silver is right. I didn't lock the bar and no incidents but safe is better than sorry. Trustworthy, reliable house-pet sitters are hard to find for sure. Grease those wheels!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 12:31PM
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LOL about the bar stuff! We don't really have alcohol in the house, occasionally, DH will have a pack of Coronas, but that's about it...

As far as housesitter...she REALLY doesn't drink. She is a health-nut and thinks alcohol is poison to the body. LOL, not in those terms, but she's pretty much said as much without calling it poison.

I REALLY have no worries about her. She is a sweetheart and honestly, I WISH she would loosen up at times! She is a single mom and all she does is work, go to school and be with her son. I asked her when the last time she had a night out was and she said since before her son (3) was born!!! EEEK.

On second thought...maybe I should leave a bottle of wine! :)


    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 3:02PM
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lamom least 1 bottle of vino...just for respect and wheel greasing. If you're worried, leave the bottle of wine prominently in the fridge but hide the corkscrew heh heh :)

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 3:28PM
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I think that sounds extremely reasonable. I trade dog sitting with one of my girlfriends she has a ginormous lab & I have a small dog, a big dog & two cats. So to board costs me a fortune. I usually take longer trips than her so in addition to keeping her dog I throw her some bucks to bring her dog over here & stay with my FurKids, plus I stock the fridge, leave a CC in case of Vet emergencies, etc. We use the same Vet so that helps.

I'm giving her $200 for 10 days (plus I usually get her a little gift from where ever I'm traveling), and I'm thinking thats cheap, and I'm staying at her house on the lake (sweet!) for 3 days on May. I'll bring my pups and leave the cats with 2 litter boxes and have the neighbor check them.

I think $150 is reasonable/a steal for you as you wont have to worry, your pets at home and you can enjoy your time away. When you totally trust someone with your pets like that keep them happy forever!

Priceless in my opinion! Yea- to the wine, it's good for the heart after all!

One thing I would suggest is looking into a carecredit credit card. It's geared towards Vets/Medical, the interest is high except they offer 0% finance charges for a set time frame depending on how much. I've had to use it twice once for $200 & the second time for $150 and had 3 months interest free so that was nice. I always leave it here for her so I know that won't be an issue if she's unable to reach me and something happens. (and I can always use it for a facelift interest free if I feel the need-Ha)


    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 9:00PM
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It was going to cost $250 to board the dog, I would pay her that because she is doing a lot more than the kennel would have done. You will be free of worry about your home and pets. I would discuss company with her, no parties, etc..

    Bookmark   March 4, 2010 at 10:27PM
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