House Sitting

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Professional House Sitter
A house sitter is someone who is paid to stay at a home and watch the house and pets when the residents are gone.

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Pet Sitters (vs) House Sitters

  • Pet Sitters either "babysit" pets during the day at their home or they drop by their customers house a few times throughout the day to check on and care for their clients pets. Pet Sitters are great for busy families and professionals who work outside the home during the day but who return home at night.
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  • House sitters actually lives in the home while the family is on vacation, out of town, or on a business trip. They are responsible to make sure their pets and home is safe and "lived in" while they are away. Some pet sitters offer "'overnight stays." Where house sitting jobs can last days, weeks or even months.

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What Do House Sitters Do
We all know pets are creatures of habit, especially older or finicky ones.  House sitters allow pets to enjoy being in their personal beds at home, even when their parents are gone as well as keep the house safe. Each house sitting job will vary in requirements but her are some basic ideas of what house sitters do while watching peoples homes:

  • Bringing in newspaper or mail
  • Adjusting blinds
  • Turn on and off lights
  • Give the home a "lived-in" look
  • Watering plants
  • Keeping home and/or yard clean
  • Keeping pets on their routine
  • Freshening pets water bowls
  • Providing exercise, walks, play times, snuggles and comfort
  • Administering pet medications
  • Taking pets to any vet visits or grooming appts
  • Cleaning up pet messes and litter boxes
  • Taking care of clients fish, birds, hamsters, chinchillas, etc...
  • Whatever else the client requests be done in their absence.

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If your interested in house sitting, you might consider combining house sitting with pet sitting to expand your ability to increase your income. Although you don't have to be a pet sitter to do house sitting for families with pets, it is recommended you become a licensed, bonded and insured pet sitter. This enables you to establish yourself as a credible, experienced, and trained professional and helps owners rest assured that their pets and their possessions are safe while they are away.

 

.How Much Should I Charge for House Sitting
What you decide to charge for house sitting services depends on the market saturation, your location, duties requested, and the number of pets you will be watching. Some house sitters charge a flat fee, such as $35 per night, or $65 for 24 hours. Others charge between $10 and $15 per hour depending on clean-ups, walks, feeding, medication distribution, and other factors, such as age of the pet. Often price is less important to pet parents than quality, so it is critical to detail your certifications when setting rates. In many cases the clients set the price. You can connect with families that post their house sitting job, what they expect and how much they will pay then it's up to you to decide if you'd like to contact them to be hired.

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House Sitting Jobs!
Here are some great websites to get house sitting jobs! 

  • Trusted House Sitters - $60 annual fee. the largest site on the website and the fastest growing in North America,  European, Australia and the UK.
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  • Mind My House - $20 annual fee. low fee to join and a good number of house sits. Jobs are primarily in North America and Europe
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  • House Carers - $55 annual fee. Plenty of good house sits with a focus on North America, New Zealand and Australia, but has a poor website structure that is difficult to navigate.
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  • Care Taker - $30 annual fee. This is the only website where you can't browse through available house sits online. You need to pay the annual fee and then the opportunities are sent to you via newsletter.

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