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Rates & charges
for HOUSE SITTING
Updated 28 September 2014
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UPDATE: as from Sept 2014 I have discontinued charging for any house
sitting. I have reverted to always house sitting for FREE.
I still offer paid pet sitting during school holidays. See PAID
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I have very competative rates because I don't go through an
agency, and I'm not trying to make a living from house sitting.
Most of my house sitting is free. For the ten months February to
November each year I make no charges for house sitting.
Charges for dates in December and January
BOOKING FEE: $100. Paid at the time of confirming your dates. Fully-refundable
if cancelled more than 30 days prior to the commencement of the house
sit, and not refundable after that point.
DAILY RATE: Usually $20 per day.
If there are no pets and only very limited or no garden watering, the
daily rate is $10.
Where there is an extensive list of pets or other animals
and/or extensive watering, the daily rate is by negotiation.
We can discuss various timings for payment. I'm very
whether some is paid in advance or in arrears, how often, and whether
it's cash or via online direct credit (I'll give you the BSB info).
MINIMUM CHARGE: $200, including the booking fee.
REPEAT BOOKINGS: booking fee for second and subsequent
house sits is $50 (or free if in the period February to November).
FREE: Two or three visits before the big day to
discuss everything, make detailled notes, and possibly take photographs
(if that will help me remember how to feed your animals etc). Please
don't hesitate to ask for a free initial 'no obligation' visit so we
can meet and see if it's going to work. I am very happy to meet
people 'on spec,' just so we already know each other for house sitting
some time in the future.
FREE: Emails to you while you're away, with reports
Debriefing after your return (if I'm not home when you get back).
Note: under the terms of our agreement, as the house sitter I will not
pay for the use of electricity, gas, water, television, and internet
access etc., nor for pet food & supplies (I buy my own food, of
course.) My rates are low and life is already too complicated to
calculate fractions of bills. As the Meerkat says on TV, 'Simples.'
In August 2013 after more than two years' continuous house sitting and
frequent suggestions that I should charge for house sitting, I decided
to go semi-professional (but only for the months of December and
January). Bookings (tentative & confirmed)
made prior to August 2013 will remain free of all charges (this
includes the bookings already made for 2014 in Hovea, Mt Helena,
two in Gidgegannup).
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See also my page on paid pet sitting
during school holidays (that's where I simply
visit your home on certain days instead of living there).
Click on the links to learn
more about me. You can reach me by phone or email.
My mobile is 0414 374 701.
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