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For overnight stays, the client wants me to stay all day and night for 2 1/2 days without leaving plus administering medicine. i usually charge $35, should I raise my rate?

asked 2018-05-31 13:15:50 -0500

For 1 dog approx. 6 miles away with no leave breaks for 2 1/2 days straight. With medication
I usually charge $35 for midday- evening arrival and same time pick up with ability to come and go from the house. The commute and labor of every 24 hrs getting paid $1.45/ hour doesn't seem right

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I would definitely consider it. I think that is quite a lot to ask someone to not ever leave for that period of time.

Carolyn C.'s profile imageCarolyn C. ( 2018-05-31 16:16:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-05-31 16:52:03 -0500

First of all, for house sitting or boarding, you can't look at the hourly rate. Way too depressing! But it is not like you are entertaining the dog for every minute.

Rover offers house sitting. Nothing is called an "overnight" service. Like boarding, each "night" is good for up to 24 hours of care. However, many house sitters also care for other dogs concurrently (drop-ins and walking) and will come and go from the client's home but they will spend the majority of their time (especially in the evening) at the home.

House sitting should be considered a "premium" service because you are not only watching a pet but also the home and may be asked to do little tasks like taking in the mail, watering plants, etc. A client should be paying much more for you to uproot yourself and move into their home.

In this particular situation, have you explained to the client that you have other dogs to walk during the day? Is the dog's medication the reason they want you to stay 24/7 without leaving? In any event, If the client's wishes are in conflict with your business model, then the client should be apprised. Tell them that your posted rate does not give them exclusivity. You will not be able to walk other dogs. That loss of income means this client should be paying more. I would easily double the nightly charge, but that should be based on you local area's norms,

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Could someone clarify what standard house sitting expectations are? I thought It was 3x/day + overnight but I have clients asking for a lot more, Such as visits every 4 hrs and staying in for night starting at 5pm. Rover says do what you want but I really just want an answer. What would you charge?

Jamie W.'s profile imageJamie W. ( 2018-07-19 16:33:14 -0500 )edit

House Sitting can be a vague service for Rover. Some clients expect a lot and some are very liberal about your stay. There is no set standard for a reason, but my advice is to set your stays based on your schedule. I usually spend the night house sitting and spend at least 3-5 hours a day.

Tiffany B.'s profile imageTiffany B. ( 2018-07-19 22:03:25 -0500 )edit

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