Our pet/house sitter fell through for this weekend (we are headed out of town for a half-work, half-play retreat), so I have been scrambling around today trying to find someone else to stay the weekend and take care of the house and animals. Anyway, I sent an email to my coworkers this morning to try to find someone, and it looks like we have a candidate.
She is 18 years old (the daughter of a coworker), lives at home with her parents, and will be staying at our house Friday evening through Sunday evening. She will be taking care of 3 dogs, a cat, and a bird. We'll be asking her to scoop the cat's litter box once a day, change the bird's water dish daily, probably change the bird's food once during the time we're gone, and feed the cat twice each day.
For the dogs, she'll be feeding them twice a day, refilling their water dish if necessary, and letting them out to go to the bathroom as necessary (which includes scooping up after them), which is several times a day. We'll also ask her to bring in the mail each day.
Also, we'll ask her to walk two blocks to our friend's house (who are going out of town with us this weekend) twice a day to check on their cat (refill food and water) and make sure their house is secure. She'll have use of their pool too.
I've been emailing with her dad, and we are making arrangements for her to come over one evening this week to meet us, the animals, go over their routines, etc., plus walk her to our friend's house to do the same there. In my initial email, I stated that payment was negotiable. Now I'm trying to figure out what is reasonable.
In the process of trying to find someone, I did call a few petsitting services in town, but I haven't heard back from them. One has a website, and their rates start at $50.00 per night for overnight visits (this is for one animal, I presume), and $16.00 per daily 1/2 hour visit. So in theory, if I had one pet, and wanted to hire a service to come over for the weekend, I'd be paying approximately $150 for 2 overnights ($100) + probably 3 1/2-hour daily visits ($48).
Does any have any thoughts or comments on what is a fair offer? I will ask her what she had in mind, but I also want to be prepared to have an offer (that can, of course, be negotiated) if she doesn't state a number right off the bat.