What is the average rate for house sitting services?

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What is the average rate for house sitting services?
You can live in amazing places as a professional house sitter. (mansion image by Dave from Fotolia.com)

Leaving a house unattended while on vacation or business trips can be stressful for people. If there are pets in the mix, it can be impossible. House sitters provide security, take care of the landscape and make sure Fido has his daily walks. Staying in someone's home while they are away is a big responsibility. You will be expected to take care of the home as they would and deserve to be paid for that service.

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House sitting has a wide range of possible salaries. There are many forms of house sitting, depending on your region and experience. There are also other considerations, including whether you are expected to care for pets, plants and mail. As of 2011, according to Payscale.com, house sitters receive £5 to £13.0 per hour if they are only expected to spend a short time at the house each visit. When they are expected to live in the house they are sitting; however, the rate goes up and house sitters can expect an annual salary between £10,628 and £27,298.

Drop-in Sitter

House sitters who are expected to drop in to their client's abode on a daily, every other day or weekly basis are typically paid by the hour for services. Duties might include watering household plants, picking up the mail and forwarding it to the client, watering the lawn and cleaning the swimming pool. The house sitting rate depends on the region of the country, the season and the house sitter's experience. In most cases, when pets are involved the house sitter will be expected to reside at the house, but in some cases, such as a weekend only trip, the sitter might stop in once a day to feed the client's cats and check their safety. This situation generally calls for the client and sitter to determine, before the trip, an hourly rate as well as a range of hours the job will entail. In less expensive areas, the house sitter might get £5 an hour, while in more urban areas sitters are sometimes paid £9 per hour or more, as of 2011.

Resident Sitters

Sitters expected to reside in the client's home while the client is gone typically get a flat salary instead of an hourly rate. Resident house sitters often work a regular job, but spend their off hours and the night in the client's home. Duties for resident house sitters are more involved and can include taking care of the family dogs, caring for a fish tank, maintaining a garden, handling mail and cleaning the house. Resident sitters are often called in for long-term care that can last anywhere from a week to several months at a time. The salary range of £10,400 to £26,650 annually, as of 2011, is dependent on region, house size and sitting responsibilities.


A college degree is not typically required to become a house sitter. Instead, the sitter should have good values, be trustworthy, have a clean criminal record and be neat and tidy. House sitters gather references from past sitting experiences and get new jobs through online websites, newspaper ads and word of mouth. Many professional house sitters also secure their own licensing and bonding to assure the clients of their trustworthiness.

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