How much should my sister in law pay my 15 year old to house sit?

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  1. amstrtatnut

    amstrtatnut Member

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    Sister in law took a job and needs to move. She will keep her place till she finds a new place, and pay him to stay there and take care of her two dogs.
     
  2. Peteyvee

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    She's going to let her 15 year old nephew stay in a house all by himself? Bet he won't be alone for too long. :D I'd say $100 a week is fair, but don't let her pay him directly. You can hang on to the money until he's finished the job and maybe dole him out a few bucks on the weekends for movies (or whatever kids do these days with their friends) if he behaves himself...
     
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    My 22yo Daughter gets $200/week to house-sit.

    Kerry
     
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    Our 15 year old is a super honest kid. He is nearly an Eagle Scout. He takes it seriously.
     
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    I'd sell it before I would pay 800/month for someone to use our place to take care of 2 dogs. 100/wk like Peteyvee said is more than fair IMO
     
  6. Polynitro

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    you guys pay people to live in your house? Sounds like a sweet gig.
    I would do it for $50 a week.
     
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    It's better than paying $250/week to put the dogs in a kennel...and someone is watching the house.
     
  8. specialidiot

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    I am/was an Eagle Scout and I wouldn't trust me to house sit when I was 15. No Way.

    I'm thinking $20 a day but I'm also in agreement with Peteyvee... put the funds in "escrow" and let him have a some now and then, but the full amount doesn't get paid out unless he behaves himself.
     
  9. Clyde Bisbee

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    "Use our place to take care of 2 dogs??" You think she's bringing her own dogs to take care of and getting paid for it? Might wanna reread the post. If you'd rather sell than pay, go right ahead, I'm simply stating what my Daughter gets paid. She house-sat for 2 months at that rate and the homeowners were very happy to pay a dependable, responsible young adult to take care of their 2 cats and keep an eye on things while they were on the other side of the Globe. Maybe a 15yo warrants less money, that's their call.

    Here's something else to consider: While house-sitting for the these people she was paid a bit more to keep an eye on a house down the street for a week or two. One morning she walked into the house and burst water lines were spraying everywhere. She contacted someone right away who shut off the main water supply and probably saved the homeowners from thousands of dollars in damage, or at least the hassle of dealing with a huge insurance claim not to mention the loss sentimental items, photos, etc.

    Kerry
     
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    When we can't find someone to house/dog sit and are forced to take him to doggie camp, it's $38 a day and he's traumatized for a week after we get home. That's $266 a week plus tax... per dog.
     
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    We paid our 16 year old niece $20 per day to stay at our house while we were on vacation.

    When we got back, there was no chocolate left in the house. None.
     
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    You got wifi? I'll do it for free.
    Where does the keg go?
     
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    one million dollars
     
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    I had no idea getting paid to house sit and take care of pets was a thing.
     
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    Like live at her place alone overnights? Man... that's not even legal in Illinois.
     
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    Wow, it's like rent but backwards...
     
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    Where you are paid to occupy space. Yes rent backwards; tner (the "e" is pronounced with a hard "U" sound).
     
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    Let's see....two dogs, fed twice a day and walked three times. Keep the house looking occupied and kept up.........I'd be asking about $50 a day for this gig. When I travel, I routinely pay my pet sitter $30/day to feed my two cats twice a day and clean the litter boxes once each day. Dogs are more work, so the kid deserves higher pay.
     
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  19. MrTAteMyBalls

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    I charge 40 to 60 a night depending on how many pets. I stay so busy I can barely stand it. 100 a week is taking advantage of a young person. Even for a 15 year old 20 dollars a night is bare min. Compare that to what it would cost to kennel 2 dogs for that long. Its a bargain and the dogs get to stay at their own house with someone they know.

    They are not just staying at your house for a vacation, they are providing a service for you that takes up their time and energy.
     
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    mark the booze
     
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