OT--How much should I pay my neighbor for feeding our dog??

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by marshallandcartersmo, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. marshallandcartersmo

    marshallandcartersmo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    I read another thread on paying someone.........so I thought I'd ask my question too!
    My neighbor (right across the street) is going to feed our dog for us while we're on vacation, she's also agreed to clean our house while we're gone (she works for a cleaning service). How much should we pay her?? I asked her what she'd charge and she said "oh just pay me whatever", so I really have no clue, I've never used a cleaning service before.
    Taking care of our dog would consist of letting her out of our house in the morning before she goes to work, then before she goes to bed come over and let her back in and feed her, for 7 days. We have a fenced backyard and our dog stays there all day while we're here too---sleeps inside at night.
    I was thinking $10 a day, maybe $50 to clean the house?? thanks!!
  2. peanut12392

    peanut12392 Mouseketeer

    May 9, 2003
    DS does alot of dog sitting when our neighbors are on vacation, we also hire kids to watch our dogs while we're gone. The going rate around here is about 5.00 per trip. So, 10.00 per day if you have to go twice, 15.00 if you need to go 3 times.
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  4. Martha7

    Martha7 Guest

    It really depends on what the going rate for cleaning people is in your area. When we lived in South Florida, I had a great cleaning lady who only charged me ten dollars an hour. I don't have a cleaning person here in Michigan, but I've been quoted twenty an hour, (hence, no cleaning lady!) So I guess you should ask around and see what others are charging. Maybe some of your neighbors use cleaning ladies. As far as pet feeding, I used to pay the next door neighbor teenage kid ten dollars per day. Ask the neighbor to turn different lights on and off for you also, unless you want to put some lamps around the house on timers. That way, the burglars have a harder time figuring out if you're away. :thumbsup2
  5. stressedmom

    stressedmom Earning My Ears

    May 28, 2001
    My daughter gets paid $10/day here in Texas.
  6. pearlieq

    pearlieq <font color=green>They can sit & spin<br><font col

    Aug 3, 2004
    The dog feeding money sounds about right.

    About the cleaning service--how big is your house? Around here (Chicago burbs) a 4 bed/2.5 bath, 2000-2500 sf house goes for about $90 per cleaning for a corporate maid service and about $70 for a local, self-employed cleaner.
  7. Chickysmom

    Chickysmom Sadly....tagless

    Jun 22, 2005
    you should ask her to bring in mail and paper too...since she's coming over everyday anyway...and perhaps you could bargain with her about watching her house and doing the same for her while she is away....
  8. cynjam

    cynjam Vacation Planner

    Aug 17, 2001
    I have a question...How is your house getting dirty if you're on vacation? :confused3
  9. marshallandcartersmo

    marshallandcartersmo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005

    It's dirty now, before I leave!!! This will save me from having to clean it before I leave. Nothing better than coming home to a nice clean house.

    I forgot to say how big my house is.............about 1800 sq. feet, and it's not too dirty to begin with.

    thanks for your help
  10. mmeb144

    mmeb144 I do my own theme song.

    Oct 10, 2000
    I pay $10/day for cold weather, $7/day for warm weather, for my dog sitter. She comes 3-4 times/day.

    I pay $72/one-time/month for my cleaning lady. She rocks! My house is comparable to yours in size. I have 4 people living here. My cleaning lady charges $12/hour.

    Keep in mind that I live in Indiana. Although, Tennesse isn't that far from here. :)

  11. Cara

    Cara DIS Veteran

    May 1, 2001
    The brother/sister who live next door take care of our cats while we are gone. We pay each of them $5 per day, since they split the duties.
  12. FINFAN

    FINFAN Mom to Tinkbell

    Apr 30, 2001
    We usually pay about $10 a day and bring back a really nice souvee for the girl who used to watch our dog. It was a steal as it will cost me $23 a day to board hom now...she has Cheer practice all week during our summer trip and I can't blame her for not wanting to be restricted to coming over to our house 3x a day on her days off.
    Pets are expensive.

  13. swillis

    swillis "Make your next dog a Blue Dog!"

    Jan 27, 2006
    10 dollars a day for taking care of the dog, and $100 for the cleaning services. That is what I pay my cleaning ladies every 2 weeks.

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