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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to hire a house sitter?

House-sitting can be a lifesaver when you’re leaving town for any length of time. Whether you work remotely, you’re taking a much-needed vacation, or you just want to road-trip for a few days, it’s wise to have a pro keep an eye on your house and pets while you’re gone. Your home is more likely to stay safe and you won’t have to wrangle the kitty into a kennel to travel with you. The national average pet-sitting price ranges between $20 and $30. Pet-sitting and house-sitting costs will vary based on where you live in the country and regional labor rates. Another factor in cost is how long you want the house-sitter to stay. Some people prefer to have the house-sitter stay the night at their house, perhaps to care for an elderly pet or simply to keep a watchful eye on the home at all times. Overnight stays will cost more, ranging anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on services provided. For day visits, house-sitting and pet-sitting prices will increase incrementally the longer the visit and the more service you want performed. For example, a quick 10-minute visit to feed and walk the pet and bring in the mail could be $12.50, a 25-minute visit could be $18, a 40-minute visit $25, and a 50-minute visit $32. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How much should you pay for a pet sitter?

Pet sitting provides your precious pet with in-home care. A pet-sitter can make a brief visit during the day to provide snacks, playtime or affection, or stay at your house for one or more nights to tend to your pet. Prices for pet-sitting will vary based on length of the visit. Nationally, pet sitting prices range from $20 to $30, although prices run higher for your sitter to stay the night. Prices will also be affected by where you live in the country. Here are some examples of average pet-sitting prices based on length of time and region:

  • 30-minute visit: $17 in a small Texas town.
  • 30-minute visit: $25 in Southern California.
    • 45-minute visit: $28.
    • 60-minute visit: $32.
  • Overnight stay (10 hours): $50 in Texas.
  • Overnight stay (10 hours): $85 in Southern California.
    • 12 hours: $100.
    • 24 hours: $200. This is a good option for a sick, elderly or brand-new pet that needs constant supervision.
Reviews for Columbia Heights pet sitters
Frankie B.
I was only allowed to select three highlights for Melina, but everything about her pet sitting is fantastic, and she's been a lifesaver. She is kind as can be, reliable, responsive, professional. Most importantly, we are so happy and comfortable leaving our home and our beloved kitty in her good hands. We have used her services several times already and will use her many more in the future. We enthusiastically recommend Melina.
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Kelsey V.
We have had a multitude of experiences with pet sitters for our cats and Victoria is the best we have ever hired! Firstly she responded to my inquiry right away; her communication is above and beyond! A few days before we left for the weekend, Victoria came to our house to meet our cats (Volta and Otto), immediately interacting with them and giving Volta (our older, more standoffish cat) time to warm up to her. She was very thorough in her questions, making sure she had a firm understanding of all the cats' needs and routines and the quirks of the house. Then while we were away, she send us photos and updates each time she came to the house. It was really nice to have a pet sitter who has the patience to work with cats and understands that they need play time and interaction as well as food and litter cleaning. We will most definitely be hiring Victoria for our future pet/house sitting needs!
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