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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 Ashburn pet sitters
Steven Y.
excellent first experience with this pet sitting service. Very responsive and excellent communication. Pleasant and seemed to be very good with our dog.
Kim’s dog walkingKim’s dog walking
Heather S.
I am so thankful for Lisa's Pet Sitting Service, this is my first time using a pet sitter to care for my 13 year-old cat, who now needs special diet canned food 2x a day. She made the experience so stress free. She is so easy going and accommodating and she seems to really love caring for your pet. It does not feel at all like a business transaction, but a dependable friend who happens to run the most professional business. What a find!! I am using her again on our next trip. She came 2x a day was super reliable, sent us pictures and updates and was great with our kitty. She willingly follows all instructions and needs. My husband ending up adding a tip bc she was so good. He commented how attentive, patient and what a wonderful job she did. She was such a relief to find, it's hard to put your pet in someone else care, but she makes it so easy!!
Lisa’s Cat Sitting@ $14 -Thirty min VisitLisa’s Cat Sitting@ $14 -Thirty min Visit
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