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Dear PoPville – How Much To Pay a Pet/House sitter?

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“Dear PoPville,

I am going to be out of town for four days and was wondering what I should pay per day for a house/pet sitter? I live one block from 14th and U and I was going to ask a couple of kids in my office (OK kids to me) who are in their 20s if they would be interested. They live in the ‘burbs and I know they like to come into DC on weekends.

First of all maybe I’m biased but my little dogs are the best dogs ever and the cat is way cool so really I think people should pay me to take care of them but I guess I am being unrealistic. All I am asking is that they walk the dogs once a day and let them out a couple of more times into the back yard to do their business. The cat of course is self sufficient. I expect them to do nothing for the house except to clean up after themselves. I have a guest room they can use.

How much should I pay per day? Should I pay in advance or pay half up front and the rest on return? Is there anything else I should consider?”

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