How To Start A Homestead House Sitting Service

Homestead Housesitting Service
How To Start A Homestead Housesitting Service

The More You Do, The More You Should Be Compensated!

If you believe that a homestead housesitting service is something you would be great at, then the possibilities are endless with seniors.

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If you you’re not afraid of cats and dogs, then consider house sitting to care for pets, plants, lawn and general upkeep.

If the homesteader establish the services, they will provide the contract and compensate the house sitter, then it will be a win-win.

Some house sitters don’t require payment and others do.

I am writing about those who want to start a “paid” homestead house sitting service.

Some of the tasks you will be expected to perform include:

  • feeding fish and pets
  • Lawn care
  • Light housecleaning
  • Tending garden and house plants
  • Mail pickup
  • Returning messages, etc.

The more you do, the more you should be compensated.

If you have to commute to the clients home to take care of above duties, then you should expect to be paid a fair hourly wage such as $15/hour to $25/hour per visit.

Require a checklist from the homesteader to ensure all duties were completed per their instructions.

Create your own contract or agreement if you were hired by a homesteader who has never had a house sitter.

Before you start a house sitting service, learn to balance the responsibilities of the position with the pay.

Remember, the more responsibilities, the more you should be paid.

The following jobs should affect how much you plan to negotiate for:

  • Taking care of a pet should be seen as a job, 2 pets, 2 jobs. Pets are much happier staying at home with someone they’re used to;
  • Intensive housecleaning or grounds work should be considered a job. While routine, light cleaning is usual with any house sitting service. However, house sitters should not be expected to do deep house cleaning simply because you are there, and should be considered a job, and you should be paid $15/hour to $25/hour for this extra service, per visit.
  • Fixing up the house should be considered a job and a hired house sitter should not be expected to do it. If you have handy-wo/man skills and would like to offer this extra service, then you should be paid $15/hour to $25/hour for this extra service, per visit.

Decide what you think is fair based on the responsibilities, and negotiate with the homesteader.

Don’t forget to Google “house sitter contract sample” to be aware of legal clauses, and/or learn how to prepare your own.


You cannot apply for any job without a resume.

An employer will need to know how good you are, and what all you know about house sitting.

So step one is definitely writing a resume.

An old resume will not do.

You will have to customize it according to a house sitter’s position.

If you are a seasoned house sitter working for an employment service, you do not have much to fear.

If you are applying privately, well, your resume will need a little extra oomph!