Savings for the Home Owner

Essentially, nothing. In fact, in many cases, the Home Owner will save money.

Projected Savings
by using a live-in Housesitter

Average savings for 2 dogs over a period of 2 weeks (sitters do not pay utilities for housesits under 60 days)

2 weeks

Average savings for a period of 3 months (sitters pay utilities for housesits over 60 days)

3 months

Average savings for a period of 6 months s (sitters pay utilities for housesits over 60 days)

6 months

Base utility amounts          
Natural Gas
Water & Sewer
TV Cable/Satellite
Internet connection
Projected Savings to Owner (if they have no pets)
utility savings
utility savings
utility savings
Projected cost if Owner has 2 dog(s) which would needed to be kennelled while they are away (based on $25 per night per dog; does not include cost of possible required vaccinations)



Alternatively: cost of 2 visits per day by dog walker (based on $12 per visit)
Our fee for caring for pets while we live in your home ($45/day** for 2 pets)
no fee for pet care for stays over 60 days
no fees for pet care for stays over 60 days
Projected savings for pet care
savings for pet care
(AND your animals have the benefit of staying in their own home)
=$2160 minimum savings for pet care
=$4,320 minimum
savings for pet care
Projected Total Savings to Owner (with 2 dogs)
total savings over 2 weeks
total savings
over 3 months
total savings
over 6 months
(plus your animals have the benefit of staying in their own home)

(*actual costs may vary according to municipality, number of pets, etc.)

(**based on the care for 2 animals)

At less cost to you, you can have increased security in your home, and your pets cared for full-time.

Denise is currently seeking a house sit for the fall in Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Airdire, or Red Deer, Alberta.

Click here for our fees,

We Pay Utilities (usually)

A generally accepted principle in the housesitting industry is that it is the responsibility of the House Sitter to pay for utilities that they use. The House Sitter is responsible for paying for utilities used during their stay, including power, water, and gas (but often not the Owners telephone).

There may be exceptions. For instance, in the case of short housesits (less than 60 days), since the Sitters bear the cost of moving in and out for a short period of time in the home, usually the utilities are not paid by the housesitters for housesits of less than 60 days.

Also, if a particular request of the Home Owner requires a specific or 'excessive' use of utilities (such as daily watering of owners' farm animals), the Home Owner generally shares the cost of that utility. Likewise, either the Home Owner provides sufficient feed for animals before their departure, or the costs are reimbursed by the Home Owner, according to receipts and bookkeeping retained by the House Sitter. These items should be discussed and agreed upon, and written into the housesitting agreement.

Payment of utility bills can be handled in a number of ways.

1. Firstly, the House Sitter could pay all bills that fall due during the duration of their stay. At the end of the House Sit, the Home Owner can reimburse the House Sitter for any amount paid above what was actually used.

Conversely, if a bill covering what the House Sitter has used has not yet been received, the House Sitter then pays the Home Owner what is due.

2. Secondly, the Home Owner could pay all bills themselves (by direct debit, payment by a relative or friend, etc.) and have the House Sitter reimburse them for the portions that they have effectively used.

3. A third option is to arrange for all utilities to be transferred to the House Sitter's name for the duration of the House Sit. This last option is generally more practical only for very long sits, as there are costs incurred to change the utilities to the housesitter and back to the home owner.

Our experience is that both parties generally prefer #2. The Home Owner is certain their utilities are paid; there are no costs for changing accounts, and the Housesitters deposit money into a bank account for Home Owner each month to reimburse the utilities for that month.

Annual expenses such as property taxes rates generally remain the responsibility of the Home Owner.

All expense items (including any condo fee if applicable) should be discussed and agreed upon at the outset.


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