We’ve house-sat for friends and family before, and we don’t typically get paid for our efforts. However, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t compensated in other ways. In fact, house sitting can be quite lucrative and have benefits to both sides that don’t necessarily involve the exchanging of cash.
If you have a discussion ahead of time to set boundaries and discuss terms, house-sitting can pay off even if you aren’t getting paid.
We don’t get the pay movie channels with our particular cable package. However, some of the people do that we house-sit for. They don’t mind us watching a movie or two, or a particular television series that we don’t get on our cable television package since it doesn’t cost them a thing. And doing so saves us money on having to rent such movies or television programs otherwise.
Reducing food waste
Our family is great at finishing up all of our perishable foods that might spoil while we’re away on vacation, but not all families are. When our in-laws go on vacation, they tend to leave a lot of food behind. And things like milk, fruits, lunch meat, vegetables and the like don’t tend to last while they are away. While we might not need such items, we’ll typically use them up, since otherwise they’d just be thrown out upon our family members’ return. They even tell us to help ourselves while they’re away, which makes their job easier upon return (they aren’t left throwing out disgusting and rotted food) and lowers our grocery bill in the process.
Sometimes just a change of atmosphere can almost make it seem like you’re away on vacation even when you’re not. We live in a small condo, and housing sitting for someone who has a large home, big yard, or even something like a pool that we’re allowed to use while they are away can almost make it seem like we’re on a vacation of our own.
While we’re always respectful of someone else’s home and ensure that we lay out and follow predetermined rules and boundaries, house-sitting can be a win/win for both parties involved, even if there is no money exchanged.
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