the NerdHouse

conscientious pet & house-sitting

Fees & FAQ’s

1. Where do you live?

… the River District (south-east corner of Vancouver) in a condo near the Fraser River.

I still keep a storage locker and use my time off working toward a somewhat minimalist lifestyle with just the things that I love or believe to be useful. (paraphrasing William Morris from over 125 years ago)

2. How much do you charge?

… either $40 or $50 per day depending on what’s involved (how many animals?) and does your cat really hate the medication it needs every 12 hours? or do you have a puppy that has to go outside every 15 minutes or it pees all over the place?… well, everything’s negotiable, so let’s talk.

3. Do you require a deposit?

… yes, a 50% deposit will hold your dates, and the balance is appreciated on the day I start.

4. Do you stay in my house/apt. or take my dog/cat to your home?

… I now prefer to stay in my own home, but it can be arranged to stay at yours if it’s a shorter booking.

5. Will you travel to the Islands or out to the suburbs?

… it’s possible, but I’d really like to get more bookings for my own home.

6. Do you have a car?

… yes, I now have an older electric car that has a fairly small battery, so it helps to have a place to charge it if I’m pet-sitting at your home.

7. Do you eat my food and look through my drawers?

… I’ll use perishables (especially if you’re away for a week or more) but I’ll bring/buy my own food*. As for the drawers in the kitchen, I will probably open them because I’ll be looking for cutlery and dishes — but otherwise I don’t go looking into your personal belongings.

*(except chocolate or cookies… if there’s any lying about I might be tempted)

ckie

8. Do you sleep in my bed?

… that depends on if you have a squishy soft couch. I like those best. But I’ll sleep wherever you recommend and I’ll wash the bedding before you return.

9. Do you use or answer my phone?

… I don’t use your phone unless you ask me to (answer for a delivery or service)

10. Do you use my wifi internet?

… I don’t have to because I have an unlimited data pkg. on my phone, but if you don’t mind, it’s faster and more convenient if I do. I also prefer watching Netflix on my iPad (I have my own subscriptions) so a tv isn’t important.

11. Are you bondable?

… I was bonded years ago as a cashier, but when I looked into it recently it seems it’s for people who have employees, not single operators like myself.

12. Will my house insurance be valid?

… for one house that I sat for 6 weeks there were some questions that I had to answer and supply my birthdate etc., and it all worked out fine. I’ve read that home insurance is actually invalid if the house is empty for more than 2 weeks, so I guess it’s good to find these things out.

13. What kind of animals have you looked after?

… dogs, cats, fish, birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, turtles, chinchillas, bearded dragons, and the odd pig or cow running loose.

pgy

14. Will you give my pets their medicine or take them to the vet’s?

… of course. I also have experience with injecting insulin to diabetic cats and doing iv drips with those huge needles!

15. Will you clean my house while I’m gone?

… I have a love/hate relationship with vacuum cleaners, but the longer I stay, the more I clean! I’ve also been known to re-arrange linen closets, but that was only for a long-time friend who I knew would appreciate my organizational skills. If you have a cleaning service then I’ll be glad to let them do their thing and just touch-up whatever mess I make.

:: If you have a question that I haven’t answered, or you would like clarification on one, please feel free to ask in the comments or email me directly:

s@thenerdhouse.com

Storme

2 Comments»

  Robert Abbenhuis wrote @

Are you available from June 13 to 30th
Can we meet before to see what you think of my cats and I get to meet you.

  Storme wrote @

Hi Robert, give me a call I can certainly meet you & your cats before you decide whether I’m the right sitter for what you need :)
604.730.1901


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