Before I talk about how we came up with our pet care prices I want to tell you about a tub install gone wrong. What does a tub install have to do with pet care prices? Well, if you read on you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. You get what you pay for in many service fields, including pet care and tub installation.
Friends of mine wanted to install a new walk-in tub so they looked in the phone book and called several popular bath and tub installation companies. The quotes they gave were far too high for my friends’ budget so they went with a person recommended by a friend.
The gentleman that came to their house never returned their voicemail messages and when he finally did call, he was rude. Once the consultation was set up he handed my friend a cheesy business card, including a typo and a crossed out phone number with handwritten on added. When my friends asked for recommendations from previous clients, he seemed shocked and got rude.
Despite the gentleman’s behavior, he was hired.
While the job was being done, numerous issues arose, more money was needed, messes were left but eventually the job got finished.
Months after their brand new walk-in tub was installed, guess what, problems started popping up.
Mold started growing, seams that were supposed to have been caulked weren’t.
Lesson In Cheap Pet Care Prices
What’s the lesson? Cheap isn’t always better. Low pet care prices might result in shoddy work. Budget pricing might be OK if you’re buying a paper towel holder or set of dishes. However, do you really want cheap when it comes to a tub, shower or anything important in your life?
Most people agree that you get what you pay for and in pet care and pet sitting, that’s the truth, too.
You might be able to hire that high school neighbor to come and let your dog out once a day while you’re at work. The price you pay a student shouldn’t be the same rate you pay a professional pet sitter.
Hiring the next door neighbor or high school kid might work for a little while but what happens when that high school neighbor gets a call from a friend and they ‘forget’ your dog. What happens if your dog has some type of medical emergency while your little friend is there. Do you think they’ll know what to do? What happens if your dog jumps the fence or bolts out of the door? No one is perfect but there’s little room for mistakes in pet care and someone who doesn’t do this for a living might not provide the level of care you are looking for.
How We Established Our Pet Care Prices
Many things play a role in our pet care prices. Some of these things include the time frame to get to/from your home, the amount of time we’re working with your pets and the distance your home is from us. In order to have competent, trustworthy people, they need paid fairly. Competent, trustworthy people don’t work for chump change!
Establishing a fair amount of money to cover the drive time we spend going back and forth to your house is important.
Another reason our prices are the way they are is because most of our pet sitters are pet first aid & CPR certified. We pay for that training out of our own pockets. We pay for the renewal classes when necessary. If our prices were the same as the next door neighbor kid, do you think we could afford to pay for additional training?
Other reasons why our prices are the way they are: insurance. Our fees help pay for our insurance.
Part of our profit go towards our registration and renewal fees with the State of Indiana.
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Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
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