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We are paying a couple to take care of our dog. Just letting him out 4x per day and feeding him 1x per day. Not asking anything extra. They live a few miles away. How much do you think is reasonable to pay per day?

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It depends on a few factors: 1) How long it takes them to get to your house. If they're 2 miles away on the highway outside of a city (6-minute round-trip drive), you'll pay less than if they're 5 miles away on side roads and will be hitting rush hour during two of their visits (25-50 minute round-trip drive). If they're coming from somewhere other than their house, this can also factor in. 2. Whether they're professional petsitters or just doing this as a side gig or favor. If the former, expect to pay more (because they'll have experience and possibly some sort of training, and also because FT petsitters need to work at an hourly rate that accounts for a) all the time they spend driving and b) the time they spend seeking clients, arranging appointments, getting/dropping off keys, and so forth.) 3. Cost of living and the market in your area. If the few miles is a 10-minute drive round trip, for a professional petsitter, I'd expect to see $30-$60/day.

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Adriana in Newark, NJ
Oct. 26, 2018

The value shoud be agreed between you, if the person thinks it is fair what you can afford, great. But I would like to remind that the job of a pet sitter is not just to walk 4x per day or feed the dog 1x per day, there is a commitment to the schedule, time of travel between the people's home and the workplace, the love that is dedicated to de dog and the responsibility to keep the pet safe.

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Jason in Syracuse, NY
Jan. 29, 2018

In my work with animals, I try to charge families for the amount of time that I am actually spending working with the animals and away from my usual day. If it takes them 30 minutes to get to your house, let your dog out and feed them, and are doing that four times a day, I would think that a them charging for 2 hours of work is reasonable. The going rate for Pet Care in my city (Syracuse, NY) is $15/hour. I hope that this helps :)

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I agree with Jason. I also charge for the amount of time it takes to travel to the home, take the dog out for a walk if it is nice out or at least a potty break and to feed him with a minimum time of 1/2 hour per visit. Most of the time, I go well over that time with playtime too, but still charge the same rate. It may seem like a lot of money per day, but think about what it would cost to board him during your time away. Keeping him home allows for him to be comfortable in his surroundings with little stress while you're gone. I hope this helps. I also give the parents daily text updates, sometimes taking pictures of their pet and sending it to them to ease their stress, which is not something you'll find with boarding him.

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Anna in Pinebluff, NC
Jan. 29, 2018

It depends on their experience level etc., I personally charge 15/visit but I have been in the pet industry for about 10 years. I would suggest a flat rate of 50-60 a day and increase if it will take place over a holiday.

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If they are just a few miles away and they are coming 4 times I would say between $30-$40 a day.

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$20 per day minimum

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Jessica in Ogden, UT
Feb. 13, 2019

How much would you be paying if they stayed at a kennel? Here they're not only able to stay in the comfort of their own home, but the person has to travel to them every time they need care, and 4 x a day is quite a lot of time in a persons day. "Only a few miles away" doesn't really matter, as even a kennel would be a few miles away. Travel, gas, and time are what they are. That said, it seems the sitter isn't required to supervise them 24 hours a day. I would call several boarding facilities in your area, find out what the average is for boarding and walks, a bed of some sort, play time, treats, etc, and see how much this actually adds up to. .. (a LOT). I would factor in the cost per day, walks, and something extra for their time and gas. As they aren't staying overnight, perhaps cut the cost per day a bit. - See what other drop in sitters charge in your area, and you'll have a good idea of where the cost should be.  Many charge per visit with a discount on extra dogs.

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thank you but no

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i am try get a job take care of other pets to i need to get paid to thank you

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$20 for the day

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12 or 11 per hour. Maybe more.

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Letting him out 4 times per day would need someone a little more dedicated. As a daily routine, I would pay up to $30/day.

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 24, 2019

I would say, it depends on how much time it takes to get to your house, how much time it takes to feed, and take your dog out. If you have a figure in your mind, and they have one in theirs, maybe you meet in the middle.

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Susan in Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14, 2019

I would think 40.00 if they live close.

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I believe if the couple is only a few miles away, $20 a day would be reasonable.

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$10-15 per day.

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4 times a day is a LOT to ask of someone to take out of their schedule. Even if it is only a few miles from you. I find it takes me atleast a half hour each time depending on what I find and traffic. Its a lot of inconvenience. Reasonably $80 a day would be more than fair to you. I would consider asking for 3 times a day at $60 if you are looking to save money.

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Terri in Holland, MI
Dec. 8, 2018

Hi I am a pet sitter in Michigan; I usually charge $5-$10 per visit but sometimes the owners will pay more depending on breed, size and all the work that goes into caring for their treasured pets! Have fun with your new assignment!

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4 times a day is quite a bit. Even if they live close by it is still time out of their day plus the feeding... I think more than the average $20 should be offered. How many days is also a factor... I'd say $23+ per day.

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$50-60 a day.

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1-3 dogs in the same city is $10 a visit. 4-5 is $15 a visit. 6+ is $20 a visit. If it's the next city over then add $5 to each price. Still significantly cheaper than boarding at a doggie daycare.

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Depending on the hours they interact with the dog roughly 15+ per hour is reasonable pay.

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I personally think that between $20- $25 a day is fine.

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Logan in Ruskin, FL
Oct. 18, 2018

It depends on how long they are taking care of your pet. I usually think 12 Dollars an hour would be reasonable, but of course some circumstances are different. I hope I could of helped!

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Ashley in Byhalia, MS
Oct. 16, 2018

I usually charge $10 for every walking or letting them out a day if it is within 10 to 15 miles

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Jane in Columbus, OH
Oct. 15, 2018

A reasonable rate would be $15-20 per visit. So $60-$80.

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Aundrea in Katy, TX
Oct. 14, 2018

I think 40$ is reasonable.

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Kyri in Madera, CA
Oct. 11, 2018

I wouldnt' pay a couple to watch one dog first of all. I would pay one person as it doesn't take two to feed or let him out. Are they staying at your house or do they have to come back 4x a day? I would take that into consideration.

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Hi, As a pet sitter myself, I always consider my travel distance, and the requirements needed for each job and price accordingly, as fair as I can. If I am already staying at your home, then I don't charge anything more outside of my flat nightly rate, for any additional needs with your animals or your home. If I am stopping in, I normally charge around 20 a visit. If you are very close to me I might consider 30-40 a day flat rate, if there are not any time-consuming instructions.

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15 at least

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Tina in Lakeside, CA
Sept. 16, 2018

30 to 50 a day.

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Terri in Holland, MI
Sept. 14, 2018

I usually charge $10 to $15 per day for this many trips but if a friend, relative, acquaintance or neighbor fills in the position, you could charge less than this amount. Go with what feels right; register with Care.com and you will happy you did!!

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If they only live a few miles away I'd say that $25 a day is reasonable for letting them out that frequently and feeding once.

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The gas it takes and a few more bucks for going out of their way per day

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$40 or $10 per is low but since they are close that might suffice. IT depends on if this is a neighbor you know or if it is someone you found online it may need to be more. Ask the person what he wants then go from there.

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Amelia in Colgate, WI
Sept. 3, 2018

$35 per day

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Depends on where you live. Here (Los Angeles) you ca expect most dog walkers to charge $12-$15 per walk. So maybe $50 a day is reasonable?

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Kimberely in Mesa, AZ
Aug. 24, 2018

20.00 Per day

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Ivonne in Tampa, FL
Aug. 22, 2018

It can be 10 dollars an hour

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Pay gas mileage for the 4 trips, which would be 8 trips total for them (back and forth to your house). Rover pays about $10 per drop in visit for a 30 minute visit, and I feel that is very fair.

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reasonable pay would be $8 per visit just for walks and a quick feeding, any more than that would be too much

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Francele in Miami, FL
Aug. 13, 2018

$25 per day.

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I think $10 a day is reasonable for basic care.

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I would Charge $20 per pay

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I think $40 a day would be good since they are traveling 4 times a day.

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$40 to $50

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Nicole in Denton, TX
Aug. 5, 2018

$8-$10 depending on the times needed to come take the dog out.

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Depends on where you live, but $35-40 is reasonable for my area.

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I would ask for about $60 a day personally- 4 times a day takes up time, they have to schedule other things around it, and it can be difficult. Whatever you do, pay them well!

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I think that depends on your prior relationship with these people. If they are professional pet caregivers then whatever is the going rate

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Shyan in Mosheim, TN
Aug. 3, 2018

$25-50 if over night care is involved then $50-75

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Assuming they stay an hour each time they visit your pup, a flat fee may be better. Is this for a short period of time or on a regular basis? For a short period of time, say for 7 days...4 hours per day at $15 an hour would be $60 a day. For one week it would be $420. Or you could just offer them $400. Look at the prices of kennel boarding Good luck!

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Sheri in Fishers, IN
Aug. 3, 2018

Typically, $12-15 per visit is reasonable. If they are coming 4X's a day, and have to spend 10-15 min. getting there and then same to get home, that's a log ot running back and forth, but it's worth it to make roughly $50+ per day.

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10-15 dollars sounds reasonable

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Between $10 to $15 every two visits sounds about right. Or meet somewhere in the middle.

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At least 15-20 per visit. Each visit should take about an hour to love them up and play a little. Everybody's time is valuable/

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Bry in Chesapeake, VA
July 31, 2018

I would say from experience probably around 8-10 dollars. When I dog sit sometimes I go over there 4-5 times a day, feed twice, let them out, and walk them twice. They usually require meal prep too and I get 15-20 dollars a day so what you're asking id say most likely 8-10. Hope this helps best of luck.

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Amy in Martinez, CA
July 31, 2018

Depends on the dog!

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I pay my sitters based on hours worked ($10) to give potty breaks and feed. We typically ask them to hang out a little to socialize with our girls.

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Launi in Midland, TX
July 29, 2018

$20 a day is what I would accept

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Ashley in Batavia, IL
July 29, 2018

Since it is just a few miles I would say maybe $10 a day.

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That is completely discussed between you and the sitter/walker. And 4x per day is a commitment that breaks up the whole day but your dog is being taken care of and they do not live down the street. I'm sure there is an acceptable dollar amount agreeable to both parties. I hope the couple does not expect to both be paid unless they are splitting the 4 outings. Good Luck!!

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I would say pay them $15-20 a day

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Susan in Ocala, FL
July 25, 2018

Four times a day could interrupt your routine even though its close by, I would say ten to 15 dollars a day.

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Morgan in Merced, CA
July 25, 2018

Minimum wage is more than reasonable for a simpe job as such.

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Abby in Ventura, CA
July 24, 2018

$45 per day

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20 the hour.

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I would say a minimum of $8/day would be a good starting point. A reasonable, average pay would probably be around $10-15/day.

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$40,00 / day.

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I would suggest nothing under $15.00 so maybe $20.00. It isn't a hard task or too much to ask but paying a little extra would show you're thankful and they'd become loyal and would do it the more it is needed.

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train the dog so it will so it want use the bathroom in the house or anywhere the house

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An average Pet motel typically charges anywhere between $25/day to $50 depending on the size of the dog.

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Most people charge anywhere from 10-35 a visit. Depending on their travel and what your pet requires..this rate is decent.

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Emma in Olathe, KS
July 22, 2018

i believe a reasonable pay could start at 15-20 dollars a day and if anything else is needed later, paying a little more would be respectful.

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depending on your area, anywhere from $50 to $80 for 4 visits per day.

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Amber in Milliken, CO
July 21, 2018

I generally charge $25/day for sitting and $12/visit. If it is 4x per day I would recommend the sitting (depending on how far they actually live). Obviously prices are negotiable.

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Depending on the dog, I think $15 an hour is good.

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Sara in Urbandale, IA
July 19, 2018

It's always best to talk to the caretaker about payment, but rates usually range from 15-25 USD per day.

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Normally rate of pay for a dog sitter goes for $10 hr

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Four times per day is a lot, but given that the person lives close, it shouldn't be an inconvenience. That being said, the sitter surely has other animals to take care and therefore has to travel back to your house at least twice per day. In addition, there is a big difference between letting your pup out in a yard four times and walking the dog four times. Two different scenarios results in different pay. $30 per day for letting your dog out in yard/feed once & $45 for two walks plus feed/let out twice.

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Abbey in Buffalo, NY
July 17, 2018

10 dollars

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15 dollars

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12$ a sit. So 12 x 4 would be 48$

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I start at $55.00 to 60.00 per day for one dog: That is the standard rate now with Pet Sitter's International pay scale. They do a marketing survey across the country and that is the average. Dog walks are $17 to 25.00 per hour depending on what all you'll be doing with the dog. Bottom line is you get what you pay for. Screen and interview at least 3 pet sitter's/dog walkers to get the best out there. Some dogs need a pack to be with daily and some of our little ones just want a private walk

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For me a decent amount would be about $15 a day because you are not asking for a lot. Its not like you are having them overnight so I would sat that $25 is a bit on the generous side.

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$15-$20 a day since it is 4 times a day

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Usually 25.00 per day, per pet is what I charge. If you live in a more affluent area, then higher would be warranted.

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12.00 per hour

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Ann in Springdale, AR
July 13, 2018

Look into the local average for walks and feeding and offer as close to that

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User in Broomall, PA
July 13, 2018

I believe that $10-$15 an hour is sufficient. Your dog only has to be walked a few times a day and fed once a day. As far as transportation, if they only live a few miles away it won't even cost them very much in gas.

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Ben in Fort Worth, TX
July 12, 2018

$50 per day seems pretty reasonable.

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I would say $10-15 per 30 min trip including the feeding and walking.

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Well, you have to consider different factors: travel time, gas money, time spent at your house, the possibility of something usual happing or risk. I am certified, bonded and insured. I charge $10.00 per 30 minute visits for one pet (add $5.00 per additional pet). Several of my customers tell me I don't charge enough and give me tips, but it seems it is about an fee for my area and I don't mind. I also water houseplants and potted outdoor plants, get the mail and paper. So, you can be flexible. Since they are nearby they may consider less.

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Anita in Bethel, MN
May 14, 2018

I think that it depends on if they are in the business of animals care or have experience. If they are in the pet business then I would say see how much they charge, and if you think that it is a bit high then see if maybe they could drop it a bit. I charge $15 per visit, but someone that are not in the business of pet care should maybe get less, so maybe $7 to 10 per visit. Just an idea...

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Hi! I'm a pet care provider, so I hope I can give you some insight. I tend to charge below what most folks do in this industry. If it were me, although I normally charge $10/ visit and walk, you might be able to negotiate with the couple if you know them well. For example, I had a similar gig once and only charged $30/ day to help save these folks some cash (they were financially strapped and had to go out of town for a funeral, so I was happy to work with them). Again, I charge less than what most folks would charge, so take that with a grain of salt. As uncomfortable as it is in our society, I would just have a conversation with them about what is a reasonable rate. You can even use my rates as a place to start if you'd like! Hope this helps! ~Sarah

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$20-$30 is reasonable pay I believe

User in Fenton, MI
Jan. 29, 2018

People want someone to come to their house four times a day and pay only 20-30? That is ridiculous. People want quality healthcare for less than minimum wage.

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User in Hercules, CA
July 14, 2018

For each day I would think $50

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I charge $64 for 4 visits a day for one pet. Also I charge $448 for 7 day with 4 visits a day.

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Cristiane in Lewes, DE
March 26, 2019

I will charge $ 50.00

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about 10-15 dollars

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Catherine in Canton, GA
March 19, 2019

I would Never let ANYONE IN MY HOME WHO IS NOT BONDED & INSURED,

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