10:37 AM 07/17/2012
We have a fairly large yard with a vegetable garden that must be watered daily, and other plants that should be watered every 5 days or so if it is hot and dry. What's a fair price to pay a kid to do that while I'm out of town for 2 weeks?
When I get people to help me out like this I like to negociate a per hour rate so nobody feels ripped off. If it takes 1/2 an hour to water your yard there's 7 hours for 2 weeks. Present it like that and offer them an hourly rate that you're comfortable with. I usually pay $12 an hour for yard work. For a kid maybe you pay less so they don't get spoiled.
3:59 PM 07/17/2012 | 0 Votes
I recently went through this too. I needed someone to come over daily for a week to water a bunch of plants and young trees. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to do it, so we agreed on $5 / visit x 8. I paid 1/2 up front and 1/2 upon my return. Because it turned out to be the week of the heat wave and none of my plants were dead, I gave her an extra $10.
3:17 PM 07/19/2012 | 0 Votes