PLEASE HELP ME TURN MY FROWN UPSIDE DOWN:( Babysitting in lieu of rent

Elizabeth - posted on 11/28/2015 ( 8 moms have responded )

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HELP PLEASE!!! I am trying to make a contract for babysitting in lieu of rent. My husband and I are both always working on something it seems and could not afford another expense right now. So we decided since we have a couple of rental properties (mobile homes in MHPs), we would find someone who could babysit in lieu of the rent. I used to pay someone $20.00 daily per child, but there wasn't a set amount of hours. I don't want to leave my child(ren) with the sitter for 18 hours a day or anything (might be nice though, LOL). If the rental property is $500.00 per month and we are paying $20.00 daily, how many hours do you think that should be for?? We've been going thru a horrible financial crisis the last year and I no we can't take that into consideration, but.......I have included that we as the parents are responsible for paying any/all of the amount if it exceeds the set amount of hours and this goes vise versa as well.
Can anyone PLEASE HELP ME TURN MY FROWN UPSIDE DOWN??? :(

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Sarah - posted on 11/29/2015

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How do I miss the heated ones for the boring ones?
Elizabeth the first problem I see is you can't even out the cost. If the rent is 500 and you are expecting to pay 20/day, you'd get up to 25 days of babysitting per month and your sitter would only get 500/month. A sitting arrangement for 20/day is usually a group setting and that would not really be feasible in a MH. Even if you sent your two kids for 12 days, that hardly leave the renter time for another job to pay for food, gas etc.
Second when people contract service in lieu of rent agreements, it is usually a more fluid service than babysitting. For example, when I was in college I was a resident adviser in a dorm (ugh what a drag that year was) , I had a set amount of duties that I could do when my schedule permitted as well as a few scheduled times that I was available to the students for emergencies or counsel. So my services were in lieu of my housing costs, but i was able to maintain my class/work schedule etc. Babysitting is not fluid, your renter can't do it on her own time, he/she would have to accommodate your schedule. Whereas if you allowed a maintenance or security person to live rent free, the security hours would likely be at night and on call and the maintenance could be done whenever the resident was able to do it or on an emergent basis.
Finally, as I alluded earlier, MH are quite small and is that where you want your kids to be when you are paying for them to be watched, entertained and active? I am not trashing MH, but I am saying I don't think they make the best daycare setting.
My final comment is in defense of the other posters on this thread. These moms post great advice and a LOT of it, years worth of suggestions and advice and questions. When you read a post you have to remember that the questions are not criticism, they help everyone see the situation more clearly. The more info we have the better others can advise you and the better the thread can build.
Instead, you get what has happened here....a dead thread.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2015

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Are you serious? It wasn't a bunch of judgements - they were genuine concerns/questions based on the information you gave. Perhaps you misunderstood what I was suggesting, and perhaps I misunderstood you but I actually wasn't judging you (but I sure as shit am now after your eloquent response).

I also don't believe I called you ANY names, let alone an idiot. If this is how you treat people who are actually quite innocently asking questions or trying to help you, I wouldn't want to rent from you or babysit your kids either......bitch!

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2015

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I don't understand why you can't just rent the mobile homes and pay for a babysitter as needed. If your mobile homes aren't renting, would you really want to advertise free rent in exchange for babysitting your children? Are they the people you want babysitting your children? And if the homes aren't renting at $500 a month....then that isn't the current market value. If they are....you can afford a babysitter at current market rates.

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Elizabeth - posted on 11/28/2015

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It's just my opinion, but I don't think she has any right to judge what kind of person would actually be responding to an ad like that if I would have posted such an ad, nor do you for that matter. Maybe you guys should try posting something like that and see what kind of responses you get. You would be amazed at the calls I get when I do have an ad just for the MH for rent. I never even imagined all the different things people will call/text about. One response tho, "Do you rent to SEX OFFENDERS"? So do you think maybe I shouldn't place ads for the MH's anymore either?

Dove - posted on 11/28/2015

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lol Well you probably don't want to hear that I agree w/ what Jodi posted then... You were way out of line to go off the way you did off of her innocent questions about the situation.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/28/2015

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Thank you so much! That's what I needed to hear, not someone replying with a bunch of judgements! You seem like a real person...VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/28/2015

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Well let's see, I'm not sure where to begin.... First, I'm not an IDIOT!!. I didn't say anything about advertising or the properties not renting! Jodi, I'm not exactly what you do for a living or where you came from, but in the world that I live in there are all kinds of people with all kinds of different issues, some much different and/or worse than others. Everyone has problems and sometimes, I've come to see, everyone gets into a bind and could use a little help from someone in one way or another. Did you actually read what I wrote?? I'm not going to get into or give you my life story, but obviously, you are better off than I am. Just because we have rental properties DOES NOT MEAN WE HAVE MONEY, when in fact it actually means WE HAVE A LOT MORE DEBT!!! For some people things are not as easy as they are to type! I think YOU might be living in a different world than I! Thank you for your reply, but please, don't give me anymore advise!

Dove - posted on 11/28/2015

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The last child care job I had I was paid $10/hour... Rates vary dependent upon a lot of things and as this is a world wide site I am not sure you will find the answers you are looking for here.

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