The Pay Scale

Why do people seem to always be focused on money? Sure, it is a “universal language”, and “money talks”, but it shouldn’t be our main focus.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying money can’t buy happiness. In fact, not having enough of it, can drastically lower a person’s happiness level. This is often do to the person having to compromise significantly on their quality of life. Maybe they can’t afford to get their broken tooth taken care of, and this brings them pain everyday. Maybe they can’t afford new floors. Maybe they can barely afford to eat. Maybe they can’t afford to live on their own, and end up quarreling with the people they live with everyday. One way or another, if this person isn’t bringing home enough bacon, they suffer. And their happiness levels decrease.

Statistics show that optimum happiness is reached at an average annual salary of about $70,000 dollars. Any more than that provides a negligible increase in happiness. You could make that much money replacing windshields. So what does this mean? Should minimum wage be increased to $35/hour to ensure everyone is happy? Of course not; that would increase the cost of living tremendously. What it means is that you should try to reach this goal somehow, whether through earnings or investments. This is enough money that you could easily take care of yourself and not have to worry about suffering due to monetary reasons.

Scale of happiness

Now, for the reason I bring this up. I am constantly asked how much money I make by house sitting for my clients. Have you googled it? You might be surprised by the average annual salary of a house sitter. The results came up at around $50k per year. Are you surprised? Now what if I told you that was just the average. Some of us professionals make quite a bit more than that. I will tell you that I am above the “happiness line”. I don’t suffer due to monetary reasons.

It was NOT easy getting to this point however. People have to trust you, and to build trust takes time. Time and references. References and time. I am in these peoples’ houses, day after day, all while they are gone. I am in their sole private place. This takes immense trust, and I am rewarded for it. You see, I have the ability to wreak havoc if I wanted. If I was a teenage girl, I could throw a house party and invite all of my friends and tear the place up and never get another house sitting job. That would be the end of my career. But luckily, I am not a teenage girl, so I still have a career. I could sell all of their possessions in their home, which is usually worth a sizable portion of money, all before they got back. And that would be the end of my career, and my life, because I would probably end up in jail.

Let me tell you, people who make a sizable amount of money, have usually earned it. We have put in the time, the dedication, and effort. We have waded through the setbacks and slow times. We have been there with no money, and suffered. It is all these trials that have made us who we are today. They were our “trials by fire”. They gave us an appreciation for what we have now. We don’t take these high paying jobs for granted, as we know the amount of work it takes to get them. We know what it means to fail, over and over again, and to get back up, over and over again. It isn’t easy. Please don’t think that I am saying that we are better than you. Understand that we have been in the same situations as you have. Understand that we now have wisdom, instead of knowledge, and we now have the scars to prove that we went through our own battles.

If you would like advice on how to become a house-sitter, well, I hope this article has helped you. If not, I am sorry, and you will have to just get out there and try it for yourself.

New floors? How about YES.

(That picture is not of the actual flooring in their house. I cannot post actual pictures due to privacy issues)

House sitting for a major client in Dallas while their floors get renovated by The Flooring Pro Guys. Seriously impressed by the quality and workmanship that is going into this house. The owner told me that they chose this company due to not only the high quality materials they use, but the installation craftsmen they employ are top notch. From what I have seen so far, I believe it.

This client is installing engineered wood floors, which I guess is just like a laminate or something similar. I am not a flooring expert. They chose an amazing texture and design though, I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t hardwood if they didn’t tell me. I guess the stuff may not be as durable as hardwood when we start talking about a hundred years down the road, but otherwise, it is just as durable and much more cost efficient. These guys are telling me that the maintenance on it is not nearly as hard either. It seems like a win-win situation. I guess if you have money to burn, or just don’t want to think about your floors being not hardwood all the time, then you should go for hardwood. It might have a slightly better sheen to it, kind of like when you buff a car or a pair of leather shoes over and over for years and they develop that deep rich shine. I think engineered wood floors are a winner.

Now, on to my review of The Flooring Pro Guys. Seemed like an odd brand name at first, but it has grown on me. Kind of rolls off the tongue. I highly recommend these guys. They were prompt and very courteous. Before they arrived in the morning, they gave me a call to let me know that they were on their way so that I would be ready for them. When they got here, they were very polite and pleasant while introducing themselves. They asked for permission to tour the house and make sure that their measurements were correct so that they could start the job. I think the owner had them walk through once before to get a quote on the flooring installation.

hand-shake

During the installation, they tried to minimize any inconveniences to me, while I tried to stay out of the way. Again, nothing but a good experience from these guys. Safety was their top priority, which I really appreciate from a company. I spoke to one of the craftsmen briefly about his job. He said he loved it, and the way that new floors can totally transform a house. I wholeheartedly agree. He also said that he has been doing this for years, so he has seen it all. Nothing really bothers him, not even nagging customers. His sincerity showed me why these guys are so highly recommended. They provide quite the pleasant experience.

I might just have to get my floors replaced soon…

Okay, I really do need to save up and budget for that expense, but I can dream, no? I will definitely be using The Flooring Pro Guys for my home. This whole experience was a perfect example of how contractors should treat their customers, and for that matter, their employees! It almost made me want to start a career in the flooring industry. I know there are companies like this one in every industry, it can just be hard to find them sometimes. It is a matter of asking around, trying out their services, and just getting out there.

I wish you could see these new floors. They shine brighter than the sun on a hot Texas day. The texture mimics hardwood. The colors give you that genuine feeling. I am still not sure if the owner actually ordered hardwood floors, or engineered wood floors. That is how great these floors look in this house. Its a combination of great materials, and great workmanship, that can really make a project beautiful, and as they say, the devil is in the details.

The Modern Home

Keeping up with the Joneses. It is something no one wants to admit to doing, but everyone does it.

We want to feel like we are on the cutting edge, all the time. We want to talk about the newest gadgets, and our new toys. We want to show it off to our friends and brag about how great it is, and how much it impacts our lives. We invite them over not for the joy of being together, but for bragging together. Buying the newest and best of anything becomes a social experience.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am NOT saying this is a bad thing. If it gives us something to talk about other than politics or the weather, I am all for it! Unfortunately, there are some negative effects that we have seen, such as people living above their means and going into debt. That is a bad thing. However, if we are responsible about it, the whole experience becomes quite enjoyable.

So, keeping up with the Joneses; I do it with my house. I love decorating, moving things around, buying new furniture, painting anything and everything, and then as soon as it becomes close to completion, I want to do it all over again! There are so many great ideas out there, I just want to try them all!

Where do I come up with these ideas? House sitting. I take care of peoples homes, basically living in them temporarily. This gives me a unique perspective on home design. I am able to actually try out many different arrangements and setups. From old homes to new houses, I have seen it all! It is exciting living in a new house.

Nowadays, we see technology being integrated into our homes. All sorts of wireless technology implementations. We can play music from our phones over the loudspeakers throughout our houses. We can unlock the door with the push of a button on our phones. We can adjust the thermostat with an app. These are amazing times we are living in.

Follow along as I write about all the different details of the numerous ideas that I come up with. Who knows, you might find something you want to implement in your home!