I’m really shocked to hear that goes on. We’ve never been asked to contribute towards any bills and, in fact, it costs sitters money to travel to the owner’s home.
Hi @Caroline99. Welcome to the community forum. I’m glad you found us and have jumped into the conversations. I also have never been asked to chip in to pay utilities for a sit, even for long ones in the winter. I can understand why, as so many homeowners have discussed here, a homeowner might want to make that part of the deal. And that’s ok, it just means that many of us won’t apply for their sits. All expectations should be communicated up front in the listing and as part of the video call.
Try searching “sabbatical homes,” there are a few paid sites that offer this kind of exchange.