Even when you and your pet trust the sitter, make sure he or she works for a company that has an pet sitter bond. When pet-sitting companies bond their employees, you and Fido are protected against any financial loss, meaning you won’t pay for a pet sitter’s unethical acts, leaving more money for Fido’s biscuits.
In some cases, local governments require that pet-sitters bond their employees before they’re even licensed to operate as a business. As a customer, it’s best to find out if your state, city or county mandate business service bonds to help you find legitimate pet sitters.
More than your money is protected. If an employee steals something valuable from your property when he or she should be brushing Mr. Bo-jangles, the employee’s company won’t hang you out to dry. Since it is bonded, the company is responsible for your loss and will repay you up to a maximum, as high as $100,000.
Even if the company cannot afford to repay you, the surety with whom the company bonded covers the recompense. The incentive for the customer is obvious: Trust a sitter to make Fluffy’s gourmet meal the right way and that you won’t incur any financial loss.
For companies, the incentive is equally invaluable. By purchasing a bond, service companies gain a huge marketing advantage over competitors. Marketers can include a “bonded and licensed” logo of sorts into the company’s advertising. In doing so, the company devotes itself to customers’ protection. Being bonded tells customers that you put their interests first.
Much like the protection against financial and property loss of a customer, an employee theft bond protects businesses from losing funds and property. Also, by bonding each employee, businesses find out who is trustworthy and who is not. A history of theft may prevent an employee from being bondable, helping employers weed out those unfit to pet sit.
Whether you’re the customer who needs somebody to feed your gecko, or the business owner who hires someone to do so, a business service/employee theft bond is always beneficial.
Guest Post by Kevin Kaiser of SuretyBonds.com, the nationwide leader in bonding education.