If you want to make a booking directly with a sitter, you only need to send a Direct Booking request to a single sitter by clicking on "Book Now" on their listing and selecting the desired dates.
If you'd like to message a few sitters in your area to learn about their availability or to make any special requests, we recommend that you contact three sitters. This way, you're more likely to receive a quick response and get a variety of options. Make sure to check the sitters' response rate and response time before messaging them, as this will give you a rough idea of how soon you can expect an answer.
Please Note: when you make a Direct Booking request, your card is automatically pre-authorized (but not charged) for the full booking amount. As a result, we recommend that you don't make more than one Direct Booking request at a time. Naturally, if the sitter declines or doesn't respond within 24 hours, the pre-authorization is automatically released and no charge is applied.