Thinking about traveling abroad and wondering how to make use of your home during your travels? The good news is there are many ways to use your house or apartment while being away. Whether you wish to rent it out to someone or get your friends to stay there and take care of your plants at the same time, the options for getting creative with your home are endless. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to make use of your home while traveling and exploring new places.
Renting your Garage and Basement
If you own a garage or a basement space, why not rent it through a sharing community site as a storage space? This is one of the best ways to make money without even having to get up from your chair. By renting these unused spaces, you will also have someone to clean the dust and keep your basement clean. Another option is to ask around at work if someone is looking for a parking spot and then you can rent out your driveway.
Rent your Home
This is a no-brainer. Why not earn some extra money by renting your entire house while being away on vacation? Find a local agency from your city to help you rent your home or use websites like booking.com or airbnb for the same purposes. Renting your home to a person you know can also be an option. Find out if someone you know is unhappy with their current housing situation or ask around if someone from your relative’s friends is planning to move to your city and is looking for a new home.
Have you ever heard of home exchange? It’s a great option for travelers who are looking for a place to stay in another country without having to pay for anything. The process is quite simple. All you have to do is find a person who wants to swap homes with you through one of the numerous home-swap websites. Once you have found your match, the next step is to work something out with this person and negotiate the terms of home exchange.
Order a Cleaning Service
The best time to order a cleaning service to wipe all the surfaces and deep-clean your couches at your home is while being away. Keep in mind that you’ll probably have to find a reliable cleaning service that you can trust since you won’t be there. Asking your colleagues from work or neighbors to recommend a reliable company might be a good idea.
Ask your Friends to Stay
A good option is also asking your friends or family to stay at your home while you are traveling abroad. I am sure that some of them will be happy to do this and help you out. In return, you can ask them to water your plants occasionally or feed fish in the tank. By asking your friends to stay in your apartment, you also won’t have to worry about keeping your home safe and clean. Imagine if there was a leak in your bathroom and no one was there to deal with all the mess that comes with this. In case someone you know is staying at your home, you’ll always know that your house is safe.
The bottom line is that there are dozens of ways to take advantage of your home during your travels. Some of these rental options are ideal for making some extra cash that you can use for your travel costs, which is always great.
About the Author
Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.