There’s a lot to think about when you’re staying in a stranger’s house. Will they kill me? Is it OK to eat lunch in my bedroom so I don’t have to talk to them? And are there hidden cameras waiting to catch me naked?
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Airbnb loves to frame their offering as a kind of global community, connecting travellers and hosts for life-changing experiences. But we know the real reason you'd open your apartment or spare bedroom to strangers: to get paid! Before you bust out the guest linens and start snapping listing-ready photos, however, you've got to do some maths. What's the right price for your place?
You have problems, I have advice. This advice isn't sugar-coated - in fact, it's sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.
So you've taken the leap and decided to offer your home as a cosy place to stay for weary travellers, tourists and holidaymakers. You can list your house on Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, or one of a handful of other holiday rental sites, but you want to make sure that listing looks as inviting as possible to attract customers. That means taking professional, good-looking photos.
Your local library has all kinds of perks, but one I continually forget about is its collection of digital audiobooks. Considering how much audiobooks usually cost, this is a great little benefit.
There's plenty you can do in your rental to make it more like a home without spending a ton or running afoul of your landlord, but if you want some more substantial upgrades or changes, you'll need their help. Have you ever convinced a landlord to pay for upgrades or renovations?
It sounds like a wishful urban legend, but it's indeed possible to negotiate a discount on rent. Some of our readers have successfully done it, and this former apartment complex manager confirms: it never hurts to ask.