While owning a house is a dream come true for many people, it's a challenge when travelling long term. Most homeowners often feel tied down when it comes to travelling for an extended period. The thought of paying mortgage and maintenance services while simultaneously taking care of the travel expenses is a tall order for many.
Though it could prove to be a stressful affair, there are several options you can explore. The good news? You can enjoy your job, internship, education or round the world trip with nothing to worry about if you list your home with Airbnb or get a house sitter. You can also rent or sell your home.
Here is exactly how these options work.
List Your Home with Airbnb
Airbnb is a viable option when travelling long term. It allows you to list your house for medium to long-term rental.
Getting started with Airbnb is simple. Take stunning pictures of your home and add a description of what a guest would expect. The information you'll fill in includes your location, the type of house and the rooms the guest can access.
To really attract those long-term guests, highlight unique details of your house or the location. Things like a view of the ocean, a nearby fresh grocery store, a dog park, a gym or even a restaurant will give your listing an edge. To further entice long-term guests, give discounts for those booking for over 28 days.
Airbnb allows you to set up your calendar such that guests can only book your space in the months that you are not around. So, you can liaise with a friend or a family member in advance to be on standby, just in case your guests need help or guidance when you are away.
Some companies help with managing Airbnbs. You should check if such service providers are in your area. This way, you'll be at peace on the road, knowing everything is taken care of.
Lastly, make sure you store your valuables away, as your home will be open to guests from across the globe.
House sitting is where you find someone, a friend or a stranger, visiting your city to live in your house when you are away.
Since you'll not be around for a long time, there are high chances of damage and burglary. But with a house sitter, you can rest easy knowing your house is well taken care of. There are also reduced chances of robbery.
A house sitter takes care of your pets, performs simple maintenance and light gardening duties. In exchange, they get somewhere to stay for free or at a minimal cost.
If house sitting is not an option you'd consider, you can opt for a house swap. House swap involves exchanging houses with someone planning to visit your city and you theirs. You'll cut cost in your new destination and enjoy your stay in a home-like environment.
There are several sites where you can find people interested in house swap. Depending on where you are going, you'll find several options to choose from. From there, you can pick the one that stands out and then contact the owner.
You should contact your landlord and insurance company to confirm if this arrangement is acceptable.
Rent your House to Someone
Renting a house is a feasible option if you are going away for a considerable amount of time. You’ll have to write a lease agreement with your tenant when renting, which will most likely lock you out if you return earlier than expected.
Inquire among your friends and family if they are planning to move and offer your house. You can also use your circle to get the word out. Renting your home to someone you know or someone recommended by a friend will give you peace of mind while away.
If you can’t find someone within your circle, then try posting on social media. You stand to get several potential renters if you offer a completely furnished house. Suppose leaving your stuff with a stranger is not something you can do. Then you can rent an empty house and store your items in a self-storage facility.
Sell Your House
Selling your house can be a viable option if you are planning to move and never come back. You might also sell if you are planning to start all over again on your return. Sometimes, selling can be an excellent choice if you want to be free on your trip without a nagging feeling that there’s a house you have to return to.
If you settle for selling, you want to start the process way in advance. This will help you finalize everything before your departure. Start this process by liaising with the right estate agent. Give them all the information they need to get the house on the market.
Secondly, have a contingency plan in place. Suppose the house is sold earlier before your departure. Will you have a place to stay? Can you go on your journey earlier than planned? Put in place a plan such that an early sale doesn’t put you in jeopardy.
If the sale delays, what is your next plan? How long can you pay the mortgage while away? Can you delay your departure until you get a good deal?
Selling a house when travelling can go smoothly or have several setbacks. Thus, be prepared for the worst while expecting the best.
Long Term Storage
If you are selling or renting your house, self-storage is the best possible option. Though, there are several things you’ll need to consider to get a long-term self-storage service that meets your needs.
At 1 Van 1 Man Removals, we offer the best self-storage units in York and its surroundings. Our wide range of storage units are in the best possible condition. You can be sure to find your items safe and secured on your return. Contact us for affordable self-storage services.