It seems like such a good idea! And for many it has been. A chance to make money out of your own property – renting your house out while you are away in order to pay for your holiday, brilliant! What could go wrong?
For Air Bnb to really work, you need a second property, or a granny flat or a spare room. I know several people who have made quite a bit of money out of it and are very happy to have strangers upstairs, but on my own with a small child, I’m wary of having strangers in the house. Instead I decided that I would clear and clean my whole house out – put personal things into the attic and be away when visitors come to stay. All good so far, except for the fact that packing your whole house up for a weekend, is mad and exhausting and also that people don’t necessarily come when they say they will.
I’d rented my house out for the whole Easter break, or so I thought. I needed to be away obviously, so booked a week in Italy and a week taking up my parent’s spare bedroom. Great, except they cancelled at the last minute and I found myself on a holiday I couldn’t cancel, spending money I didn’t have. The same thing has happened this summer – I rented my house out for a couple of weeks, planned a camping holiday in France for the same time. They changed their dates, I couldn’t – now I’m on holiday when my house is empty and having to stay in my parent’s spare room again when I get back.
I’m not sure I’ve quite got this sussed and as I trudge up and down to the attic with all my possessions and clean the house to a frenzy of sparkly beauty, I’m beginning to regret that I ever started it.