Back in the day, bartering was common place. These days, it’s all about the cash. If you have a lot of it, you can survive this crazy world in style. If you only have a little, though, it doesn’t go far. Bartering for rent can help fill in the gaps. What are some of the ways we can barter for rent in modern times to make our available cash go further?
Two of my grand-kids are currently residing with me while their parents look for a larger place. Raising kids is costly. It’s also not exactly a breeze when you’re already sick. It’s hard for my daughter to save money for a bigger place while paying me to care for her kids. We’ve come up with a solution that works for all of us.
We have a huge lawn, a garden and a fairly large fixer upper house. Maintaining it takes a lot of sweat equity. My life partner works incredibly hard as a plumber. After a 12 hour day, who wants to come home and face yard work?
Rather than charging room and board for my grand-kids, my daughter and her boyfriend are helping us with home maintenance. They’ll be coming over once a week to do the heavy lifting and yard work that I’m too sick to do.
Instead of spending all his time off on home maintenance, my partner can relax a little now. I don’t have to make myself sick getting everything done either. Plus, my daughter gets to save on rent, so she can put her money toward other priorities.
Other ways to barter for rent:
Apartment management or maintenance
One fantastic way to get a free or discounted apartment is by bartering for it. Apartment building management and maintenance can help decrease your rent in large complexes. There is, however one drawback. You won’t have a whole lot of privacy. People will be knocking at your door with maintenance issues 24/7. You’ll also have to be available to show and clean apartments. Still, if you don’t mind the trade off, it’s a viable solution.
Roommate for hire
If you’re in a roommate situation with a homeowner, they might consider taking a few dollars off your rent in exchange for home maintenance. This could include cooking, cleaning and housework too. It certainly doesn’t hurt to ask. Who knows? The help may be more important to them than the money.
I know a single guy who house sits for free rent. He has a business going from house to house, watching people’s places while they’re on vacation or work trips that take them out of town. He pet sits too. That means the homeowner saves money on boarding. He does live out of a suitcase, which might not appeal to some people. Still, it’s a simple life and he never has to worry about paying for a roof over his head. In some cases, he gets a small salary as well.
Speaking of vacations, you can barter for a free one. Simply exchange dwellings with someone wishes to vacation in your area, without paying for an expensive hotel. You do have to keep your place very clean and neat. On the other hand, you should be doing that anyway. So, why not barter for a free vacation too?
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