What is it: (in laymen terms) Home tenders are people, like Beau and I, that aren't quite looking for a permanent home so we would move into these really nice homes in the more "uppity" parts of town that are trying to be sold. Homes range anywhere from $300K to the millions and rent is anywhere between $600-$1000.
$1000/month to live in THIS million dollar home? Yes, please!
- The house will be available to show so it has to be kept clean all the time. (That'll be a good excuse for Beau to help ME clean!)
- We could be in the house anywhere from 1 month to 1 year, depending on if and when the house sells. (You get a 30 day notice when the house is sold so you have time to pack and find another place to live...whether it be another home tending house or not.)
- You have to furnish the house and whatever rooms are left looking empty or bare, the home tending company will take care of, including putting pictures on the walls so you aren't in a naked home.
- No lease. If we did end up being in the house for a long time and decide to move out, we aren't stuck there.
- Rent is dirt cheap which would allow us to save a lot for a house!
- Home tenders bring down the cost of the homeowner's premium, which is enticing to homeowners. (You can only imagine how much the premium is for a house like the one above...)
- It gives homeowners a sense of ease knowing their house isn't just vacant on a lot somewhere.
- Many of the houses have pools, which is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the home tender. ((can we say "pool partay"??!!))
- The home tending company supplies movers at a discount.
- We would be living in a huge house in a good part of town for almost nothing.
- We could actually have the chance to "pick" the house WE want to live in! The home tending realtor told us that if we find a house for sale, ANY house, she will call the homeowners and 90% of the time she can convince them to agree to allowing home tenders to stay in their home!
- The possibility of moving constantly-so it's definitely not anything close to being permanent.
- The more you move, the more your furniture gets damaged.
- When the house is being shown, you have to leave.
- We have to take care of the yard, which means paying yard guys, but I don't really consider that too much of a problem since they aren't expensive.
So, that's it! Beau and I are pretty excited about it! (Well, we could live in a box and I would be just as thrilled...I'm just so excited about finally living together!) We've been seriously discussing it recently and have decided that we will try it once and see how it goes. If we are in the house for less than 6 months, we probably won't home tend again. If we are in it for a while (10 months+), we may consider it again! We really have nothing to lose besides the fact that we may move a few times more than we wanted to but hey, that's ok with me.
So I need to know: What do you think? Would you do it? Ever known anyone that has done something like this? Any suggestions?