Pros/cons to having "housesitter"?
April 30, 2012 12:09 PM Subscribe
What would the drawbacks/benefits be to having someone stay in our currently vacant house?
posted by stefnet to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our house is currently for sale and vacant. We now live about an hour away. A friend approached us wondering if a friend of theirs*would be able to stay in our house for a few months.
At first, we thought about "officially" renting. This person would not be able to shoulder the normal full-house rental, but could help shave a bit off our mortgage amount. However, after investigating the amount our insurance would rise vs. how much this person could pay, we decided we can't really afford that option.
We are now torn as to whether to offer the ability to stay in the house to the person. Having someone there to maintain it (normal upkeep, we would not be asking them to do any crazy repairs) and keep it from looking vacant is probably a good thing, however then we have to coordinate having someone there with agent showings, etc. We would continue to cover utilities, so that would be a rise in cost for us, but I'm wary of accepting any money in this situation.
What benefits and drawbacks aren't we thinking of? Is this worth doing or should we just drop it? What would you do? Thanks!
*Note: please assume that these are all upstanding people in the community, dealing with other quality people. We are well aware of the usual slings and arrows of renting and people trashing places, etc. The person in question is currently staying elsewhere and taking care of it nicely.