Just about every time we go on vacation we rent our house out on Airbnb. When we share this with people, it’s often met with disbelief that we would let people stay in our home while we are away. For Zach and I, it just makes sense. If we have a house that’s sitting empty, why wouldn’t we want to make some money to either subsidize our trip, or pay for it entirely?
This last weekend we went camping at Redwoods National Park. We spent about $60 on gas, $70 on campsites, $100 on food. We were gone for 3 days, 2 nights… and we spent a total of about $230. However, we rented our house out for those same two nights and we made $364. Renting our house out not only paid all our expenses, it left money in our pocket.
Sure, it can be inconvenient. When we leave for a trip and are running around like crazy people packing for a family of 6 while simultaneously keeping the house spotless, each and every time we ask ourselves… is this really worth it? But no matter how much stress it adds we always come to the same conclusion. It’s worth it. We like that we trust in humanity. We like that we get to share our home with others. We also really like the fact that we come home to a clean house.
Renting our house out gives us the opportunity to go on family trips more often. We are able to make memories with our kids and hope that they will remember climbing on huge trees in the Redwoods and running around soaking wet in all their clothes on the beach and going on hikes in beautiful canyons. Airbnb makes life more fun.
Photo of our master bedroom by Red Aspen Photography