Owning a home gives you a sense of security, a place to call home, and regular monthly payments as you build equity and your investment portfolio (investor or not), but there’s another unknown benefit; how your home can make you money. Here are ideas to generate extra cash using your biggest asset: your home!
1. Become an Airbnb host
Becoming an Airbnb host is an excellent idea if you have the extra space. As an Airbnb host, you control how often and when you want to open your home. How much you earn will depend on how much space you’re renting out. Renting a house will get you more money than renting a bedroom. If you have a second property, listing a 4+ bedroom home can get you an annual income of about $29,000. If you go the Airbnb route, be sure to check the local laws to make sure it’s legal and if there are restrictions on home-sharing.
2. Rent out your home
Keeping with renting, renting out unused living spaces is also a great income source. You don’t have to own a second home to be a landlord. If you have a finished basement, tiny home, or accessory dwelling unit in your backyard, these are all rentable options. You can also stick to the classic renting arrangement where you rent out a room and share facilities with the renter in your home.
3. Store other people’s stuff
If you don’t want people in your home, how about their stuff? People have a lot of things and do not always have the space to store them. Take advantage of that extra garage or shed space and rent it out. This is the easiest way to get some extra dough since there’s no maintenance or repairs compared to being a landlord. The space you have will depend on how much you can charge. Closet space can be $5 to $10 a month, while a garage or shed can be $100 or more a month.
4. Charge for parking
If you have a prime location in a popular area of town, especially where parking is limited, like near a college university or downtown, you can capitalize on the need for parking! Neighbors, students, and office workers are a great source of reliable income since they’ll need a safe area to park their car regularly. According to specialized sites like Neighbor or Spacer, you can make as much as $200 to $500 a month renting out your parking space. Again, it all depends on location, though.