My last post described the condition of one of my spare rooms when a roommate moved out. This roommate left a few stains on the carpet. I was indecisive about whether to replace or clean the carpet and asked for opinions. Obviously, cleaning the carpet would have been cheaper, but the commenters recommended replacing the carpet especially for the amount of time I’ve continuously had the room rented.
So from the picture, you can probably infer, which route I went. The carpet I wanted to order was on back order and would take another week to arrive, which didn’t quite line up with the time frame with the move-in date of my new roommate. I have to say, I’m glad I rented a Rug Doctor because it did remove most of the stained spots and the rental was only $24!
However, the Rug Doctor did leave the carpet a bit damp, but I managed to rent it early in the week to allow ample time to dry.
You can see the before and after picture and any “live-in landlord” would probably agree that I did the right thing. I was really particular about getting the stain out by the door, which you can see in the before photo.
RENTING OUT FURNITURE
Some of you know that I left my full-time job to travel the world, but make stops back home to check on my house. All of the individual rooms in my house are rented out to offset all my expenses associated with the house. My personal belongings such as my bed, desk, and cloths are stored in my laundry room. This week, I have a new roommate who’s planning to rent for about 4 to 5 months. He’s an older fellow with a family and took a job around my neck of the woods because he was laid-off at his previous job.
Before finding my spare room for rent, he’s been living in a hotel room on a weekly rate and driving back home on the weekends to be with his family. If anyone has lived in a hotel room for weeks at time, it gets kind of tiring eating out all the time without access to a kitchen. With renting a room from me, he gets the comfort of a house, but without his family. His current living habits remain unchanged: stick around on the weekdays and drive back to his family on the weekends.
This plan is only short-term. He’s waiting for the spring/summer time to sell his house and buy a house around here. Needless to say, he doesn’t have much furniture and probably doesn’t want to buy any furniture.
My question is whether to offer to rent my bed that’s stored up in my laundry room at an additional cost to the monthly rent?
If I do rent my bed out, would I be okay with someone using my mattress given his schedule. Keep in mind the mattress is about 10 years old. This new roommate is someone I found via an internal job posting at my previous job(I don’t know if this matters).
How much should I rent my out furniture for?
Do you think it’s too scheming to offer my bed for, i.e. trying to make a quick buck?