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One Way to Live Rent Free

By Thebangtoddowenwaldorf @BangLiving

If you’re like me, you don’t enjoy paying rent. Well I know of One Way to Live Rent Freeseveral ways around it and I’ll share one with you now. Each of us has a dream destination, but why does it have to be a dream? What’s stopping us from going? It may be a lot of things, but I don’t want living expenses to be one of them. So let’s get started.

You’ve got to be flexible. If you’re on a budget and you want to live rent-free this is a must. Don’t go expecting your rent-free home to be the castle in the sky that you have always wanted. Although it just may be, look at it as a comfortable resting place instead. Just like a box of chocolates, in the world of rent-free-living, you never know what you’re going to get. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy the opportunities that come your way and trust me, they’ll come.

Let’s say I have two houses listed that are available in Carlsbad, California. You want one of them because it is says that it’s on the beach. The other is on a suburb block. Instead of showing interest in both, you write to me about the beach front. Sorry, that one was booked an hour ago. So you move on and never inquire about the suburb home. What you didn’t know was that the suburb block property had an indoor pool and was a block away from its own private beach. Keep an open mind and you eliminate disappointment and welcome excitement.

How we are going to get you into that rent-free home, condo, duplex, cottage, villa or flat is by house sitting. That’s right, and it’s as straight forward as it sounds. Some lovely tenant has a home and they want you to watch it for them. You get a furnished rent free accommodation and they get the peace of mind that their livelihood isn’t left unattended for the next few days or weeks. The period of time varies with every tenant. Remember, the more flexible you are, the better the experience you will have and the more opportunities you will have to choose from.

So what’s the catch? You’ve got to give a little back. After all,

One Way to Live Rent Free
you are living in someone else’s home. Most of the time you will be caring for an animal. The conditions could be as simple as putting out hay for their horses, or they could be a bit more involved.  All of the conditions are discussed beforehand. Just be honest with the tenant and yourself. Don’t offer to give daily injections to Whiskers if you’re afraid of needles. This is meant to be a wonderful experience for everyone. Be honest with yourself and it will be.

Finding houses is commonly done on websites designed for house sitting. Each country has different websites with their own and the requirements vary. Some websites require a fee or background check. It’s good to have some character references on hand to prove you’re swell and trustworthy, so call up that old college professor. Just make sure it’s one that you didn’t snooze during their classes.

Everything is typically confirmed days, weeks, or months in advance. An exchange of emails, phone calls, and occasionally meeting the tenants in person is all it takes. You’re on your way to rent-free living. Congratulations, now you can live rent-free and rub elbows with the locals. Now bake up a fresh batch of cookies and go introduce yourself.

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