Thinking about strangers staying in your home or sleeping in your bed are always the top objections friends share when I tell them we rent out our home occasionally on home rental sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, Housetrip, and Couchsurfing. My first reaction is, “Well, you stay in hotels don’t you?” There’s nothing grosser than that really. I’ve watched the Undercover episodes on it. EEEWWWW. So what about you? Would you Airbnb your home? Think we’re a little crazy? Let me just share five of the reasons why we do it.
1. It Helps Us Afford New Experiences
I’ll be honest. Financial reasons are the number one reason we Airbnb our home. Renting our home occasionally allows us to save money when we go visit family for holidays and don’t have to pay to stay. We use the money for home improvements, savings, and on new experiences for our family. We love traveling, visiting new places, and creating memories as a family and we can’t do that without the income we receive from Airbnb. One day soon we hope that changes, but until it does, this allows us to have some extra spending money to do some things we love and value together.
This may seem weird since people are paying to stay in our home, but I’ve always prayed that we would have a home that was warm and inviting, and where others could come and experience refreshment. God answered that prayer in our house and we want to always have an open hand with it. We invite others in, even strangers, to enjoy the gift that our home is. I delight in knowing that others are able to visit Portland and have the safety and comfort of a family home to add to their experience and memories. That’s the heart of hospitality; even if we’re not there in person, we set it up for them to experience it even in the absence of our presence.