Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Frugal deeds for the day: Today's topic is bartering. Last week, one of our property managers called to let us know that the reliable tenant asked if he could use his deposit as rent because he was in between jobs. The property manager said she understood - but if he used his deposit as rent - he should be ready to move out at the end of the month or be evicted. Anyway, the current house we live in needs it trim painted. So, I called the property manager to ask about the tenant - she said he came up with the rent. Even so, I asked if she could ask him if he'd be interested in doing some work on our current house in exchange for rent - and of course we'd still pay the management fee. She said he is a builder by trade and would probably be interested. So, it would be a win, win situation for us. We want to get our current house ready for sale either this or next summer - so, doing maintenance/repairs, etc. as we go will reduce the stress of trying to get it all done in a short span of time.