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Any thoughts on swap of housing for fixing up??
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Susan    Posted 06-20-2004 at 15:52:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I own property on Eastern Shore of VA and it needs
considerable work. House has water, sewer and
electrical but needs complete renovations. Any
thoughts on chance or how to go about finding a
tenant for house in exchange for quality work fix
up? I am willing to pay for major components and
willing to agree to a set length of time to live
in exchange for work done on property. Has anyone
done this in the past and how has it worked out?
Where is best place to look for a skilled honest
family t

Chas in Me    Posted 06-20-2004 at 18:23:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did that years ago down on the coast of Maine. I worked 40 hours a month on the building I was living in and that paid the rent.
Set schedules, keep track of progress, don't nag and find someone you think you could be friends with, insist on quality work and get whoever you contract with to demonstrate they can do good work.
Good luck and have fun.

Burrhead    Posted 06-20-2004 at 16:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fawteen hit on a good point but I personally have had fairly good luck with work for rent trades.

I have never had any better luck finding skilled workers to do repairs when I'm paying them cash than I have had doing the work swap off.

From what I've had happen on rentor houses I would add:

1. No matter if you are paying the labor or trading the labor for rent make a written agreement that both of you can live with and then both parties sign it AND have it notorized.

2. In the agreement have a set list of repairs you expect with a completion date for those repairs and a set rent allowance for whatever duration.

Since the house is useless in the shape it's in now don't go in with any over expectations of quick improvements and always allow some room for screwups and misfigures on cost and time from both parties side of the repairs.

It aint all that bad with some sort of beginning agreement but you do have to stay right on top of it.

Fawteen    Posted 06-20-2004 at 15:57:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have exchanged labor for rent a couple of times, with reasonable success. (I was the laborer...)

I can see a whole host of problems with it tho. First, finding a truly skilled person willing to do it will be hard. Knowing who you can trust to do quality work on a reasonable schedule will be even tougher. Then you get into the whole licensing/zoning/building code thing. Pretty near anybody can legally put up new sheetrock, but if you start messing with electrical work (even as simple as moving an outlet) or plumbing, things get complicated quickly.

I'm not saying it can't or shouldn't be done, I'm saying there's a very good chance it'll be more of a PITA than it's worth.

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