mindgarden saidThen I'd have to get a houseboy to deal with the guests, and give him half the money. The other half into the property. And end up back where I started?
But you'll have created a job and improved the house.
I have a friend who routinely rents out a room. When someone wanted to stay longer and he couldn't accommodate them because someone else was arriving, he asked me if I could put them up (for 2 weeks; their new apartment wasn't yet ready). I did. Nice guys, still in touch with them.
Since then I've had a medical intern stay for 4 weeks. Overall a good experience.
Question I have is if someone is just looking for a night or two, why pay via Airbnb rather than use something like Couchsurfing for free?
I've had no success with Couchsurfing myself, but one time I tried to use it was very short notice, but like 9 of 10 people never responded. The other time was way in advance and I only inquired with one person (who seemed like a really good fit) and it took weeks for him to reply.
So maybe people who host on Airbnb are more "professional" and reliable?