People who find their home is larger than their needs because the children have grown up and moved out, often choose to downsize. This makes accommodation available for growing families who need more space. They can however choose another option, and that is to rent out their home as an investment, and rent smaller premises themselves. If the family home is fully owned, the rent earned can pay for their new accommodation, or alternatively be banked as money aside for rates. This is a good move if property values are not peaking at the time. They can still downsize while retaining the property til values improve for selling it.
With a newly acquired caravan or motor home we have an open road before us. We can go in any direction we choose, and the thought is both exciting and liberating. Firstly, we must make a decision as to the home we are occupying.
Do we put dust covers on the furniture, turn off the power, lock it up and just go? Insurance will cover damage in our absence for only a limited time, so long term travel is not possible. Perhaps it would be best to rent it out through a real estate agency, thereby recouping some of our travel expenses as in park fees and fuel for the vehicle.
Nowadays, such situations are becoming even more usual than you expect. Grey nomads are everywhere, enjoying life to the fullest. Many of them have turned their family home into an income earning investment by renting it out through property management firms. By doing this not only can they cover most of their travel expenses, but also have money left over with which they can pay rates and save as well. This makes more sense than leaving a home empty and vulnerable to damage by vandals. The rented premises then becomes a business asset and is in line for taxation benefits for depreciation, which has not previously been available being their principal place of residence.
When your investment home is placed in the hands of property management, and you have worked out the depreciation schedule you would like with a good accountant, you too can live life free of hassles. Choosing this option makes good sense. You earn income while you are having a great time and your home is in good hands and regularly checked over by professional people. Tenants are thoroughly screened ensuring only suitable tenants will be renting your home. Relax and enjoy the fact that your family home is now an investment home which is giving you a financial boost.