You have a spare room you’ve always wanted to make use of, or perhaps it’s empty because you can’t get an au pair! Now, you can find compatible homesharers willing to offer a fee plus some useful help or good company. Hapipod unlocks a world of Homemates in your area happy to give some time in return for an invaluable low-cost living solution. This can be anything from help with childcare, general upkeep, IT, shopping, cooking or gardening to pet and home-sitting while you travel. It may simply be an interesting person to have occasional chats with, share your interests with or just to give you a greater sense of security overnight. You may find a Homemate of a similar age, or from a different generation. All must be over 18. A Host can be any age so long as you don’t have a health condition that would impact on a Homemate’s enjoyment of their stay.
In this modern living approach, Homemates give you up to 10 hours a week of their time for pre-agreed activities which can cover anything but personal caregiving or heavy housework. Based on average wages, that equates to saving roughly £400/month. In exchange they pay you a fee lower than market rents of between £250-£350 per month to include bills (£58-£81 per week), as mutually agreed between you when you connect. They don’t have to have access to your living room unless pre-agreed, so if you’re offering a good-sized bedroom, much of your private space can remain your own.
The key to successful homesharing is compatibility and Hapipod’s smart search can help match people by personality, shared background, and interests. Perhaps you’d like someone who's good with kids to help with child-minding, or a younger person who shares your career or your love of fitness, or to find company in someone of a similar age or faith. Or maybe you’d simply like to help a nurse live close to their hospital. You just need to find that ideal fit. To help give you confidence in the identity and background of the Homemates everyone you connect with has passed a robust ID verification and background check. You can also see who is Covid vaccinated or has a DBS certificate (criminal record check) that you can verify. Our safeguarding guidelines explain how to do your own necessary background checks. Register for free to browse the Homemates in your area.