I am planning to do a house hack (I will live in the house, and rent out the other rooms). I am wondering, what is a "good enough" size bedroom for most tenants here?
Looking at buying a house, I sometimes see a place thats somewhat attractive, but a little small, and that also shows in the tenants bedrooms. Master is OK, but tenant bedrooms are 9x10 (or 10x10) and basically looks like a closet with a window. They may be smaller than that, in many instances the ad does not show dimensions. Could fit the bed and nightstands and there wouldn't be any other room. Sometimes I'll see pictures of these and they have a nursery or office, which further indicates its small to be a bedroom (even though they are listed as 3 bedroom, its really 2.5)
I just want to avoid getting a place where one of the bedrooms is small enough that many tenants are not interested.
@Andrew Bissada depends on what you are offering. If it's an ideal location people will resort to futons, cots and even hang hammocks. Sometimes a bit of dimension helps, take a 7x10 room. It is tight, but the depth makes it feel roomier. You are correct, a 9x9 with an in-swing door can feel cramped. But if you design the room set up ahead of time, ie a built in frame with drawers for a queen or twin mattress, barn door closets, it may help make the room look more accommodating.
Location will matter most. Then small rooms can be compensated by decent living area (indoors and/or outdoors). So don't worry about the room size as much. Most people who rent rooms are not looking to stay in it much. Although with Covid that might be changing.
@Andrew Bissada I agree with what is being said here. Location, home floor plan, and distance to a full bathroom will all matter.
Great question. I'm going to piggy back onto this post- I found a 3bed/1bath 1,236 sq ft SFH in 78748. Seems to be room for an additional bathroom. Would adding a full bath be a significant value-add or will I get as much value with just 1/2 or 3/4 bathroom? End goal would be to use this as a buy and hold cash-flowing rental and, market-pending, selling within the next 5 years to take advantage of appreciation.
Maybe I should make a completely separate thread for this, but, given that we are in the middle of the Covid-19 Pandemic, how is everyone who is doing a househack finding living with tenants? Are they working from home? if so, how is that working out since the bedrooms are not very big? Do you rent out extra space (like they can use the dining room as an office)? Do you have trouble finding tenants to live/househack with now?
Look at the size of most bedrooms. 9x10 or 10x10 for a secondary bedroom is pretty normal.