Five new ways to make money from your home

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You've invested a small fortune in your home, and every month your mortgage payments mean you're investing a little more. If you're starting to feel that it's about time this investment started paying off, then it's worth considering how your home can make money for you.

1. Airbnb - even if you don't have the energy for it
Airbnb is without doubt the most popular way to cash in: renting the whole house or just a room or two to holidaymakers. Apparently the average nightly rate in London is £96, which isn't to be sniffed at. If it sounds too much like hard work, you can even outsource the boring admin, cleaning, and key swapping. Companies like Hostmaker will sort the marketing out for you and handle the lettings - in return for a cut of your lettings income.

2. Rent your home during the day
If you're out all day at work, then it seems pointless for your home to be sitting empty. There are a growing number of companies that allow you to rent your home out as office space during the day - including Vrumi. You don't have to have a huge house, or a home office, as long as you have wifi and a desk, there will be someone who wants to work from your home rather than their own.

3. Rent out your drive
If you live anywhere where it's tricky to park, then your drive could be a godsend for someone else. While you're out at work, you can rent your drive out to a stranger through websites like Just Park. It works particularly well close to stations or sports venues, or in city centres, but you never know where someone will be willing to pay for drive space, so it's worth a try wherever you live.

4. Turn your home into a film set
It helps if you have a quirky home, a beautiful one, or one in a popular filming location, but professionals are looking for homes as film and TV sets all the time. You can advertise on the likes of Shoot Factory.

It's worth pointing out that it can be a hassle, which might require the crew to be in your home for days, and your belongings to be boxed up. However, you can make some decent money - and your house could be famous too.

5. Make dinner for strangers
This one requires a bit more work from you, because you'll be cooking dinner for people and then eating with them. It sounds unusual, but the idea is that when people are away, sometimes they want to eat like a local, and get to the heart of the place they're staying. Platforms like VizEat connect diners together with hosts, so if you have the cooking skills and you like meeting people, you could make anything from £10-£100 per person.

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Quirky properties

Choo choo! This railway station house, near Welshpool, has lovely views over the surrounding countryside. It's currently laid out with a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room and bedroom on the ground floor with a living room, bedroom and bathroom on the first. Outside is a two-storey signal box with power and lighting. It costs £225,000 from agent McCartneys.

It's tucked underground like an animal's lair, and has the name to match: Walnut Burrow. Near Rickmansworth, the four-bedroom eco-house boasts a cinema room and bespoke German kitchen. It's built around a central courtyard with a spiral staircase to the garden on the roof. It costs £2 million through agent Savills.

This sweet little toll house in Berwick-Upon-Tweed is small but perfectly formed, with just a hallway, living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Outside, there's just space for two small flowerbeds. But the rooms are large and bright, and the price is great - just £129,950 through agent Rettie.

This Yorkshire bungalow looks conventional enough at first glance, but it's actually built from straw bales - "well insulated and cosy," say the agents. It consists of a lounge area with wood burning stove, kitchen area, two bedrooms and bathroom. There's room for extension and outline planning permission for a further two-bedroom bungalow. Near Driffield, it costs £169,950 from agents D Dunk Lewis & Graves.

Once the control tower for RAF Wainfleet, this building near Boston, Lincolnshire currently looks rather forbidding - but could transform into a house of which the Thunderbirds would be proud. It consists of a four storey control tower, along with four detached buildings which once served as kitchen, rest room, gym and offices. The owners are looking for £300,000 to £350,000 through agents William H Brown.

This extraordinary apartment in Manchester takes up the clock tower of St Georges Church and spans nine - yes, nine - different levels. Fortunately, there's a lift. It has  three/four bedrooms, three receptions rooms, a gym, sauna and roof terrace (with battlements) and is stuffed full of interesting architectural features including stained glass windows. It costs £1 million through agents Jordan Fishwick.

This one-bedroom cottage near Papa Westray, Orkney, is perfect for anyone that really wants to get away from it all. It has beautiful sea views from its 11 acres, along with a couple of outbuildings. Inside, it's been modernised and has wood floors and a wood-burning stove. Lows Solicitors are looking for offers over £90,000. 

More of a Tardis than a boat, this 78-foot Dutch barge comprises a 24-foot reception room, separate, well-fitted kitchen and utility area and two good-sized en-suite bedrooms. It's moored at London's St Katharine Docks, where mooring fees are £14,312 a year. It's being sold through Riverhomes for £220,000.

The Addams family would love this eight-bedroom Gothic mansion in Crystal Palace, south-east London. It's packed full of original features, from elaborate architraves and windows to an ornate staircase and a belvedere. Amazingly, the attic space has been transformed into a mock-up of a spaceship for children. It's available through Hamptons International for £3,250,000. 

This tiny but delightful cottage in Cornwall is packed full of original features: stone floors, beams, old doors - the lot. It's one bedroom is a double, and there's a small courtyard garden at the rear. It costs £159,950 through agents Bond Oxborough Phillips.


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